Microsoft Revamps FoxPro to broaden its Prospects

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Until recently Microsoft had not divulged anything about the their so called project KittyHawk that will resurrect FoxPro technology as a RAD tool for .NET. It was Mary Jo Foley scoop that unearthed Microsoft’s new venture.

KittyHawk attempts to expand .NET development to novice programmers to enable them to write business applications. It induces the FoxPro/Access type of programming in .NET. To make is user-friendly it will have a visual designer with templates and a drag-and-drop interface. The KittyHawk tool will generate XAML.

One of the major hassles with .NET is that it is a moving target. Most developers are satisfied with moving target. Developers are still trying to go with frameworks introduced in .NET 3.0 and things will be changing again in .NET 4.0.

Most interesting part of the development is that FoxPro developers are still eager to write FoxPro applications and the FoxPro community continues to grow. This would be a much-appreciated move by Microsoft to encourage the pool of developers and lower the entry to .NET programming. Microsoft just needs to join the competitors which are already doing so.

Salesforce allows easier service creation that isn’t possible for non-programmers. Springs made it easier to do with Java programming. Now we have an app generator for Android mobiles. As for Microsoft, their most successful ventures have been VB and FoxPro. Currently they have no such hit technologies. It’s high-time that Microsoft makes .NET more accessible.


Rick Schummer
August 25, 2010: 8:38 am

Lightswitch (Kittyhawk) is not a resurrection of FoxPro or Visual FoxPro. There is no FoxPro technology in Lightswitch nor is it a path for FoxPro developers to move their FoxPro code forward into .NET.

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