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 Mike Yearwood
 To: Pete Sass
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Subject: RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App?
Thread ID: 390007 Message ID: 416591 # Views: 83 # Ratings: 0
Version: Visual FoxPro 9 SP2 Category: Projects and Design
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:52:47 PM         
   


> Hi Foxitians,
>
> I am asking this because I am just curious - lol
>
> I am wondering if you would like to share what you see as your most difficult
> Visual FoxPro application that you every wrote?
>
> Add a few lines expressing why you found your example to be your most difficult.
>
> Maybe a couple of screen shots would be nice to see.
>
> I am asking this as I do not think this has every been asked in this
> forum. I really would like to hear from some of you as to what you see
> as your most challenging programming job.
>
> This came to my mind over the past couple of days as I figure I have been working
> on what I consider the most difficult programming job I have ever been asked to
> do for a client... thus my interest in what others see as their most difficult.
>
> Pete "the IceMan", from the Great White North of Canada.
> www.marathongriffincomputers.com
> Home of the Canadian and US download for Chen's VFP C++ Compiler

Most difficult? I was very fortunate to work on a system for random sampling early on. I got to work first with John Hawkins and then Tamar Granor. The system was intended to produce a random sample with more records in certain area codes. These area codes were shown to be harder to reach people. Each area code and exchange had difficulty settings. Tamar and I came up with a very fast means of selecting the sample. I remember it involving using the same alias twice, one for scanning in one sequence. It was hard because it had to be super fast.

I also automated an entire microbiology lab with interfacing to the machines. MaxFrame working with Drew was hard because it was exacting.

No systems were difficult after those. In fact, I have found most of the other programmers' systems I have seen to be largely poorly done. Like recently the largest clients for a company complained of performance. That was because the system was built by intermediate programmers - who inevitably thought there are experts. They did not know many of the inner workings of FoxPro which is why the performance was bad. They had already reached their limits. To fix a system like that would require massive changes which in their ignorance would never happen. Where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise. I wish I would have seen a lot less ignorance in my time.

Mike Yearwood
Microsoft MVP Visual FoxPro 2008, 2009
We have enough youth. We need a fountain of smart!
There may be many ways to skin a cat, but there are very few right ways to do it.

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Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/1/2013 11:20:23 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Rick C. Hodgin @ 11/1/2013 11:51:26 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tom Saddul @ 11/2/2013 1:22:01 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by prasanna kunder @ 11/2/2013 11:40:47 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 11/2/2013 8:57:22 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tom Saddul @ 11/3/2013 6:32:35 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Ali Koumaiha @ 11/2/2013 3:08:44 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Bob Brook @ 11/4/2013 3:08:54 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/4/2013 4:47:40 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Cetin Basoz @ 11/4/2013 3:10:19 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/4/2013 4:45:59 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Binod Binani @ 1/1/2015 11:43:46 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tamar Granor @ 11/4/2013 10:56:26 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/5/2013 4:25:34 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Koen Piller @ 11/5/2013 4:42:23 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Pete Sass @ 11/5/2013 6:13:48 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Norm Braz @ 11/6/2013 2:56:31 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Koen Piller @ 11/7/2013 10:54:50 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Norm Braz @ 11/7/2013 3:17:38 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Koen Piller @ 11/7/2013 4:53:47 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Norm Braz @ 11/13/2013 12:41:34 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Victor Espina @ 11/7/2013 1:50:30 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Koen Piller @ 11/7/2013 10:56:01 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Victor Espina @ 11/7/2013 4:29:42 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by piet koemans @ 11/8/2013 9:43:09 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 11/9/2013 7:16:19 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 11/13/2013 11:52:12 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 11/14/2013 4:50:14 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 12/30/2013 9:25:24 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 12/30/2013 9:58:23 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 12/30/2013 11:31:55 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 12/31/2013 4:24:36 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 12/31/2013 11:43:27 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by tom knauf @ 1/2/2014 4:37:10 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 1/2/2014 7:51:23 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 12/30/2014 10:53:55 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 12/30/2014 11:13:24 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 12/31/2014 4:26:36 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Tony Vignone @ 1/18/2015 8:20:12 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by tom knauf @ 11/12/2013 10:09:03 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Rick C. Hodgin @ 11/14/2013 6:17:18 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 11/21/2013 7:37:14 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by piet koemans @ 11/14/2013 11:25:47 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by tom knauf @ 11/15/2013 1:24:10 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Don Higgins @ 11/15/2013 6:18:05 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Chuanbing Chen @ 11/16/2013 11:54:54 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Koen Piller @ 11/18/2013 2:39:14 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Jerzy Kopinski @ 12/31/2014 7:04:52 AM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 1/1/2015 3:45:30 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Mike Yearwood @ 1/5/2015 7:01:09 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Mike Yearwood @ 12/31/2014 4:52:47 PM
RE: Your Most Difficult VFP App? Posted by Dan Baker @ 1/1/2015 3:43:23 PM