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Visual Xbase++ 2.0  
     
 
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What is Visual Xbase++?  
Visual Xbase++ (VX) is the forthcoming Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment from Alaska Software. In contrast to other RAD tools, VX is centered around the philosophy of a database application development system. Hence, it puts a strong emphasis on database modelling and the design of database access/bindings in its visual environment. VX uses Xbase++ as the language - which is already well established in the worldwide Clipper community.  
   
 
Product Availability  
Feedback from our customers and the demands of the Xbase market were constantly taken into account during the development phase of Visual Xbase++. This led to a readjustment of both featureset and anticipated general availability of versions 2.0 and 3.0 of the Visual Xbase++ product. This decision is predominantely based upon the technical blueprint, which you may read up here.  
   
Interested in Visual Xbase++? Get it now!  
Visual Xbase++ will be generally available in the second half of 2004. Xbase++ users, who are registered at Alaska Software, and work with Xbase++ 1.82 can already get a hold of the pre-release version of VX 2.0! Just send an email to esd@alaska-research.com with the word HELP in the subject line. The electronic software delivery system will then guide you through the download process.  
   
I am not currently using Xbase++. How can I take a look at Visual Xbase++?  
Visual Xbase++ requires Xbase++ 1.82 to operate. Our free trial version of Xbase++ 1.82 can be downloaded from our Homepage. For that, just push the "Download free Trial" button on the top-left of this page. To get access to Visual Xbase++ pre-release, please send an email to sales@alaska-software.com, indicating that you want to test VX Pre-Release with the Xbase++ trial version.  
   
Will Visual Xbase++ be compatible with Xbase++?  
Definitely YES! VX is fully compatible with Xbase++. Anything that can be done with Xbase++ today can also be done with VX tomorrow, no questions asked. It is entirely up to you! You can run PBUILD or ALINK from the command line or have the VX environment run the tools necessary to maintain and/or build your projects - which ever method you prefer. Visual Xbase++ uses the project (XPJ) files already used by existing Xbase++ revisions to describe the dependencies and targets of your project.  
   
Does VX provide a better form designer?  
The design goal of Visual Xbase++ 2.0 is to provide a state-of-the-art development environment for the Xbase++ developers worldwide. The initial revision, Visual Xbase++ 2.0, builds the foundation for a complete set of visual designers, ranging from application wizards through form designers to database modellers. These design tools will become generally available with VX 3.0.  
   
What is Alaska Software's strategic goal for Visual Xbase++?  
Xbase++ has succesfully allowed us to take over the Clipper marketplace. There is no doubt that there is no other tool available on the market which can beat Xbase++ when it comes to Clipper compatibility. Right out of the box, Xbase++ provides a host of features specifically designed to ease the migration process from DOS to 32 Bit Windows. With Visual Xbase++, Alaska Software aims to make the exciting Xbase++ technology available to a larger audience of software developers. Packaged with a state-of-the-art rapid application development environment, Visual Xbase++ will soon compete with other languages, such as Visual Basic or Borland Delphi.  
 

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