Another singular aspect - made possible by Visual FoxPro's visual class libraries - was Henning's
'custom classes' that let Visual EstiTrack collect shop time in an emulated clock-card system.Operators clock in by highlighting their names on the computer screen.
..."Our goal was a truly intuitive interface; many Visual EstiTrack users were likely not to be computer literate, so that was a keystone in our design," said Rich Henning, president of Henning Industrial Software.
Visual EstiTrack simplifies those tasks, and Henning
has taken the simplification of those tasks to the next degree by making its solution a truly graphical and intuitive one.Moving documents between processes via drag and drop removes much of the burden found in other systems, but it's the tools of FoxPro that make it easy to hide the system complexity.What is an easy to use application program?It is not a 'simple' program; rather it is one that divorces the user from having to deal with the complexities, a program that provides the simplest interface by which they can get a complex task done.A truly easy to use software package is quite a sophisticated program requiring sophisticated programming tools.
Software design played a big part Henning
created its own class libraries to facilitate the drag and drop and automatic document creation.The solution takes advantage of the full range of features offered by Visual Foxpro.Henning
has exploited Visual FoxPro at every programming corner.Not only by relying heavily on the visual class libraries, and the ability to create additional classes, but also by employing the highly capable object orientation of the language did Henning
manage to create a very large application.
Using any of the less capable, older procedural languages, Henning
could not have developed the sophisticated and complex system that is Visual EstiTrack as quickly, or as easily.