From time to time people says they need arguments to show (to clients, IT managers etc) that VFP is a good choice. The idea of this page came from an Universal Thread (Thread #888309) created by BrendaGrossnickle, where, at some point, she says:
"I need some ammunition - maybe some stats or a white paper - that Visual FoxPro with some other trendy languages like .Net. Need something that shows Visual FoxPro is a good language and database. Does anyone have anything?"
This page should serve as a reference when this very same question comes again.
Until When Visual FoxPro Will Be Supported:
As can be found in June 2004 - Letter From Editor, by Ken Levy:
"Microsoft Support Lifecycle has recently been extended for all products. Visual FoxPro 8.0 is now available for data-centric application development and is now supported through 2008 or 2013 with extended support. Visual FoxPro 9.0 is scheduled to be released later this year and there will be product support for version 9.0 ten years after it is released (5 years standard, additional 5 years extended support) which would take Visual FoxPro 9.0 support through 2014."
Please, read again: Visual FoxPro 9.0 support through 2014!
See Also: Microsoft Support Lifecycle document and Product Lifecycle Dates - Developer Tools Family
List of References, Tips, Ideas, Comments, Suggestions etc:
- As to why Visual FoxPro: it's easy -- productivity. We created, with a company where I spend most of my time, a 300-entity app, not including metadata tables, in under 6-person years. It's been selling for a year, and installs are lined up 3 months in advance. In .Net, that would have been 60 person-years, minimum. Even at outsourcing rates (which have climbed), it would be more expensive to produce in .NET. Assuming that it succeeded as an outsourced product: and there is pretty good consensus that your company would have to fund an on-site (in India or Bulgaria or wherever) manager for the project, in order to have it succeed. -- Hank Fay
- What will it cost to redesign and re-write in Visual FoxPro?
What will it cost to design and write in .NET?
What are the conversion costs to .NET?
What are the costs for sending coding work to India, getting it back to the US, testing, debugging, and managing a project from the US to India? -- AlanWyne
- The Joint Flow and Analysis System for Transportation (JFAST) is a multimodal transportation analysis model designed for the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the Joint Planning Community. JFAST is used to determine transportation requirements, perform course of action analysis, and project delivery profiles of troops and equipment by air, land, and sea. Check JFast's Home Page.
- Example of a big ERP system written in VFP: The 5.0 system version of Heart - Profit comes with a full featured MS SQL/Server2000 DBMS, or comes with a licence-free native Visual FoxPro database. Check it's Home Page.
- Microsoft Visual FoxPro as an Enterprise Development Tool
- Choose the right Microsoft database for your development needs -- JordanJordanov
- Things You Should Never Do, Part I -- Colin Nicholls
- How Microsoft Lost the API War
List of Topics in This Wiki, About This Subject:
Just to start I posted some of the replies to that thread with names of the repliers (hope they don't mind).
Steve if there is something wrong with the way I created (and filled) this page, would you please refactor it or even delete it in order to not cause any problems to anybody? Thanks so much. -- Fernando Alvares
No, that's fine Fernando. There are a number of useful topics here that speak to this already...-- Steven Black
Thanks, Steve, fool me... Reorganized adding "List of Topics in This Wiki, About This Subject", just for the wiki topics. -- Fernando Alvares
As mentioned by AlanWyne above regarding the cost of outsourcing to India, if anybody wants to do some homework, let me know the details and I guess I can find out the figures regarding stuff being sent to India to get it done. I guess he is talking about VFP jobwork, 'cause that is what I am well versed in. Bhavbhuti Nathwani
Martin Fowler has an interesting point of vue about offshore outsourcing http://www.martinfowler.com/articles/agileOffshore.html -- Emmanuel Huybrechts
I would ask the very same customer: "How would you feel if I start telling YOU what to use for your product..." I feel too much emphasis is often put on the tool we use.
If a problem is solved for the customer why would he/she care with what the problem is solved? -- Boudewijn Lutgerink
Originator: Fernando Alvares (june 15, 2004)
Category VFP Marketing
( Topic last updated: 2004.09.20 05:49:15 AM )