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Dee Dee Walsh, VP of Marketing & Business Development
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Email: deedeew@mobilize.net


Current Press Releases

Modernize VB6 Code with new Mobilize.Net VB Upgrade Companion 7.0. New version cuts effort needed to move legacy apps to Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Feb, 17, 2016 @ 06:02 AM

Mobilize.Net announced Visual Basic Upgrade Companion version 7.0, available today, that makes big gains in improving the productivity of developers struggling to modernize legacy software applications. With the new version of VBUC, developers no longer need to have a copy of VB6 installed on their migration computer, reducing the complexity and effort needed to migrate VB6 code to modern Windows or Web.

Hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide have used VBUC to migrate billions of extant VB6 code to C# or VB.NET, making VBUC the most popular migration tool ever shipped. Prior to release, Mobilize.Net tested version 7.0 on millions of lines of real-world customer code, migrating in excess of 99.9 percent without the need for post-migration work.

Version 7 brings several new features to this popular tool, including:

  • No need for VB6 on the migration computer, eliminating the need to have a modern development system with an environment that also allowed VB6 to function. This scenario, no longer needed, was often difficult to create and time-consuming to troubleshoot.
  • Support for other (non-VB) libraries not on the development machine, a feature that enables developers to work on applications when they might not have full access to all the code.
  • Improvements to the application analysis and assessment tool, which now counts and reports on Windows APIs, designer files, and unsupported files.
  • Multiple discrete migration improvements to code generation plus dozens or coverage improvements.

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.

Topics: application modernization, application migration, Windows XP, VB6, Windows 8, .NET, Windows 10, C#, VBUC

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 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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deedeew@mobilize.net
425.830.4849

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

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