Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Microsoft Announcement: VFP 9 is the Last Version of Visual FoxPro
Microsoft has used the currently ongoing MVP Summit conference to announce details about the future of Visual FoxPro. The announcement was made yesterday evening to a group of MVPs and, shortly after, an official announcement was posted on http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro, as well as on Alan Griver’s blog. The core of the announcement is that there won’t be any future versions of Visual FoxPro. But to take it step by step, here are the main points:
- Microsoft has officially announced that there won’t be a version 10 of Visual FoxPro. (And no, there won’t be a version 11 or 12 either as someone has already speculated…)
- Service Pack 2 for Visual FoxPro 9 will ship in summer 2007. The focus of this service pack is Windows Vista compatibility. As with most service packs, one should not expect any major new features (if any at all). The goal here is to fix show-stopper bugs.
- Visual FoxPro 9 will be supported under the MS Mainstream Support program until January 12th 2010. Extended support will be available until January 13th 2015. So while there won’t be new releases of Visual FoxPro during that time, Microsoft will still support the product.
- The “Sedna” project will be wrapped up sometime this summer as well. The Sedna components (which are xBase components build on top of Visual FoxPro and will not change the core product) will be released to the community as open source. Sedna components will be completely free of charge. The expected delivery vehicle is www.CodePlex.com. This will allow the community to update and maintain these components, similar to community efforts around the VFPx and VFPy projects.
The exact announcement can be found at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vfoxpro/bb308952.aspx
Today has already seen quite a bit of discussion within the community. Of course, this is not a surprise to most VFP developers, but the general tone still seems to be one of sadness, since so many of us have spent a tremendous amount of time with Visual FoxPro. However, it is important to note that this does not mean that Visual FoxPro is being dropped on the spot. Microsoft continues to sell Visual FoxPro 9, and Microsoft will continue to support Visual FoxPro as described above.
Also, the release mechanism for the Sedna components is interesting and provides a number of opportunities for the community to enhance and maintain these components for a long time to come. If you are interested in what some of these components do, check out our most recent CoDe Focus issue for Visual FoxPro Sedna. You can still sign up for a printed copy free of charge here (as well as other special issues) as long as supplies last. Also, you can read the content online (also free, of course) at www.code-magazine.com/focus/vfp.
Many of the Sedna components focus on making Visual FoxPro work better with .NET. If you are interested in adopting .NET technologies (and you probably are if you read this blog), check out our new tools section (http://www.vfpconversion.com/Tools.aspx). For instance, we recently uploaded a video about the new report converter tool. Check it out at: http://www.vfpconversion.com/Vfp2NetReports.aspx
Also, check out the articles section, which should give you plenty to read up on (http://www.vfpconversion.com/Articles.aspx). And if there is a topic you are interested in that you can’t find an article or blog post about, send us an email (email@example.com) and we will try our best to help you out.
Posted @ 3:40 PM by Egger, Markus (firstname.lastname@example.org) -