Friday, December 16, 2016

Xbase language is making a comeback!

xBase is a term for programming language derived from dBase which was release in 1980 from Ashton-Tate under CP/M operating system. Hat's off to the people whose responsible for making the Dbf file format and Nantacket for making the compiler to produced a stand alone royalty free executable file.

Some of well known xBase dialects are dBase, Clipper, FoxBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, Paradox, Visual Object, Recital, RBase, Vulcan, FlagShip and there's a lot more out in the wild.

I'll say Goodbye to Visual FoxPro sooner or later which is a discontinued product by Microsoft and I'll will say Hello to the following active xBase dialect  listed below:

dBase+ 11

Award-winning, embedded database engine for developing Windows applications that manage CA-Clipper and FoxPro 2.6 DBF database files locally or on a shared LAN environment. Includes ADO.NET Data Provider for .NET and native VCL components for Delphi & C++Builder.

Optional database server (Windows only) allows Apollo Embedded applications to connect to CA-Clipper, FoxPro 2.6 and Apollo data files over TCP/IP. Ideal for building client/server applications or for connecting to data files stored on remote servers. Requires Apollo Embedded 9.0 (Sold separately)

1 comment:

  1. The prices as of this writing :

    Xbase++ Professional Edition V2.00 = 1,999.00USD

    I'll pass on this ATM, the price is too high for me, not open source and I'm done in using clipper like : - D

    dBASE PLUS 11 = 119.00USD

    I'll pass on this ATM, not open source but hey they also have an SQL utilities and other tools too ^ _ ^ y

    xSharp 1,000.00USD

    I'll pass on this ATM, the price is too high for me it's open source in some way and I don't like to code in xBase on Visual Studio IDE I preferred C#


    I'm done using Clipper, not sure if I can compile the C++ source myself ^_^y port this to MONO/.NET and I will use it.

    PS : I hope my understanding on the above software is accurate ^ _ ^y