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Recommendation for custom dbase app

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I have been using a Lotus Approach built application to control database for
stock control, reference, pricing and reports. This has been fine until now
since I was the only one using the database.

The application is hardly custom, a few macro's and custom reports etc but
not robust enough for other users, that is what I need now.

Obviously I will need to build a better application and embark on a learning
curve which I am looking forward to, but my question is what application
should I put my efforts into in order to create a good system?

I don't know any languages except basic from years ago but I am willing to
learn.

I have heard a lot about Visual Foxpro and know it's used a lot in industry,
but there are other applications out there also.

All advice, tips and suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance

Jackson


Nov 12 '05 #1
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Well, you're asking this in an Access forum, so the natural answer is MS
Access. Many here swear by Access 97, although I've had good luck with
Access 2002 (XP) ... 2003 just came out but i have not yet installed it.
Don't know about the learning curve from Approach to Access, but there is a
very large user base in the Access community which means easy to find
support.

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Scott McDaniel
CS Computer Software
www.thedatabaseplace.net

"Jackson" <sp***************@virgin.net> wrote in message
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I have been using a Lotus Approach built application to control database for stock control, reference, pricing and reports. This has been fine until now since I was the only one using the database.

The application is hardly custom, a few macro's and custom reports etc but
not robust enough for other users, that is what I need now.

Obviously I will need to build a better application and embark on a learning curve which I am looking forward to, but my question is what application
should I put my efforts into in order to create a good system?

I don't know any languages except basic from years ago but I am willing to
learn.

I have heard a lot about Visual Foxpro and know it's used a lot in industry, but there are other applications out there also.

All advice, tips and suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance

Jackson

Nov 12 '05 #2

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Hi,

Depending on what you need to accomplish, you can choose between Access and
VFoxPro.
If you application is not very big, if all user has the same version of
Access already installed (or you own the Developer version, which allow you
to deploy a runtime version of Access) and if there are no more than few
users who use the application at the same time, and the deployment is not an
important part (you don't want to send / sell the application to many users)
you can start the application in Access. Some things can be made much
quicker in Access than in VFoxPro.

On the other hand, if you want a very robust application, which can handle
hundred of thousands of records, which allows many users working the same
time in the application, which can be easily deployed to thousand of users,
which can be integrated easily with advanced 3'rd party ActiveX controls or
COM libraries without References problems encountered quite often with
Access applications, with a very powerful native database support, than
VFoxPro is the way to go.

If you use some frameworks with VFP, the development time can be
dramatically decreased.

If you are interested to see a demo application written in Visual FoxPro 8,
you can download it from my site:

http://amssoft.dyndns.org:8090/Chris/

It is written using a custom framework I developed by enhancing the native
framework shipped with VFP8. It has also a online help, so you can see there
what modules are available, and how to use them.

The whole application was written in less than 15 hrs, so you can see what
can be done in VFP.

The setup kit is about 13 MB, because it contains not only the application,
but VFP8 runtime and several ActiveX controls I used or I might use to
enhance the application. The setup kit is made with InstallShield Express
VFP edition, which allow you a clean uninstall after you see the demo.

If you need any more details or you have more questions, you can contact me
directly.

Regards,
Bogdan Zamfir
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Independent Consultant
"Jackson" <sp***************@virgin.net> wrote in message
news:bs**********@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
I have been using a Lotus Approach built application to control database for stock control, reference, pricing and reports. This has been fine until now since I was the only one using the database.

The application is hardly custom, a few macro's and custom reports etc but
not robust enough for other users, that is what I need now.

Obviously I will need to build a better application and embark on a learning curve which I am looking forward to, but my question is what application
should I put my efforts into in order to create a good system?

I don't know any languages except basic from years ago but I am willing to
learn.

I have heard a lot about Visual Foxpro and know it's used a lot in industry, but there are other applications out there also.

All advice, tips and suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance

Jackson

Nov 12 '05 #3

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