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FoxTypes

Recreating C# static types (String, DateTime, Array) in Visual FoxPro Code classes

Why?

Visual FoxPro originated from dBase, and retained its procedural roots for backward compatibility even while the rest of the world moved to object-oriented syntax. This project aims to collect the myriad procedural functional under static classes. This will give us:

  • Consistency (because all commands start with the type, e.g. STRING.IndexOf() rather than AT() )
  • Intellisense (because who can remember the name of that function that joins elements of an array into a string?)
  • Compatibility (lowering the learning curve for other languages)

Usage

Instantiate the class once and you're ready to use it. For maximum efficiency, add the instance into the _VFP object, which will make it available anywhere in your app and don't have to worry about it going away with any CLEAR statement.

SET PROCEDURE TO STRING.prg ADDITIVE
ADDPROPERTY(_vfp, "STRING", CREATEOBJECT("String"))
? _VFP.STRING.Format("Hello {0}!", "World")

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There are many unit tests in the \tests folder for examples of usage

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