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Mobilize.Net Releases Updated Silverlight Migration Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Apr, 05, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Silverlight bridge and Silverlight desktop support Visual Studio 2017 with additional functionality to speed up migrations to Windows 10, the web and cloud

Bellevue, WA – Apr 5, 2017 – Mobilize.Net today released an update to its Silverlight migration tools for Visual Studio 2017. In the latest update Silverlight bridge and Silverlight desktop provide full support for Visual Studio 2017 both in source code compliance and in generating VS2017 solutions. In addition, both tools have been enriched with additional artificial intelligence features that make more informed decisions on the Silverlight code ensuring that the resulting code is cleaner and faster. Mobilize Silverlight tools are available at https://www.mobilize.net/silverlight.

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.

“Silverlight has been a popular development platform for Microsoft customers but its ability to run in a browser was made possible by the dangerous Netscape API plugin architecture (NSAPI) which is no longer supported by virtually all browsers.,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “Mobilize Silverlight migration tools provide a significant kickstart that enables developers to transform their code in less than half the time of a manual rewrite. And of course, a migration is much cheaper too.”

Mobilize Migrations Pave the Way to Mobile and Cloud

Mobilize tools which provide migrations from VB6, PowerBuilder, Silverlight and more enable customers to move all the way to web, mobile and cloud via additional automation.

Mobilize Tools Used By Enterprises, ISVs and SIs*

Hundreds of thousands of customers have successfully used Mobilize tools to convert code to .NET, web, 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 Mobilize tools 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: Silverlight, Silverlight bridge, Windows 10, HTML5, Windows Phone Silverlight, Visual Studio 2017

Mobilize.Net Silverlight Bridge is Released for General Availability

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Dec, 03, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

The Silverlight bridge that helps accelerate bringing Windows Phone 8.1 apps to the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10, is now released for general availability and can be downloaded at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge.

Mobilize.Net, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced that the Silverlight bridge that helps accelerate bringing Windows Phone 8.1 apps to the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10, is now released for general availability. Developers can download the free Visual Studio add-in at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge. The Silverlight bridge jumpstarts application development and allows developers to parse and analyze current source code, automatically converting references to the Windows 10 API. The bridge currently has 2300 mappings and additional helpers to assist with this migration.

 Developers using the tool reflect its usefulness during the migration process. Here are a few quotes:

 “I was able to migrate 95% of the code for my application using the technical preview. Other than having to tweak a couple of references to the new Windows Storage model, the tool worked flawlessly.”

 “Using a new build of the tool, I had 18 errors on my solution. Fixing those 18 errors only took a few minutes rather than hours if I had to do the full port by hand.”

 “I was able to convert 3 projects with minimum manual changes, related to image resolutions that are needed for Windows 10. We are ready to continue migrating our full portfolio of Windows Phone Silverlight apps.”

 Mobilize.Net has created a wiki at https://github.com/MobilizeNet/UWPConversionMappings/wiki/Automatic- Conversion-Considerations where developers can learn more about best migration practices, common scenarios where semantic translation is required, as well as known solutions and workarounds based on community feedback.

 Since the developer preview release in mid-September, Mobilize.Net and the community have been active, adding new conversion mappings, features and improvements based on real world scenarios. Feedback from across the world drove new features and improvements. Highlights include conversion of embedded SQL to SQLite and Windows Storage libraries, optimization of the error notification process based on common scenarios and improvements for the conversion of Async methods that require additional logic. The GitHub repository which has the conversion mappings, including over 800 mappings and semantic translation helpers, which can be fully customized and improved by the development community. In addition to the mappings, helpers have been added / enhanced in the following areas: Networking, UI Navigation and Elements, Contacts and Tasks, Device properties, Phone Storage, GPS functionality.

 Download the Mobilize.Net Silverlight bridge for free at http://www.mobilize.net/download-silverlight-bridge.

Topics: Silverlight, Windows 10, Windows Phone Silverlight, UWP, Windows Universal Platform

Jumpstart migrations to Universal Windows Platform with Mobilize Silverlight Bridge Technical Preview

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Sep, 17, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Windows Phone 8 developers have a new, free tool in their arsenal – Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge which converts Windows Phone 8 Silverlight apps to Windows 10. The tool parses and analyzes the source code of Windows Phone 8 Silverlight applications, and translates forms, controls, properties, methods, events and other APIs to their closest analog on Windows 10. While the tool won’t convert 100% of the application, it will dramatically reduce the time and effort needed for developers to move portfolios of applications to Windows 10. Typical applications will see 80% or more of their code automatically migrate to the new platform. The new applications will run on the full range of supported Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones, and IoT devices. More detailed information can be found from Microsoft at http://aka.ms/silverlightbridge.

Accelerates Migration for Maximum Developer Productivity

Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge is an add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio, available for free to all developers. It transforms C# source code originally written for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 into source code targeting the new Universal Windows Platform, enabling the new application to run on any Windows 10 device. Leveraging the automated code analysis and transformation technology in Mobilize.Net tools, the add-in accelerates migrations, dramatically reducing cost and eliminating project risk associated with manual rewrites. Developers can download, install and use the tool directly from within Visual Studio.

“The Universal Windows Platform provides huge benefits to developers by offering a consistent app platform on every device that runs Windows 10,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “The Mobilize.Net Silverlight Bridge gives Windows Phone 8 developers a significant productivity boost by performing a semantic translation of the Windows Phone 8 app to the Universal Windows Platform. The Silverlight bridge preserves comments, variable names, and structure, so the generated source code is readable, maintainable, and fully native to the new target platform, with no runtimes. As with all Mobilize.Net tools, our goal is to provide developers the efficiency of automation, with the code craftsmanship of a manual rewrite.”

“We’re pleased to work with Mobilize.Net to help developers reuse their existing Windows Phone 8 code to target the fast growing Windows 10 ecosystem,” said Patrick Stanton, Director Product Marketing at Microsoft. “Mobilize.Net’s Silverlight bridge tool will help developers save time and resources as they adapt existing apps to take advantage of the added reach and capabilities of the Universal Windows Platform.”

Open Source Extensibility

The add-in contains a rich extensibility model open to all developers, which enables third parties to add to the library of available mappings and transformations. Developers can convert Windows Phone 8 projects (.SLN solutions) to the new UWP Visual Studio format. This feature alone saves a huge amount of time and effort. Any developer can contribute to the Mobilize UWP Bridge project and the resulting mappings are also freely available. The open source project is hosted at GitHub at https://github.com/MobilizeNet/UWPConversionMappings.

Timing and Availability

The tool is available for download immediately and includes 700 mappings. More mappings are being developed and all 1200 mappings will be completed in early November. Developers can download the tool at http://www.mobilize.net/uwp-bridge.

Topics: Silverlight, Windows 10, C#, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Silverlight, UWP, Universal Windows Platform

Mobilize.Net Collaborates With Microsoft on Tool to Accelerate Developer Adoption of Windows 10

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Mobilize.Net Announces Tool to Convert Windows Phone Applications to the Recently Unveiled Windows 10 Unified API

At the Microsoft Build 2015 event today, Mobilize.Net, a leading provider of application modernization products and services, announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop and release a tool that significantly accelerates conversion of applications written for Windows Phone to run on the much anticipated Windows 10 devices. The tool will parse and analyze the source code of Windows Phone Silverlight applications, and translate forms, controls, properties, methods, events and other API to their closest analog on Windows 10. This tool will dramatically reduce the time and effort needed for developers to move portfolios of applications to Windows 10. The new applications will run on the full range of Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones, and IoT devices.

“Our tools make source code mobile, so applications can efficiently move to the latest platforms without the time, cost, or risk inherent in a rewrite,” said Tom Button, CEO at Mobilize.Net. “By partnering with Microsoft, we are paving the road for apps to move quickly from Windows Phone Silverlight to Windows 10, accelerating the adoption of the new Universal Windows Platform.”

“Mobilize.Net has a long history of providing tools that help developers transform existing applications to the latest platforms,” said John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft. “Not only did they build the tools that migrated millions of Visual Basic developers to .NET, now they are helping .NET developers bridge their Windows Phone applications to the universal Windows platform and cloud. This new tool will enable developers to significantly accelerate their move from Silverlight Windows Phone to Windows 10.”

Migrates Apps in One Third the Time for Maximum Developer Productivity

The Mobilize.Net migration tool will be released as an add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, available for free to all Windows developers. The tool will transform C# source code originally written for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 into source code targeting the new Universal Windows Platform, enabling the new application to run on any Windows 10 device. Leveraging the automated code analysis and transformation technology in WebMAP2 (also announced today), this Visual Studio Add-In will enable complete migrations in a third or less of the time required for a manual rewrite, dramatically reducing cost and eliminating project risk associated with manual rewrites. Developers will be able to download, install and use the tool directly from within Visual Studio. The tool will be available for free both from the MSDN and Mobilize.Net websites.

Open Source Extensibility

The tool will contain a rich extensibility model open to all developers, which will enable third parties to add to the library of available mappings and transformations. Any developer can contribute to the project and the resulting mappings will also be freely available.

Timing and Availability

Developers can check out the demo at Build in the demo zone area on the second floor. The tool will be available first as a technical preview in Q3, 2015. Go to www.mobilize.net/BUILD to get on the list for the pre-release.  

Topics: application migration, Mobile Application Development, Windows 8, Silverlight, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Silverlight

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