Top 5 Reasons to Migrate Away From PowerBuilder


PowerBuilder for years has held the title of being one of the best application development software solutions among the various Rapid Application Development software technologies mainly due to its speed and simplicity. While this might have been a rarity in the past, thea advances in technology and programming languages have rendered PowerBuilder obsolete.

Many firms are taking the first step towards migrating away from PowerBuilder to a platform such as Java. Java adds flexibility and has added benefits which outwits PowerBuilder in many ways, such as the following:

1. The growing popularity of Java

Java is essentially a language that is platform independent, i.e, it can run on any platform without depending on the underlying operating system. Java allows for rapid prototyping, and easy customization making it one of the best choices for upgrading from legacy applications.  To add to it, people who are familiar with languages such as C and C++ will find Java fairly easy to use.

2. Limited support for PowerBuilder

PowerBuilder isn’t well supported in today’s times as there is a limit in the number of experts that are familiar enough with it to provide help. This number seems to have seen a steady decline and is only likely to continue down that line. Without support, the chances of being able to get assistance on PowerBuilder when you need it are very low.

3. PowerBuilder has become obsolete

Not only are versions 8 and below no longer supported, but version 9 and above are simply viewed as stop-gap measures with web-enabled features patched in. None of the modern features are up to date and it is prime that you have software that not only meets current standards but also leads modern development by constantly iterating over design.

4. Flexibility of Java

One of the main benefits gained from PowerBuilder to Java conversion is flexibility. The same look and feel that PowerBuilder offers can be offered by Java with a degree of automation. There is compatible error handling as well as security in place with Java. Similar services can be offered, with efficient technology which is where PowerBuilder falls short.

5. Feasibility of Java

PowerBuilder widens the gap between business’s IT shop and advances in technology. The main reason being that the dynamic changes in frameworks and programming languages need to be accounted for, which is one factor that PB has not been able to capitalize on. PowerBuilder to Java Conversion allows an organization to recruit from a much larger pool of programmers, avoiding costly desktop deployments and licensing once and for all.

Integritas Solutions guarantees a specific approach to migration for your particular needs. Every step of the process is planned in order to ensure utmost precision.

A conversion to java would ensure that you are rid of having to maintain support for PowerBuilder and of maintaining business logic at the client side.


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