Advantages of Converting FoxPro Applications to .NET Platform

Advantages of Converting FoxPro Applications to .NET Platform

By Ghulam Nabi Shah | May 26th, 2015 |

What you gain by VFP conversion?

In our modern era of technology, the only thing that doesn’t change is changing itself! With today’s application development procedures and techniques continually in fluctuation, there are dynamic changes happening at a faster pace in the recent years. The trials of handling large databases and the repeated changes in operating system architecture make FoxPro applications very tough and time-consuming to handle. FoxPro applications are also not furnished with several data entry points. Thus, businesses are going for the dependable .NET option.

Modern applications shadow a distinctly altered design patter compared to an application developed a few years ago. At one time, the performance of the applications developed was given priority. Now, the main business concerns are security and scalability. The forceful .NET platform gives you the skill to correct faults in the remaining application as well as improve the application with fresher functionalities. Handling these anxieties can be hard for even the best developers. Currently, software industry concentrates mainly on HTML applications development compared to the previous Windows-based applications to offer fitting availability and reach.

The beginning of web services has now shifted to offering Windows applications associated with connectivity like that of a browser, which provides added advantage of the power of user interface in Windows combined with offline properties. Not too much, there is a greater than ever demand cell phone amalgamation, such as Pocket PCs and Smart Phones. Inherent problems occur when functions in Visual FoxPro are leveraged in a COM/HTML society. If you do get past the snag, you’re left with a tactic that has a set of complications on its own. COM is not the problem in itself, but it becomes difficult in large systems because of essential design hitches such as a distribution of components spanning all those applications functioning on a system. Even if you try to install and/or make the users known about the resolutions for Visual FoxPro and COM, you’ll still run into DLL hell. Remember, COM does not work well in a scattered system.

I do believe that converting to .NET is the smartest way to go and there are many user benefits in doing this. Here are my top four:

1. .NET offers the drop & drag feature.

2. .NET language effortlessly sustain HTML.

3. .NET makes available the static page use of security.

4. .NET provides many tools.

ASP.NET considerably reduces the amount of code needed to create large and complex applications which can intensify overall development quickness and while also reducing costs. It even allows you to form an assortment of web-based solutions, websites, and applications. If you are thinking about or even planning to convert, I would suggest you contact us for a consultation.

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Ghulam Nabi Shah
Chief Technology Officer at Macrosoft Inc
Shah is a forward thinking, corporate leader with eighteen years’ experience delivering top notch customer solutions in large scale and enterprise business environments. His proven abilities as a technology visionary and driver of strategic business systems development allow Macrosoft to deliver best in class software solutions. At Macrosoft, Shah has successfully delivered multiple migration projects. Shah holds an MBA in addition to multiple professional and technical certifications. His areas of expertise include enterprise-wide architecture, application migration, IT transformation, mobile, and offshore development management.
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