Migrate Swing applications to HTML to view/access it on the web and PDAs
WebCream makes it possible to access Swing applets and applications from PDAs as well as from web browsers. Because Java GUI screens are converted to HTML by WebCream as it emulates the graphical environment, any device that is capable of making HTTP requests and displaying HTML pages can be used to access the Swing application. Thus, the task of migration is limited to setting up the application with WebCream and testing it using PDA to make sure that it works. The architecture diagram illustrates how the process works and for more information on what WebCream read the overview page.
The ultimate success of migration will probably depend on the design of the application screens. Migrating a Swing application to a web site will work perfectly for users who will use PCs with a web browser to access it. Since the application was intended to run on a PC-size screen from the beginning the layouts and the data presentation will not have to change. PDAs generally have a much smaller screen so even though the application will be immediately accessible, if the screens have a lot of information or large tables it may not be easy for the users to view it all. However, applications can detect if they are running under WebCream and what kind of the browser is used. If the user has a PDA based browser, the application can display an alternative screen in place of a large screen that otherwise would not fit.