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Last updated 18 avr. 2024

Migrating legacy apps to VB expressions

A legacy app is an app that has been created before the introduction of VB expression language, or that uses the legacy expression language.

The migration process takes the legacy app as input and generates a copy of the legacy app designed with VB expressions.

To migrate a legacy app to VB expressions:

  1. Open the desired legacy app.

  2. On the top toolbar, click Migrate to VB. A pop-up message informs you about the outcome of the migration.

  3. Select Continue to migrate. A toast message informs you about the migration progress.

  4. Check the notification panel to see if the app was migrated successfully.

The migrated app is displayed on the Build tab, with the following name syntax: app_name + migration timestamp.

Important:

Once migrated, the new VB app might display errors. These errors are caused by the incompatibility between legacy expressions and VB.

To make your app functional, go through each error and manually adjust the expression to meet the VB requirements.

Migrated capabilities

The following list summarizes which Apps capabilities are migrated from legacy to the VB expression language. Not all capabilities are persisted, and they may need manual corrections. To help you rewrite the legacy expression in VB language, the migration algorithm provides a guiding string.

App pages, controls, layouts

All app pages, controls, and layouts built within the legacy expression language are migrated to their related instance in VB expressions.

A couple of controls and elements are migrated differently:

File picker
Migrated as File downloader, if the File picker control is used as Download only.

Otherwise, the File picker control is migrated as File uploader.

Custom list

The Custom list control is not yet supported in VB expressions. Therefore, to preserve the layout, a placeholder of the same dimensions is used.

Value binding

Value binding is not supported in VB expressions.

Data context
Data context is not supported in VB expressions.
Note:

The DataSource property is migrated as blank for several controls, such as Table, Dropdown, or List. Use the Query Builder to rebuild the expression.

Expressions

All literal expressions are fully migrated. A literal expression is a value directly inputted by users.

Complex expressions, such as Lookup, are replaced by a string that serves as guidance in building the new VB expression.

Integrations with Apps

All integrations, such as Processes, Queues, or Storage Buckets, are fully migrated.

Errors might occur if an integration name does not respect the naming convention for VB elements. The migration algorithm renames the element on your behalf.

Apps variables

During migration, variables are set to string data types, regardless of their original data type.

Errors might occur for variables that have other data types other than string assigned. In these cases, manual corrections are required.

Make sure the variable names respect the naming convention for VB elements.

Direct bindings

A direct binding is a link between two single elements only. For example, in a legacy app, the Value binding property of a Textbox control, or the Storage Bucket field of the Upload file to storage bucket rule.

Cross-page bindings are deprecated in VB expression language, therefore these types of bindings are not migrated. An error is displayed to elements that have cross-page binding, with a guiding string to help you rewrite the expression.

All simple expressions on control properties, such as Required, Readonly, or Hidden, are migrated.

App rules

All rules that contain direct bindings are migrated. Complex expressions are removed or converted to a guiding string.

The following image compares the configuration for the Set values rule before (picture 1) and after (picture 2) migrating to VB expressions:

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A couple of rules are migrated differently:
Create/Update entity
The rule is migrated as the Create entity rule. Expressions in this rule are not preserved, therefore you need to reconfigure the rule.

Set values

If the rule has multiple items in the Items To Set field, they are migrated as separate Set values rules.

Expressions in this rule are replaced by strings that serve as guidance in building the new VB expression.

If/else

The rule is migrated without conditions.

  • Migrated capabilities
  • App pages, controls, layouts
  • Expressions
  • Integrations with Apps
  • Apps variables
  • Direct bindings
  • App rules

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