Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2007 17:43 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Microsoft Microsoft has announced that it will not be releasing any new versions of its Visual FoxPro development software past Version 9.0, but the company will continue to support the technology through 2015. Instead of releasing new versions of FoxPro, Microsoft will release core portions of the FoxPro software to its CodePlex community development site, said Alan Griver, a group manager within the Microsoft Visual Studio team, which leads the FoxPro team.
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RE: Putting The Fox To Sleep
by jayson.knight on Wed 14th Mar 2007 19:06 UTC in reply to "Putting The Fox To Sleep"
jayson.knight
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Yet Access is allowed to live, go figure."

Access won't be alive for too much longer...think SQL Express/SQL Compact (both of which are currently free as in beernuts). They are on track to be folded into an Access like package in a future release.

I also hate to tell you this, but for the 99% of business users that aren't developers, Access is a huge productivity boon. Departmental level apps that don't have and IT budget are perfectly suited for Access.

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RE[2]: Putting The Fox To Sleep
by twenex on Wed 14th Mar 2007 19:21 in reply to "RE: Putting The Fox To Sleep"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Access won't be alive for too much longer...think SQL Express/SQL Compact (both of which are currently free as in beernuts). They are on track to be folded into an Access like package in a future release.

What's the diff (no, really, I'm asking because I want to know) between Access and SQL/Express? Especially if and when it's "folded into an Access-like pakage"?

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

From a technical standpoint, Access is based on the JET data engine, whereas SQL Express/SQL Compact is a full on ODBC/OLEDB conforming DB engine, and is almost identical to the core engine used in the full SQL Server RDBMS's.

From an end user standpoint, the SQL Express package will definitely have a GUI frontend similar to what Access has now, but with the backing of a more robust data store, lots of the common Access issues (data corruption, etc) will simply go away.

From a developer standpoint, 3 words: no more Access. As it is now, you can build databases using SQL Express/Compact engines and deploy them with your application w/o any special licensing provisions...it's free to distribute the SQL runtime with minimal end user restrictions. No more MDAC hell, no more JET version hell. The database files are the same format as full SQL Server versions, so if your app needs to be upgraded to a higher level SQL solution, you can attach the mdf file with no problems.

Perhaps most importantly, this will be the beginning of the end for JET. Fingers are crossed at least.

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RE[2]: Putting The Fox To Sleep
by Sphinx on Wed 14th Mar 2007 19:36 in reply to "RE: Putting The Fox To Sleep"
Sphinx Member since:
2005-07-09

Reminded me of one day when I was WAN manager for, "The Money Store", a US mortgage mill when the manager of a store in Florida developed something handy with it, decided to share with a few other store managers and instantly turned the, (actual official name), "Million Dollar An Hour Network", into a two cent abyss. Good times.

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