VFP 9 and stability (by John Koziol)


The VFP test team is busting butt to test all of the new features for VFP 9 and to make sure that this version of VFP is the most stable ever.  We were very happy with the overall robustness of VFP 8 – one customer who sells a shrink-wrapped app claims that service calls involving crashes dropped dramatically after recompliing and distributing the app on VFP 8.


For VFP 9, we’re using new and even more advanced tools that check memory usage, test code coverage, and other stuff. We are benefiting from Microsoft’s security initiative in that there are a lot of internal tools that look for questionable code practices. VFP is a mature application and there are blocks of code that are unmodified since the 80’s. So sometimes we find and fix things that nobody ever considered before; this ramps up robustness.


Very soon now, we’ll be releasing a public beta and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I can’t wait for DevCon where I can talk to you in person about VFP 9.

Comments (1)

  1. Simon Lucy says:

    I’d be interested, given this weeks announcements about VS Team, SCM, Source Control and so on, as to whether VFP 9 is going to be fully supported in source control.

    Right now, as everyone knows, source control and VFP is a monolithic process there’s no real way to do incremental changes and only store those changes, because of the nature of storing everything as tables.