Forms:  Access 2003 to Visual Studio 2003

Posted on 2005-03-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-16
I am in the process of rebuilding an application that I put together in Access to a .Net Windows Application to give me more flexibility and control.  I already have a lot of forms put together and designed in Access.  Is there a way to take the forms that I made in access and bring them into Visual Studio so I don't have to recreate the wheel so to speak.

Thank you for your help,
Question by:kmcbrearty
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caball88 earned 2000 total points
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if you want an automated way of creating the access forms in .NET you are probably no gonna find a clear cut product. there are a few products but mostly they convert to vb.net since access is somewhat similar to vb. my suggestion is to rewrite the forms if possible. i don't know how pain staking that will be but big bang conversions never work and they are never clean.

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ID: 13571641
I was afraid that was the answer.  It isn't that much of a pain, it is just a matter of how much time it will take to do.  I have simplified many of the forms so they can be reused for other purposes.  I will have about 25-30 forms that I will have to recreate the layout for.  I was hoping their was someway to import the form layout into Visual Studio but was afraid that it wasn't a possibility.


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ID: 13574716
to re-write the forms would probably be the better solution if given enough time. you can clean up the forms and code if necessarry. also with .NET's new object oriented capabilities you might be able to leverage some of that and create a nice scalable application.

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