VISUAL FOXPRO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
The Visual FoxPro software development system is used in designing sophisticated database applications. Visual FoxPro is an optimal software development platform for many situations and work environments. According to C I Corporation, a Washington DC based software development company, the following are the advantages and disadvantages of using Visual FoxPro for your software development:
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Programming tools
With Visual FoxPro, procedural Xbase and object-oriented (OOP) programming can be combined to create this planet's most powerful and sophisticated software applications. Xbase and OOP provide the developer with tools to manipulate data, non-visual program objects, and GUI objects with pinpoint control. This allows the design and development of user-friendly applications that can manage highly complex information and business processes. Visual FoxPro is by far the best tool for software development projects and database applications that are central to an organization's information management.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Flexibility
Visual FoxPro exposes an extremely large quantity of properties, methods, and events (PEMs), which can be accessed and manipulated with VFP programming code. By combining Xbase and OOP with PEMs, developers can create applications which provide maximum ease of use and high levels of sophistication at the same time. This type of software development gives Visual FoxPro an unparalleled advantage over most, if not all, competing software development products.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Data driven applications
Due to it's ability to concurrently open and manipulate an almost unlimited quantity of tables and cursors, Visual FoxPro has become an indispensible software development tool for creating data driven software applications. This kind of flexibility extends data functionality and the types of data that can be utilized within a software application. Data driven functionality can be used to automatically configure an application to individual preferences and configure interfaces according to changing conditional data. In a properly designed Visual FoxPro application, the interaction between "data" and "Interface" is continuous and dynamic (as it should be).
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Data processing and analysis
Visual FoxPro is a highly efficient and flexible tool for
creating data processing routines and analyses for large and dispersed
volumes of data records. Visual FoxPro provides the ability to create the
same types of standard SQL queries, which are included with most other
database development products.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Supports high volumes of data
Visual FoxPro is the perfect solution for organizations with
moderate to high levels of data transactions. Each data table within a
Visual FoxPro database can support up to 2 Gigabytes of data or 1 billion
records. Keep in mind that this capacity is for "each" table within a
database, not the entire database. If software development is done properly,
this provides you with an almost unlimited database capacity . With proper
database management, Visual FoxPro will easily and efficiently handle "most"
user environments and situations.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Web application development
Visual FoxPro is the ultimate software development tool for building Internet applications. VFP is a powerful software development tool for building the next generation of web applications, including web services and desktop software applications that efficiently send and receive data across the Internet. The future of the Web is about using the Internet as a global network, where we can connect our desktop and web site applications to remote database servers/services, which reside on the Internet. Visual FoxPro, along with the new ".Net" technologies, will be a leader in this second wave of the Internet.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Third party technologies
FoxPro has been around for a very long time. During the past 10+ years, many third party software development companies have created add-on products for FoxPro and Visual FoxPro. This has resulted in Visual FoxPro having access to an extremely wide variety of "add-on" components. This gives software development professionals the tools to build applications which extend beyond the native functionality of Visual FoxPro. When you combine the native power/flexibility of Visual FoxPro with the wide availability of compatible third party components, there is not much that cannot be built using Visual FoxPro.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - Maturity and Stability
After 10+ years of continuous improvements, FoxPro has become the most stable and bug free software development system on the market. The stability of the Xbase foundation has been with FoxPro from the start, with cutting edge technologies being added to this foundation over the years. Each new version of Visual FoxPro has proven it's stability and reliability, with many thousands of high level software development companies and end-user organizations to confirm this reliability.
Visual FoxPro Advantage - A complete development tool
Visual FoxPro is a unique system, in that it combines tight native data integration with high level software development technologies. This takes Visual FoxPro far beyond other products, which are either focused on database management or software development technologies. Visual FoxPro has the best of both worlds, combining both powerful database management capabilities and sophisticated software development technologies.
As with any software development product, there are
environments where Visual FoxPro should not be used as a "complete"
solution. However, Visual FoxPro is very often the best tool for creating
and managing small databases, moderate size databases, large databases, and
highly complex software applications for the desktop and Web.
Note: All of the above information is based on the observations of C I Corporation. This information should not be used as a replacement for the technical requirements, capabilities, and recommendations presented within your Visual FoxPro product documentation.
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