Questions on the VB Webcasts

30. June 2006 04:13 by Jaguilar in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

During the Visual Basic webcasts we get several questions, not all of them related to VB migrations. Following the 64–bit webcast’s lead, I think it would be a good idea to share them with you (they were originally asked in spanish, this is my rough translation):

Question: What happens with VB6 applications that use Spread?
Answer: FarPoint's Spread is a widely-used spreadsheet component used in VB6 applications. The current version of the Upgrade Wizard does not support the automated conversion of this component to the .NET equivalent. If you wish to continue using it, you’ll need to use COM interop. There’s a chance that a future version of the VB Upgrade Companion Edition will be able to convert this component.

Question: Does the Upgrade Wizard work for upgrading ASP applications?
Answer: No, it doesn’t. For ASP applications, there is the ASP to ASP.NET Migration Assistant. You can also check out the ASP to ASP.NET v1.x Migration Guide. It is slightly outdated and doesn’t deal with the 2.0 Framework, but should work as a good starting point.
Artinsoft also offers complete migration services for upgrading your ASP application to ASP.NET.

Question: Is there a solution for migration from Visual Foxpro to .NET?
Answer: Unfortunately there is no tool for migrating Visual Foxpro applicationsto the .NET Framework.

Question: Is there a document with and outline of the testing process for migration projects?
Answer: The testing process depends on the type of application. There is no “magic bullet” that will describe this. There is, however, a migration guide, developed between ArtinSoft and Microsoft, that has a chapter on testing the applications. This can be found at Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005.
ArtinSoft also recomends using a slightly modified version of the original application’s test cases.

Question: What version of the .NET Framework is required for the migration tool?
Answer: The Upgrade Wizard is available for version 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 of the .NET Framework. We are currently using the version bundled with Visual Studio .NET 2005, that uses version 2.0 of the Framework, because it is the most recent version.

Remember to check out all the VB to VB.NET presentations, that can be found at the CEM website.