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This download contains the BETA release for Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP2 and the "Sedna" add-ons. This release has two parts:The Sedna Beta download contains six components: VistaDialogs4COM, Upsizing Wizard, Data Explorer, NET4COM, MY for VFP and VS 2005 Extension for VFP.The VFP 9.0 SP2 Beta download contains a patch that can be applied to VFP 9.0 or VFP 9.0 SP1. In addition to fixes to the core product, this patch contains significant enhancements to the Reporting features.Note that the SP2 patch can only be applied to VFP 9.0 or VFP 9.0 SP1.Download At Source
On the heels of Microsoft's acknowledgement that it has no plans to continue development of its Visual FoxPro data-centric programming language, two Spanish Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) have launched a campaign to try to convince Microsoft to reconsider its decision.
Microsoft officially announced late last month that the company has no plans to release FoxPro 10.0. Instead, as many FoxPro developers expected, the 9.0 release is the end of the Microsoft-supported line.
There are still thousands of FoxPro developers and customers, however. And a number of them aren't happy about Microsoft's plans, claiming that Microsoft failed to provide "a convincing explanation or a logical reason" as to why the Redmond software maker won't continue to support FoxPro, according to the "MasFoxPro" portal.
On March 22, a couple of MVPs created this portal — whose Spanish name means "More FoxPro" — to gather petition signatures from FoxPro users and developers. (As of April 2, there were more than 1,400 signatures collected.) The group also is organizing e-mail and phone-calling programs to Microsoft subsidiaries and executives to request a rethinking of Microsoft's FoxPro phase out.
The official discontinuation of FoxPro "has been a major blow to the FoxPro community ," according to the MasFoxPro site. "This is especially true for the medium and small application developers (the vast majority of developers in Visual FoxPro), that have many years of Visual FoxPro code. It is not practical or cost effective to attempt to move these applications to Microsoft's recommended development environment (.NET). The community is rethinking its future development platform. Many developers are thinking of moving to Linux development, some to .NET and others to various development environments ranging from Xbase clones to Open Source such as PHP, Pyhton and Ruby.
"Sedna (forthcoming Microsoft-developed add-ons to Visual FoxPro 9.0), VFPx and VFPy (open-source extensions to Sedna) are good initiatives but with a dying product. A software company cannot sell a Visual FoxPro business solution when the competitors can say 'It's developed with a product with no more core upgrades,'" the MasFoxPro site added.Continue At Source
The Visual FoxPro team has been working on the Sedna release and we are making great progress. As part of our on going commitment to transparency in our planning and development, we will be publishing ‘Feature Overview’ documents containing feature details of Sedna. We will also release community technology previews (CTPs) of our builds prior to a public beta release later this year. The Feature Overview documents as well as the CTPs will evolve as more and more components get defined and built. This download contains three of our Sedna Feature Overview documents. We will disclose additional details of our Sedna plans. More information about Sedna is on the Visual FoxPro Roadmap page at http://msdn.com/vfoxpro/roadmapDownload at source
Download Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0. SP1 provides the latest updates to Visual FoxPro 9.0 combining various enhancements and stability improvements into one integrated package. The bug fix list (200 fixes total) for SP1 can be viewed or downloaded from this page in the separate file VFP9SP1_FixList.htm.Download At Source
With the recent release of Visual FoxPro 9.0, the Visual FoxPro team at Microsoft is now working on a new project, code-named Sedna, that takes advantage of enhancements in Visual FoxPro 9.0. The primary goal of Sedna is to expand on the ability of Visual FoxPro-based solutions to better integrate with other Microsoft products and technologies.
Features in Sedna will target Visual FoxPro interoperability with application components created by using Visual Studio 2005, the .NET Framework 2.0, and SQL Server 2005. Sedna will also help improve the ability for Visual FoxPro 9.0 solutions to be successfully deployed on the upcoming new Windows operating system Microsoft Vista (formerly code named Longhorn). Sedna is currently scheduled to be released in the first half of 2007 and will require Visual FoxPro 9.0.
As indicated in prior public statements, Microsoft does not plan to merge Visual FoxPro into Visual Studio .NET, nor are there plans to create a new Visual FoxPro .NET programming language. Visual FoxPro will remain stand-alone Win32 based, and will run on 64-bit Windows in 32-bit compatibility mode. For deploying Visual FoxPro solutions that use components based on Microsoft .NET, Sedna will provide improvements for those components using COM and .NET interoperability.
To help developers who currently use or plan to program on the .NET platform, members of the Visual FoxPro team are also working on data programming for the Microsoft .NET platform.
Additional information can be found in the transcript of the Visual FoxPro DevCon 2005 Interview with Alan Griver and Ken Levy from June 2005, as well as the September 30th 2005 audio podcast FoxShow #24: Interview with Ken Levy - both interviews discuss details of the Visual FoxPro Roadmap. The complete SouthwestFox 2005 keynote slide deck on the Visual FoxPro Roadmap and community news now online, 1.6MB PPT download SouthwestFox2005_Keynote.ppt .Continue At Source
Download Service Pack 1 public beta for Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0. There is no expiration date for the SP1 beta of Visual FoxPro 9.0 beta, and release of the final version of SP1 is scheduled for sometime around the end of 2005. Because this is a pre-release build of SP1 for Visual FoxPro (VFP) 9.0, the quality of it will not be of the same caliber as that of the final release.The bug fix list for SP1 is contained in the separate download file VFP9BETA_BugFixList.txt here on this download page.Download At Source
Microsoft Visual FoxPro Roadmap as well as my June letter with additional news is scheduled to go online on June 1st at http:///msdn.com/vfoxpro. The Visual FoxPro roadmap will not mention anything around a service pack for Visual FoxPro 9.0, but it is likely something on that front will be in my June letter targeting a near end of 2005 release. Visual FoxPro 9.0 is by far the most stable version of Visual FoxPro we have ever released with very few issues reported. A Service Pack 1 for Visual FoxPro 9.0 would probably release around the end of this year based on feedback, reports, etc. A service pack is completely independent of our plans on enhancing Visual FoxPro in the future.Our goal is that when the Visual FoxPro Roadmap is released along with some basic Questions & Answers on the VFP FAQ page added, there won't be anything that insiders know that members in the Visual FoxPro community won't know. We want to expose all that Microsoft is planning, thinking, doing, etc. (transparency) around Visual FoxPro long term so there are nothing to assume or guess. Top Microsoft executives have already seen the Visual FoxPro Roadmap details, and the Visual FoxPro team has already started working on enhancing Visual FoxPro beyond version 9.0 (aside from service pack efforts). People should keep in mind that our goals and focus is on how Visual FoxPro apps run in 5+ years rather than on specific VFP IDE, engine, and language features.Continue At Source
Visual FoxPro 9.0, the latest update to a database technology Microsoft acquired in 1992, is generally available this week and will be supported through 2014. Visual FoxPro, which can be used to create desktop, client-server and Web service database applications, is an outlier at Microsoft. The FoxPro database engine is one of three supported by Microsoft -- the SQL Server database engine is the flagship, while the JET database engine powers the Access database in Microsoft's widely deployed Office suite.
Microsoft evolved the positioning of Visual FoxPro from a database engine like SQL Server into a development tool, but Visual FoxPro is on a separate track from Microsoft's flagship development environment, Visual Studio. While the Visual Studio and Visual FoxPro teams swap features, Visual FoxPro is a stand-alone database development tool.
The outsider status has always left Visual FoxPro's loyal user base with concerns about the product's future. But this week, Microsoft posted its support schedule for Visual FoxPro 9.0. It will adhere to Microsoft's latest support policy of five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support. Mainstream support will last until Dec. 31, 2009 and extended support will run until Dec. 31, 2014. Given that Fox Software began development of the technology in 1984, the support deadline suggests the product will enjoy at least a 30-year lifespan.
The 9.0 version that became generally available this week was released to manufacturing in December and has been available to MSDN subscribers since then. Billed as one of the biggest overhauls of Visual FoxPro since Microsoft updated and renamed FoxPro 2.6 as Visual FoxPro 3.0, the new version features the ability to create .NET-compatible solutions, better data handling and interoperability, developer productivity enhancements and new reporting features. With a user base that favors the tool for building fat client applications, the new version includes several smart client user interface improvements, especially to the appearance and functionality of forms.
The new version features backward compatibility with Visual FoxPro 8.0, allowing distributions developed in version 9.0 to run on the 8.0 database engine as long as new features and commands aren't used.
According to a FAQ, Microsoft has no plans to support 64-bit technology in Visual FoxPro or go beyond the 2 GB database size limit in the FoxPro data engine.
The estimated price of Visual FoxPro 9.0 is about $650 for a new version and $350 for an upgrade.
In mid-December, the Microsoft Visual FoxPro team managed to beat its end-of-year deadline, and release to manufacturing the latest version of the FoxPro development tool. Microsoft Developer Network subscribers can get FoxPro 9.0 now; full and upgrade versions for others will be available in February. We last wrote about <!-- start ziffarticle //-->FoxPro 9.0, code-named "Europa,"<!-- end ziffarticle //--> this past summer.
This download contains a refresh of various components and source code libraries delivered with the public Visual FoxPro 9.0 beta. Microsoft has posted a Visual FoxPro 9.0 Beta Components Refresh download, which contains a refresh of some components and source code libraries included in the public Visual FoxPro 9.0 beta. FoxPro Advisor Sponsors Hallogram Publishing - Your #1 source for Visual FoxPro Tools. Over 14,500 software products.Stonefield Systems Group - Stonefield Query--develop customized reports for nearly any application
The refresh addresses issues in these components, adds refinements, and introduces some Visual FoxPro Foundation Class (FFC) classes that weren't previously available. Updates include components and source code for some reporting system components, BROWSER.APP, BUILDER.APP, and ANCHOREDITOR.APP included in XSOURCE update. To apply the new Anchor property builder, run AnchorEditor.app after you've installed the files. It will register itself in FoxCode.dbf so that the new Anchor editor will be active when you're selected on the Anchor property in the Property Sheet.
You can get the download at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro.