Thursday, November 5, 2009


In the 1990s I was working for a small company doing a mix of help desk support, system administration, and development. I hated the help desk work, didn't like navigating Windows for system administration, but liked development. Even though development was Foxpro.

Yup, Foxpro. All of my Foxpro work was on Foxpro 2.6 for DOS. A few people in the office were working with Visual Foxpro 5 and 6, which meant a Visual Basic style IDE and whatever object model Foxpro adopted. But I was working in the DOS shell and that seemed easier. At the time I thought a fancy IDE was better, and wasn't until around 2003 that I changed my mind on that subject.

So anyway Foxpro was on the decrease even back in the 1990s. It took a bit of work and some luck to get out of the Foxpro closet. Fortunately I made it out. Yet I still have a soft spot for the language and too. My guess is that it is merely nostalgia for a different time in my life, and if I actually looked at Foxpro I would feel ill.

25 more days to go!

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