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02/23/2004:

Still Relevant!


Taking a break from the regular midnight coding to post this: Visual FoxPro 9.0: Still Here, Still Relevant.

Every FoxPro blog is linking to that article by David T. Anderson already.

A highly recommended read for the 'renegades'.

I'd like to post parts of that article here and discuss some points but at 2:37AM I still have to wrap up a lot of things.

I'll give an overview though of what I am currently tackling at the moment.

Imagine a project where you thought you have planned everything already... the database structures and flows, made things ready for networking... optimized the filter/querying speed... tweaked a lot of parts, normalized and de-normalized carefully the databases and laid things out so that future upgrades would not be difficult for your system.

Fast forward by 17 months in the future (which is the present time)... you're in a situation where three offices separated by two and a half blocks apart will be using your program. Each office has the power/rights to edit mostly any part of the database...

... which is cool since you're application is 'network ready' already... problem is there are no immediate plans to setup one yet and to interconnect these offices.

The diskette/log-modification was part of the worst case scenario during the planning phase but I wasn't thinking I'd be diving into that.

Until now...


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