My department (with about 800 employees) has paid thousands of dollars for a payroll/invoicing application. The supplier/programmer of the application has developed the system in Visual Foxpro. However when it came to the issue of printed reports he said we shall have to use Winword. From the Foxpro application, a ASCII text (.txt) file spanning over 5000 pages is produced monthly! We then have to print this via Winword on a line printer. The supplier said the reason for this was a Foxpro limitation (bug). Actually it is not that we cannot print from the Foxpro application itself but from this application we can ONLY print the whole batch of pages. The supplier said FOXPRO is limited in the sense that if something happens (say a printer stops, etc) one cannot print a selection of pages, such as from a certain page onwards, but has to restart from page one. Just imagine what this means if page 5000 get crampled up! Is the programmer saying the truth? We cannot believe this as we used a dBase IV application which catered for the same business since 1990 and which was built in-house by amateur members of our staff but which let us print the pages we desired.
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