Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP? 
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 Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?
Just curious if there are any ex-foxpro developers here who have switched to
FMP. I don't mean to flame or troll.  I would be interested to hear your
reasons for using FMP for a project, and what you see as the pros and cons.
Thanks!


Sun, 09 Nov 2003 18:43:55 GMT
 Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?

Yep bought Foxpro - was too time consuming to develop in so purchased FMP 2
5 years ago havent looked back.

Ned
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> Date: 23 May 2001 10:43:55 GMT
> Subject: Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?

> Just curious if there are any ex-foxpro developers here who have switched to
> FMP. I don't mean to flame or troll.  I would be interested to hear your
> reasons for using FMP for a project, and what you see as the pros and cons.
> Thanks!



Mon, 10 Nov 2003 20:39:37 GMT
 Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?

Quote:

> Just curious if there are any ex-foxpro developers here who have switched to
> FMP. I don't mean to flame or troll.  I would be interested to hear your
> reasons for using FMP for a project, and what you see as the pros and cons.
> Thanks!

I was using FoxBase up until about a year after Microsoft bought it. I
did keep up with it until FoxPro 2.6.  At that time it became somewhat
ungainly to keep up with all the "gotchas".  It would take *forever* to
make a stable and consistent database solution, a FAR cry from where
FoxBase started out.  The capability is there for some amazing work, but
I don't have the time to mess with it anymore.

With FMP I can crank out solutions fairly quickly. FoxPro was a
full-time labor-intensive system; FileMaker Pro lets me make better use
of my time.  And I can create very elegant and user-friendly solutions,
too.

I wish FoxPro did not have the steep learning curve, or the instability.

I wish FMPro had the option of creating dBase-style FIND routines (I
know, heresy, but it would help me out at least).  I also wish there was
an elegant way of saving a set of FIND criteria to be executed by a user
at a later date, the same with calculations.  Then again, that could me
my own shortcoming.

I want to be able to import/export into more formats.  I share database
information with a variety of sources, all using different databases
(Access, Paradox, etc.).

Lastly, I wish FMPro had the ability to format numerical fields
according to a map that new data could flow into.  As in, a field
formatted as: (NNN) NNN-NNNN, and if I import data from another database
of 9195550000, it will enter it in as (919) 555-0000.  I can do that
with a calculation, but not on data as it is being imported.

Granted, I am still using version 3.0, but the things I want apparently
haven't been added to the newer versions.

That's all...

jeff



Fri, 14 Nov 2003 12:01:00 GMT
 Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?
Jeffrey  Bentley wrote :

Quote:
> Lastly, I wish FMPro had the ability to format numerical fields
> according to a map that new data could flow into.  As in, a field
> formatted as: (NNN) NNN-NNNN, and if I import data from another database
> of 9195550000, it will enter it in as (919) 555-0000.  I can do that
> with a calculation, but not on data as it is being imported.

Ad an extra lookup field that stores the calculated data on import (if
format is not ... Then ...). This will work for you i think.

--
Peter



Sat, 15 Nov 2003 04:33:36 GMT
 Any Ex-Foxpro using FMP?

Quote:

>> Just curious if there are any ex-foxpro developers here who have switched
>to
>> FMP. I don't mean to flame or troll.  I would be interested to hear your
>> reasons for using FMP for a project, and what you see as the pros and cons.
>> Thanks!

I'm still using both - Visual Foxpro for applications that are complex (in
table structures, database integrity issues, reporting requirements, users with
subtly different privileges) and/or require great processing speed.  On the
negative side, the applications can't require a lot of customization by
endusers - though we can often hand users a third-party reporting tool to get
output.  Filemaker for any situation that doesn't demand the complex capacities
of Foxpro, and particularly where endusers are willing and able to work with
layouts, add attribute fields, build lookup tables.
If it's a tossup, I lean towards Filemaker, though there are times when I'm
doing a workaround to get past FMP's limitations (especially, the games you
have to play to navigate complex relational structures) when I wish I
hadn't.....

Steve Andrews
Andrews Technologies Management



Sat, 15 Nov 2003 19:21:43 GMT
 
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