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Subject: RE: The future of VFP
Thread ID: 344793 Message ID: 345015 # Views: 68 # Ratings: 0
Version: Visual FoxPro 9 Category: General VFP Topics
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:37:32 AM         
   


> > What you wisely suggest me to move towards to learn?
> > I have no programming skills in any other language but FEW about VFP and whatever I have learned is VFP. Is there any clone to VFP? as an ADVANCED programming tool easy to learn for a VFP student.
>
> Mohammad,
>
> You need to work out what you want to do with your programs or the tool you use.
>
> Who are you making programs for? What OS are they using -- do you need a cross-platform program?
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> Do the clients, or you if it is you, need or want to use a large server-client database to store your data like oracle, sql server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Firebird or do you want desktop programs that are self contained. That is you can store data in a self contained file such as sqlite.
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> Unfortunetely most tools out there do not match what VFP is. It is a data mining tool, RAD environment, able to create a self contained database, link in with existing database servers -- In my opinion VFP is unique.
>
> Taking data mining out of the equation, developers are now posed with the choice of finding a programming language that is able to do the basic programming, something that can do GUI generation (to create suitable interfaces) and something that allows them to connect to an appropriate backend. They also need to master the backend.
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> So in general, as a learner, figure out what most people are using as a programming and GUI generation language; especially if you want to be employed as a programmer -- there are many out there and many reviews on wikipedia of languages, backends and there perceived advantages and disadvantages.
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> In regards to a back end -- there are so many it is daunting. My suggestion is learn some SQL. This will provide you with the necessary tools to work with most database backends whether they are server based or not.
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> Just for completeness it is worth noting that there are similar products to VFP on the market - have a look at http://www.dbase.com or maybe something like http://www.harbour-project.org/ (just to point to two diametrically opposite alternatives).
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> As stated the value of any of these alternatives is dependent on you needs, your clients needs, the OS you intend to use and many other considerations.
>
> Simon Cropper

Thansk for your detailed reply Sir.
I am learner of VFP and I really love to work in VFP. I've made few simple applications for my company like HR control, PayRoll and Voucher system. We have Windows Server 2003 on which I have placed data folder and I never tried SQL as backend. Client PCs installed with WinXP. The reason of asking an alternate to VFP was, I feel dishearted whenever I read that MS stopped supporting VFP and no more updation is expected from MS. When they are continuously updating their other products, why not VFP? is their any technical impossibility? I hear from people 'VFP is old fashioned and no data security..' when I tell someone that I'm working in VFP. It really hurts and that moment (although I've 10% knowledge of total VFP I believe and technically I really don't know in what sense VFP is behind from other programming lanugages). I wish if their is a way that VFP would become World's most demanding programming tool or if their is some language which have total VFP in it plus more so VFP learner can easily learn it.

I don't want to leave VFP at all!
But I strongly wish somehow VFP would become most famous advanced language. Please you experts do something for VFP (and for the people like me who want to learn vfp proudly)

Sorry if any of my word feels harsh.

Best regards,
IRFAN

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The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/14/2012 9:23:41 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Gordon King @ 5/14/2012 9:28:45 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/14/2012 11:14:41 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Gordon King @ 5/14/2012 11:44:01 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/14/2012 12:12:16 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tom Saddul @ 5/15/2012 11:55:54 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by piet koemans @ 5/20/2012 3:38:58 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Martin Krivka @ 5/14/2012 10:38:15 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/14/2012 12:01:17 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Vishal Anand @ 5/14/2012 12:17:18 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/14/2012 12:20:58 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Vishal Anand @ 5/14/2012 12:35:59 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by tushar @ 5/14/2012 12:56:32 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Vishal Anand @ 5/15/2012 12:57:34 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/14/2012 12:58:19 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Vishal Anand @ 5/15/2012 1:04:05 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Mike Yearwood @ 5/14/2012 5:41:29 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/14/2012 12:18:50 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/14/2012 12:25:51 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/14/2012 1:01:06 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/14/2012 1:07:49 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/15/2012 1:55:04 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tom Saddul @ 5/15/2012 11:48:42 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tamar Granor @ 5/15/2012 11:02:33 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/16/2012 12:53:07 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/16/2012 3:16:34 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tamar Granor @ 5/16/2012 10:34:36 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tony Vignone @ 5/16/2012 3:44:06 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/16/2012 5:36:03 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/14/2012 1:00:10 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/15/2012 1:42:48 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Pete Sass @ 5/15/2012 1:57:02 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/15/2012 2:03:12 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by mk sharma @ 5/15/2012 7:21:12 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Jack Ryan @ 5/17/2012 1:31:06 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by tom knauf @ 5/21/2012 11:33:49 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Thierry Nivelet @ 5/23/2012 6:51:51 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Martin Krivka @ 5/24/2012 8:30:35 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/15/2012 12:34:57 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Stefan Wuebbe @ 5/17/2012 9:30:42 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/17/2012 1:42:32 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 3:47:00 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/17/2012 11:19:43 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Stefan Wuebbe @ 5/20/2012 10:52:48 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/20/2012 3:59:43 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Stefan Wuebbe @ 5/20/2012 5:04:25 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Mohammad Irfan @ 5/16/2012 4:36:50 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 5/16/2012 4:29:01 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 12:57:29 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 1:33:22 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Mohammad Irfan @ 5/17/2012 9:37:32 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 9:46:30 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Thierry Nivelet @ 5/23/2012 7:22:26 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Stefan Wuebbe @ 5/17/2012 10:18:10 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Paul Gibson @ 5/17/2012 3:18:19 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 3:52:51 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Mohammad Irfan @ 5/18/2012 8:21:40 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/17/2012 3:49:22 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 3:58:13 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/17/2012 4:27:57 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/17/2012 5:06:59 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/17/2012 5:20:24 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Simon Cropper @ 5/18/2012 1:00:27 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/18/2012 2:29:09 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Tom Saddul @ 5/22/2012 6:22:26 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Thierry Nivelet @ 5/23/2012 7:20:00 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Paul Gibson @ 5/17/2012 4:41:10 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by claude fox @ 5/17/2012 4:53:14 PM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Jun Tangunan @ 5/21/2012 12:51:59 AM
RE: The future of VFP Posted by Dan Baker @ 5/24/2012 11:23:41 PM