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Webfox tools

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  • Have anyone tried out webfox software to develop web-based program? If anyone have tried out, share any good tools/tutorials for beginner. For e.g, a user searchs from the website that is linked to visual foxpro database system.

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    Monday, July 31, 2006 7:51 AM

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  • What is this "webfox software" you mention?

    If you refer to frameworks to help create web apps from VFP there are a few on the market. It all depends on what you are trying to do.

    Creating a VFP program that runs on the web is not difficult, but may be a lot of work to convert an existing program to do it, depending on your original architecture.

    Although VFP was not originally designed to run in a web server, itcan do so if you requirements on scalability are not huge. You may be running an intranet with a light load, or even a website (maybe an extranet) with some clients.

    VFP is single-threaded so it will scale to internet public standards as requests will typically pile up in sequence.

    Besides recommending a tool that is suited for heavy internet use from the start (such as ASP.NET) where you can use VFP in the back end to serve data, you can still use VFP to run your web site successfuly.

    You need:

    Web Server (IIS)

    An ISAPI connector that will route your IIS web calls to your probram

    An N-Tier VFP program that returns all output as text through the HTTP (or HTTPS) protocols. That means no VFP forms if you plan to serve the web to thin-clients (browsers)

    You could also create a fron-end VFP app that connects to your back end throiugh the web (HTTP) therefore having a rich user experience (fat client) and VFP both on the client and server ends.

    As you have not given any details or specifications that is as far as we can go.

    See also:

    Web Connection, an excellent VFP web framework: http://www.west-wind.com/webconnection/

    Build HTTP Client-Server web apps: http://www.west-wind.com/presentations/wchttp.htm

    Internet-enabling Visual FoxPro aapplications: http://www.west-wind.com/presentations/internetenabling/InternetEnabling.htm

    http://fox.wikis.com/wc.dll?Wiki~WebConnectionVersusASP.NET

    http://fox.wikis.com/wc.dll?Wiki~WebServerInFoxPro

     

    Monday, July 31, 2006 5:12 PM