Platform Selection

Platform Selection

.NET is The Right Platform to Migrate Your VFP Application

IT is a rapidly evolving industry where enhancements to platforms, languages and applications occur frequently. As technologies improve, business applications and systems must stay up to date to be compatible with the changing needs of business. 

Currently, VFP’s 32-bit architecture still functions, but applications written in VFP are no longer guaranteed to be compatible with the integrated cloud computing environments which are rapidly becoming the standard for enterprise businesses environment.  

Microsoft .NET Framework is a modern Windows based platform for building web enabled applications for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and XML Web services.  

With low cost of ownership, flexibility in rapidly developing and changing applications, SQL database development and ease of deployment, .NET is suitable for enterprise businesses at all scales. 

Visual FoxPro’s relational database ports well and suits with Microsoft SQL Server, facilitating easy conversion of FoxPro database to SQL Server. .NET framework’s interoperability allows developers to include COM components in the project references, thereby leveraging features of several programming languages. It comes with a built-in set of features and tools such as Visual Studio IDE, framework class libraries and SQL server.  

.NET is The Right Choice 

.NET migration brings the following advantages to your critical business applications: 

Stability and Robustness 

Applications developed using .NET technology are robust, with improved code execution and stability in performance. .Net is based on server-side scripting technology, so the code is processed on the windows server before it is displayed in the web browser. This makes the applications execute faster than interpreted scripts. It further reduces the amount of code required to build large applications. This makes common application tasks perform faster from simple tasks such as form submission, client authentication to complex tasks like application configuration.  

Enhanced Security 

.NET has built-in Windows authentication and additional security configuration at the application level that protects access to important data. The Web server continuously monitors the pages, components and applications running on it. If it notices any memory leaks, infinite loops, other illegal activities, it immediately destroys those activities. 

Add-ons for Faster Development

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. .NET is language-independent which allows our team of conversion experts to assess your unique business requirements and propose a language that best suits your need.  

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. It provides full support for XML, CSS and other new as well as established web standards. With .NET you can expand your business by building new interfaces on mobile and web channels.  

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. As the time passes, businesses are able to build new functionality on top of existing feature as .NET enables on-the-go updates of deployed web applications without the need for restarting the server. 

The time to convert your application is now, as investing in your future is a key strategy for business continuation. However, once the decision to convert has been made, the question of build vs. buy arises. With the right technology partner your business will be able to save cost, convert the application and switch to .NET framework application seamlessly and with no pain.  

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