At the xBase.Future conference this week we have announced several things that we like to share with you as well:

The first GA release of X# is expected in te coming months

This first release will come with:

  • The compiler
  • The VS Integration for VS 2015 and 2017
  • Tools to migrateVO applications to X#
  • Tools to migrate Vulcan.NET applications to X#
  • Full support for the .NET Framework 2.0 - 4.7, as wel as many other frameworks, such mono, Xamarin etc.
  • Full support for Vulcan.NET 3.0 and 4.0 runtimes and RDDs
  • X# applications will run on all platforms that support .Net framework (windows, mono) when compiled for AnyCpu of when compiled for a compatible processor (x86, X64, Arm)

Later in 2017 you can expect

  • The X# Runtime with support for most xBase RDD formats, runtime functions, thread safe etc.
  • A Macro compiler that is based on the X# scripting support that we have demonstrated during XBase.Future. The macro compiler will support weakly typed an strongly typed codeblocks, and will not only be restricted to compiling expressions but will also support statement (such as for next, foreach etc).
  • The X# visual studio integration will be extended with support for .Net Core projects, .Net Standard projects, Universal Windows projects an so called "shared" projects

A revised 'roadmap' document will be published at this website in the coming weeks.

Finally

A new public beta (Beta 11) of X# is available for download for free from the downloads section on this website,

Hi to all,
just a quick note to told you that XBase Future 2017 Conference has started today in Cologne.
We had the first presentations this morning, with a very interesting session by Michael Fischer and Robert van der Hulst; a lot of people and new faces...Great !

Myself, I've already done a session about XSharp Everywhere, with an application consuming some MySQL-data as a client with some Windows Forms, and running the same way on Windows 10, Ubuntu 16.04 and Raspberry PI with Raspbian Pixel... without ANY Change !

Now, Robert is talking about our OpenSource model, and all stuff around program management, licences, code sharing, ...xbase future

Fabrice

We are pleased to announce that XSharp Beta 11 has been released to our FOX subscribers today.
Tomorrow at the XBase.Future conference in Cologne we will also demonstrate this new version.
This beta contains many new features and works together with Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017.

Some of the highlights of this build:

  • We fixed some reported compiler issues and optimized the preprocessor
  • Many improvements in the Visual Studio integration, such as Brace Matching, Peek definition and more
  • The speed of the background parser inside Visual Studio has been improved

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

A public version of this build will be available later this week.

We have uploaded a new compiler for our FOX subscribers to the prerelease area on this website. This interim build fixes a couple of issues found by our subscribers in beta 10.

The most important change is the way how single quoted literals are handled:

In earlier builds a single quoted literal of 1 character was always treated as a character constant. Beta 10 would treat the single quoted literal always as a string constant and then try to detect the place where it was used and convert it to a character constant when needed. Unfortunately this was not working the way it should

So the original behaviour from before Beta 10 has been restored.
Some suggestions have been made on how to change this behaviour for a future build, and we are looking into this.

Other changes:

Read more: XSharp Beta 10a

You have not seen any progress reports here for the last 2 weeks, so it is time to write something.

Of course the development team is busy preparing for the conference in Cologne (April 25-27, you can stilll register!). It is going to be an exciting event:

  • Fabrice will show X# code running on a another platform (Rasberry Pi)
  • Nikos is going to show scripting support for X#. With that you will probably be able to run X# script files from the command line and/or include X# script code (read from external files for example) in your app. That would be an ideal solution for data driven applications.The scripting support is also the foundation for our X# macro compiler.
  • Finally Robert will talk about .Net Core, .Net Standard and Windows Universal and show X# apps that work on all three of them.
    With X# you are no longer tied to the Microsoft platform, but you will be able to run your apps on Linux, IOS and Android as well.

Of course we have not only prepared for the conference. Some new features were added to the VS integration and the compiler and they have also both become a little faster. More about that short before Cologne.

Finally we have included a new customer example on the Customer examples webpage.

 

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.

 

Frank Mariate has been so kind to share some images from apps he has developed with X#. You can find these in the Examples section on this website.

He will be demonstrating his apps during the "Application Show" at the XBase Future conference in Cologne as well.

It is not too late to register.

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.