The Code Analyst is a tool in VFPX designed to make FoxPro application development and code maintenance easier. It combines the extensibility with a Code references-like interface, analyzing pieces of code or entire projects and identifying key areas for refactoring – similar to the Code Analysis tool in Visual Studio.
You can identify your own project rules to highlight key areas of your application that may not match your own coding standards.
A PDF version is available here
(this article was written prior to the Code Analyst but identifies the origins of where this tool came from)
With the sheer number of functions, commands and tools available within Visual FoxPro, it’s easy to find more than one way to do the job.
So multiply the number of ways by the number of developers on your team, and it’s pretty easy to see why code maintenance is pretty important.
Refactoring is about making code more useable (not changing the functionality but making it easy to understand and maintain).
This article presents 3 core concepts:
1 – Never Use Keywords for variable or field names
2 – Use the most recent functions where appropriate
3 – Encapsulate, encapsulate, encapsulate