How to Use Visual FoxPro 8 Portable for Database Development
Visual FoxPro 8 Portable is a version of Microsoft's object-oriented programming language and relational database management system that can run from a USB flash drive or any other removable media. It is ideal for working with data files in various formats, such as DBF, CDX, FPT, and more. It also has a rich set of tools for creating and managing databases, as well as processing and storing data.
In this article, we will show you how to use Visual FoxPro 8 Portable for database development. We will cover the following topics:
How to download and install Visual FoxPro 8 Portable
How to create a new database project
How to use the Class Browser, Code Window, and Data Session Window
How to use SQL commands and queries
How to generate reports and charts
How to Download and Install Visual FoxPro 8 Portable
To download Visual FoxPro 8 Portable, you can visit the following website[^1^], which offers a free download of the software. You will need to unzip the file and copy the folder to your USB flash drive or any other removable media. You can also download Visual FoxPro 8 Samples from the official Microsoft website[^2^], which contains different projects that demonstrate how to use the new features in Visual FoxPro 8.
To install Visual FoxPro 8 Portable, you just need to run the VFP8.EXE file from the folder you copied to your removable media. You will see a splash screen and then the main window of Visual FoxPro 8. You can also run the VFP8RUN.EXE file, which is a runtime version of Visual FoxPro 8 that allows you to run applications created with Visual FoxPro 8 without installing the full version.
How to Create a New Database Project
To create a new database project in Visual FoxPro 8 Portable, you need to follow these steps:
Click on the File menu and select New.
In the New dialog box, select Project and click OK.
In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for your project and choose a location on your removable media. Click Save.
In the Project Manager window, you can add files to your project, such as tables, forms, reports, classes, menus, etc. You can also set properties and options for your project.
How to Use the Class Browser, Code Window, and Data Session Window
The Class Browser, Code Window, and Data Session Window are some of the most useful windows in Visual FoxPro 8 Portable. They allow you to view and edit classes, write and debug code, and manage data sessions.
To open the Class Browser window, click on the View menu and select Class Browser. The Class Browser window shows you the classes in a single class library or all classes in your project. You can browse through the classes and their properties, methods, events, and custom members. You can also create new classes or modify existing ones.
To open the Code Window, click on the View menu and select Code Window. The Code Window allows you to write and edit code for your project. You can use syntax highlighting, auto-completion, IntelliSense technology, bookmarks, breakpoints, watch expressions, etc. You can also compile and run your code from this window.
To open the Data Session Window, click on the View menu and select Data Session Window. The Data Session Window shows you the data sessions in your project. A data session is a collection of tables that are open at a given time. You can create new data sessions or switch between existing ones. You can also open or close tables, view or edit records, set filters or relations, etc.
How to Use SQL Commands and Queries
SQL (Structured Query Language) is a language that allows you to manipulate data in relational databases. Visual FoxPro 8 Portable supports SQL commands and queries that let you perform various operations on 061ffe29dd