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Visual Fox Pro

edited February 2008 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
For the programmers out there...

Would you use Visual Fox Pro to create a professional application?

I hear Microsoft is dropping support for it?

What viable alternatives would you suggest?

Posted: Thursday, 7 February 2008 at 10:09PM


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    edited February 2008
    Anything that doesn't involve Microsoft. I would use two sticks and a rock if it was the only alternative.
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    When you say "professional application", do you mean something you are going to market for the masses or just for one or two clients? And is it going to be a client-side application?
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    Fyorl mate I couldn't agree more but the situation is out of my control.

    Jim, it's a database application, it is used for document control and although it is designed well it is subject to data corruption and unreliable behaviour. I don't know if it's Visual Fox Pro, Windows, badly written code or a combination of all. I'm looking into alternatives before I hit management with my gripes.

    Yes it is commercially marketed but not for the masses, a user license starts at $6,000!

    It's local area networked based but not internet.
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    edited February 2008
    I'm not really sure what alternatives exist. VFP is quite tightly integrated with its database engine so it might be difficult to port to a different language. I vaguely recall that it uses SQL syntax though which should make things easier. I would suggest Python as it's high-level enough to cut down development time but shouldn't suffer any noticeable performance issues when under heavy load. Alternatively, you could write a solid core in C++ and then extend it with Python. It's quite easy to integrate as Python is interpreted.
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    Thanks mate, although "solid" and this particular application should not be used in the same sentence!

    C++ is well respected and one of my options.

    I'm pushing for web-based to make it more versatile and less restrictive. As it is, it needs a lot of external support files which are specific to the operating system and it makes users' life hell.
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    If it's local-area based then you could probably implement it as part of any existing intranet or just make your own. PHP is perfectly suited to database work.
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