What is the impact of support EOL for FoxPro?

Topics: General
Apr 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM
Seeing as this is quite an active FoxPro community I was wonder how people are addressing the support EOL for the product? https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=7992

Are you migrating to alternate technologies? Or are you continuing to deliver FoxPro solutions based on the features and capabilities in v9.0 sp2?
Apr 19, 2016 at 1:08 PM
Edited Apr 19, 2016 at 1:08 PM
In nearly 30 years of using FoxBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, I have never contacted Fox Software or Microsoft for support. So, end of support (more accurate than EOL, or end of life) means nothing to me. Although I also use .NET, I'll continue to work with VFP until I retire (and probably even after that).

Apr 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM
Edited Apr 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Doug, you're still in your mid-40's, right? So, let's see, you will probably be ready to retire in about 20 more years. (Just messing with you, Doug!)

In 26 years, I never once called Microsoft for any Visual FoxPro support.
Apr 19, 2016 at 9:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback all, I agree regarding EOL being a smaller issue than people tend to exaggerate about, if the functions in the product you use are free from platform defects then there is little need for ongoing MS product support.

Jul 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM
I just pieced together a completely native FoxPro GS-128 PTI label program, July, 2016. So FoxPro will never die as long at there are developers using it who see its added value to the tool-set for developers. Countless times in my development career I have turned to FoxPro for fast and effective results. It is very easy to sell FoxPro when you see the vision of what it was developed for. It is the only true database centered development environment. As a SQL Server back-end database driven application tool, it is extremely powerful and a very happy marriage of technology. EOL means nothing to die hard FoxPro developers. Especially when you have a large following of passionate developers. For database driven apps, FoxPro makes development fun and easy to knock the socks off CFO's and CEO's looking for information. Pulling and manipulating data before executive eyes can make FoxPro very easy to sell. Give me my FoxPro cursor and command window or give me death! I will be long gone the way of the Dodo before FoxPro. I expect that FoxPro to be here 100 years from now running in some emulator. Of course don't forget that we can use FoxPro on the web. I am going to develop the PTI label application for the web likely using FoxWeb. I will say that I developed a love for another language (Python). But I still turn to the Fox so many times because I enjoy it. What is life without joy. To stay up all night making FoxPro the champ once again because it can. Cheers to all FoxPro enthusiasts who keep the flame alive!