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Small business application: best RAD tool

I've developed years ago a small business application (about ten tables,
basic relationships, 10 forms, 3 reports a few queries) with Borland Paradox
7, most of it developed with wizards and little ObjectPAL coding.

Seriuosly thinking rewriting it from scratch using MS SQL server 2000 as the
DB platform.

Low on time.

My knowledge: BASIC: good, C & C++: fair, Pascal: almost nothing;

Looking for a RAD tool:
- client application will be running on P4 with XP/2000 & 128MB RAM - Must
be FAST (light .exe)
- easy learning curve
- Hopefully with wizard: design tables for SQL Server 2000, create
relationships, build automatically forms & reports on existing tables.


Jul 20 '05
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> I use Clarion, a Windows based RAD.

Hua?!?! Still alive? I've been using it 15 years ago!!!!! (DOS) Version...
Jul 20 '05 #11
> If "Yes" and "No", I'd say MS Access. 1/3 to 1/5th the manhours
time compared to VB6.

Well yes it's certainly quicker to build forms around a table. Do you know
if it's possible to launch it and disable menus, letting it beheave as a
stand alone application?

No one talked about FoxPro......... ..
Jul 20 '05 #12
Very much alive... very good 3rd party add-on developers, which makes it
very easy to add features that someone else has written.

I make my living from it. All custom and commercial development is done with

Tim Morrison

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I use Clarion, a Windows based RAD.

Hua?!?! Still alive? I've been using it 15 years ago!!!!! (DOS) Version...

Jul 20 '05 #13
Well yes it's certainly quicker to build forms around a table. Do you know
if it's possible to launch it and disable menus, letting it beheave as a
stand alone application?

Yes but...

The simplest case would be Access 2.0. (i.e. 16-bit Access...Office 4.0).
In that case you'd just copy about 20 .DLLs to the user's box and execute
a special version of Access called "RunTime"..

Access 97 and Access 2000 are the only other ones I've worked with. They have
the same feature, but it's enough files/complexity that they need an Installer.

To me, a significant "gotcha" with MS Access is versioning. You develop
something in, say, Access 97; it runs for a year, two years; and one day IT
announces that all machines are going to be upgraded to Access 2000. Your app
can coexist with the new install, but IT has to leave 97 on the boxes and you
have to have taken some care as to how you deployed the execution means...but it
also means that if they do it while you're not around, your app bites the
Jul 20 '05 #14

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