The Question is:
I have a customer who ownes some vaxes with vws, and a software wich uses it.
Are there documentations and cost evaluation (in time) for migration from vws /
uis to dec-windows / motif ?
The Answer is :
VWS/UIS is now a third-party package, supported by Touch Technologies.
VWS/UIS date back to what were then known as VAX/VMS releases, and
particularly to releases prior to V5.1; prior to 1989. This was
obviously prior to the web, and prior to such constructs as PDF and
HTML, and softcopy documentation of such comparatively old software
is generally not or not widely available.
Look particularly for the document entitled A Guide to Migrating VWS
Applications to DECwindows; this material was shipped within the VWS
V4.3 kits among other VWS releases, as was the UISX (also variously
known as VAXuisx) API and documentation, the UIS Source Code Annotator
tool, and a UIS to DDIF converter tool.
Without some idea of the particular code involved, no specific answer
is possible of course, as the effort involved in converting from an
unknown VWS/UIS application to an X Windows or (likely better), to a
CGI-based application could range from the trivial to the intractible.
As mentioned earlier, there is available UISX support which may be
of some interest; this allows various UIS-based applications to
operate under X Windows. UISX has the potential to allow you to
continue using the UIS APIs.
That written, the OpenVMS Wizard would tend to skip forward to more
current interfaces, using CGI or other web APIs when feasible.
While X Windows is certainly not going away, most new interfaces
are now web-based.
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