Graduation Year

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.S.Cp.E.

Degree Granting Department

Computer Science and Engineering

Major Professor

Jay Ligatti

Keywords

Enporion, Legacy Application, MVC, .Net, REST, Web Services

Abstract

A major hurdle for any company to cross is the act of re-engineering software if they wish to stay relevant. With the speed that software and technology advances, it would be ignorant for any product to stagnate. With that comes the inherent difficulties of choosing

which of the older technologies to keep (if any) and which newer technologies to employ in the re-engineered solution. Once that is covered, the actual implementation presents its own set of challenges to both the decision makers and developers in the process.

This thesis describes a case study, in particular the efforts put forth to re-engineer some specific software. While the software is quite capable, it is becoming more and more out-dated every passing year, not to mention more difficult to maintain, upgrade and alter,

providing a perfect example to explore.

The focus of this thesis is to discuss what avenues of upgrading and methods of providing comparable or improved services to the end user our team chose and implemented. These include using a relational database with an advanced object-relational mapper in a modern environment to provide a REpresentational State Transfer (REST) web service that will then supply a rich interactive front-end. Taken together, these tools are quite powerful and capable.

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