Accessing a Visual FoxPro Data Source

Visual Studio .NET 2003

You can use a connection string to access a Visual FoxPro data source. A valid connection string specifies the OLE DB Provider and the data source.

For example, to connect to the TasTrade data source, you could use any of the following strings.

To Access a Visual FoxPro data source in Visual Basic

  • Specify the Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider and the data source as in the following code:
    oConnection.Open("Provider=vfpoledb.1;Data Source=.\TasTrade.dbc")

To Access a Visual FoxPro data source in Visual C++

  • Set the database properties, specifying the DBSetProp array, DBProp array, and the IDBProperties pointer, followed by code which specifies the Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider:
    HRESULT hr;
    CLSID clsid;     
    //set the DBProp array 
    DBPROP iProp[1];
    IDBProperties* pIDBProperties = NULL;
    IDBInitialize *pIDBInitialize = NULL;
    iProp[0].dwOptions = DBPROPOPTIONS_OPTIONAL;      // REQUIRED;
    iProp[0].colid = DB_NULLID;
    //set the location of the datasource 
    iProp[0].dwPropertyID = DBPROP_INIT_DATASOURCE;
    iProp[0].vValue.vt = VT_BSTR;
    iProp[0].vValue.bstrVal = L"c:\TasTrade.dbc";   // the data source
    //set DBpropset to point to the DBPROP array 
    rgIP.guidPropertySet = DBPROPSET_DBINIT;
    rgIP.cProperties = 1;
    rgIP.rgProperties = iProp;
    hr = CLSIDFromProgID(L"vfpoledb.1",&clsid);   // the OLE DB Provider
    hr = CoCreateInstance(clsid,
    // to initialize 
    hr = piDBInitialize->QueryInterface(_uuidof(IDBProperties), (void**)&pIDBProperties);
    hr = pIDBProperties->SetProperties(1 , &rgIP) ;
    hr = pIDBProperties->Release();
    hr = pIDBInitialize->Initialize();

To Access a Visual FoxPro data source in Visual C#

  • Use the following code to specify the Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider and to access the data source:
    OleDbConnection oleDbConnection1 = new   OleDbConnection("Provider=VFPOLEDB.1;"+
         "Data Source=C:\\TasTrade.DBC;");
    OleDbConnection oleDbConnection1 = new OleDbConnection();
    oleDbConnection1.ConnectionString = "Provider=VFPOLEDB.1;" + 
          "Data Source=C:\\TasTrade.DBC;";

To Access a Visual FoxPro data source in ASP

  1. Create an ASP page with appropriate HTML tags.
  2. Add Visual Basic Scripting Language (VBScript) code to establish a connection, execute commands, and so on using ADO:
        Set conn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
        conn.mode = 16
       'sql = "select * from customer"
        Set rsArrival = conn.Execute(sql)

To Access a Visual FoxPro data source in JScript

// VFP OLE DB Provider Jscript Sample
var vbOKCancel = 0;
var vbInformation = 64;
var vbCancel = 2;
var L_Welcome_MsgBox_Message_Text = "This script demonstrates how to access VFP OLE DB Provider using the Windows Scripting Host.";
var L_Welcome_MsgBox_Title_Text   = "VFP OLE DB Provider JScript Sample";
var sBuffer = "";

var sConnString = "Provider=vfpoledb.1;Data Source=d:\\vfp7\\Samples\\data\\testdata.dbc";
var oConn = new ActiveXObject("ADODB.Connection");
var oRS    = new ActiveXObject("ADODB.Recordset");

oRS.Open("select * from customer where cust_id='CACTU'",oConn,3,3);

// Get
sBuffer = oRS.Fields('Company').value;

var WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell");
var intDoIt;
intDoIt =  WSHShell.Popup(sBuffer,
   vbOKCancel );
   if (intDoIt == vbOKCancel) {

You can include the following attribute keywords and values in a connection string:

Data Source=cPath
Specifies the path to the Visual FoxPro database or folder containing free tables. For example, d:\vfp7\samples\data\testdata.dbc
Specifies one of the following: Read, ReadWrite, Share Deny None (default), Share Deny Read, Share Deny Write, Share Exclusive (inclusive of the previous two modes).

See Also

OLE DB Provider for Visual FoxPro | Using the Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider to Access Data | Accessing a Visual FoxPro Data Source from Office Components | Language Reference for OLE DB Development | Visual FoxPro as a Data Source