What’s New in Version 3.03

Released 2/6/2013

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Version 3.03 was primarily focused on improving conversion accuracy, but there was also an advanced section added to the options screen, allowing you to control file encoding, C# compiler error correction, and how variable defaults are handled.

Accuracy improvements:

  • Better conversions of large / complex projects.  Most C# compiler error corrections were moved to the initial base conversion, greatly improving accuracy on large / complex projects which could have a serious C# compiler error impede the issuing and automatic correction of subsequent C# compiler errors.
  • Fixed error when converting an overloaded ^ operator.
  • Changed default for datetime variables to “1/1/1 12:00:00AM” to match VB defaults.
  • Fixed aspx inline code conversions, where <%: tags were not recognized and <%= tags were not recognized within strings.
  • Corrected issue converting <<= and >>= operators.
  • Fixed problem of converting a variable named “operator” in 2003 projects
  • Faster conversions: about 30% faster than previous version.
  • Improved many formatting issues in the generated C# code.
  • Fixed problem of hanging processes in VB2010 and 2012 conversions when converting multiple projects.
  • Fixed issue of User Controls not getting a constructor generated which calls InitializeComponent() if necessary.
  • For VB 2005 projects and above, uninitialized variables are set to default(type), rather than null, 0, etc..
  • Improved conversions of typed datasets.
  • Many more (too many to list).

Local variable initialization options:

In VB.Net, local variables are always initialized to their default values, but are not in C#.  Variables must be explicitly initialized in C# before use to prevent a CS0165 compiler error.  Previous versions only initialized when necessary.  You now have the option of always initializing local variables.


File encoding options:

For most VB projects with non-English characters, the default file encoding detection is recommended, but must be changed in some specialized situations.  In some upgraded 2003 projects with non-English characters, for example, UTF8 should be selected.


Compiler error correction options:

The converter will perform a base conversion to C#, then compile the C# code and automatically perform code corrections based on the compiler error messages received (much like a human would do).  This often requires multiple compiler passes.  You should not normally change these settings, but you can now control this process.


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