Developing in Teams
You can create complex applications quickly by combining the skills of a team of developers. However, team development requires some extra coordination to keep the development effort working smoothly. One strategy is to use source control software, such as Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, to manage the files in a project.
This section provides strategies that you can follow to make team development successful. It assumes that you're already familiar with creating a Visual FoxPro application, as discussed in other sections.
In This Section
- Team Development Concepts
By working with a team of developers, you can create applications faster and develop more complex applications.
- Source Control Features
Visual FoxPro provides a number of features that support team development. A significant feature of team development is the use of a source code control system to coordinate access to files in a project.
- Management of Visual FoxPro Projects under Source Control
To use source control software in Visual FoxPro, you put projects under source control, add files to your source-controlled projects, and update the project list for each project.
- Management of Files in a Source-Controlled Project
After you have put a Visual FoxPro project under source control, you can work with individual files or manage the project as a whole.
- Development and Modification of Databases in Teams
In addition to working together with projects and project files, your team must be able to share information in databases.
- Development of Class Libraries in Teams
Because class libraries (.vcx files) are a crucial part of most Visual FoxPro applications, teams must be able to coordinate development efforts when creating them.
- Creating Enterprise Solutions
By taking advantage of features in Visual FoxPro, you can extend your development efforts to create complex, multifaceted applications.
- Visual FoxPro Enterprise Solutions
In addition to creating your applications entirely in Visual FoxPro, you can extend Visual FoxPro by using it as a front end for other data sources, and you can use it as a data source for other Microsoft Windows programs. You also can use Visual FoxPro in other innovative ways, such as a search engine for the World Wide Web or as a data-warehousing tool.