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A Tool for Migrating Scientific Applications to the .NET Framework

Summary: Guard:
A Tool for Migrating Scientific Applications
to the .NET Framework
David Abramson, Greg Watson, Le Phu Dung
School of Computer Science & Software Engineering,
Monash University,
Abstract. For many years, Unix has been the platform of choice for the
development and execution of large scientific programs. The new Microsoft
.NET Framework represents a major advance over previous runtime
environments available in Windows platforms, and offers a number of
architectural features that would be of value in scientific programs. However,
there are such major differences between Unix and .NET under Windows, that
the effort of migrating software is substantial. Accordingly, unless tools are
developed for supporting this process, software migration is unlikely to occur.
In this paper we discuss a `relative debugger' called Guard, which provides
powerful support for debugging programs as they are ported from one platform
to another. We describe a prototype implementation developed for Microsoft's
Visual Studio.NET, a rich interactive environment that supports code


Source: Abramson, David - Caulfield School of Information Technology, Monash University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences