Fox Pro 9 and the internet

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I asked this question a couple of years ago and got some  good answers. Never had to do anything with it because the project was than tabled.  Now I must revisit this as it is required again -now.  Just asking again to see if anyone knows of anything that is out now that is new that will accomplish this. Any other new ideas too would be helpful.

Have a Fox application running a State medical practice. Need to add a module that will take a patients name/social security number/birth date  go up to the State of Calif website input this information and bring down into fox pro certain information that is generated.

What would be the best place to start this project? Any products available now that you would know about that would  help fox to accomplish this? Must I hard code everything?

Thank You
Question by:Malibucompany
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    I've only a little experience with these functions (I use then for FTP and downloading source code) but I think they will work for you in some fashion.

    One idea I have is if the web form uses GET then you can create a url string with your information and use HTTPtoStr() to get the source code of the resulting page and from there parse out the information you want.
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    by:Olaf Doschke
    First of all ask the webmasters, if they offer some API to be used by applications, eg some webservices. That would be preferrable to autofilling a html form and parse the result page.

    Bye, Olaf.
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    by:Olaf Doschke
    Googled about web services and found this:

    Bye, Olaf.
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    Olaf has put you on the correct track.  

    If the State offers web services which will allow your VFP application to interrogate and acquire the information from its system, then that is the way to go.

    You would need to work with the state tech support to put together the the appropriate interface (HTTP Get/Post, SOAP, whatever...) and to acquire the appropriate credentials to gain access.

    Good Luck

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