Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Computerworld: FoxPro users petition to keep database language alive

Another good article, this time in Computerworld (by Eric Lai), "FoxPro users petition to keep database language alive", comments about the MasFoxPro (MoreFoxPro) community petition to Microsoft to continue Visual FoxPro development.

Despite a concerted online effort by devoted Visual FoxPro developers, Microsoft Corp. said late last week that it won’t change its plan to halt work on the venerable database programming tool...

Mr. Lai has written the most comprehensive article on the subject to date. Based on my knowledge as part of the community for over 20 years, and also having been present at the MVP meeting when the decision was announced, I'd have to say that the article is mostly accurate and reflects what has been said.

I still think Microsoft has made a final decision, whether the public agrees with it or not. I stated my views on the subject before, and it has not changed. I commend the community for the movement. It is a vibrant community that had stayed with the product for many, many years. I have made lifelong friends and I'm proud to call myself a part of the Foxgang. I continue to think Visual FoxPro is a viable tool for many situations.I use it when called for as I also use other technologies (ex. ASP.NET) when it is best suited for the problem at hand.

The Fox still lives and will continue to work for years to come, even after official support ends by 2015. I also believe the community should know and use other tools to be better software professionals, and to offer a better value to our customers/employers.