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The dBASE PLUS Tutorial

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by: Ken Mayer
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Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Book Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 200
Binding: Spiral Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
dBASE™ PLUS is a great rapid application development (RAD) environment. However, many folk are not sure where to start in the development of an application or how to use the tools included with this amazing software.

The purpose of this tutorial is to guide a database developer through the process of creating an application in dBASE™ PLUS, from building the database to its final deployment.

dBASE™ PLUS is a 100% pure object-oriented programming tool. The tutorial project will focus on using the dBASE™ PLUS data access objects; it will guide you through the objects used to create forms, reports, and an application menu; and it will show you how to deploy a complete application.

This process will take some time, so this is broken down into individual parts. As a student you can work along when you have time and come back and pick up where you left off. Do not assume that you can just "whip through it" and be done quickly. While the application created during the process of this tutori
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About The Author
Ken Mayer has used dBASE both as a hobbyist and as a professional coder for many years, starting with dBASE III+ and working up to dBASE PLUS.

Ken worked for Borland, Intl. for two years as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer on the Intrabuilder and dBASE products (Intrabuilder 1.0, Visual dBASE 7.0 and 7.01), and also worked for five years for dBASE Inc. as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, also working on dBASE (Visual dBASE 7.5, dB2K and dBASE PLUS, as well as dQuery). Ken was a contributing editor to dBASE Advisor magazine for the one and a half years or so it was in publication. He served on Borland’s TeamB (volunteer technical support) when Borland owned dBASE, and has helped many in the dBASE developer community.

At this time he is a member of the dBVIPS for dataBased Intelligence, Inc., doing the same things he did with TeamB. He authored a good portion of the Knowledgebase articles that ship with dBASE PLUS, and authored the original dBASE PLUS tutorial.

Ken’s current job is as a full-time instructor at Heald College (in Concord, CA) for over 5 years, teaching Microsoft Office courses, and other Business classes (e-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, etc.). When not working, Ken is very active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (, and enjoys cooking, movies, games, and reading. Ken lives in Walnut Creek, CA with his wife Carolyn Eaton and their two cats Rebo and Zootie (named after a pair of comedians from the science fiction TV show Babylon 5).
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