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Subject: Newbiees
Thread ID: 114469 Message ID: 114469 # Views: 48 # Ratings: 6
Version: Not Applicable Category: General VFP Topics
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 9:47:16 PM         
   


Hi Folks,

I have some free time this afternoon, as I started very early this morning
at work.

This thread is directed to the "Newbies" just starting into Visual FoxPro.
I just wanted to convey to all of you new to Visual FoxPro that, do not
be discouraged as you weed your way through this language. Although VFP
is in my opinion one of the better languages to pick up.. at times you will
feel yourself lost, this is normal with any new language.

Please understand that this language is geared toward database applications.
This language is very rich in funtions that are built into the core programming
language... and to tell you the truth at times after 10 plus years experience
in this development environment, I to have to frequent this forum for help.

You will see posts from me to "Ken", "BL" and "Andy" and ask youself, "What in hell
are these folks talking about".

The learn curve never ends folks and I need ongoing assistance with real
world applications that I develop using VFP. This is my site of choice.

I am a great promoter of this development language and had to go to extreme
measures with my corporate folks in using this language in our application
development. This battle I succeeded in and now in my company we have a
hardcore group of VFP developers. This is a battle you may as well could face
if you are in fact in a corporate setting. If you need any assistance in this
matter search our archives on this topic, and if all else fails post a thread
here in our forum.

Now to the meat of this thread.
This language is very rich in data manipulation. There are littely hundrends
of VFP functions that can do what-ever you wish. If the function does not exist
you can code a user definable function to do exeactly what you want.

Your development migration personally will involve these key stages:
1. You will learn the basics of VFP in a stand-alone application.
2. You will then move onto multi-user applications using VFP and the stock
VFP backend "DBC".
3. Somewhere in the middle of this you will be involved in sub-classing. This
is a topic unto itself and required many hours to understand.
4. Finally you will end up "depending upon your company", interfacing
VFP as middle-ware between the user interface and a backend such as SQL-Server,
or Oracle.
5. Finally there is light at the end of the road and all of these concepts
will kick in.

The road is not easy, nor should it be. The road is definately easier with
sites like this one. What the hell do I do when I have tried and tried and
am coming up with "Zero"? Post a thread here and see what shakes out. I for
one and the members of this site can only agree, when I am stuck and I mean
stuck, I post my issues here. I usually get my answer within a couple of
hours. Not only do I get answers, I get alternative options to consider.

There is no such thing as a stupid question at this site. Just ask and to
help us assist you, post any relevent code you have difficulties with with
your application.

The power of anything depends upon knowlege. Well lucky for you, this site
has core members that have a wealth of knowledge to share. The members give
their knowlege free... gess what a novel approach!

I could go on and on... but you know that I find this site moves past things
that are just VFP relared. I have posted many threads that have nothing to
do with VFP such as Exchnage Server issues, Active Directory issues.. etc.

I want to say that this site is primarily a VFP site, but my God we have
such a diversity of members there is little we cannot assist you with.

I have said it before and I will say it again. This site is my very
first stop off in all matters.

So if you are new to this language, or new to this forum; give us a shot and
you will be amazed at what you can gleam from the members here!

Pete from the Great White North. (Only in Canada, ay.) Over and Out ...

ENTIRE THREAD

Newbiees Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/28/2006 9:47:16 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 11/29/2006 2:09:58 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Eric den Doop @ 11/29/2006 9:44:35 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Syed Imran Ulhaq @ 11/29/2006 11:59:31 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 11/29/2006 1:44:12 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/29/2006 1:58:08 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Bac Nguyen Viet @ 3/13/2008 4:09:55 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 3/13/2008 5:42:22 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by George Kelly @ 11/29/2006 5:08:47 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 11/29/2006 5:23:50 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by George Kelly @ 11/30/2006 11:35:00 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 11/30/2006 1:54:05 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by George Kelly @ 11/30/2006 3:19:21 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 12/2/2006 5:48:45 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Boudewijn Lutgerink @ 12/8/2006 2:21:43 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 12/9/2006 1:36:27 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Boudewijn Lutgerink @ 12/10/2006 10:11:12 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/29/2006 6:21:48 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Ken Murphy @ 11/29/2006 7:06:28 PM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Boudewijn Lutgerink @ 11/30/2006 8:52:37 AM
RE: Newbiees Posted by Boudewijn Lutgerink @ 11/30/2006 8:54:40 AM