Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Converter updated: new batch mode added

It has been a while since the Telerik Code Converter received an update worth mentioning, but this update is big! Until now, you have been forced copy and paste your code into the Converter's textbox to perform your (effortless) conversions. While that's handy, sometimes you have many files that need conversion and it would be a long process to do all of the updates via copy and paste. You now have a better option.

Available immediately, the Code Converter now sports a "batch mode" that enables you to upload multiple files and convert them all with one click. The batch mode even supports zip archives, which means you can upload a zipped project and the converter will automatically find and convert all C# and VB files. But wait, there's more. The Converter will also analyze your code for potential conversion problems (code that is known to convert poorly or not at all) and create a report that helps you quickly tweak the auto converted code.

After you code has been converted, it is zipped up so you can easily download it and review the results. For obvious size and security reasons, only C# and VB files will be extracted from your uploaded zip archives- everything else will be ignored. That means you'll need to merge your converted code back into your projects if they contained extra resources (like images, ASPX pages, assemblies, etc.). Hopefully that's an understandable limit.

And as far as security is concerned, you need to use your best judgment. You will be uploading files to our servers that are temporarily saved for the conversion process, but as soon as you click the "Done" button at the end of process, all traces of your files are removed from the server. If you forget to click the "Done" button, we will purge all temporary files on a regular basis- we have no desire to keep your code on our servers. Nonetheless, don't use the batch converter for code that is too sensitive for this process. Use the normal "in memory only" converter for that code.

The Converter has received a few extra updates, too, so you should notice that it handles all code conversions better than before (for example, #region now converts and "Handles" keywords in VB are removed in VB to C# conversions).

So what are you waiting for, visit the Code Converter now and check out all the new features!