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    Unhappy Unanswered: Foxpro

    I know MS Access and SQL server pretty well.

    Today my boss told me there is another database software Visual Foxpro, she said it's a little bit "better" than Access, she suggested me using FoxPro to delvelop new database applicaiton instead of using Access.

    I know little about Fox pro, and I don't see here is a forum topiced Fox pro, so don't know really where should I post this message, but anyway, I would like to know more about it, and can FOxpro also have report capabilities such as Access?

    Is it easy to learn? How is it related with .net?

    Thanks
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    "A little bit" better? I would have to disagree. It is a lot better.

    Let me first say, that the language you know is the easiest to develope in. But my opinion is that the features and advantages of Foxpro outweigh Access. The learning curve would definitely pay off in the long run.

    For example,
    Foxpro has much less processor overhead.
    Is easier to distribute canned applications
    More robust
    Faster file access
    Fully relational database system
    Structured query language built in
    Able to access SQL databases (or for that matter, any other ODBC compliant database - even Access!) through ODBC, as well as many other data sources such as XML, ADO, ...

    Since you already have programming experience, you'll find a lot of similarities to VB code, and a lot of similarities to SQL should you decide to use the built in query language.

    VFP is not really related to .NET, but as I mentioned, it can use the same data sources, and VFP functions can be utilized by .NET.

    For more info and forums, try these sources:

    Several Foxpro forums:
    http://tek-tips.com/

    http://www.universalthread.com/wconn...treme~2,84,4,5

    www.foxite.com - The Home Of The Visual FoxPro Experts
    DSummZZZ

    Even more Fox stuff at
    www.davesummers.net/foxprolinks.htm

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    foxpro

    Thank you, it's very helpful.

    One more question, how about report, does foxpro have its own report tool?

    Thanks

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    Sorry, I forgot to discuss the reporting capabilities.

    Yes, it has a very good report designer. And if there is some feature lacking from it you desire, you can always use automation to run a report made from Crystal Reports.
    Speaking of automation, Excel, Word, Outlook, any COM server can be integrated with Foxpro.

    Foxpro can also for web server applications. In fact, this webs site:
    www.foxite.com
    Was written using Foxpro.
    DSummZZZ

    Even more Fox stuff at
    www.davesummers.net/foxprolinks.htm

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    Sorry, I forgot to discuss the reporting capabilities.

    Yes, it has a very good report designer. And if there is some feature lacking from it you desire, you can always use automation to run a report made from Crystal Reports.
    Speaking of automation, Excel, Word, Outlook, any COM server can be integrated with Foxpro.

    Foxpro can also for web server applications. In fact, this webs site:
    www.foxite.com
    Was written using Foxpro.
    DSummZZZ

    Even more Fox stuff at
    www.davesummers.net/foxprolinks.htm

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    thanks.
    Now I'm very interested in this software, and I'm going to give it a try.

    Thanks for all the information.

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