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Before we publish our development roadmap for 2021 we are asking our Fox Subscribers for input.

Please read the forum articile in the private Chit/Chat forum and let us know what YOUR top items are, to help us prioritize the development efforts.

The XSharp language plugin for ILSpy is coming back in two versions :

One for ILSpy V5.02; and another one for ILSpy V6.2.1 : Fonctionnaly, both versions are the same.

You can get these versions in the Downloads/General/Tools section.
Unzip the DLL in the same folder as the ILSpy Binaries and you're done.

If you are looking to the ILSpy binary, go to ILSpy binaries.
Now, when running ISpy, you can set the language as XSharp.

Don't forget that the full source code of the Plugin is available in the public XSharp Repository on Github; you can also view there the current state of developement of the tool.

ILSpy is the open-source .NET assembly browser and decompiler : By using ILSpy you cano view and decompile .NET assembly as XSharp Language.

It's time for another progress report.

We are working very hard to finish X# build 2.7. Some of the changes that you can expect in this build:

Compiler

  • There are some changes to make X# more FoxPro compatible:
    • You can now use parentheses to access array elements (aMyArray(1,2))
    • Support for the TO keyword in the CATCH clause of TRY CATCH (CATCH TO myVar)
    • Support for the ASSERT command and SET ASSERT. An Assert dialog has also been added to the runtime.
    • Support for SET CONSOLE and SET ALTERNATE
    • Assignment expressions with a "=" assignment operator and a macro are now working ( &myVar = 42)
    • The compiler now recognizes the AS <type> OF <classlib> syntax.
    • You can now also use the mdot syntax in declatation statements  (LOCAL m.myVar)
    • And more
  • We have made several fixes for issues reported by customers

RDD System

  • Exclusive read/write operations are now MUCH faster because we switched to using cached IO.
  • Internally the RDD system now directly works with the stream objects. This solves a problem with incorrect index page numbers that were causing index file bloats
  • Fixed a problem updating DBFCDX index files for files with a large number of duplicate key values.
  • For VFP compatible DBF files that are part of a database container you can now access fields by their short (10 character) field names as well as their longer field names that are read from the database container.
  • We have added support for database containers. This includes the various DATABASE related commands such as SET DATABASE TO and OPEN DATABASE as well as the DbGetProp() function. DbSetProp() is not supported yet and will come in the next release.
  • The runtime now works with Data Sessions. Each thread gets its own datasession. The DBC files are also opened in a separate data session.
  • We have added the structures and functions needed to work with the Advantage Management API.

Runtime

  • We have added support for FoxPro compatible arrays
  • Many other smaller fixes.

VS Integration

  • We have fixed a problem in the Windows Forms editor that prevented it from correctly saving forms with complicated code that was produced by some of the DevExpress controls
  • When creating a new VO compatible UI form in the VS IDE you can now clone an existing form.
  • Solutions with "flavoured" projects (such as MsTest projects) were not always opened correctly. An exception could occur. This has been fixed. It can still occur that the project appears as 'unloaded' but a right click and reload in the Solution Explorer will fix that.

Of course this is just a selection of the issues found and fixed.

We expect to release this build around Dec 1.

Today we have released a new installer for XSharp Cahors 2.7 which contains several FoxPro related new features and fixes to bugs that were reported.

The what's new document describing all the changes (this build alone over 3 pages) can be found here:

XSharp 2.7 What's new
Popular 2.7.0.0 383.96 KB
2020-11-30

This week, during Virtual Fox Fest, we received a question from someone that wants to help to add functions to the XSharp runtime (in this case functions for the FoxPro part of the Runtime).
The customer asked if we could give an overview of the XSharp Runtime source and if we could describe how contributions work.
We assume that this customer is not the only one that wants this, so we decided to spend some time on this in an online session.

We will discuss this in an online session on Thursday November 5, at 16:00 CET (UTC+1).

The meeting will start at 16:00 but we will open the session room at 15:30 so you have time to chat if you want before the session starts.

We have recorded the session and will upload it to our youtube channel shortly, so when you missed it you can still see it in our Youtube Channel "XSharp Academy"