Microsoft®Visual FoxPro® RoadmapSedna June 2005
Agenda • State of the Visual FoxPro union • Microsoft Platform overview • Visual FoxPro Roadmap overview • Sedna overview • Visual FoxPro 9.0 demos • VFP 9.0 with VS 2005 interop demos • Sedna early preview demos • Visual FoxPro resources • Summary
State of the VFP Union • 5600+ participated in April 2005 VFP Survey online • 51% have used VFP over 10 years • 33% are now using VFP 9.0 • 80% small company, 68% mid-size, 27% enterprise • 71% maintaining apps, 69% new apps, 25% web apps • 89% DBFs, 55% SQL Server, 22% MSDE • 75% integrate Office with VFP apps • 11% apps 1000+ users, 43% 100+, 30% under 25 • 26% VS.NET, 21% XML WS, 25% ASP/ASP.NET, 35% COM • 20% VB6, 13% VB.NET, 12% C#, 10% Java, 8% C++ • 31% plan to use VS.NET within next 2 years • 98% plan to using VFP within next 12 months
Visual FoxPro 9.0 Overview • Data Handling and Interoperability • .NET interop – XML and XML Web Services • SQL Server interop – types and language • Extensible Developer Productivity • Reports, forms, controls, IntelliSense, IDE • Property sheet customization • Flexibility for All Types of Solutions • Smart client to Tablet PC applications
VFP 9.0 Reporting System Goals • Protect existing FRX investments • Open architecture • Better reuse story • Design-time improvements • Access to report objects at runtime • More flexibility with Report Chaining • New output types (e.g., XML, HTML) • Report processing events
Service Pack 1 for Visual FoxPro 9.0 • VFP 9.0 is very stable today • Scheduled near end of 2005
Sedna = Extensibility and Interoperability • .NET (Framework, Visual Studio 2005, more) • SQL Server 2005 (including Express version) • Longhorn (next Windows operating system) • Office 12 (next version of Microsoft Office) • Add extensibility using extensibility • New C++ based DLLs • New and improved Xbase components • .NET wrapper classes for use within VFP • Limited core product updates • Sedna product details during development
ERP & Billing Plant Operations .NET Vision UsersAny device,Any place,Any time Roles/ExperiencesGet the right infoTo the right userAt the right time Sales Supply Customer Engineering Operations XML Web ServicesIntegrate and orchestrate business applications and processes Scheduling Authentication Notification Back OfficeHeterogeneous application and server infrastructure Customer Service
Leverage existing development skills • Integration with Visual Studio • Multiple languages: T-SQL, VB.NET, C#… • Works great with Visual FoxPro 9.0! • Share data across any platform • Native support for XML, Web services • Interoperability with any platform, application • Supports 64-bit Windows operating system • Extensibility • Native XML data type, user defined data types • New distributed application framework: Server Broker
SQL Server 2005 Express • Free light version of SQL Server 2005 • Replaces MSDE with more features • XCopy • No throttling • Easier to install • Silent mode install option • Downloadable scripts to create databases • Add-on Express Manager • Breaks the 2GB barrier with new 4GB limit • Works great with Visual FoxPro 9.0!
A Look Ahead to Avalon • Unified approach to UI, documents, and media • Integration as part of development and experience • Integrated, vector-based composition engine • Utilizing the power of the PC throughout the graphics stack • Ease of deployment • Allowing administrators to deploy and manage applications securely
.NET RoadmapDeveloper Perspective WinFX = Avalon + Indigo Native to Longhorn Add-on for WinXP SednaVFP + .NET 1st half 2007 Yukon = SQL Server 2005 Whidbey = Visual Studio 2005
Visual FoxPro Roadmap With the recent release of Visual FoxPro 9.0, the Visual FoxPro team at Microsoft is now working on a new project, code-named Sedna, that takes advantage of enhancements in Visual FoxPro 9.0. The primary goal of Sedna is to expand on the ability of Visual FoxPro-based solutions to better integrate with other Microsoft products and technologies.Features in Sedna will target Visual FoxPro interoperability with application components created by using Visual Studio 2005, the .NET Framework 2.0, and SQL Server 2005. Sedna will also help improve the ability for Visual FoxPro 9.0 solutions to be successfully deployed on the upcoming new Windows operating system Microsoft ® Windows ® Code Name "Longhorn." Sedna is currently scheduled to be released in the first half of 2007 and will require Visual FoxPro 9.0.As indicated in prior public statements, Microsoft does not plan to merge Visual FoxPro into Visual Studio .NET, nor are there plans to create a new Visual FoxPro .NET programming language. Visual FoxPro will remain stand-alone Win32 based, and will run on 64-bit Windows in 32-bit compatibility mode. For deploying Visual FoxPro solutions that use components based on Microsoft .NET, Sedna will provide improvements for those components using COM and .NET interoperability.To help developers who currently use or plan to program on the .NET platform, members of the Visual FoxPro team are also working on data programming for the Microsoft .NET platform.For more information about Visual FoxPro, including answers to Visual FoxPro FAQ, go to the Visual FoxPro Developer Center Web site at http://msdn.com/vfoxpro.
Sedna – Features for VS / SQL • All features early ideas, subject to change • .NET • Leverage .NET Framework 2.0 via interop • Provide generic .NET interop services via VFP COM wrapper classes that handle Intellisense and interop servicing. • Extended interop support for useful .NET classes including Web Services, XML, etc… • SQL Server 2005 • Revise Upsizing Wizard – SQL 2005 only • Data Explorer improvements for SQL 2005 • SQL Reporting Services integrated with VFP reporting (RDL)
Sedna – Features for Platform • All features early ideas, subject to change • Longhorn / WinFX • Better Longhorn experience (as required) • Output to Avalon XAML • Indigo interop • Windows/Longhorn shell integration • Developer Experience • Office 12 XML and interop (Xbase) • Misc Xbase – IntelliSense Scripts, XML Docs, RSS TaskPane, reporting components, etc…
Visual FoxPro 9.0 Visual FoxPro 9.0 with Visual Studio 2005 Sedna (early preview)
Visual FoxPro Resources • VFP web site on msdn.com • http://msdn.com/vfoxpro • News, whitepapers, and samples • .NET resources for VFP developers • VFP team member blogs • Product support • Community resources • More MSDN Developer Centers • http://msdn.com • Channel 9 on MSDN • http://channel9.msdn.com
Additional VFP Resources • Book: New in Nine: VFP’s Latest Hits • Book: .NET for VFP Developers (online free) • UniversalThread.com (new Sedna section) • FoxPro Advisor Magazine • FoxTalk 2.0 • CoDe Focus for VFP 9.0 • VFP 9.0 retail prices same as VFP 8.0 • MSDN Subscriptions
Summary • Upgrade to Visual FoxPro 9.0 • VFP 9.0 works great with VS 2005 • VFP 9.0 works better with SQL Server • VS 2005 + SQL 2005 launch: Nov 7th 2005 • VFP 9.0 case studies to market VFP • Chat about VFP 9.0 online with others • Work with the VFP team on Sedna • Have fun here at DevCon!!!