It has now been 2 weeks since we have published our first public beta, so I think it is time for a progress report.

But first we want to thank you all for all the positive messages and compliments that you have sent us.
I must admit that we were also very content and proud ourselves with what we have achieved in the 5 months since we have announced X#.
The product is not perfect yet, but it is working quite good. Some of our pioneer users have already converted hundreds of thousands of source code lines to X# and are extremely pleased with it.

But of course we are not leaning back, since there is still a lot to do.

Progress

Some of the things we are working on at this moment:

  • Compiler: The Beta 1 compiler was based on the Roslyn code from last summer. We have succesfully ported the compiler to the Roslyn code from Visual Studio Update 1
  • Compiler: we are adding support for the preprocessor.
  • Compiler: we are adding support for the XBase datatypes, functions, Clipper calling convention, Late Bound code etc.
  • Compiler: we have created fixes for some of the issues that you have reported with the public beta. These issues mostly have to do with how the compiler handles missing types and other errors in the code. Some of the error message are still kind of rough and we are trying to make the compiler error messages more helpfull.
  • Visual Studio: we are working on support for the Forms Editor, WPF editor and other editors. For these components we need to add support for Codedom and Code Generation. Of course code re-use is important here, so we are using the same components to parse the source code inside Visual Studio that we are also using when compiling your code.
  • Tools: we have created a tool to help you convert your Visual Studio solution with Vulcan.NET projects to a Visual Studio solution with XSharp projects.
  • Tools: we are working on an XPorter tool that will help you to extract your Visual Objects source code from your Visual Objects repository and create a X# solution in Visual Studio from that.
  • Runtime: we are working on replacements for the Vulcan Runtime (classes, functions, RDDs) and we are preparing for the other runtimes (for example xHarbour ) as well.

A next beta version (for FOX subscribers only) can be expected in the coming 10 days. This version will include some of the improvements above.

Support

Of course we welcome all the support that you can give us. Sign up for the FOX program and help support the development of X#.
But we want to support you as well: we are aware that for many GrafX customers the VPS support license expires in the coming month.
Please know that you are more than welcome with us. Apart from the obvious support on X# we can also give you support on Visual Objects and Vulcan.NET.
Who knows these products better than the people that created them ? So if your VPS support contract expires and you are not happy with the GrafX support anymore: sign up for the FOX program and get support from the original authors of Visual Objects and Vulcan.NET!

Conference

Finally: we are preparing for the XBase.Future conference next month in Cologne. Please come and meet us there and let us know what you think is important for a succesfull future of your projects.

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We are very glad that we can announce our new XSharp news server. This newsserver is the primary place where you can get and give support to and from fellow XSharp users.

This news server can be found at news.xsharp.info (port 119)

Please use your favorite news reader and connect using the user name XSharpUser and password X#Rulez!.

Of course we ask you to follow the normal rules of conduct on the internet and behave properly on the newsgroup. We have published a set of rules that we we ask you kindly to follow www.xsharp.info/faq/39-xsharp-news-server-rules

At this moment the newsgroups and forum operate independent of each other. In a few days they will be synchronized, which means that posts in the web interface will appear in the newsgroups and vice versa.

 

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We are pleased to offer you the first public beta of XSharp (X#).

When we started this project we have promised a first beta version in the first quarter of 2016, and that has not been an empty promise!

You can download the beta now from this website for free. The only thing that we request from you is that you register yourself as user on our website.

Of course we would like to "warn" you that it is still a beta version of our product. It is not finished yet.

This beta version of the compiler supports the “Core” language, that means that VO & Vulcan specific datatypes such as DATE, ARRAY, USUAL, SYMBOL, FLOAT etc. are not supported yet.

The Visual Studio integration supports the Edit/Compile/Debug cycle. Only the source code editor is supported. Other editors, such as the WPF editor, Forms Editor and Resource editor are not supported yet.

The debugger may stop more often than you would expect.

Please note that this is an early build of the compiler. Some things will NOT work, you can be sure of this.

Please also read our other article about our Roadmap and support options.

 

On behalf of the XSharp Development team

Robert van der Hulst

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We are pleased to share with you our roadmap for 2016

In short this roadmap looks like this:

Estimated Month Name Contents / Motto
February 2016 First Public Beta Core Xbase language
April 2016 Spring 2016 Support for Vulcan -1: “Bring your Own Runtime”
July 2016 Summer 2016 Support for Vulcan -2:  “Improve Your Own Runtime”
October 2016 Autumn 2016 Support for Vulcan -3:  “Use the XSharp Runtime”
Christmas 2016 Winter 2017 Other Xbase dialects

Please come and meet us at the XBase Future conference in April in Cologne. We would love to share our ideas with you and hear about your ideas for the future for XBase in the .NET world

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It is time for a quick status update:

  • The first public Beta will be released in the coming week. Is is a little bit delayed because the flu epidemy has unfortunately also found its way to one of our team members.
  • We will also publish a public Roadmap next week in which we will give you an impression of what you can expect from us in 2016. It is going to be an exciting year.
  • We hope that you have already booked your ticket for the xBase.Future conference in April in Cologne. If not then please visit http://www.visualobjects.de/en/conference/ and book for the special early bird price which is valid until the end of this month.
    We have planned to demonstrate and release our version 1 product at that conference! More details about that will be in the roadmap. Of course this conference is also the perfect place to tell us what you would like to see added to X#.

On behalf of the team,

Robert van der Hulst

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