Doug Hennig Blog
The number of great Visual FoxPro-related blogs continues to increase. The most recent addition is Doug Hennig’s Blog. You’ll want to keep an eye on this one, I know I will be. Doug is one of the most active, giving, and experienced members of the Visual FoxPro Community. Welcome to the blogosphere Doug – commence to blowing doors off!

The number of Visual FoxPro blogs is one of the contributing factors to the continued meteoric rise of Visual FoxPro on the TIOBE Programming Community Index (TPCI). When Visual FoxPro first appeared in the top 20, I made a New Year’s resolution to do my part to move it up another 5 spots. The Visual FoxPro Community has beat expectations (as we so often do) and it is now sitting in the 13th spot. That’s a move of 7 spots in 4 months and for the first time ever Visual FoxPro enjoys an “A–” status. While the TPCI does not give a good indication of overall numbers or use of a language, it does speak directly to a language’s visibility. And like so many things about Visual FoxPro these days, its visibility is on the upswing.

Quote from the April 2006 TPCI – “There is an interesting ‘new’ generation of programming languages that entered the TPCI top 20 recently. Most of these languages are not really new but they are now for the first time in the spotlight. It concerns Visual FoxPro, ColdFusion, VB.NET, Ruby, and D. Visual FoxPro is even heading for an ‘A’ status.”

LINQ – VFP 10?
Some have been raising the prospect that the next version of Visual Studio (Orcas) will bring C# and VB.NET up to Visual FoxPro’s level when it comes to building data-centric applications. While LINQ is a good move in the right direction for the .NET framework (significant portions of it were heavily influenced by Visual FoxPro), don’t for a minute be fooled into thinking that LINQ will close the gap. Visual FoxPro is and will be the absolute best development tool that Microsoft has for building data-centric applications for a long time to come (the current version of Visual FoxPro is supported by Microsoft until 2015), and with the growing need of businesses to consolidate disparate systems with a wide-range of data formats and backends, this is a big deal and a market that Visual FoxPro and the developers that work with it are born to serve.

Just warming up
So what’s next? More community members start VFP-related blogs, VFP reaches top 10 in the TPCI, Sedna potential begins to be realized, Congress enacts a 36 hour day so VFP developers can get all their work done, and of course… Visual FoxPro takes over the World. If you’re a business with data/informational needs or a developer of data-centric applications, you need look no further than Visual FoxPro. It’s absolutely the best there is.