The End of Visual FoxPro

By Deane Barker on April 5, 2007

Microsoft Visual FoxPro Roadmap: Visual FoxPro is actually going to die…in eight more years. (I know what you’re thinking: “FoxPro is still around?”)

The VFP team made a special announcement to the community on March 13, 2007. The team has announced that there will be no VFP 10. VFP 9 will continue to be supported as per the support policy through 2015.

VFP is like Perl — everyone claimed it was dead, but it lived on for years doing very productive things for a lot of companies. It was like the old punchcard reader in the basement that no one talked about.

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  1. I drifted away from VFP starting about 9 years ago, but from 1986 thru about 1998 it and its predecessors were my mainstay development environment. I was editor of FoxTalk for a couple of years, and authored a couple of books about the platform in the early 90’s.

    Your readers might be surprised to know that a great deal of FoxPro technology lives on. Much of the query optimizer technology, known as Rushmore, found its way into SQL Server beginning with SQL Server 7.0. The local cursor engine for ADO and ADO.NET owes much to the FoxPro local cursor engine. FoxPro’s speedy byte-code compiler likely served as inspiration for the .NET compiler technology. And, the lessons learned in transitioning the FoxPro development community to object-oriented techniques probably made the lives of VB developers better than it would have been during the transition to VB.NET.

    I have scarcely given a thought to FoxPro since the beginning of the .NET era but had to observe a moment of fond silence to hear the official announcement of its passing. It was an insanely great product invented by passionate people (I’m speaking here of the days before Microsoft purchased it, although I have to say that other than killing the UNIX and Mac versions, Microsoft was pretty good to the product over the years). The user community was second to none. And as you suggest, it will no doubt live on doing useful work for a couple more decades.

    The Fox was good to me. I’m sorry to see it go.

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