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Protect VB.Net code converted from Access

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I don't even know if I'm able to describe what I need in the correct jargon,
so please bear with me.

A potential client likes my application for three out of four tasks they need
done. The other task is for web development. I included a potential
subcontractor in my proposal, but they don't like that subcontractor. They
asked me if I'd be willing to act as a sub for another proposer that is local
to their area.

I want to say yes, but my concern is that I have worked long and hard on my
code (it's an application that is more caculational intensive than date entry
intensive). I do not just want to hand over my code for others to see. As far
as I know, no one else has done something similar because of the high degree
of complexity.

I normally distribute my front end as a .mde file.

So my question is:

Is there a way that I can provide my code to this other firm for them to
develop .ASP pages that simulate my forms. As I understand it, I would have
to convert my code to VB.net. Once converted, is there a way to create
something like an .exe or .mde type thing for this VB.net code??

I know very little about web development and for some unknown reason the
client is not interested in running my app over terminal services.

Thanks for any help, suggestions,etc.

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This may not be at all appropriate to your situation, but:

One option would be to create a .NET class library, a dll, written in
VB.NET, C#, or whatever language you might feel comfortable in. You
would need to abstract your calculations, your business logic in
essence, away from the UI in your application.

Then, the developer of the ASP.NET web site could call on your dll to
perform the calculations needed.

..NET code can be obfuscated pretty thoroughly, although not perfectly,
and would probably protect your intellectual property, and of course
you can sell your code with license restrictions on it.

If that worked, you could use the same dll in your own programs with
your own UI and sell that (although I don't know if you could still use
Access, sorry).

The problem is that this would be a pretty large amount of work, and
might make it more difficult to use Access, which you probably don't
want. On the plus side, if there is any significant damand for these
calculations, you may be able to resell your work many times, as a
packaged application or as a class library.

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Ed

robert d via AccessMonster.com wrote:
I don't even know if I'm able to describe what I need in the correct jargon,
so please bear with me.

A potential client likes my application for three out of four tasks they need
done. The other task is for web development. I included a potential
subcontractor in my proposal, but they don't like that subcontractor. They
asked me if I'd be willing to act as a sub for another proposer that is local
to their area.

I want to say yes, but my concern is that I have worked long and hard on my
code (it's an application that is more caculational intensive than date entry
intensive). I do not just want to hand over my code for others to see. As far
as I know, no one else has done something similar because of the high degree
of complexity.

I normally distribute my front end as a .mde file.

So my question is:

Is there a way that I can provide my code to this other firm for them to
develop .ASP pages that simulate my forms. As I understand it, I would have
to convert my code to VB.net. Once converted, is there a way to create
something like an .exe or .mde type thing for this VB.net code??

I know very little about web development and for some unknown reason the
client is not interested in running my app over terminal services.

Thanks for any help, suggestions,etc.

--
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http://www.accessmonster.com/Uwe/For...ccess/200602/1


Feb 16 '06 #2

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