Now the bright side.
Yes we are eternally stubborn and optimistic.
0000 The cloud of uncertainty that have loomed over us for the past, what... 12... 15 years or so has evaporated. The announcement is over. We will no longer have those shrek-donkey-are-we-there-yet moments from within us and those surrounding us, which by the way is annoying.
Now we have to focus on what we have, which is enough really. The VFP core alone is a lot. Sedna being free and open source-d is of course, a plus.
0001 There's more time to catch up. I don't have to be bombarded with features that I don't have the time to learn. I can still learn the old new features. Make the most of it. Probably I can even dig up undocumented ones.
Have more intimacy with VFP9.
0010 The VFP team can work on LINQ and other technologies that are being incorporated into VB.NET and C#. Those two languages still have a lot to do in terms of catching up with FoxPro... : )
0011 The whines generated online by that announcement is entertaining. It helps to ease the stress.
(Ah btw... if you're wondering what this list is all about do check the details in the previous post.)
0100 Probably I can really move my arse to dig into that VS2003 I installed on SAKKHRA a year ago. Probably I can -R it (my attitude included) after letting it remain idle for some time. Now if only I can find a practical real world database application for that.
0101 CodePlex CodePlex CodePlex. Sedna Sedna Sedna. Insert the Balmeys somewhere here. (Animations included.)
0110 It sorts out the insecure developers, programmers and freelancers from the real ones.
There was a time when those Real Programmers don't use C jokes were cool. Probably it's about time someone writes a Fox version for that.
0111 It's in our hands already. Sedna... in CodePlex... free and open source-d. With its promised extensibility, we can make a VisualFoxPro.NET 7000 with it, right?
We can even make our own OS with it if we like.
FoxPro-powered flight simulator... anyone..?
1000 VFP still works with SQL Server (MySQL and FireBird included), works with Office and even OpenOffice, runs on Windows XP and Vista, interconnects with .NET, understands XML... and a lot more.
VFP core still provides practical, reliable and cost-efficient solutions to your problems. Especially desktop-based applications.
1001 It gives you a good reason to really learn something new.
1010 Aliens will have a hard time invading us. Codes (Its syntax and semantics) generated from other languages, except for some, are more cryptic than the clarity FoxPro barfs out.
There's more really... but I need to work.
You can be sad of course, if you like. Disappointed perhaps... cry and do the rain dance. You can even compose and hum a melancholic tune if you want...
... but life goes on.