Java Becomes Legacy, Too

About 20 years ago, Java was being used to build web applications and business systems. Those were the days of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), and many of us used the Struts Framework to implement a Model View Controller design pattern in these applications. We wrote a lot of code — getters and setters, beans of all sorts, and a proliferation of object classes that seemed to be required by the dictates of software engineering. We worked with JDK 1.3 – 1.5, and then Java 6. Most of what we did in those years still works, of course, but Java and the frameworks have evolved a lot and new concerns – like cybersecurity – have taken on greater importance.

Unfortunately, those older applications have become very hard to maintain, and there are fewer and fewer programmers who are well versed in J2EE, for example. And Struts is a known security problem AND a framework that has largely been replaced by the Spring Framework, for good reasons. Everybody talks about modernizing COBOL and Natural, but the fact is that Java applications that are more than about 10 years old need modernizing too!

When modernizing, ResQSoft Engineer can take diverse legacy languages – for example; Java, COBOL, Oracle Forms, PowerBuilder, VB, and RPG – and modernize those systems to a common platform and program architecture.  Engineer can even be used to create multiple modernized systems as a single application, tied together with menus and shared code, if desired. And, we can give the new application a modern, mobile-ready User Interface with Angular, too.

ResQSoft® Engineer Produces Modern Java

Preparing a feasibility study and an RFP takes 2-3 years — about the same amount of time that actually modernizing software would take! The RFP will require bidders to have done the same kind of modernization 2 or 3 times before, so the technology used to do work for that first reference is almost guaranteed to be obsolete. Modernization tools are like any other complex application; unless they are built for continuous improvement, as ResQSoft® Engineer is, they will become legacy applications themselves and that means they will produce code for you that is already obsolete or nearly so. Yes, it will run. Yes, there are references. And yes, the code you get probably has $40 million of technical debt in it. In contrast, we use the latest and best frameworks and versions of Java and .NET. Don’t settle for Java 6 or 7 warmed over to Java 8, when you can get true Java 8 or Java 11 or 12 from us. And, we can give you Angular, and .NET Core 2.x as a matter of course, because ResQSoft® Engineer is a modular, template driven Python application — not a monolithic translator.

ResQSoft® Will Help You Modernize Your Old Java

In the ’90s and 2000s, we did not believe that we were writing legacy systems when we developed large business applications in Java.  Yet, that’s what happened.  So, how do you avoid creating another such situation?  What happens in six years if, the modernization language you choose today becomes unsupported and some new language is the new platform of choice? Well, if you modernize with ResQSoft® Engineer, you will save dramatically on making further platform changes, because your code is properly structured and completely standardized – and chances are we will support the new platform and can re-generate the bulk of your code to fit.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements, and how ResQSoft® Engineer and our staff of experienced software engineers can modernize your system to the Cloud – the right way.

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