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You can develop applications rapidly with help from Visual FoxPro wizards, builders, toolbars, and designers. In addition, with the Visual FoxPro object and event models, you can create prototypes and implement applications quickly.

Getting Quick Results with Wizards and Builders

Using wizards and builders, you can have any or all of the components of your application completed in a matter of minutes. In addition, if any component you create with a wizard or builder does not fully meet your needs, you can alter the component using a designer.

For quick results, wizards are the answer. They provide step-by-step prompts for common tasks you perform in Visual FoxPro. For example, the Table Wizard guides you through the process of creating a table, the Form Wizard creates a form, and the Web Publishing Wizard helps you create a Web page that searches your tables.

Take a look at what you can do:

  • Develop Instant ApplicationsВ В В Using the Application Wizard, you can quickly create an application by using your tables and forms, or by using a sample set of application components.

  • Create an Internet Web PageВ В В You can create a Web page that provides Web surfers with search and retrieval access to your tables.

  • Add Page Frames to FormsВ В В If you choose more fields than can fit on the form, you can add a page frame to display the additional fields on additional pages.

  • Populate Pivot Tables through ODBC or OLE DBВ В В The PivotTable Wizard uses the Visual FoxPro ODBC or OLE DB driver.

  • Show Nulls in a Cross-Tab ReportВ В В The Cross-Tab Wizard now supports displaying null values.

  • Move Your Data to a Back-End ServerВ В В You can move Visual FoxPro databases, tables, and views from your system to a back-end server with the SQL Server Upsizing Wizard.

If you are in a hurry, use the table in Wizards Overview to select a wizard, and begin creating your application or component.

If you do not want to experiment with your own data and application components, use the samples provided with Visual FoxPro, located in the ...\Samples\Data directory.

Taking Shortcuts with Toolbars

Like other Microsoft applications, Visual FoxPro includes toolbars containing buttons that represent common tasks you perform or objects you use frequently. To perform a specific task or use a particular object, choose the appropriate button.

You can customize the toolbars that come with Visual FoxPro. You can also define custom toolbars for the applications you write. For more information about toolbars, see Customizing the Visual FoxPro Environment or Designing Menus and Toolbars.

Building Controls Quickly

Just as wizards can help to create reports and forms, builders are visual tools that help you design controls to your specifications. Builders can save you time when you are setting up many forms or prototyping applications. All you do is start the builder and answer a series of questions. Using your answers, the builder sets properties for the control you are adding.

Add a Combo Box to Your FormВ В В Suppose you want to enhance a simple form you created by adding the ability to select field values from a list, rather than moving through all the records with VCR buttons and viewing the values in a text box. Just replace the current text box with a combo box and use a builder to set the properties.

Modify Existing Controls with a BuilderВ В В If you want to change an existing control, you can select the control and use a builder to help you set the control's properties.

For example, the Combo Box Builder is a tabbed dialog box that helps you design a combo box on a form. A combo box gives you the same view of a value as a text box control, but allows you to choose from a list like a list box control. With this builder you can set properties of a combo box. As you set each property, the control on the form changes to match the settings.

Build a Grid ControlВ В В To display a small spreadsheet-like view of your data, you can use a grid control. Even if you aren't familiar with all the properties of a grid control, you can still take advantage of their functionality using a builder. The builder helps you choose the fields for your grid, select a style and layout, and establish relationships between tables bound to the grid control. As you make changes in the builder, they are reflected in the Form Designer.

For more information, see Builders.

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