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Migration solution for stranded UIM/X based Motif applications released

26-Mar-04 17:30 GMT
IST Limited (IST), recently announced the availability of a new advanced migration solution designed to rapidly salvage X/Motif-based applications developed using the UIM/X User Interface Builder (also known as HP Interface Architect and IBM AIC).

Once a popular Motif development tool, UIM/X lacks the fundamental requirements of a modern Motif GUI Builder such as Motif 2.1 and Linux support. UIM/X also locked the application into a proprietary toolkit layer seriously limiting portability of application code.

For developers stranded with applications developed using UIM/X help is now at hand.

IST's UIM/X Migration Solution is based on the award winning X-Designer cross-platform GUI Builder combined with a comprehensive UIM/X conversion tool. X-Designer runs on all the latest platforms, supports Motif 2.1 and provides a migration path to other platforms such as Java and Windows. X-Designer generates open, portable source code and, unlike UIM/X, does not lock the application into a proprietary toolkit layer.

The migration process is straightforward. The UIM/X conversion tool directly reads UIM/X Project (.prj) and Interface (.i) files and converts them to X-Designer. This conversion tool automatically handles many aspects of a UIM/X project not handled by other conversion tools.

Features of the UIM/X conversion tool include:

  • Direct handling of UIM/X project (.prj) and interface (.i) files. No need to generate UIL to convert a project.
  • Automatic conversion of all user interface designs.
  • Automatically converts Ux convenience functions in application code to portable X/Motif calls.
  • Extraction of callback code in .i files and conversion to X-Designer equivalent callback modules.
  • Creation of structured header files for all declarations entered using the UIM/X Declaration Editor.
  • Conversion of UIM/X re-usable components to equivalent X-Designer re-usable objects.
  • Mappings for many of the proprietary Ux convenience functions through to clean X/Motif API calls

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