IKVM.NET is useful for several different software development
scenarios. Here is a sampling of some of the possibilities.
The ikvm application included with the distribution is a .NET
implementation of a Java Virtual Machine. In many cases, you can use it
as a drop-in replacement for java. For example, instead of typing
java -jar myapp.jar
to run an application, you can type
ikvm -jar myapp.jar
Use Java libraries in your .NET applications
IKVM.NET includes ikvmc, a Java bytecode to .NET IL translator.
If you have a Java library that you would like to use in a .NET application,
run ikvmc -target:library mylib.jar to create mylib.dll.
For example, the Apache FOP project is an open source XSL-FO
processor written in Java that is widely used to generate PDF documents from XML
source. With IKVM.NET technology, Apache FOP can be used by
any .NET application.
Develop .NET applications in Java
IKVM provides a way for you to develop .NET applications in
Java. Although IKVM.NET does not include a Java compiler for .NET,
you can use any Java compiler to compile Java source code to JVM bytecode, then use
ikvmc -target:exe myapp.jar
to produce a .NET executable. You can even use .NET API's in your
Java code using the included ikvmstub application.