Visual FoxPro Programming at Cambria
We have been doing programming in FoxPro since the 1980's and today we still do a significant amount of FoxPro support and conversion of FoxPro databases to Microsoft SQL Server or Access. Cambria has written hundreds of Visual FoxPro programs over the years. In the 1980's and 1990's we were basically a Visual Foxpro Programming Company since the great majority of our work in those days was in FoxPro. Today we offer Visual FoxPro Development from our offices in California and Manila in the Philippines.
FoxPro Conversion Services
As computer hardware evolves it will be more and more difficult to keep those old FoxPro programs running as systems move away from support of the 32 bit architecture of Visual FoxPro. As a result we are getting an increasing number of requests to convert foxpro programs and migrate them to different platforms. Recent years have seen our .Net programming services take over from FoxPro as our main activity. Consequently we are perfectly placed to execute vfp to .net conversions and our other groups are as eager to offer vfp conversion to PHP, Perl or other specialties.
Outsource your FoxPro Suppport or Conversion to Cambria in the Philippines!
Our Manila FoxPro Developers are Ramon, Romeo and Rachelle. Ramon has 10+ years experience as a Visual FoxPro Developer and has specialized in it since earning his BS in Computer Science in 2006. He is supported by Romeo and Rachelle who have for several years maintained our FoxPro programming activites in the Philippines. There is nothing in FoxPro that they cannot do and Romeo and Rachelle are ASP.Net experts who can help convert Visual FoxPro to .Net.
Or work with Helen Bernstein at Cambria's office in the Silicon Valley
Today our California FoxPro programming "team" consists mainly of Helen Bernstein who works out of our California Office and is supported by Nancy Crewdson. As seen above we have a talented Foxpro capability in Manila but in the Silicon Valley in California our experience is hard to beat. Helen is our greatest onshore FoxPro asset. She has been programming exclusively in FoxPro and Visual FoxPro for the 26 years since joining Cambria in 1992. There is nothing about FoxPro that escapes her. Helen graduated from Moscow State University with an MS in Mathematics.
History of Visual Foxpro Development at Cambria
Cambria started life in 1984 offering programming services in dBase2, Turbo Pascal (the predecessor of Delphi) and C/C++. Our service in dBase2 grew rapidly but by the end of the 1980s much of this tyhpe of database programming moved to Visual FoxPro which was a superior development platform. Throughout the late 1980s, and 1990s and until web programming became dominent, Visual FoxPro was our main activity at Cambria.
FoxPro Support and Maintenance
Because of the Microsoft decision to drop support of Visual FoxPro in the coming years all of the FoxPro work we do today is the maintenance of older software. We are happy to do this and rarely have a week in which we are not supporting one program or another, usually one we wrote in the past. If the program does the job for you and nothing is needed but fixing an occasional bug or adding a small module then this is a perfectly sensible alternative to re-writing the program.
The Future of FoxPro and Conversion of existing programs
Microsoft Corporation, who owns Visual Foxpro, announced on January 12, 2010 that mainstream support for the product has ended. Microsoft will continue "extended support" until January 13, 2015. There are presently no plans by Microsoft to release any further updates or patches for FoxPro so, in effect, practical support has ended.
What does this mean for the user of a FoxPro program? Perhaps nothing at all. If the program is functioning in a satisfactory manner then there is no need not to continue to use it so long as you have hardware that can run it. However, if the time comes that the program can no longer be adapted to changing conditions, or support is harder and harder to come by due to a decline in FoxPro specialists, then the user may wish to upgrade the program to something current.
Cambria is well suited to help in such a migration, or to advise if one is even needed, because we are not only a FoxPro Programming company but we have programming teams in all currently popular programming areas as you will see if you visit other pages on this website. In fact many of our old FoxPro hands are still with us but now are now programming in other languages. They would be perfectly placed to help out if help is needed. But do not interpret this as our advising you to convert. There is an old saying "it's rotten but it's written" that applies to aging software. In other words, if it is still doing the job why go to the expense of re-writing it.
Sample Visual FoxPro Programming Projects
The Crown Jewel of our Visual FoxPro programming projects has been an evolving system developed over the past decade for the Evapco Corporation, a major Maryland-based manufacturer of industrial and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration units. The sales tools we developed include a pair of Electronic catalogs that allow Evapco internal and external reps to select equipment for their customers, based on the unique requirements of the customer. The project allows users to easily select from among thousands of available models that include cooling towers, evaporative condensers, closed circuits coolers and evaporators. There are tools for adding optional accessories for each selected model. The system keeps track of selection projects and prints quotes, orders, technical specifications and drawings. Once equipment and optional accessories have been selected, the program determines the number of trucks and types of trucks required to ship it to the destination, and calculates freight costs.
This software is used in USA, Europe, South Africa, China and Asia and has modifications for each of the areas where it is used, including the ability to display specifications in both English and metric measurements, and to display costs in a wide variety of currencies. It is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
- In another Visual FoxPro programminour olg effort, Cambria wrote a program for the California Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to help them keep track of and pay expenses for Priests throughout the western states.
- A current Visual FoxPro project for Silicon Valley based International Wafer company allows them to track inventory, fill orders, and pay sales commissions.
- In a Visual FoxPro application for California-based Strategy Development Group, Cambria developed the "Competitive Selling Strategy Software (CSS)" for planning and managing effective selling strategies. This software enables a salesperson to enter the "Road Map" for a potential sale or account. The Road map screen provides a graphic diagram of the projected future steps in the development of the account, sub account or sale over time. This project made innovative use of the graphics capabilities of Visual FoxPro.
1 Cambria Client Roger Williams. The program you use every day is an “executable”. It is created from “source code” written by the programmer. If you own it, anyone can modify the program. If not, you are at the mercy of the vendor. Make sure you own it.