Welcome To Vulcan.NET


Vulcan.NETVulcan.NET is the next generation of the xBase family of languages. Vulcan.NET provides a high level of backwards-compatibility with the Visual Objects language, while at the same time bringing it into the 21st century with all the features you would expect in a modern programming language. In addition, Vulcan.NET brings all the benefits of the .NET platform to the Visual Objects language, opening up a whole new world of opportunities for xBase programmers.

Vulcan.NET is fully CLS compliant and supports the vast majority of features available to .NET languages, including method and operator overloading, strongly typed arrays, reference and value types, enumeration types, low level pointer operations, and more.

Vulcan.NET is integrated into Visual Studio 2012/2013/2015 with project and file templates, a highly customizable code editor with syntax highlighting, and advanced editing features, a full-featured debugger, a Windows Forms designer, WPF Support, and a Tool called Transporter to convert a Visual Objects Project to a Visual Studio project.


For Visual Objects Developers:

trophyTo the extent that is both possible and practical, Vulcan.NET is syntactically and semantically compatible with Visual Objects version 2.8. Unless specifically stated otherwise, you should assume that the behavior of any given language element or runtime function will be the same in Vulcan.NET as it is in Visual Objects. To achieve the highest level of compatibility, it may be necessary to set some or all of the Visual Objects compatibility options. 


Of course, any movement forward is inevitably going to require some changes to existing code. However, migrating from the native code world of Visual Objects to the managed code world of .NET is not nearly as major a change as was the movement from DOS to Windows, from weakly to strongly typed programming, or even from procedural to object-oriented programming.

The managed code world of .NET is very much like the environment you are already accustomed to. The .NET CLR provides a garbage collected memory manager, full object orientation, runtime array bounds checking, structured exception handling, and so on.


Current  Archive    
MS TechEd Australia 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008 

If you're at Microsoft Tech.Ed in Sydney next month, come and see us and Vulcan.NET in the Exhibition Centre. Paul Piko will be there; email paul at grafxsoft dot com for details, and to arrange a time to meet.

Information about TechEd Australia is here: http://www.microsoft.com.au/teched/default.aspx

Visual Studio 2008 SP1, .NET Framework 3.5, SQL Server 2008 Releases
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 

Read about and download the recent updates to Visual Studio and the .NET Framework here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/products/cc533447.aspx

SQL Server 2008 has been released; read about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/aug08/08-06SQLServer2008PR.mspx


Mixing VO-style windows and .NET Windows Forms
Monday, 4 August 2008 

Grafx is happy to announce the availability of the VulcanVOWinForm assembly. This is a collection of classes that allows:

  • VO GUI windows to be used within .NET Windows Forms applications
  • .NET Windows Forms to be used within Vulcan.NET applications based on the VO GUI

In other words, you can use your VO datawindow in app that has a .NET MDI shell window. Or you can use a .NET Windows Form in your transported VO app.

These classes should make it much easier for you to mix-and-match your windows, and give you more options as you move from VO classes to the .NET Framework classes.

VulcanVOWinForm can be downloaded from the VOPS FTP. Samples are included, and can also be viewed here:


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