Is it possible to open a dbf

Ed Leafe ed at
Tue Jan 4 03:11:16 CET 2005

On Jan 3, 2005, at 11:55 AM, Helmut Jarausch wrote:

> I've been using
> without any problems including writing/modifying dbf files.

	The problem, of course, is that there is no single DBF format. The 
only product out there that still uses DBFs, Visual FoxPro, supports 3 
separate and incompatible formats: 2.x, 3.0, and later. What's more, 
the later versions introduced new data types, so even those are not 
compatible with older formats.

	Because VFP has not fallen off the face of the earth, but instead has 
continued to thrive, it has added things such as auto-increment fields 
and BLOB support that were never even envisioned by the folks at JPL 
when they created Vulcan. As a result, there is no single DBF reader 
that can read all DBF files.

  Ed Leafe

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