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We've both been in the database business since the earliest days of the personal computer. There was a time when the only game in town was dBASE from Ashton-Tate. In 1985, little Fox Software, operating out of a former grocery store in Toledo, Ohio, built a far superior code-compatible product called FoxBASE, and sold its second-generation product, FoxPro, to Microsoft in 1990. It looked like FoxPro was here to stay. Within a year, rumors were flying that Microsoft had other plans for database development. Some thought it would be Access, but a little experimentation demonstrated clearly that Access was more of a power user's tool. Visual Basic was easy but flawed. C and then C++ was powerful, but very difficult to master and use. Finally, .NET arrived, and we all got the message. Microsoft had developed a sort of "software abstraction layer" that would support deve... (more)