Advanced Techniques for Migrating LOB ActiveX Controls
Enterprises rely on web applications every day for critical line-of-business work. Oftentimes these web applications aren’t just markup and script—they rely on complicated interactions between pages and binary ActiveX controls. When these controls stop working during browser upgrade audits, businesses are faced with a catch-22—stay with IE6 and you keep costs down at the expense of security, move to IE8 and lock down your enterprise at the risk of cost.
For the brave and willing, there is a third option for businesses looking to have the best of both worlds: in-house migration and patching. Enterprises can keep their cost down by writing simple “wrappers” to permit old ActiveX controls to run in IE8. Not only that, wrapper techniques work for both in-house and third-party controls… without requiring the original source code.
In this talk, I’ll discuss a number of methods for wrapping ActiveX controls. We’ll get our hands dirty walking through real-world examples of wrapping, patching, shimming, and redirection, showing how you can take that broken control and restore it back to its glory days. Save money, stay secure, and keep your business running in a few lines of code!