Migrating to .NET

Migrating to .NET : A Pragmatic Path to Visual Basic .NET, Visual C++ .NET, and ASP.NET

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Part of the Integrated .NET Series, this book fills the need for an efficient methodology for migrating applications to .NET. The methodology presented not only provides technical guidance during migration, but it also provides increased productivity in the migration process it self. The book gives a brief introduction to the Microsoft .NET platform and covers the basic concepts of migration. It includes a detailed look at VB.NET, Managed VC++, and ASP.NET, outlining key differences as well as advantages over their predecessors. The book includes detailed steps on what is involved in migration. It also has a rich set of examples and case studies to cover important aspects of migration, including pre-migration and post-migration. The last section covers issues related to component migration and interoperability. Many companies would like to capitalize on the new features of .NET. These companies have already developed applications using earlier Microsoft technologies like Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ and ASP. In order for these companies to take advantage of the productivity gains as well as the new features offered by .NET, it is imperative that they migrate their applications to Microsoft .NET technology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 177.8 x 234.7 x 35.6mm | 988.84g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0131009621
  • 9780131009622

Table of contents


About this Series.

1. Microsoft .NET Framework.

Need for .NET Framework. Building Blocks of .NET. Introduction to Microsoft .NET Framework. Additional Concepts in .NET Framework. Consideration for Migration. Roadmap to Migration. Phases Involved in Migration. Summary.

2. New Features in Visual Basic .NET.

Visual Basic .NET Features. Object-Oriented Features of Visual Basic .NET. Structured Exception Handling. Threading Features. Language Interoperability. Summary.

3. Visual Basic to Visual Basic .NET: Migration Approach.

Road Map to Migration. Assessment. Upgrade Wizard Overview. Post-migration Changes Overview. Pre-migration Recommendations. Understanding Language and Syntax Changes. Understanding the Data Type Changes. Steps for Pre-migration Changes. Upgrade Wizard in Visual Studio .NET. Summary.

4. Post-migration Changes.

Categorization By Functionalities. Graphics. Dynamic Data Exchange. Object Linking and Embedding. Help Functionality. Database Changes. Drag and Drop Changes. Menu Object Changes. Multiple-Document Interface Form Changes. Controls Collection Changes. Win32 API Calls. Designers. COM+ Components. Summary.

5. Migration Approach for ASP to ASP.NET.

Need for a New Version. Why Migrate to ASP.NET. Migration Approach. Considerations for Migration. Pre-migration Strategy. Guidelines for Code Changes. Security Settings. Summary.

6. Migrating to ASP.NET I.

Creating an ASP.NET Web Application. Categorization by Functionality. Summary.

7. Migrating to ASP.NET II.

Session State Management. Intrinsic Objects. Structural Changes. Language Changes. Summary.

8. New Features in Visual C++ .NET.

Managed Extensions. Platform Invoke. Web Services. ATL Server. ATL Server Web Services. Managed C++ Web Services. Summary.

9. Migrating to Visual C++ .NET.

Exception Handling. Migration Strategies for Exception Handling. Interoperability. COM Migration. COM Interoperability. Registering the Assembly with COM. Making the Components Accessible. Building the .NET Component. Migrating an Existing C++ Class to .NET Framework. Summary.

10. Dealing with Legacy Components in .NET.

What Defines Code Reusability. Important Features of .NET. The Drawbacks of COM. COM Versus .NET Components. Need for Interoperability between .NET and COM. Managed Environment Versus Unmanaged Environment. Exposing COM Components to .NET Framework. Exposing .NET Components to COM Clients. Summary.

11. Exposing Legacy Components as Web Services.

Using Microsoft SOAP ToolKit. Consuming Web Services. Summary.

12. Visual Basic .NET Migration Case Study.

Introduction to PMS. Front End for the System. Components in PMS. Reports in PMS. Migration of Visual Basic Application. Architecture of the Migrated PMS System. Summary.

13. Case Study: ASP to ASP.NET.

ASP Web Application. Migrating the Application. Summary.

14. Visual C++ .NET Migration Case Study.

Setting Up PMS in Visual C++ 6.0. Front End for the System. COM Components in PMS. ISAPI DLLs in PMS. CustomerServices DLL. Flow of Information in the PMS. Migration of Visual C++ Application to Visual C++.NET. Summary.

Appendix A. Controls in Visual Basic.

Appendix B. Comparison between HTML Controls and Server Controls.

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About Manu Gupta

All authors work at Patni Computer Systems, Ltd.

DHANANJAY KATRE is a senior software specialist. A key member of Patni's .NET Technology Group, he is responsible for formulating .NET migration methodologies. He received a spot appreciation award within Patni for his contributions.

PRASHANT HALARI is a senior software engineer. He focuses on product development. A key member of Patni's .NET Technology Group, Prashant received Patni's Valuable Contribution Award for his work in developing .NET migration methodologies.

NARAYANA RAO SURAPANENI is a senior software engineer. He is a Microsoft.NET Global MVP, MVP in spotlight and is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and a Sun Certified Java Professional. Narayana leads .NET and Web Services technology group at Patni.

MANU GUPTA is a senior software engineer. He specializes in the areas of Web Services and Microsoft .NET compact Framework. He was involved in developing .NET migration methodologies especially for VC++ .NET.

MEGHANA DESHPANDE is a software engineer. She was responsible for developing migration methodology and preparing white papers for migrating ASP applications to ASP.NET within Patni.
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