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  What I Hate About Your Programming Language
Subject:   It has never let me down... FOXPRO (VFP)
Date:   2003-05-14 13:12:50
From:   anonymous2
Response to: It has never let me down... FOXPRO (VFP)

Some one Tell me why I keep hearing VFP is going to be dropped my MS! I just got a Copy of VFP7 and its great! Now I hear that ver. 8 just came out, can it be any better? Why is VFP such the ugly duckling?
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  • It has never let me down... FOXPRO (VFP)
    2003-05-15 06:41:48  anonymous2 [View]

    VFP is great. It has its own easy to deploy runtime. You can compile to .exe. Its IDE if excellent. It is complete with the front-end user interface, middle-ware code and it's own multi-user safe & high performance database engine (desktop). BUT: M$ (aka the Borg) assimilated back in the early 90's what was then a cross platform development tool. Now M$ vision of cross platform for VFP is multiple versions of Windows. Plus M$ can not make a lot of end-user money on a product whos runtime is free.
    Bej - Philadelphia.
    • It has never let me down... FOXPRO (VFP)
      2003-11-12 11:28:55  anonymous2 [View]

      M$ is trying to get people to $pend more on their SQL server systems, than to let us use FoxPro which can do it all in one package.

      You're right, M$ doesn't make anything on a free runtime distribution, but they are trying to change that. Take Windoze XP for example. There are installs that won't work because they aren't registered as a M$ Logo authorized install. Thus requiring the user to have the CD available whenever the application runs. Which it works fine on all other M$ OS versions.
    • It has never let me down... FOXPRO (VFP)
      2005-02-01 18:38:51  Nurchi [View]

      Microsoft Visual FoxPro is the best.
      At first (we're talking about DOS times, about late 80's, early 90's) when Ms bought FoxPro, we (programmers) thought that Ms wants to "put it under the table" (to get rid of the competitor) to develop their BASIC...
      But I made a lot of stuff in VFP (I am from Southern Russia).
      In less than a week, I made a program for dental clinic and went to a "conference" and won second place in our province when I was in grade 11.
      VFP ROCKS.
      It compiles EXE for Windows, as well as APP, which is practically platform independent. It had this feature in VFP 5.0 (around 1994-1996), and the only places you could run the APP programs were (still are pretty much) Windows and Macintosh.
      But think about it on the other hand, if you are running a Windows-based server, you can put APP to run in the browser, and it (theoretically) becomes platform independent.

      But I don't know why it is not used in Canada (almost) at all...
      There are no jobs here for VFP programmers (Ontario, probably some in Quebec, and most of the USA only)

      Anyway, f**k off, whoever doesn't like VFP.
      No one forces you to use it, if you don't like it.
      If someone does, find another job.

      Fisual FoxPro ROCKS!!!

      I am currently learning C#.
      Very good language, simple, relatively powerful and platform independent (not C# alone, but the .NET environment), similar to Java (just a little), and it is cool!
      The only language I would prefer other than VFP.
      C/C++ is powerful, but stupid. You know, it is like using a panzer as a hammer... Powerful, but why panzer?

      Anyway, good luck.