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  • Blog Post: Announcing gmStudio V9.85 for VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering

    Great Migrations has released gmStudio V9.85. gmStudio is a programmable VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering tool that enables an agile tool-assisted rewrite methodology and helps teams dramatically lower the total cost, risk, and disruption of ambitious migration projects without sacrificing quality, control...
  • Blog Post: VB6 Migration tools are not as expensive as you might think

    How long would it take you to manually convert 50,000 line of Visual Basic 6.0 code to Visual Basic .NET. My guess is… quite a long time :-) However two of the key partners in this space have special versions of their enterprise class tools targeting 50,000 and below for a great price. Code Architects...
  • Blog Post: Aberdeen Group report on Migrating from VB6 to .NET

    Aberdeen Group have created a new report “ Migrating from VB6 to .NET: The challenge of software agility in a volatile economy ” Some bits that stood out for me: 50% will migrate all the applications, 36% will migrate some (86% in total will migrate) “Best in class” understand the importance of external...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 6.0 Migration – due diligence is a good thing

    Choice in general is a good thing. When faced with moving a Visual Basic 6.0 application to .NET there is plenty of choices to be made. One of those choices is “Which tool should I go with to migrate the code?”. My advice in general is “Try as many as you can on a representative chunk of your application...
  • Blog Post: About to start a weeks holiday – final post, try a VB6 migration tool for free

    Just about to start a weeks holiday but wanted to get this one last link out there. Artinsoft have released a trial version of their Visual Basic Upgrade Companion Developer Edition. The trial version will allow you to convert up to 2,000 lines of code at a time and is valid for a period of 1 month....
  • Blog Post: UK Visual Basic 6.0 Migration Case Studies – 800K LOC moved to C#

    I have worked on and off with UK company Vertex for 13 years and like many large companies, some of their applications contain code that I first saw 13 years back – Visual Basic 6.0 code. Recently they managed to ensure compliance and business continuity by upgrading not one, but two of their mission...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard vs 3rd Party Migration Tools

    [If you are UK based, check out www.microsoft.com/uk/vbmigration for more information ] A question I get asked a lot is “Are 3rd party migration tools really that much better than the free upgrade wizard from Microsoft?” Lets me be perfectly candid. Whilst I always recommend people should try the free...
  • Blog Post: Secure your Visual Basic 6.0 investment with Microsoft .NET

    [This is currently a UK only initiative but you will still find a lot of useful information on the new site and I know our partners are happy to engage worldwide] Over the last couple of months I have been working with Sarah in my group to pull together something which hopefully will help the many companies...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Upgrade Wizard vs VS2005 Upgrade Wizard vs Code Advisor

    I thought I’d try running the latest version of the upgrade wizard and compare the results with those shown in the ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” guide. Just for good measure I ran the VB6 Code Advisor on the source code before running the upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Estimating effort to migrate your application from Visual Basic 6.0 to .NET

    The following three tools can help you better understand what would be involved to migrate your VB6 applications to Microsoft.NET Microsoft's VB6 Code Advisor Tool This tool from Visual Basic Resource Center site, installs as an Add-In in the VB6 IDE. The tool analyses your code for potential upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

    I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link to...
  • Blog Post: Comparing CodeArchitects VB Migration Partner with our Free Upgrade Wizard

    One of the companies I am currently working with is CodeArchitects and more specifically Francesco Balena . Francesco has deep knowledge on all things VB which he (thankfully) decided to transfer into the form of a VB6 migration tool – VB Migration Partner . I have had lots of feedback over the years...
  • Blog Post: I nearly forgot to mention GIGO!

    A common mistake I have seen when teams use automated migration tools is the failure to consider our old friend GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Before you consider using any automated tool such as the Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard you should spend some time tidying up your VB6 application to minimize the...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading VB6 applications – a moment to reflect :-)

    I’ve now spent a bit of time with the book ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” , so what are my thoughts about it? The good news is it remains a comprehensive and valuable resource for anyone planning to move their VB6 applications to .NET. However it...
  • Blog Post: VB6 Database code?

    What happens when you upgrade a VB6 application that accesses a database? Or, more precisely, how does the automatic upgrade deal with DAO, RDO and ADO? ADO with and without data binding . This is supported by the upgrade wizard, but if you’ve got any dynamic data binding code you’ll need to fix some...
  • Blog Post: ASP to ASP.NET

    Visual Basic migration to .NET includes: VB6 rich client migration – which represents the majority of migration projects I have seen ASP to ASP.NET migration – aka vbscript migration Access migration – aka vba migration (although Access migration often initially involves just moving the data onto SQL...
  • Blog Post: Functional Equivalence vs Application Advancement (and Vertical vs Horizontal)

    These are a couple of useful terms I’ve picked up from the ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” guide (I really need an acronym to refer to this book!). They refer to two stages of the upgrade process: Functional equivalence means that your .NET application...
  • Blog Post: Estimating the effort to move to .NET

    Software estimation is difficult at the best of times (which is why I recommend Software Estimation Demystified ), but estimating how long an upgrade will take to an environment you’re not familiar with is going to be hard to get right. There’s a utility accompanying the “Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Richard Warnett of Financial Objects on their decision to go with Visual Basic .NET

    A big thanks to Richard for taking the time to do this. I have known Financial Objects for many years and have been impressed with how they have successfully taken forward their VB6 investment onto .NET using Visual Basic .NET. I would love to do a few more of these with UK companies who have happily...
  • Blog Post: Rewrite vs Migrate vs Reuse vs Replace

    “Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” is a great resource for anyone looking at upgrading from VB6 to .NET. The guide was developed jointly by the Microsoft patterns & practices team and ArtinSoft . See my interview with ArtinSoft CEO Roberto Leiton...
  • Blog Post: Moving from VB6 to VB.NET – time for a poll…

    Back in April I posted a summary of some of the resources I’d found which look useful to anyone involved in the move from VB6 to .NET. Over the next few weeks I’m going to dig into this whole area in a bit more detail, starting with a bit of reading . I’m also going to find out what’s new or changed...
  • Blog Post: Converting from C# to Visual Basic .NET

    First Created: Wednesday 23rd July 2008 Updated: Thursday 24th July 2008 - added Telerik I have been playing with C# to Visual Basic converters. There are a few around and I have included the best I came across. However right now there is one clear winner if you want to work with the new language...
  • Blog Post: 40% off Visual Basic .NET and C# Books ... (UK)

    Visual Basic 6 developer moving to .NET - you need a good book! http://www.microsoft-press.co.uk/hellodotnet I have been looking for ways to help the Visual Basic 6 folks transition to .NET. Paul in my old ISV team suggested a discount of Microsoft Press VB books. He kicked off a conversation with MS...
  • Blog Post: Proposed VB sessions for my new role - comments welcome

    One of the roles of my new team is to offer a "menu" of .NET sessions to UK user groups. I was pondering about adding a couple of specific Visual Basic sessions to that "menu" and see if there was take up. I came up with the following. Any thoughts? Visual Basic 6.0 and the .NET Framework – co-existence...
  • Blog Post: Interview with William Morgan of Logica UK

    William has been heavily involved in helping UK companies migrate their VB6 applications to .NET. William kindly agreed to a short interview. Enjoy. William, could you just say a few words about your role inside Logica? Hi Eric, I’m the Lead Architect for Logica’s finance business in the UK. The role...
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