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Mobilize.Net Releases Updated Visual Basic Upgrade Companion 7.2 for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Tue, Mar, 21, 2017 @ 06:03 AM

Visual Basic Upgrade Companion (VBUC) supports Visual Studio 2017 and adds additional artificial intelligence to speed up VB to .NET migrations

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 Bellevue, WA – Mar 21, 2017 – Mobilize.Net today released an update to VB Upgrade Companion (VBUC) for Visual Studio 2017. In the latest update VBUC provides full support for Visual Studio 2017 both in source code compliance and in generating VS2017 solutions. In addition, VBUC includes additional artificial intelligence features that make more informed decisions on the VB code ensuring that the resulting .NET code is cleaner and faster.

Mobilize.Net helps companies move critical code to .NET, to the web, to mobile devices and to the cloud. Every day thousands of developers use Mobilize.Net modernization tools to transform important line-of-business applications from old systems to modern platforms.

“Every version of VBUC gets better and better,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “This version makes it possible for developers to focus less on the mundane task of migrating code to .NET and more on the interesting job of adding new features to the migrated .NET code.”

VBUC Paves the Way to Mobile and Cloud

VBUC provides the best onramp to WebMAP, enabling customers to move from VB6 all the way to web, mobile and cloud via additional automation.

VBUC Is Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used VBUC to convert code to .NET and beyond. All vertical markets are represented including healthcare, manufacturing, banking, energy and more; plus major corporations like Bank of America, Citigroup and Microsoft have used VBUC to transform large workloads to new platforms. In addition, system integrators like Avanade, Infosys, Wipro and others have found VBUC to be a very valuable tool in migrating their customers’ code to new platforms. A full list of Mobilize customers can be found at http://www.mobilize.net/resources/customer-list.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2017, #VS2017

Eradicate VB6 Code with New Mobilize.Net VB Upgrade Companion 6.5. New version paves your escape from VB6 by increasing automation to highest levels ever.

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Oct, 21, 2015 @ 06:10 AM

BELLEVUE, WA – Oct 20, 2015 – Mobilize.Net announced Visual Basic Upgrade Companion (VBUC) version 6.5, available today, that substantially reduces post-migration work on migrated .NET code. VBUC is the leading migration tool for converting VB6 apps to .NET and beyond. With this new version of VBUC, developers now have the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective migration tool on the market. Of the millions of lines of code that Mobilize has tested, VBUC version 6.5 has increased automation to 99.9%. No migration tool offers higher migration automation to native .NET code without runtimes, than VBUC.

With hundreds of thousands of developers using the tool and millions of projects migrated with billions of lines of code converted, VBUC is by far and away the most popular migration tool ever shipped. This new version has been tested on millions of lines of real VB6 customer code, with 99.9 percent of the lines of code compiling in Visual Studio without modification.

In addition to increasing automation and significantly improving productivity, VBUC version 6.5 also includes:

  • Performance improvements: the time it takes to do a migration on a large application has been improved by a factor of 2X and in a lot of cases 5X.
  • Large applications with complex references can now be resolved in the solution setup phase with much better results.
  • Better code readability in solutions with shared files.
  • Significant improvements in data access, both in terms of code quality and higher automation of mappings.
  • Improvements in code quality for projects migrating to VB.NET. For example, VBUC 6.5 includes myriad improvements for processing type libraries, accessing and removing collections, converting menu items in control arrays, and more.
  • Certified to fully support both Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10.

VBUC Paves the Way to Mobile and Cloud

VBUC provides the best onramp to WebMAP, enabling customers to move from VB6 all the way to web, mobile and cloud.

VBUC Is Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used VBUC to convert code to .NET and beyond. All vertical markets are represented including healthcare, manufacturing, banking, energy and more; plus major corporations like Bank of America, Citigroup and Microsoft have used VBUC to transform large workloads to new platforms. In addition, system integrators like Avanade, Wipro GYSSA and others have found VBUC to be a very valuable tool in migrating their customers’ code to new platforms. A full list of Mobilize customers can be found at http://www.mobilize.net/resources/customer-list.

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

Topics: software development, application modernization, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP, VB6, .NET, C#, Windows

Mobilize.Net Launches WebMAP2 Cloud-Based App Analysis and Migration Solutions on Studio.Mobilize.Net

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 00:04 AM

On-Demand Application Analysis and Migration Services Now Available Online.

Includes Instant PoCs with Before and After Code Compare and UI Previews.

Mobilize.Net today announced that WebMAP2, the industry’s leading tool for mobilizing Windows applications, is now available in the cloud, on-demand, at studio.mobilize.net. In its latest update, WebMAP2 delivers detailed application analytics and visualization, a graphical summary of the readiness of the application for automated migration to mobile, web, and cloud, and instant proofs of concepts previewing generated code, app architecture, and migrated user interface. Developers can try it for free at studio.mobilize.net and experience WebMAP2 first-hand.

“The most common question we hear from customers is ‘should I replace or rewrite my classic Windows applications, or can I bring them forward to the world of web, mobile, and cloud?’ WebMAP2 answers the question by providing powerful application analysis instantly, online,” said Tom Button, Mobilize.Net CEO. “Customers can immediately gain insight into what it takes to migrate their code to web, mobile, and cloud. Then with the full support of Mobilize.Net’s more than 20 years of experience, their project is guaranteed to be 100% successful: on-time, on-budget, functionally equivalent, and performant.”

Key features and updates in WebMAP2 include:

Convenient, On-Demand, Self-Serve Portal – Available 24/7

  • Analyze Applications Before Migrating. Analyze applications and get free reports on
    • Application size and structure
    • Dependency graph
    • References to external resources
    • Controls and UI components used
    • APIs accessed per control
    • Readiness analysis for move to HTML5

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  • Preview Migrated Applications
    • Compare original and migrated code side-by-side to see readability, maintainability
    • Inspect converted application structure and architecture before full migration is complete
    • See preview of the raw HTML rendering of converted forms with mapped controls

Automated Web App Creation with Modern Web Architecture

WebMAP2 refactors C#/Winforms applications to modern, industry standard, cloud-ready MVC web architecture supporting mobile HTML5 clients. Apps delivered by WebMAP2 are architecturally clean without proprietary runtimes. The migrated mobile applications can be run on premise or deployed to the cloud. In addition, WebMAP2 preserves variable names, comments, and structure, ensuring readability and maintainability of the resulting application. Customers starting from VB6 can use WebMAP2 also, using Mobilize.Net’s latest VBUC as the first pass.

Customers and Partners Rely on Mobilize.Net Modernization

Organizations are using WebMAP2 to accelerate the adoption of modern platforms. Prior to its broad release, WebMAP2 has been used to successfully migrate more than 10 million lines of C#/Winforms code and tens of thousands of Windows forms to HTML5. As a result, WebMAP2 includes thousands of mappings, support for hundreds of the most common controls, to generate native HTML5. Companies using WebMAP2 range from insurance to healthcare to financial services to manufacturing.

  • ROI for WebMAP2*
    • A leading restaurant chain with a massive delivery business had an unwieldy VB6 application that required complicated maintenance and installation. The company had attempted to rewrite the application three prior times but had repeatedly failed. By using WebMAP2, the company not only got its app up and running within three months, but also met all of its performance and reliability metrics – important when any delay or downtime translates to millions of dollars of lost revenue.
    • One of the world’s largest asset tracking companies chose to use WebMAP2 to migrate their asset tracking system after evaluating the cost and time of doing a manual rewrite. Realizing that a manual rewrite would take at least 3X the money and would double the time it would take to get to market, the company was able to save more than $5M and estimated they beat a manual rewrite by more than a year.
    • One of the world’s largest software companies used WebMAP2 to migrate a large, complicated but unscalable line-of-business order entry application that accounts for $800M of revenue. With WebMAP2, the application was migrated and running on the new platform in three months vs a year. In addition to saving $3M via WebMAP2, the company also protected itself from lost revenues from an obsolete architecture.
    • A leading provider of healthcare management solutions had a mission-critical application that was tethered to a proprietary browser – which complicated portability and also caused issues with Meaningful Use compliance. The company had tried unsuccessfully to rewrite the application but ultimately turned to WebMAP2 counting on its reputation for 100% success.
    • One of the world’s leading providers of financial services technology had multiple versions of a tax application running on obsolete technology and facing government compliance issues. By using WebMAP2 to migrate the code base to HTML5, the company saved over $4M plus at least a year of development time.

“In order to stay relevant in today’s mobile-first, cloud first world, enterprises everywhere are looking to transform their legacy applications,” said Mitra Azizirad, General Manager of Developer Platform Marketing and Sales at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft Azure, combined with Visual Studio and Mobilize.Net’s modernization technology and expertise, help accelerate our customers’ process of moving their applications to the cloud.”  

"Pruvo’s mission is to ensure software quality from end to end and we identified Mobilize.Net as the best market solution for migration. Together, we can empower our customers so they are able to preserve previous investments and knowledge, opening doors to a wide range of technologies as web, mobile and cloud. WebMAP2 provides code quality and reduces the time and cost of moving applications to modern platforms. We look forward to continued collaboration in this great partnership with Mobilize.Net ", said André Sorpreso, general manager at Pruvo.

“At Crosslake Technologies, it’s important for us to provide premier services to our customers, said Russ Albright, Principal at Crosslake Technologies. “Mobilize.Net WebMAP2 has provided real value to us, helping us to manage large projects and ensure 100% customer satisfaction. We look forward to continuing to partner with Mobilize.Net to help customers accelerate the move to cloud-enabled mobile platforms.”

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

Topics: manual rewrite, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic, HTML5, Mobile Application Development, MVC, convert Windows to Web, Windows 10

Mobilize.Net Releases New VB Upgrade Companion 6.3 That Offers Faster Code Migrations

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Tue, Apr, 07, 2015 @ 10:04 AM


New version of Visual Basic Upgrade Companion is available for download now; brings substantial improvements to cut the time and effort of migration projects


 

Mobilize.Net today released a new version of its industry-leading migration technology, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion 6.3. This updated release introduces new technology to greatly increase developer productivity by reducing compile errors after migrating to .NET. Mobilize.Net developed VBUC 6.3 on over 1M lines of real-world VB6 code and reduced post-migration compile errors in Visual Studio by as much as 95%. A few areas that have been improved include: 

  • Structs with fixed length strings
  • Duplicate (shared) namespaces across projects
  • WinAPI calls (Pinvoke)
  • and more.

Does it help? Here are three actual real-world examples ran as validation tests (these are all very large VB6 applications of greater than 100K lines of code). The numbers represent the reduction in compiler errors comparing the output of VBUC 6.3 to 6.2:

  • Case A: 3200 errors before; 1721 errors after (46% reduction)
  • Case B: 1036 errors before; 339 errors after (66% reduction)
  • Case C: 1527 errors before; 63 errors after (96% reduction).

In addition, VBUC 6.3 dramatically cuts the amount of manual effort needed to migrate from ADODB to ADO.NET without using helper classes. The tool generates SqlDataReader patterns that compile and run on recordsets that are accessed sequentially (not randomly).

By default VBUC 6.3 no longer causes Visual Studio to generate warnings about references to now-deprecated Microsoft.VisualBasic.Compatibility assemblies and has eliminated some obsolete library usages in the converted code.


VBUC 6.3 is easier, faster and produces better code which enables much greater developer productivity. VBUC 6.3 can be downloaded at: http://www.mobilize.net/vbuc-free-trial.


 

Topics: manual rewrite, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP, VB6

Mobilize.Net and Microsoft Bring New Life to Old Apps

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 03, 2014 @ 14:04 PM

New WebMAP2 Migration Tool Brings Cloud and Mobile Within Reach for Millions of Enterprise Applications, Unlocking Valuable IP from Obsolete Platforms

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Apr 3, 2014 – Businesses with legacy applications trapped on outdated platforms now have an efficient, low risk way to move their apps to popular mobile devices connected to the cloud. Today, Mobilize.Net announced WebMAP2.  Microsoft executives demonstrated WebMAP2 for the first time in public this morning at their premier developer event, BUILD 2014, in front of thousands of software developers.WebMAP2

“Our goal with WebMAP2 is to help enterprises preserve and extend the value of their Windows line of business application assets,” said Tom Button, President and CEO of Mobilize.Net, the developer of WebMAP2.  “IT wants to move apps to the cloud and users want these apps accessible from their mobile devices. WebMAP2 delivers both - by efficiently re-architecting these enterprise applications for the cloud-powered, mobile world of the future.”

Since Windows XP will no longer be supported after April 8, 2014, enterprise developers are racing to move applications built for XP to supported platforms.  Mobilize.Net offers tools for a “double jump.”  The first jump is from Windows XP-based Visual Basic 6 to .NET.  WebMAP2 automates the second leap, from .NET application to modern web application.  Using patent-pending AI-based algorithms to separate business logic from user interface code, WebMAP2 converts business logic to native C# on ASP.NET, while user interface code is migrated to HTML5 with JavaScript.  The UI and business logic are kept in sync using Microsoft’s web app architectural pattern, MVVM (Model-View-View-Model).

Since WebMAP2 generates code which is fully native to the target platform, customers have no dependency on third-party runtime libraries, reducing long-term cost and risk, and further “future proofing” the application. In this release, WebMAP2 includes mappings to convert Visual Basic 6.0 and C# .NET Winforms code to HTML5 and JavaScript. WebMAP2 also provides an easy to use GUI that allows direct side-by-side comparison of code before and after the transformation, a common developer request.

“Today we are not only showing the future, but by working with Mobilize.Net we’re also helping you get there,” said John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft.  “The MVVM architecture generated by WebMAP2 is flexible, scalable and ready for cloud and mobile.  WebMAP2 is one of the best ways we know of to move VB6 and .NET apps to mobile and cloud.”

No rewrite needed

Building a robust, performant modern web application from traditional client-server code is so complex that most developers assume they have to start from scratch.  However, since the only definition of many business processes is application source code itself, starting from scratch comes at a steep price. “WebMAP2 helps you avoid devastating disruptions to business by automatically preserving good, debugged, business logic,” Button said. “WebMAP2 gives developers a huge jumpstart on that re-architecture with enormous savings in time, cost, and risk, compared to a full rewrite. This means developers can spend their time creating new features and functionality for the business rather than re-inventing the wheel on a new platform.”

“Mobilize.Net has a long history of success building Visual Studio migration tools for the Microsoft developer ecosystem.” said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and Chief Evangelist at Microsoft. “We are proud to collaborate with Mobilize.Net to deliver WebMAP2 capabilities to our mutual customers.” 

Mobilize.Net is now accepting applications for its WebMAP2 beta program. Interested customers can apply at www.Mobilize.Net/BUILD

About Mobilize.Net 

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the process of bringing software applications forward to modern web, mobile and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used our industry leading Artinsoft technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. In addition, Mobilize.Net professional services teams have migrated thousands of enterprise applications to modern platforms. The Mobilize.Net solution enables customers to reduce risk, cost and time while moving applications to the platforms users demand. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's preferred migration solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net

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Media Contact:

Dee Dee Walsh
VP of Marketing & Business Development
Mobilize.Net
deedeew@mobilize.net
425.830.4849

Topics: application migration, Visual Basic, Microsoft, Windows XP, HTML5

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