Friday, October 22, 2010

PEM Editor and VFPx

PEM Editor is one of the projects in VFPx, a Visual FoxPro community effort to create open source add-ons for Visual FoxPro 9.0.  It has been part of VFPx since at least 2007, with the release of "New Edit Property/Method Dialog...", and then all of the following releases thru release 6 in September this year.

VFPx is a fantastic source of tools for the VFP developer.  Since all the tools are free, you have every reason to visit VFPx regularly to keep up to date with what is going on there.

While VFPx is a great repository for VFP tools, it has not proved to be an efficient forum for the discussion of enhancements for these tools.  For the two years that I have been product manager for PEM Editor, there have been only a few messages in VFPx with suggestions for enhancements to PEM Editor (well, a few bug reports too).  During the same time, there have been thousands of emails between those interested in its development.
I believe that this occurs because involving the entire community in all the details (some agonizingly minute) is counterproductive.

Thus, I have created this blog for those interested in following the details of PEM Editor in more detail.  This blog will not replace VFPx, it will merely augment it.  What will be available here will be the discussions about all new features, giving opportunity to comment on them early.  All Production and Beta releases will still be made on VFPx.  What you will see here will be all the incremental changes along the way -- yes, sometimes multiple updates on the same day.

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