Okay, I didn't really have a choice in this.
We have some MS COM objects that were created and still needed for access to a back-end repository.
We want to move the web layer from ASP (vbscript on IIS) to java. In fact we have to.
So, we need to be able to use this COM object from Java.
We'd be using current java 1.5 or 1.6. The COM of course is old, but still works on the platform where we would make the calls from.