It is recommended to upgrade your applications to a stable platform that has vendor support. All you need is a technology partner having a specialized team well versed in VFP and Microsoft .Net to plan your migration.
Why is VFP Migration inevitable?
FoxPro and Visual FoxPro has been a dynamic application development platform for lots of medium scale applications. Visual FoxPro 9.0 provides tools for developing high performance, 32-bit database applications and components. But, VFP has shown slowness in business process, especially on multi-user platforms with the increase of database size.
The rapid improvisation in hardware and business transforming into web based and mobile based applications, there is a need for Visual FoxPro Migration to the new trending technology. Future businesses demand portable and interoperable applications. Also, there is a higher risk of unavailability of VFP developers with VFP being an outdated technology, thus making Visual FoxPro replacement unavoidable.
.NET – The right platform to migrate your VFP application
Microsoft .NET platform has evolved as the most appropriate platform when it comes to migrating legacy technologies. With Microsoft .NET framework, there comes language interoperability which allows developers to leverage the features of several programming languages. .NET framework also provides a large library, Visual Studio IDE, and Microsoft SQL Server. Visual FoxPro’s relational database ports well and suits with Microsoft SQL Server, facilitating easy conversion of FoxPro database to SQL Server.
Visual FoxPro to .NET migration requires converting VFP applications to new languages in .NET framework, this demands the need for more effort and expertise in both the environments. Conversion of Visual FoxPro to .NET will pave the way to devise future changes and enhancements. .NET migration brings the following advantages to your applications:
Stability and Security: It’s the end of the road for VFP. Microsoft no longer supports FoxPro or Visual FoxPro. Its final version of VFP 9.0 released way back in 2007. Microsoft will no longer provide patch updates for security, stability, or enhancements.
Performance: At one time, FoxPro and Visual FoxPro were dynamic application development platforms suitable for medium scale applications. Visual FoxPro 9.0 provided tools for developing high performance, 32-bit database applications, and components. But that was then and this is now. Today, VFP is a slow alternative compared to what is currently available, which affects your business.
Skilled Resources: As the market for VFP applications dries up, so does the available pool of VFP developers. This means there will be fewer and fewer qualified resources to maintain your current application, which is likely to result in longer wait times and higher cost.
Language interoperability: Microsoft’s .NET framework allows developers to leverage the features of several programming languages.
The more Add-ons:.NET framework provides a large library, Visual Studio IDE, and Value Added functionality such as resizable forms, mobile device support, multithreading, security, service-oriented architecture, and web services – the list is quite large.
Data Portability: The FoxPro database ports well to Microsoft SQL Server.
Web and Mobile Access : .NET framework supports the web, mobile, and client-server environments and gives developers liberty to build robust applications while supporting many environments.
Maintenance and Scalability: While the .NET Framework has many features already built in, businesses are able to develop new functionality to their old applications as their needs evolve without drastically affecting the application. In-house, maintenance becomes more easily attainable when developing with more manageable code.
Macrosoft Specialized Team – Solid Track Record
With years of experience, our Microsoft- trained professionals have successfully helped many businesses with outdated VFP applications migrate from Visual FoxPro to .NET.
This process requires solid methodology and experience to avoid the pitfalls of an ill-planned project – and that is where Macrosoft professional expertise and experience come in.
Macrosoft offers smooth, cost-effective and efficient migration to .NET framework. We have a set of professionals skilled in both FoxPro and .NET environments. Macrosoft has served a large number of clients for development and support of applications in FoxPro and Visual FoxPro with proven migration methodology.
Macrosoft brings years of experience in application migration and has expertise in .NET environment with dedicated resources. Also, we are Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and hence we have access to support and latest resources. Would you like to see a convincing case study? See the box at right, and we will immediately provide it.
Our Trusted Methodology for your Migration needs
Macrosoft Migrate to .NET team has developed an excellent, fully tested methodology to do the migration process as seamlessly as possible. Here’s how we do it:
Determine Scope and Requirements
- Document existing system and assess all PRGs, SCXs, FRXs and DBFs.
- Develop a list of functional requirements for the new framework and applications.
- Develop a migration strategy and spec out the development effort and solution. Decide how to convert DBFs and whether migration of existing FoxPro or VFP application modules will be incremental or complete as a whole.
Migrate Data and Applications
- Create a SQL server or database, Map data stores utilizing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Import data and adjust database structure as needed.
- Convert application logic into .NET framework. Map control structures, variable, and declarations. Convert FP Code to Visual basic, NET, C#, XML or other .NET supported languages.
- Convert FoxPro forms, reports, menu and any other user interface items to .NET forms, controls, and reports.
- Unit-test each item.
Test and Turn Over
- Fully test the system to ensure the new application is functionally and visually equivalent to the original FoxPro/VFP application.
- Import final version of legacy data and conduct data verification.
- Deploy application at client server with final UAT.
- Turnover document of migrated data and application.
Analyze your Visual FoxPro Application and generate a summary report using FoxPro Code Analyzer
Contact us for free Evaluation
Would you like Macrosoft’s Migrate to .NET team, to provide an obligation free evaluation of your application, to determine if it will benefit from our migration expertise? Provide us with your contact information and a member of our Migrate to .NET team will contact you within a business day.