Good list of resources for VB6 Migrations from Microsoft's Peter Ty

12. September 2007 09:36 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Peter Ty assembled a good reference of links for Visual Basic 6 Upgardes to .NET. Enjoy!

BANAMEX signs automatic VB6 migration contract with ArtinSoft

12. September 2007 08:31 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The launch of ArtinSoft's spanish web site (  comes in synch with ArtinSoft's winning a very large contract to migrate over 170 Visual Basic applications at Banamex (a Citi Group subsidiary).  The applications will be fully updated and deployed by the bank in less than one year period.  This is a record time for such a large migration project: over 5 millions lines of code! 

Banamex performed extensive research on how to approach the VB6 support deadline.  Since the beginning of the evaluation process the internal debate was weather to automatically migrate or to rewrite the apps. 

They did a full assessment of their application portfolio and separeted the applications that were about to be retired and choose the applications that were functionally relevant to the business.   They observed that the chosen applications were simply performing all the business requirements they were supposed to perform, therefore no need to change them functionally!    The next realization was that a rewriting was definetely NOT the cost-effective way to solve the situation.  The estimated difference betweeb a rewrite and a migration was 5 to 1.

Banamex showed once more that if your application is performing and what you need to do is move to adopt .NET and all the benefits that come with it then the best way forward is through automatic upgrade.


Read more about the Banamex story at: the following links (some are in spanish):


La República:

El Financiero:

CIO América Latina:

Pergamino Virtual:

Business News Americas:$SEP$idioma$EQ$I$AMP$sector$EQ$1$AMP$noticia$EQ$406218

Yahoo! España:

Yahoo! México:

La Prensa Gráfica:


ArtinSoft soluciones de migracion automatica de software

12. September 2007 08:26 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)


Link to ArtinSoft – soluciones de migración de software


ArtinSoft just lunched its web site for the spanish market and specifically for the Mexican market. 

Upgrading VB6 to .NET – migration guide FAQ: 13 Chapters available

25. May 2007 10:28 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

 The ArtinSoft migration guide to VB Upgrades and Conversions is becoming a huge success.  It is clear that people are consulting it.  To me, this is just another evidence that the movement of VB6 applications to .NET is happening!

Link to Upgrading VB6 to .NET – migration guide FAQ


Your comments are more than welcome!

Dispelling VB6 Migrations Fear Uncertainty and Doubt

8. March 2007 10:46 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Jeffrey Hammond of Forrester Research released yesterday a piece to help dissipate the FUD around Visual Basic Upgrades.

The executive summary of the Trend piece "Keys to Successfull VB6 Migration: Dispelling App Dev Professionals Fear, Uncertainty, And Doubt" can be found at:,7211,41746,00.html

I agree with Jeffrey's view of the situation.  In a few words, VB6 customers should seriously consider a migration (it's about time!) and with the proper project consideration migrations can be executed almost painlessly.  I certainly recommend the research!

Bad software is terrible for business and the economy.

18. February 2007 02:11 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

A recent article by Jason Pontin on the Ney York Times began with exactly these words.  It went on like this:

... Software failures cost $59.5 billion a year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded in a 2002 study, and fully 25 percent of commercial software projects are abandoned before completion. Of projects that are finished, 75 percent ship late or over budget.

The reasons aren’t hard to divine. Programmers don’t know what a computer user wants because they spend their days interacting with machines. They hunch over keyboards, pecking out individual lines of code in esoteric programming languages, like medieval monks laboring over illustrated manuscripts.

Worse, programs today contain millions of lines of code, and programmers are fallible like all other humans: there are, on average, 100 to 150 bugs per 1,000 lines of code, according to a 1994 study by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. No wonder so much software is so bad: programmers are drowning in ignorance, complexity and error.” ...


Doesn't the above paragraph look like the perfect reason why an automated migration of a valuable application makes sense?  When you are doing an automatic migration you do not have to guess the intentions of the users.  You have the perfect specification.  You have a working application!  Then you might ask, if it is working why should you even touch it in the first place?  And we are going back to the reasons to migrate.  Typically an application becomes a candidate for a migration if it continues to support the business but need to evolve and it is written in a technology/platform that does not provide the best advantages to the current business scenario.  When an application meets these characteristics one of the common decisions is to throw it a away and re-build it!  Here is when we again enter in the cycle where most projects go down an unmanageable spiral of over time and over budget mainly because of the isses in translating business requirements into working code.  An alternative is the automated migration.  Take the best possible specification (the app itself), use the computer to upgrade it to a more modern environment (automatic migration) and take advantage of the latest techniques that software development tools can provide (.NET).  Why start from scratch when all you need is to continue to evolve a working app on a modern set of technologies?  VB6 application can be moved .NET, it is possible to extend their life, recover all the embedded knowledge and continue to extract value from them for years to come.

If programming is so hard as the New York Times implies, why shouldn't we use techniques to reduce the amount of required programming?  Automatic migration is one of those techniques.  The article goes on illustrating another potential solution: Intentional Programming.  The idea is to capture the intention of the users and translate them into usable programs.  Again, more support for my thesis, why not use a working application as the source of intentions?

Upgrading VB6 to .NET: migration guide FAQ

2. February 2007 12:53 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Microsoft and ArtinSoft published the Upgrade guide for Visual Basic 6 to .NET.  This guide is been re-purposed as a list of FAQs to easily search and allow programmers and managers to find out about the best practices when planning a migration project from VB to Visual Basic .NET 2005.

The first two chapters are out, more will come in the next weeks.


"The purpose of these pages is to provide a comprehensive FAQ for the Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005 guide. This VB migration material was developed jointly by Microsoft and ArtinSoft, a company with vast experience in Visual Basic conversions and the developer of the Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard, the Visual Basic 6.0 Upgrade Assessment Tool, the Visual Basic Upgrade Companion and the ASP to ASP Migration Assistant, among other software migration products."

Link to Upgrading VB6 to .NET – migration guide FAQ


11. January 2007 11:24 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Juan Pastor recently published an article that analyzes the risk of having mission critical applications running on non supported software (does it sound like VB6?).  Will you get in trouble with Sarbanes-Oxley?  Read on and you'll find out.  However, let me just ask you this: Why should you take the risk?


The white paper considers the latest developments regarding SOX compliance and explains how organizations can ensure ongoing certification by migrating their legacy finance applications to a modern IT platform.

Link to Migrating-Away-From-Compliance-Quicksand

Migrating VB6 to VB.NET Safely

27. November 2006 05:48 by Fzoufaly in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

This is an interesting blog post about some tips to prepare for a VB migration. 

Link to Migrating VB6 to VB.NET Safely « Star Struck Developer

Interestingly, now the dilemma is no longer weather I should upgrade or not but HOW do I upgrade and minimize the potential issues in doing so.

"But life does march on and .NET is now an essential part of any serious developers inventory. So this is the strategy I am following to at least provide the team the opportunity of migrating code to C# or VB.NET."