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ASTI has 28 years experience installing and upgrading multiple desktop and server platforms including Microsoft Windows / Advanced Server, Mac OSX, Novell, Unix, FreeBsd, Linux, SCO, IBM AIX, HP-UX

ASTI provides IT diagnostics/support for a wide array of IT systems.

Software: ASTI has extensive experience with many standard applications found on most computer systems and also many industry specific applications including those written in Micro focus Cobol, Accu-Cobol, Informix, Oracle, MySql, SQL , C, C++, PHP, JavaScript, CGI, FoxPro. In addition we also support the following server platforms: Microsoft Windows / Advanced Server, Samba, Novell, Unix, FreeBsd, Mac OSX, Linux, SCO, IBM AIX, HP-UX, and other legacy systems.

Hardware: ASTI can also provide hardware diagnostics and support. Everything from periodic maintenance to troubleshooting to component replacement.

Networking: ASTI can install/replace/upgrade network cabling/routers/switches. We excel at network diagnostics and tuning to increase local network performance and, in most cases, internet bandwidth.

Online Trouble Ticket System: where users can post service requests and track them to completion. Another side to having this system in place is that we can generate reports of equipment failures and other recurring events which can help to predict future failures and in turn help maintain system availability.

Programming: Looking for a program that has not been written yet? ASTI has experience in most modern and many legacy programming languages including: Micro focus Cobol, Accu-Cobol, Informix, Oracle, MySql, SQL , C, C++, PHP, JavaScript, Java, CGI, Mobile Platforms (Android, Windows, iPhone), FoxPro, Business Basic, Dbase III/IV. Call ASTI for a free quote (773)948-4870

Administration: ASTI offers customized service packages to meet your business?s dynamically changing challenges. Call ASTI for a free quote (773)948-4870

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'''Visual FoxPro''' is a data-centric, object-oriented, procedural, programming language produced by Microsoft. It is derived from FoxPro (originally known as FoxBASE) which was developed by Fox Software beginning in 1984. It contained the fastest PC-based database engine available at the time. Fox Technologies merged with Microsoft in 1992, after which the software acquired further features and the prefix "Visual". The database engine is more powerful than the Microsoft Jet Database Engine which is used by Microsoft Access. (FoxPro 2.6) worked on Mac OS, DOS, Windows, and Unix: Visual FoxPro 3.0, the first "Visual" version, reduced platform support to only Mac and Windows, and later versions 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 were Windows-only. The current version of Visual FoxPro is COM-based and Microsoft has stated that they do not intend to create a Microsoft .NET version.

Version 9.0, released in 2004 and updated in 2010, is the final version of the product.

Visual FoxPro originated as a member of the class of languages commonly referred to as "xBase" languages, which have syntax based on the dBase programming language. Other members of the xBase language family include Clipper and Recital. (A history of the early years of xBase can be found in the dBase article.)

Visual FoxPro, commonly abbreviated as VFP, is tightly integrated with its own relational database engine, which extends FoxPro's xBase capabilities to support SQL query and data manipulation. Unlike most database management systems, Visual FoxPro is a full-featured, dynamic programming language that does not require the use of an additional general-purpose programming environment. It can be used to write not just traditional "fat client" applications, but also middleware and web applications.

In late 2002, it was demonstrated that Visual FoxPro can run on Linux under the Wine Windows compatibility suite. In 2003, this led to complaints by Microsoft: it was claimed that the deployment of runtime FoxPro code on non-Windows machines violates the End User License Agreement.

Visual FoxPro had a rapid rise and fall in popularity as measured by the TIOBE Programming Community Index. In December 2005, VFP broke into the top 20 for the first time. In June 2006 it peaked at position 12, making it (at the time) a "B" language. By September 2010, FoxPro and its variants had fallen out of the top 50, where it has remained ever since.

In March 2007, Microsoft announced that there will be no VFP 10, thus making VFP9 (released to manufacturing on December 17, 2004) the last commercial VFP release from Microsoft. The support of Version 9 is ongoing with service packs that were released December 8, 2005 and October 11, 2007.

At the time of the end of life announcement, work on the next release codenamed Sedna (named after a recently discovered dwarf planet) which was built on top of the VFP9 codebase had already begun. "Sedna" is a set of add-ons to VFP 9.0 of xBase components to support a number of interoperability scenarios with various Microsoft technologies including SQL Server 2005, .NET Framework, Windows Vista, Office 2007, Windows Search and Team Foundation Server (TFS). Microsoft released Sedna under the Shared source license on the CodePlex site. Microsoft has clarified that the VFP core will still remain closed source. Sedna was released on January 25, 2008. As of March 2008, all xBase components of the VFP 9 SP2 (including Sedna) were available for community-development on CodePlex.

In late March 2007 a grassroots campaign was started by the Spanish-speaking FoxPro community at MasFoxPro ("MoreFoxPro" in English) to sign a petition to Microsoft to continue updating Visual FoxPro or release it to the community as Open Source. On April 3, 2007 the movement was noted by the technical press.

On April 3, 2007, Microsoft responded to the petition with this statement from Alan Griver:
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