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Applications with Visual FoxPro? West Wind Web
Connection 5.0 is a flexible tool for building Web applications using the Visual
FoxPro environment that you are already familiar with.
Web Connection provides a rich, object oriented, extensible, scalable and completely FoxPro based framework
for building Web applications. Use Visual FoxPro to code, debug and run your
applications against live Web requests.
Version 5.0 introduces a new
Web Control Framework similar to ASP.NET, that lets you use the rich
visual designers in Visual Studio and other tools, yet write all your
processing logic with FoxPro code. Web Development has never more RAD
than this! You can find a detailed technical overview in the
Web Control Framework PowerPoint deck.
Using these new tools let you use Visual FoxPro and Visual Studio together to
leverage the best of both worlds. Design your layouts in Visual Studio using
standard ASP.NET tools, and write your code with pure FoxPro that has no
dependence on the .NET runtime. You can take advantage of the powerful HTML
editor, the visual designer and property sheets to set up your visual layout and
control behavior in Visual Studio. You can then hook up FoxPro code to control events that fire on the
In addition, the powerful state management features persist form
data between page hits which allows writing fairly complex pages with very little code.
Not a fan of Visual Studio? No problem. Web Connection also works with other
visual designers like FrontPage and Dreamweaver or any text editor. If you're a hard core
code-only, "I don't need no stinking HTML Editor" kind of guy,
you can also write all of your Web related logic and UI using pure FoxPro code.
You can generate all output yourself or create fully data driven applications.
High level abstraction or low level processing - it's your choice.
Web Connection can also be used to build powerful distributed Web applications and provides tools to implement both the client
and server of these smart client applications that can communicate from the
desktop to Web server easily.
And best of all you can do it all from within the familiar Visual FoxPro
environment, writing code, running and debugging your applications with live
Web hits, right within the Visual FoxPro IDE. You can leverage the full
power of the FoxPro language and reuse any existing non-UI code easily.
Getting started is easy too - we've provided easy wizards and configuration
utilities that configure the Web Server for you and can setup new Web projects
for you. All you need is a Web Server (Microsoft IIS or Apache 2) on a local
machine, Visual FoxPro and a Web Browser and you are ready to go. You can do it
all on a single Windows box. We'll have you up and serving your own FoxPro Web
Requests in a few minutes. It's that simple! To help you get started and
understand what's going on behind the scenes, the documentation includes several
Step by Step guides and Walk-through tutorials to get you up and running and
understanding the core features of Web Connection quickly.
Web Connection has been around since 1995 and it's a mature product. Back in
1997 Web Connection was featured as a general (not Fox specific) Microsoft case study for one of the
largest Web retailers at the time. We've spent years finding optimal ways to
create and manage FoxPro Web applications and this work and experience is
reflected in the framework that is at your fingertips. And we've tried to make
it easy. We build and work on applications with this tool continuously, so we
know what you're going through - and like the rest of you, we like to make our
lives as easy as possible. The result: We did the hard work so you don't have to. Web Connection is chock full of tools and utilities to take care of common
and some not so common tasks in your Web applications. Web Connection is also a
finely tuned engine that understands the unique requirements of Visual FoxPro
applications and provides the highest level of performance, stability and
administration features as a Web platform for FoxPro applications.
The registered version of Web Connection comes with full FoxPro source code
so you can see how everything works. No black box code here (except for a
small C++ ISAPI extension). Although the framework contains a large number of
classes, only a handful of core objects are typically used in day to day
operations. Web Connection's modular design uses a small core engine that
handles the logistics of creating Request objects and routing requests to
your code. Your Web application code implements classes that get called by
the framework. You simply write standard FoxPro code using all the
non-visual features that FoxPro provides. Web Connection takes care of routing requests to
that class and provides you the core objects - Request,
Response, Server, Session etc. - for input and output. With the optional Web
Control Framework you additionally get a Form and Control based programming
interface that uses familiar desktop concepts for creating Web output. The rest
- and arguably the hardest task - is writing your business specific
application code that drives the Web UI. It's
easy because you're using FoxPro code to do it all! Web Connection is FoxPro
through and through, so advanced features like Web Controls are data aware and
support databinding similar to desktop applications with simple ControlSource binding and DataSources
that can bind directly to Fox cursors.
Speaking of output generation - Web Connection makes that easy as well and
provides a number of ways to generate your Web response. Want to do things
at a very low level and generate all your HTML through code? You can do that. Or, rather
want an easier and more Desktop like mechanism using rich controls to
manipulate page elements and visual designers like Visual Studio to create
HTML control pages with the new ASP.NET like
Web Control Framework? You can do that too. In addition, there are many
other tools to generate output quickly from FoxPro reports into PDF
documents, generate output to XML and even create Web Services with very
little code. From low level to high level output generation Web Conenction
can do it all.
HTML not appropriate for your application? Web Connection also lets you
build FoxPro desktop applications that can communicate with Web a Web server
directly to pass data instead of Html. Web Connection includes client tools
to easily communicate over HTTP with any Web server, and provides high level
tools for communicating with Web Connection servers. One particularily
useful tool is the wwHttpSql class which allows you to execute Sql Commands
on the Web Server and return the results back to the client with just a few
lines of code. Talk to FoxPro or SQL data with a simple Sql Passthrough like
At a lower level Http, XML and SOAP support are also provided with native
FoxPro classes that have no external dependencies. You can create SOAP based
Web Services or use some of our built-in XML services such as the remote Web
SQL service that lets you access databases through a Web Connection based
Web Server from a client application. We also include the wwBusiness class,
which is a light weight business object framework, that can optionally take
advantage of remote Web data access and allows switching between Fox, SQL
Server and Web data sources.
Web Connection also includes additional client tool support for SMTP and
POP3 email, FTP, and raw socket access so you're ready to communicate with
the Internet from the desktop in a variety of ways.
There's so much more to Web Connection and the best way to find out about it
all is to try it out for yourself. Web
Connection is available in a fully functional shareware version that
contains the full Web Connection framework, but doesn't include source code.
With it you can build and test your Web applications to check out Web
Connection's features and functionality.
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