Visual FoxPro 9.0 – An Introduction


Visual FoxPro 9.0 is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and object-oreiented (Integrated Development Environment) IDE developed by Microsoft. Version 9.0 is the final release of Visual FoxPro. Microsoft has clearly stated that there are to be no more versions of Visual FoxPro released in the future, and commercial support for Visual FoxPro will cease in 2015.

Although there are to be no further releases of Visual FoxPro, Microsoft has released an open source project on codeplex called VFPX. You are free to use VFPX to extend Visual FoxPro in anyway that suites your needs. You can access VFPX here.

The main components of Visual FoxPro consist of the IDE, project manager, applications, databases, tables, queries, forms, and reports. There are two ways to create a variety of items with FoxPro, these are manually and via the use of wizards. As I am in the process of learning Visual FoxPro 9.0 in preparation for Opera III Developer certification, I thought it would be a good idea to post my training notes on the web in case you find them useful. I will be posting a number of articles on the various aspects of Visual FoxPro in the coming weeks.

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