VFP Tutorial - Introduction

This tutorial is designed for programmers considering a move to Visual FoxPro from another programming language. The pages take you through the development of a very simple database program with one table and one form. Links from the main thread of the programming tutorial take you to pages covering other aspects of Visual FoxPro.

Although simple, the application is based on a real-life example, it's the database which we use to hold details of our programming CDs. There are ten years' worth of CDs in the office - over a thousand in all - and we could never find the one we wanted. Each now has a unique ID number and they are stored on the shelf in numerical order. If ever I need that CodeBook CD for VFP 3 again then the database tells me where to find it. The database also holds the Serial Number and Registration Key in case I've lost the original slip of paper.

We'll start the tutorial with a description of the Visual FoxPro user interface, then we'll create a table, describe the programming necessary to build a form that will display the data, and the development of an executable. Links to the next six pages give step-by-step instructions:

Introduction | Environment | Project | Tables | Forms | Navigation | Executable