Available in ≥ 2.12
The Welcome page provides a quick guide for self-discovering and analyzing the impact of changes, or identifying a path for modernization. When you first login to CAST Imaging and select an application, by default, you will be directed to the Welcome page, which displays the details of the current application.
The tabs/links displayed in the Welcome page depend on the content of the selected application. For example: the Data Objects tab/link appears only when the selected application contains database objects, such as procedures, functions, and so on.
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- If/when there is a delay in loading the Welcome page, loader screen is displayed to let the user know that the Welcome page is in the process of loading.
- Out of the box, CAST Imaging will display the Welcome page by default, however, it can be disabled using the Landing Page option in Preferences (set it to Imaging Menu):
- Use the "Home" button in the left hand panel:
- To re-display the Welcome page, if you have navigated away from it
- To display the Welcome page, if you have selected "Imaging Menu" as the landing page in Preference
Options in the Welcome page
Need guidance for moving to the cloud?
This option, in its BETA version, provides access to the "Imaging Advisor" giving information about the status of your application with regard to a migration to a cloud provider such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure, GCP (Google Cloud Platform) and Oracle Cloud. See User Guide - GUI - Welcome Page - Imaging Advisor.
Are you new to the application? Discover your application and its dependencies gives you the following tabs/links:
Do you want to implement changes in code gives you the following tabs/links:
Available in ≥ 2.14
Do you want to modernize your application?
Gives insights for modernizing components and examine the interdependencies.
Pre-requisites for "Third Party Components Upgrade" tile
The necessary information for the above tile is generated using CAST Highlight, therefore the tile is displayed only if the application meets the following requirements:
Available in ≥ 2.14
Do you want to accelerate cloud migration?
These tiles provide information about how well prepared your application is for cloud migration, i.e. moving from an on premises deployment to a cloud scenario.
When clicked, each tile provides an interface where a list of "blockers" can be consulted - i.e. a list of "issues" found in the application that could hinder a move to the cloud - see User Guide - GUI - Welcome Page - Cloud Migration information for more information.
This information is generated using CAST Highlight, therefore these tiles are only displayed if the application meets the following requirements:
Other information displays the selected application's total number of:
Technologies and Lines of Code values
Lists the "Technologies" associated with the selected application and the "Lines of Code" per technology.
By default, a maximum of 5 technologies associated with the selected applications are displayed.
A SHOW MORE button (available in ≥ 2.16.0) helps you to view all the technologies associated with the selected application. SHOW MORE button is not displayed if the number of technologies associated with the selected application is less than 5.
The Core Metrics extension is used to generate the Lines of Code (LOC) value and obtain the list of technologies. Therefore these values may be empty if you have upgraded to CAST Imaging ≥ 2.12.0 and your applications were not analyzed with the inclusion of the Core Metrics extension.
If you need to see these values, you should therefore run an analysis (ensuring that the Core Metrics extension is installed) and re-import your applications into CAST Imaging.
Languages and Lines of Code values
Lists the "Languages" associated with the selected application and the "Lines of Code" per language. This provides more information than is provided by the LOC values for Technologies (Technologies are custom "groupings" which do not show all constituent languages). This information matches the information provided in the Overview panel in CAST Console.
Action when clicking a tab/link
Clicking on any of the above mentioned tabs/links takes you direct to a custom layout that is specific to the tab you have clicked. For example, clicking the Data Storage Objects option opens a view displaying all the SQL tables in your application:
Welcome Guide pop-up
When clicking a tab/link in the Welcome page and navigating through to the custom layout, a pop-up message is also displayed by default which explains what the custom view contains. For example, clicking the Database Tables option opens a view displaying all the SQL tables in your application and the pop-up message explains this:
Click Do not show again if you do not want a specific pop-up to be displayed every time you click a specific tab/link in the Welcome page.
Redisplaying the pop-up
Use the View Information option in the left hand panel:
- To re-display the pop-up when it is closed
- To display the pop-up whenever the "Do not show again" option is selected.
Disabling the pop-up
If you want to disable the pop-up message for all the tabs/links of the Welcome Page, use (disable) the Welcome Guide option under Preferences: