You can expose functionality that other applications can use by creating Automation servers in Visual FoxPro.
For example, you can create an Automation server that displays reusable forms or packages a complex routine into a more simple component that other programmers can use. You can create classes for creating objects to handle enterprise-wide business rules. A client application can use those business rule objects to call methods and pass parameters to the Automation server, which can retrieve or store data, perform operations, and return results.
In This Section
- Automation Servers in Visual FoxPro
- Provides an overview of creating and using Automation servers.
- How to: Create Automation Servers
- Describes how to create Automation servers.
- Automation Server Programming Notes
- Provides links to topics that explain additional information on creating automation servers.
- How to: Build Automation Servers
- Describes how to compile Automation servers.
- How to: Register Automation Servers
- Describes how to register Automation servers so other applications can access them.
- Binding Type Libraries
- Discusses Visual FoxPro support for intrinsic Visual FoxPro properties, events, and methods in an Automation server type library.
- Early (vtable) and Late (IDispatch) Binding
- Discusses Visual FoxPro support for dual interface support, early (vtable) and late (Idispatch) binding.
- Passing Arrays to Automation Servers
- Discusses how to pass an array to an Automation server by using the COMARRAY(В ) function.
- Compiling Source Code
- Describes how to enable an application to generate and compile a program (.prg) file during run time.
- Scalability and Multithreading
- Explains the differences between a component with one thread of execution and a component with multithreading. Furthermore, it explains how both types of execution work using serialization, and its importance.