Guys, have anyone has any experience so far with the Visual Foxpro Compiler for .NET. I made an inquiry on it, and received this e-mail from Project Manager Samuel David, in answer to my question if this project has been abandoned:
"No, the project has not been abandoned, new features are being added, like native compilation to true native exe.
What the mentioned company does is to translate the code into C code that calls the VFPx Runtime, the code is compiled using Visual C++ Compiler, but it is still dependant of the VFPx runtime, so they are just like a Source Converter.
Our native compiler instead compiles the code to true native, the runtime is also fully native, based in the same .NET Runtime compiled this time to native code, and performs sofisticated optimizations making the resulting output as fast or nearly as fast like C++ code, as we control the full optimization process we will be adding even more optimization steps to make it even faster.
We will be showcasing this technology in our site, by reenabling the Online VFP Compiler page where you could download the runtime files and compile your code to .NET / Native Code and use the Native runtime enjoying of C++ like peformance.
And in case you are wondering if the above is just an answer to the Baiyujia development, it is not, you can check the VFP Compiler Group forums where we mentioned more that a year or so about this option that we were going to incorporate into the VFP Compiler for .NET."
His e-mail is email@example.com. If you have no experence with this program, you might want to drop them a letter of encouragement. And an offer to buy as soon as it is out. I did:
"Well, we am very interested in your project, as would, I imagine, the 400K some programmers still working in Foxpro. I feel like some of my friends at the major banking institutions- I am not changing until I know I have no choice.
400,000 programmers still using Foxpro when it was 500,000 at peak five years ago. If this makes Visual Foxpro able to generate 64 bit code, all the better.
Guys, I would not presume to tell you how to do your business, but as the owner of a couple of software companies can you get it “good enough” for release, where you can start making some money to fuel further development? I know how it is with labors of love, but sometimes it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. You can tweak it for features later in, paid for, upgrades. Our checkbook is open to that! ;-D
Love to offer our help in any way we can. Are you guys going to the Southwest Fox conference (we are, http://www.swfox.net
)? Alaska Software is supposed to make some announcement on their Visual Foxpro 9.2 compatible system, but I suspect after talking with them it is going to be of the “we’re really going to do it” talk they have been doing for the last 3 years.
Good luck to you! When you have a product to sell, I am buying."
Well, as they say "Money talks, BS walks". Let know if you are interested.