Rebuild MS Access Application with VB.NET

I'm trying to rebuild my MS Access aplication with VB.Net. Is there any quick way to do so, like some sort of exporting application from ACCESS into VB.net or something similar? It is a pretty large application, and rebuildling would take at least 6 to 8 months to 1 year.

I am also ready to buy any helpful tool that is availble in the market to accomplish this.

Thanks for any help.


lakshmi_venkatAsked:
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PFranksCommented:
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flavoCommented:
Not too sure about using a tool to do this, i highly doubt it will allow you to use the full capabilities of the .Net framework.  There isn't a Access - VB 6.0 converter, I'm not sure how good this will be.  Plus if you have any code in DAO, then i HIGHLY doubt that will be converted at all...  Even the VB 6 - VB .Net is not 100%

I recently did the same thing with what seems to be a smaller app, took a few hours a night for a about 2 months.  It doest take longer to program a data driven app in VB .net as you don't have access to "connected data" (is that the term??) like you can have in Access.  After a while it did become quite fast to upgrade, as i could re-use allot of code / functions / controls to do most of the "work" for me.  I must admit, the first few forms did take a while though...

Dave


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PFranksCommented:
Microsoft Australia is holding an event in early December that has 4 main topics the last of which involves this exact topic.

A two day hands on workshop covering the following options for Microsoft Access users looking to upgrade or upsize:

Upgrading from Access 97 to Access 2003
Upsizing your Access data to SQL Server
Moving your Access reports to SQL Server Reporting Services
Moving your Access forms to .Net
 
 Unfortunately I a m unable to find any more information about it until the course and the above link is all I could find. Liek you Dave I wonder about how much it will utilise the .NET framework but suspect it will be along the lines of VB6 conversions.

Regards

PF
 
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flavoCommented:
ohhh.. this sounds interesting.  I may have to check this out.. I guess its in Melbourne or Sydney
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PFranksCommented:
No there's one is Brisbane on the 29-30/11/2004

http://www.microsoft.com/australia/events/access/

regards

PF
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lakshmi_venkatAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your suggestions. I hope they will post the seminar topics and presentations on the web.
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flavoCommented:
hmmm i wonder if i could convince work to pay for it.. we only use Access 97 and Oracle so it may be hard..
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PFranksCommented:
If they do I'll enquire about advertising them here. Don't like my chances though!

PF
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PFranksCommented:
OK the main product was one called ANETVB7 by Microtools (http://microtools.us/_product.htm)

Seems to do a very good job (trial version only works on Northwind) but please consider the fact that this creates an MSAccess solution in VB.NET. This is far from ideal as Access calls and handles data in a fully connected way and constantly polls the data which is in contrast to the "best practices of MSAccess. Problems also occur with multi-column comboboxes but essentially, the look and feel of the resulting application is quite good.

To sum up the course for those who were unable to attend.

Session 1 - Access97 to Access2003 upgrading issues
      DAO and ADO problems.
      common corruption problems (this included the undocumented "decompile" command-line attribute)
Session 2 - Access 2003 to SQL Server upsizing
      Queries to SPs and Views
Session 3 - Access Reports to SQL Report Services
      A guide to SQL Report services.
Session 4 - Access forms to VB.NET forms
      Differences between VB.NET and Access forms (controls)
      Differences between VB.NET and Access forms (data access)

That's about all I can go into in this limited space. I hope it helps out somebody. I found it quite enlightening.

Regards

PF
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flavoCommented:
It does look just like it!  

Would be good to see the code behind it, ill check the samples.. Thanks for the link mate!

Dave
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