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The Fundamentals : Building Visual Studio Applications on a Visual FoxPro 6.0 Foundation Paperback – May, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965509354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965509350
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Whil Hentzen, Author, is president of Hentzenwerke Corporation, a 17-year-old firm that specializes in strategic database applications for Fortune 2000 firms in the manufacturing, financial, and health-care industries. The firm has commercial products and custom applications in use throughout the United States and in nearly two dozen foreign countries. Hentzenwerke has hosted the semi-annual Great Lakes Great Database Workshop since 1994.

Whil has written and spoken extensively about software development. He is a multi-year Microsoft MVP, and editor of FoxTalk, Pinnacle Publishing's high-end technical journal for FoxPro. He is the author of books about Visual Studio (Visual FoxPro 6.0 Fundamentals), Visual FoxPro (Programming Visual FoxPro 3.0), FoxPro (Rapid Application Development with FoxPro 2.6), and custom software development (1999 Software Developer's Guide).

He has presented more than 50 papers at conferences throughout North America and Europe, including the Microsoft Visual FoxPro DevCon, the German National DevCon, Conference to the Max (the Netherlands), the Spanish National DevCon, Database & Client/Server World, FoxTeach, the FoxPro Users Conference, and the Mid-Atlantic Database Workshop. He spends his spare time with his kids and volunteering for the local school district, and is an avid distance runner, hoping for one more shot at a sub-15-minute 5,000-meter clocking before age and common sense close the door on that activity. You can reach Whil at whil@hentzenwerke.com.

Doug Hennig, Technical Editor, is a partner with Stonefield Systems Group Inc. in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He's the author of Stonefield's Database Toolkit for Visual FoxPro and Stonefield Data Dictionary for FoxPro 2.x. He's also the author of the Visual FoxPro Data Dictionary in Pinnacle Publishing's The Pros Talk Visual FoxPro series. Doug has spoken at user groups and regional conferences all over North America, and at the last three Microsoft Visual FoxPro Developer Conferences. He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP.) You can reach Doug at dhennig@stonefield.com

Customer Reviews

Great book for beginners !
Baldarelli Gian-Carlo
Whil's Programming Visual FoxPro 3.0 book was the single best introduction to VFP 3.0 and now he has done the same for VFP 6.0.
Jim Booth
It's clear, intelligent and good reading.
Adilson

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jim Booth on January 28, 2000
Whil Hentzen did it before and he has done it again. Whil's Programming Visual FoxPro 3.0 book was the single best introduction to VFP 3.0 and now he has done the same for VFP 6.0. The coverage is complete and the focus is on learning how VFP really works inside. An execellent first VFP book for anyone!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
Though the software has a devoted following dating back over a decade to the days of dBase, FoxPro has never gotten the credit (or the market share) it deserves among the database/developer community.
Because of this virtually no books are available to someone just starting out. All FoxPro titles offered today only make sense to either the already-initiated, those coming from other development environments, or others who have similar experience. It seems that Microsoft is not interested in growing the market base (especially while simultaneously pushing competing technologies) and book publishers aren't interested in taking risks on releasing new (even introductory) titles. These and other factors continue to prevent FoxPro from flourishing. Those using it continue to do so due to its pedigree which includes (relative) ease of use and a stunningly fast database engine.
The book clearly has some pedagogic issues and I wouldn't exactly call it a "For Dummies" title. I had to reread many of the sections within chapters in order to connect the dots. The chapters at the beginning tend to put the cart before the horse (one of the first chapters lists pages and pages of command statements which to me might as well been talking about nuclear physics, should have been in the back as an appendix). I think the people creating and reviewing the book were clearly more technical than user/learner oriented.
However if you can read and think for yourself this book is about the best thing going. The pages are chock full of content. I recommend first looking over the chapters then rearranging the order you plan on reading them to match your learning style.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
I don't know what the persons who rated this book low expect.But I found that this book give a great foundation of understanding the basics of OOP in VFP for those users who have traditionally used DOS based FoxPro. It hits the point every things you want to know about VFP.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claudio Di Capua on February 15, 2002
This is a excelent book, but do not has good practice examples I suggest read the "1001 things you wanted to know about Visual FoxPro" too, and "Effective Programming Techniques". Use the Hacker's Guide of Visual Foxpro for a complete Resource Kit. For Beginners I suggest QUE USING Visual FoxPro 6.0 or 7.0.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JLW on May 26, 2000
I don't know what the persons who rated this book low expect. No book if you don't apply what it has to say or you don't have foundational skills in porgramming can make the understanding of a language any easier, and to say Microsoft's book is better shows pure ignorance. This is an awesome book. It is written by someone who cuts out the bull and expects a basic understanding of iteration, case statements, and overall program logic. It isn't meant to teach you programming. It is meant to teach ou the ins and outs of Visual FoxPro. If you want the other, take a beginning course in programming. Whil teaches you from the viewpoint of someone who uses the language day in and day out and has done so for several years. His book fills a void and helped me get up to speed quickly when I was a newby at Visual FoxPro. This is one great book. It deserves 6 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Francl on June 27, 2000
Adding a bit of real life humor to an otherwise dry subject, Whil Hentzen will bring FoxPro 2.6 programmers up to speed quickly. Even if you're really experienced you will learn more than enough to pay for the book. Added bonus: the book text and source code are available for download so you can use key word searches to find a topic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Mann on July 20, 2000
I've tried several times to convert to Object Oriented Programming (OOP), but failed miserably. This author not only got this would be programmer up to speed on this productive technique, he presented the extremely technical subject with a great deal of humor. For my level of skill, he presented it just right to keep me highly challenged but yet grasping the concepts. This author got through to me and I highly recommend the book. I've also found that he quickly responds personally to messages I've sent to "Webmaster" at his website.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adilson on April 11, 2001
It's a great book if you have already red something about the language. If you are new on VFP buy the book anyway, because you will love it. It's clear, intelligent and good reading. It's one of that books you want to read from the first to last page in one day. Advices for good programming, a lot of code and very good humour.
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