We are pleased to announce that XSharp Beta 10 has been released to our FOX subscribers today.
This beta contains many new features and works together with Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017.

Some of the highlights of this build:

  • Support for User Defined Commands in the preprocessor, including Function style Defines
  • Many improvements in the Visual Studio integration.
  • A new 'ASTYPE' keyword, which works just like the 'as' keyword in C#. So it combines a type check and an assignment in one statement
  • Full support for VO style DEFINEs The type specication is now completely optional.
  • Some bug fixes
  • Performance improvements for compiling assemblies with large numbers of defines and/or (_DLL) functions

For a complete list of changes look at the version history in the documentation on this website.

Our next build is scheduled around end of April, short before the XBase.Future converence in Cologne.

 

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VS 2017

Tomorrow, March 7 is the 20th anniversary of Visual Studio and the launch of Visual Studio 2017.
X# is ready for the event and one of the launch partners. You can watch the launch event online at this link.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary we have decided to extend the 30% discount on our Friends Of XSharp (FOX) subscription for another 3 months. Click here to subscribe to our FOX program with 30% discount.
If you are interested in offers from other launch partners, look here.

xBase.Future 2017

We are approaching the dead line for the “Early Bird” price for the xBase.Future conference in Cologne on April 25-27. Register now and qualify for the discount

Beta 10

We expect to release X# Beta 10 by the end of this week. This new build has some exciting new features, especially in the area of the Visual Studio integration (2015 & 2017). We have added support for Class and Member dropdowns, Collapsible blocks in the editor (for #regions, types, members, block statements etc), code completion, intellisense errors in the error list and editor and info tips. It is not perfect yet, but we will continue to work on this in the coming months.
In the image below you see some of these new features in action.

intellisense

We have also added UDC support to the preprocessor, so almost all your “old” Clipper and Visual Objects UDCs will work with X#. You can even use the old @ SAY .. GET commands in your code, if you want, as long as you map these to meaningful function calls.
In fact we are working with a customer to migrate a Clipper/Harbour application that is full of these commands to X# !
And the good thing is: the X# Visual Studio Language integration is "smart" enough to recognize your UDC keywords and color them as if they are built-in keywords.

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It is time to let you know what we have done since beta 9.Below is a list of the things that are ready and will be included in beta 10.
We have also published the contents of our help file on the website.

Compiler

  • We have completed support for the DEFINE keyword. The type clause is now optional. The compiler will figure out the type of the define when no type is specified.
    The DEFINEs will be compiled to a Constant field of the Functions class, or a Readonly Static field, when the expression cannot be easily determined at compile time.
  • We have extended the preprocessor . It now has support for #command, #translatem #xcommand and #xtranslate
  • Added ASTYPE expression, similar to the AS construct in other languages. This will assign a value of the correct type or NULL when the expression is not of the correct type:
        
            VAR someVariable := <AnExpression> ASTYPE <SomeType>

Visual Studio

  • Tested and works with Visual Studio 2017 RC 4
  • We have added supports for snippets and included several code snippets in the installer
  • Added support for ARM and Itanium platform types
  • The parser that is used in the Windows Forms editor now also properly handles background images in resource files. Both images in the resx for the form and also background images in the shared project resources
  • We have added Nuget support for our project system.
  • Added a project property to control how Managed file resources are included:  Use Vulcan Compatible Managed Resources
  • Fixes several problems with dependent items
  • Added implementation of the OAProject.Imports property, which is used by JetBrains

XPorter

  • Fixed a problem converting WPF style projects
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More and more people are using X# and are deploying their applications written in X#.

We have received some examples from our customers and have added a "gallery" of these example applications to this website. Click on the Examples menu option above to see a list of examples.

We'd love to hear from you as well and share your success story with the rest of the world. Please send us images and a short description of your application.

A great opportunity to look at successful applications is also the "Application Show" at the XBase.Future conference in April.

We'd love to see you there. Please register now !

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More than a year ago, we have published our first development Roadmap for the X# project. This new roadmap continues the tradition and describes what our plans for 2017 are.

Click here for a PDF with this document which also looks back at what we have achieved in 2016

Our plans for 2017

You will not be surprised that the open items from our roadmap for 2016  are still on the to do list for 2017. Some of the things on our to list:

  • Improved Visual Studio support:
    • Nuget support
    • Editors for the VO Binaries
    • Support for other VS subsystems, especially those that are based on T4 templates.
    • “Intellisense” features for the editor, such as completion lists, parameter tips, Goto definition etc
    • Class browser and Object browser support
    • Debugger support for Globals and X# expressions

  • Create the X# runtime, so you no longer need the Vulcan Runtime to run your apps that use RDDs and the VO SDK classes. Our intention is not only to replace the Vulcan runtime, but also to improve it.
    After all, we have done this before, so we can do it again, but then better!
    • Thread Safe runtime and RDD system
    • Runs on AnyCPU
    • Support Runtime Macros AND scripting (our macro compiler will support the complete language!)
    • Portable where possible. Unfortunately, there are many areas (IO related mostly) that can’t be completely portable

  • Add support for an extra xBase language. At this moment, we are considering to add support for (x)Harbour. The (x)Harbour community is very active and seems to be the most interesting target audience.

When
Name
Contents / Motto

April 2017

Spring 2017

Most “intellisense” features in VS
X# Scripting/Macro support
First version of the Runtime

July 2017

Summer 2017

Complete X# Runtime

October 2017

Autumn 2017

First version of (x)Harbour support

Christmas 2017

Winter 2017

Complete version of (x)Harbour support

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