During a modernization project an important step is for the developers to convert segments of VFP code to the C#.NET framework. Macrosoft’s proprietary utility, Sandbox makes this possible.
Sandbox has a very simple interface with two panels. The user(developer) enters the source VFP code in the left-hand panel and Sandbox analysis and code generation engine outputs the C# code in the right-hand panel.
The developer locates the legacy VFP application source code file. The code is copied to the clipboard and brought into Sandbox by clicking the Paste Code Button. Now the user simply hits the Translate to C#.NET button.
SandBox begins analyzing the code, translating every line and converting to C# with references to .NET classes.
The converted code appears in the right-hand pane. Simultaneously error logs are generated in the bottom pane. This is critical to developers and allows them to quickly review and fix the errors.
Once done, users simply hit the “Open in Visual Studio” button to bring the code into the Visual Studio project where formatting is done to make the code readable. The new C#.NET code chunk can now be used as a key building block in a large VFP to .NET migration project.
Sandbox is one of the utilities in Macrosoft’s suite of Propriety modernization tools.
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