An interesting night last night with Andrew Coates demoing Vista, Office 2007 Beta and, oh yeah, Visual FoxPro running on Vista Beta 2.
First thing to note is that Vista looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
Second thing is that Office 2007 looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
Third thing is that VFP runs great, looks great (most of the time) and is gonna be no problem running on Vista.
Andrew noted a few gotchas (eg make sure you install the SOAP Toolkit after installing VFP on Vista otherwise you’ll MSXML4 missing errors), but by and large it all rang fine, straight ‘out of the box’. We went through the VFP samples and they all worked fine (the only issue was a GROUP BY clause missing in one of the sample – but hey that’s a samples issue with SET ENGINE BEHAVOUR not a Vista compatability one).
Feature of the night was the Timezones feature in Outlook 2007 – reason to upgrade for that alone me thinks.
Time was running out, so I only skimmed through my presentation (Promoting VFP to the Wider Community) – but the overview notes are available from my articles page if anyone is interested:
Also, here’s a list of links for people after a quick guide to getting the latest news on VFP:
Interestingly the majority of UG attendees last night indicated they don’t read blogs. The comment was they found little value in them. I wasn’t sure what to say in response…