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  Jun 2, 2020 @ 05:02pm

Hello Everyone,

In my VFP9 program running on customer remote machines, I am using the wwFTP class to connect to my ftp server to send and receive dbf files . However, due to some customers' complicated firewall structure sometimes they don't want to allow my transmissions.

Do you know of any other way to send and receive files that would avoid these issues? For example, is there a way to send/receive using HTTP rather than FTP? If so, would this alleviate any problems?



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  Rick Strahl
  Jun 2, 2020 @ 07:03pm

Yes you can send files via HTTP, but it's a different kind of server scenario. FTP is just dump file transfer so a generic server can handle uploads user authentication etc.

If you use HTTP you need a Web Server and some application that can accept and manage the files, control security to the files etc.

If you already have an application running and already have people logging in then it's only a small step from there to having an uploader that serves part of the application and stores files either locally or somewhere on the network.

However, it's not a good idea to use Web Connection for this because uploads typically tie up a server for quite a while. So using a small .NET component or page is probably a better idea and let that run either side by side or even in the same site as Web Connection or in a separate site altogether.

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