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What is the challenge when it comes to VB?

Once a cornerstone of application development, VB was launched in the 1990s and provided a user-friendly environment for creating Windows applications. However, with technology evolving at a rapid pace, VB has become outdated, lacking the capabilities needed to meet the demands of modern software development.  Microsoft doesn’t provide any updates for VB6 which means that it is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  

Developed by Microsoft, .NET is a powerful framework that offers a wide range of tools and libraries for building scalable, secure, and high-performance applications. .NET provides developers with the flexibility and versatility needed to tackle any project. 

A tried and tested approach to dealing with the challenges of migration 

Moving away from VB can be complex and there are different approaches including migration or even rewriting. We can help you assess your different options and recommend a strategy and roadmap that will work best for your business.   

As your development partner, we will look at how we can help you further improve the application following migration to meet the evolving needs of your business. 

We often recommend a small pilot project to prove the concept. This helps to mitigate risks, validate our approach and provides a learning opportunity for the project team.  

Here's a very high-level outline of our approach

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Evaluate the existing VB application and define migration goals

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Requirement Gathering

Gather requirements and prioritise features

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Technology Selection

Choose .NET framework and development tools.

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Architecture Design

Design scalable and maintainable architecture

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Code Conversion and Refactoring

Convert VB code to .NET, refactor, and adhere to best practices

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Develop test plans, conduct testing and ensure compatibility

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Plan rollout, deploy, and provide training and support

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Post-Migration Support

Monitor performance, address issues and optimise

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Documentation and Knowledge Transfer

Document the process and provide training

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Continuous Improvement

Seek feedback, iterate, and improve the application.