At TIW we have always looked to the future
and for that reason we have invested heavily in the development of a
sound application structure for ALERE Business
Applications that is largely language independent.
That structure has been in place for some time. It is what allows ALERE
simultaneously accommodate both VFP and SQL based companies on one company menu!
such a language independent
structure, migration to another
language is a greatly reduced task. Since the time to migrate is
reduced, the pressure to take the risk of making a wrong choice is also
reduced. This allows the new development environments to mature and
allows us and, by extension our Dealers and customers, to avoid the
early teething pains.
We have all had occasion to be involved
with products that promised much but the technology just could not
We use SQL,
C++ and Visual FoxPro as our chosen programming languages. They are all
tools that are
mature and powerful and permit TIW to create highly adaptable
products for the market place which we serve. Microsoft is committed to
providing support for VFP for a number of years until its
retirement in 2015 when it will be released for maintenance by the VFP
community. Yet today, it remains perhaps the best development
platform available for accounting and manufacturing software.
why TIW will continue to develop on it until a suitable replacement
There are other products that, in one or
two versions, may become appropriate development platforms. They have
potential and we are constantly monitoring their progress. As we move
forward and a new development platform matures enough to replace VFP,
you can be assured that the transition for our clients will be smooth