Migrating from legacy systems to new technologies can be daunting for organizations, as they risk losing valuable historical data. This is why many companies defer the migration decision and avoid implementing new technologies for their business resulting in high IT maintenance costs and poor business efficiency. VFP migrations are one such example. Macrosoft’s .NET team of experts specializes in C#.NET application development and best practices. Rather than emulate or convert legacy code style in the new application, our team works with the client, allowing automation and customization at every level. Migration from Visual FoxPro to C# scope is usually defined by the client’s business requirements. It is not possible to use a commercial tool to convert VFP code to C# and if something as such existed, the output would not provide any business value
and would be a waste of effort. The right way to convert VFP to C# is to implement business requirements in a C#.NET application by either using the same interface as the legacy application (known as apples-to-apples migration) or a complete rewrite, which gives the businesses the flexibility to enhance their applications to meet the needs of modern business environment.
In apples-to-apples conversion, the client wants their VFP application converted to C#.NET as-is, keeping the user interface and functionality intact, with a provision for enhancements in later phases. This transformation model is best suited for companies in highly stable business environments with a high dependency on legacy data and few enhancements to business requirements.
In a customized implementation, the VFP application is converted to C#.NET by redesigning the user interface, reevaluating the workflows, upgrading the functionality with a focus on overall enhancements to the business logic of the application. This transformation model is best suited for companies that require significant changes to the business and want to take advantage of the new platform and market trends.
With Microsoft no longer supporting Visual FoxPro there are no updates for security, stability, or enhancements to counter the threats faced by your business-critical systems. Furthermore, with a depleting pool of VFP developers there are very few qualified resources to maintain VFP applications. This makes the applications running on VFP highly unstable and vulnerable to security threats. Businesses must migrate their applications to the modern C#.NET architecture that promises security, lower IT maintenance cost, optimize business performance and increase profits.
C# has a variety of inherent features that help organizations develop new functionality and keep up with the modern business ecosystem. One of the main advantages of C# is that it runs on CLR, making it easily integrate with other language components that are CLR compatible. C# opens up the possibility of accessing all the features in the .NET framework library and a powerful form engine for data capture and intelligent user experience design.
C# supports the object-oriented programming model allowing creation of modular maintainable applications with reusable code. With this highly flexible framework it is easy to develop a variety of applications in windows, websites, games, and even mobile apps with some additional frameworks like Xamarin or Mono.
Macrosoft’s team of experts has developed a proven methodology for leading VFP to C# transformation projects.
Legacy Application Analysis
Our team of expert business analysts utilize our SpecGenerator tool to capture and document the functional specifications. SpecGenerator is a system analysis documentation generator that parses VFP forms, programs and classes to output a variety of documents. This tool dramatically reduces the analysis effort and improves efficacy.
Macrosoft’s team then utilizes our proprietary vDBF Converter tool which automates the migration of the VFP database to a Microsoft SQL database. With this tool, we can reduce the overall resource allocation and timelines for migration projects.
After the analysis phase is completed and data is migrated, a clear picture of the new C# application begins to evolve. Team collaborates with the client to finalize the application’s functional specification, workflow and layout.
VFP application may be migrated to a web or desktop C# application based on the business requirements of the client. New application is implemented by segmenting each functional module into different milestones.
Macrosoft’s migration team invests the time in understanding the business requirements to successfully transform VFP applications. Our highly skilled VFP and C# experts follow industry-standard programming best practices to produce modernized applications ready for the market.
Contact Macrosoft to determine the best approach to start your journey toward modernization!
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