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THOUGHTS . VFP Revolution


VFP Revolution has been floating around for a week or more and this evening I was reading Craig Berntson's opinion about it on his FoxBlog. Though his opinions may sound pessimistic to some (especially to those live/die-hard Foxpro coders out there), it is in a way a practical approach on how to view things.

I also have some thoughts about this matter since the first day I've read those 'we-feel-abandoned' type of articles in the 'net, but up to this moment I'm still struggling to organize those thoughts.

Just recently I was talking online to a former college classmate of mine who is working on a company whose boss is requiring them to convert their VisualFoxpro systems into a VisualBasic one. My pet tiger and I cringed at hearing that news.

Anyway... if you'll look closely at Microsoft.com's Product Lifecycle Dates : Developer Tools Family, you'll see that the Extended Support for Visual Foxpro 8.0 ends on the 31st of March 2010 and probably VFP9 which will be released late this year will have three to four more years... probably around 2014, and that's ten years from now.

Ten years is such a long time in the world of computers and the internet era. With that span of time you can still develop countless database-driven systems that will last five times that span of time.

Hmm... should VisualFoxpro developers worry about the operating systems and platforms more..?

Just a part of the random thoughts I have on this matter that I'm still trying to organize.


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