This white paper describes the basic steps for migrating an existing WinForms application to Wisej – the first Web Integrated Server Environment for creating Real Time Web Applications.
To create a new Wisej application from scratch, check this tutorial:
If you’re interested in an automatic conversion of your existing applications (WinForms, VB6, or even Visual WebGUI) please contact us at http://www.fecher.net/contact
- Prerequisite: Install Wisej from http://wisej.com/
- Change the project type from a WinForms executable to a Wisej web project. There are two ways to do this:
- Create a new Wisej project and copy over all the files from the original WinForms application; if you choose this approach then you can skip steps 3 and 4 as the assemblies and the configuration files will be added automatically;
- Change the settings of the existing project. You can do this by editing the .csproj file in a text editor and make the following changes:
- Open the WinForms solution and add the references to the Wisej assemblies: Wisej.Web.dll and Wisej.Core.dll. Note: if these assemblies doesn’t appear in the list check the target .NET framework version; it has to be at least .NET 4.5.
- Add the configuration files to the project. You will need the following files:
- Replace all occurrences of System.Windows.Forms with Wisej.Web
- Build the application and resolve the compiler errors: in most of the cases you will get compiler errors due to some missing properties and/or methods that are obsolete in Wisej. You can simply comment out these.
- Change the Main method; in a typical WinForms application you probably had something like this in the Main method:
The first two lines can be commented out as they are not needed in a web application. The third one has to be changed to show instead the Login dialog:
- Change the startup method in the Default.json file to the Main method from Program.cs:
- That’s it! You should be able to run now the Wisej application.