I spent years covering databases for InfoWorld
and perhaps the liveliest market of all was FoxPro. Originally a dBase clone,
it grew to outshine the Ashton-Tate tool and was eventually bought by Microsoft.
I even spent a week in Orlando at a FoxPro user group, and boy, those folks
were hardcore. Some looked like they hadn't left their keyboard in a decade!
Microsoft tried to kill off FoxPro in favor of both Access and SQL Server,
but users never let 'em.
So what is Microsoft to do? Build a
brand-new version that's .NET 2.0-compliant and works with Visual Studio.
With this kind of tweaking, I'd give FoxPro another 10 years, at least!
Posted by Doug Barney on 03/01/2007 at 1:15 PM