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Informix 4GL to ASP.NET C# Web Forms , Egypt


Proof-of-Concept as the initial collaboration stage in Application Migration projects.

Customer

This time the Egyptian office of one of the world’s biggest insurance organizations has turned to Ispirer. The organization operates in the market of property casualty insurance, life insurance and retirement services, and has around 90 million customers around the globe.

Challenge

The Customer decided to modernize one of its production systems by moving Informix 4GL desktop application to web application. Thanks to this solution there will be no need to install application on local machines, it will become lightweight and supportable, that’s why the Customer has opted for it.

The main challenge of such move is the difference in behavior of desktop and web applications. For example, in desktop applications there are “hot keys” and it’s possible to move on some control using arrows but in web applications such behavior isn’t implemented by default.

Ispirer usually starts Application Migration projects from Proof-of-Concept Stage in order to prove that Ispirer migration solution is up to this challenge

Solution

Having analyzed Customer’s requirements Ispirer experts have suggested to choose ASP.NET Web Forms as preferred design pattern for the purposes of migration automation and code maintenance. UI conversion was developed from scratch and implemented to the project.

During the POC Stage Ispirer technical team converted about 13 thousands lines of code to C# ASP.NET and extended Ispirer MnMTK. Thanks to the new conversion rules the Toolkit is able to convert Informix 4GL *.per files into ASP.NET *.aspx files. Also the conversion of Informix 4GL statements which work with databases (such as queries or cursors) was developed significantly.

Results and Advantages

After completing the POC study Ispirer team has delivered to the Customer the new ASP.NET C# application with the same functionality as the provided Informix 4GL application but implemented in web architecture.

The POC proved that Ispirer migration solution is the optimal one for such application conversion projects, because wide features of Ispirer MnMTK allow to achieve successful conversion results in the shortest possible time and the provided application is ready for further development and maintenance.

Technologies and Tools

Ispirer MnMTK 2015, Informix 4GL, Microsoft C# .NET, ASP.NET Web Forms, Informix database, Microsoft SQL Server database

2016



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