I am still amazed at the number of character-based applications which I see in use through any given week. Many of these applications I know have been around since the early 80’s, I know this because I continue to support a couple of them. Many companies have been slow to get away from their character-based applications for a number of reasons, not the least of which for many is the old adage of “If it’s not broken, why fix it?”
Every now and then I read something that I look at and say to myself “I could have written that!”. My good friend and fellow Visual Dataflex developer Peter Donovan posted an excellent paper on his blog today entitled “DOS to Windows Conversion: a facelift?” which falls into this category. I highly recommend it. While I generally go about my days recently as if character-based applications no longer exist, I know better. In his paper Peter gives his top 10 reasons for considering a DOS (character-based) application to windows conversion. He states that “The time to invest in a DOS to windows conversion is overdue.”, and I couldn’t agree more.