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I am back in the Fox Pro world after having been away for  years.  I need to print a report and can not find any documentation on the report writer . Using Fox Version 9

I have a table:
Fields:
Date   Amount   accountname

It is an accounting application.   What  I need is a report subtotaled by each account name and than at the bottom the whole thing totaled.  I would like to show the amounts with in each account to be sorted by date.

Can someone help me to get started.

Thank You
Dan
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Pavel Celba

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Please post your command and I'll tell.
What I forgot are semicolons for line continuation, so:

SELECT accountname, date, amount ;
  FROM YourTable ;
 ORDER BY accountname, date ;
 INTO CURSOR cRepData

or simply place the command at one line (not recommended for more complex commands but used in Command Window very often).

This is FoxPro speciality as the xBase language started earlier than standard SQL (T-SQL, MySQL, ...) which uses semicolons as the command end mark.
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Thank You job done. Just curious where does Fox Pro sit in the world today?  Looks like Microsoft has walked away from it.  The younger generations (who never heard of Fox) have told me the thing to do is to learn RUBY  which is open source.  Ruby on the Rails frame work.  Know anything about it??

Thanks again
Pavel Celba

Yes, FoxPro becomes deprecated and Microsoft refused the support already. But FoxPro has strong and compact community so you may find still updated add-ons on e.g. http://vfpx.codeplex.com/ (search for other FoxPro projects at CodePlex).

Also VFP uses Win32 API WIndows subsystem (as many other applications do) so it will work in all future operating systems supporting this API. And we can expect long life for Win32 API because Visual Basic 6 is still supported Microsoft product which uses WInd 32 API...

One Chinese company still offers unofficial VFP 9 patches and VFP compiler (http://www.baiyujia.com/vfpcompiler/en/default.asp).

And Tiobe index shows VFP is between 51 and 100 position among programming languages. Which is not good but it shows FoxPro is not forgotten language.

Tiobe can also help to decide about the future orientation. You know SQL already. To learn Python or Java could also be a good decision.

And you should answer yourself whether to go into some web environment programming (PHP, ASP.NET, C#, HTML, JavaScript etc.).

BTW, Xbase++ and Lianja are possible FoxPro successors.
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Do you know anything about Ruby?   That is what many in the U.S. are talking about.
Pavel Celba

No, I did not use Ruby yet. It is known and popular language today but depends on your clients what they are asking for.

My opinion: Java and C# do have better value on the market because they are requested by enterprise customers more often than rarely used languages. Of course, this also depends on the developed application.
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Just watched some videos on Ruby from YALE   looks like the IVY schools are really pushing it. Starndard for Undergrad student core requirement.   Perhaps worth learning.
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Pavel Celba

Yes, schools are pushing it but more important is the real usage of such language and also your intention. If you just have time to learn something new and you evaluated Ruby as the candidate then do it. If you would like to stay with database applications then you'll need to find new data platform and decide what database engine and what front end tool to select... etc.

C# and SQL Server are candidates No. 1 for me... I am also using Python and languages necessary for web development. And even the web development has several main branches...

Also the target platform is important. Desktop, mobile, web, Windows, IOS, Linux...

FoxPro was one of the leading desktop database platforms but we have too many choices now...

If you are still tied to databases then to know something about main data engines is worth. You may download many of them (MySQL, PortgreSQL, Firebird. MS SQL) for a free. Then you may test how to use them from various languages which are also free. To learn some of the above more deeply will need the real project.
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The question was answered by the first two comments from pcelba. Then author responded "Thank You job done." but the discussion continued on other topics without question closing.

Lets wait a few days for the author and then we may look back and decide.
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The question was answered by the first two comments from pcelba. Then author responded "Thank You job done." but the discussion continued on other topics without question closing.
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