I recently visited Sun's Java Comm API website (Comm API) only to find that there aren't any Windows version of the software to download (current version available -> 3.0, update 1). Currently, after following the "download" link on the left side, there appears to be downloads available for Solaris x86, Solaris 8-9 (sparc), and Linux.
Have I missed something? Does anyone have links to the older 2.0 versions that supported Windows?
To summarize, the Java Comm API for windows has been discontinued. To quote from the original post in the Sun forum:
javax.comm 3.0 has replace javax.comm 2.0:
Sun is no longer offering the 2.0 release of javax.comm, since 3.0 Update1 contains important bug fixes allowing to better support it..
javax.comm 3.x offers new conveniences for the the user, as well as improvements to the portmapping architecture and support for our Sun Ray thin client platform, with no change to the core API or functionality. Among the features available with javax.comm 3.0 is an interactive serial port tool, which is helpful in basic diagnosis of serial port connectivity.
Javax.comm for Windows have been EOLed:
A Windows port of javax.comm is not currently offered by Sun. There has not been sufficient demand to justify supporting javax.comm on Windows, particularly considering that javax.comm for Windows is available from other sources, such as http://www.rxtx.org.
The Windows build of javax.comm previously posted on Sun's Software Download Center was finally pulled because support has not been offered for years, nor has the code been built or tested for that long. Further, the JVM the Windows port was built on was long ago EOLed, and, finally , here were reportedly incompatible change in the Windows platform itself.
Java Community Process:
As with any Java extension API, the community is free to implement it on any platform and make it available along with the proper disclaimers. Certification of a platform port is available for most javax extension APIs through the Java Community Process (http://www.jcp.org) by passing a compatability test, among other things, but since javax.comm was created prior to the Java Community Process, certification may not be a tennable option and probably won't be an issue for most users.
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