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  • Blog Post: >L< Blogging!

    Via Doug . I've been reading Lisa's stuff since before she retired the whip (I've still got the notes from the conference I saw her speak at in, I think, 1993) and then her voluminous public output slowed to a trickle. Every once in a while another gem would appear and was as good as before but left...
  • Blog Post: Wow, Now I'm MCPD!

    Call me unusual, but I like doing the MS Certification exams . First, some history. My first exam was way back in 1999, when I participated in the beta program for the (then) new Visual FoxPro exams, 70-155 (Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications with Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® 6.0) and 70...
  • Blog Post: .NET and Win32 Interop - New Toolkit Available

    While I was prepping for some VFP sessions I delivered in Hong Kong last week, I pinged yag for some pointers from his DevCon keynote. In addition to a bunch of great info on Sedna and VFP 9.0 SP2 , he pointed me at a really cool resource - the Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 . This toolkit basically...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the Hong Kong Roadmap and Futures Event

    I've just spent a couple of days in Hong Kong culminating in 3 presentations to VFP and VB6 developers about strategies for moving their applications forward to take advantage of the platform. The three decks are attached. I posted some of the sample code I presented in a previous post . In the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: WPF? Pah!

    I'm sitting in Joseph Cooney's (excellent) session on WPF at CodeCampOz , and it seems to me that the canonical demo of WPF is an animated button bouncing around a form. Of course, this is something VFP has been able to do for ever: ************************************************** *-- Form: form1...
  • Blog Post: ECMA Office Open XML Session at OzFox

    [Update - Fixed link to presentation. Thanks yag ] Last night I delivered my session at OzFox - Creating Office OpenXML Documents in VFP . Recently adopted as an ECMA standard, and currently undergoing the approval process for ISO adoption, the new Office Open XML document formats are the native...
  • Blog Post: OzFox 2007 Kicks off in Sydney

    I'm sitting in the keynote of OzFox , Australia's FoxPro Conference. Craig 's kicking things off and is about to introduce Rick Schummer and Doug Hennig . The keynote's called "The Future of VFP", and here are my raw notes from the session. The future of VFP Service Pack 2 Sedna VFPx Other CodePlex Projects...
  • Blog Post: Using TFS from Visual FoxPro

    Eric Lee , Product Manager for Team Foundation Server , has been in town for a couple of days after TechEd. Last night, he spoke at a special combined meeting of the Sydney VFP User Group and the Sydney .NET User Group . Eric give an introduction to Team Foundation Server, demonstrated the conversion...
  • Blog Post: Managing SQL Server Express

    I showed off integrating SQL Express with VFP at OzFox Lite last weekend, and as part of the presentation (515 KB) , everyone got a copy of SQL Express (as well as all of the other Express products ). I did mention it at the time, but a couple of people have asked me again. SQL Express doesn't ship with...
  • Blog Post: TFS MSSCCI Provider Update

    Brian Harry 's posted an update about the availability of the next drop of the MSSCCI provider for TFS (should be some time in the week of April 3). This will allow you to use the TFS source control features from IDEs other than VS2005. The IDEs they've tested against so far are Visual Studio ...
  • Blog Post: OzFox Lite Rocks the house!

    Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend OzFox Lite , a Code-Camp -like event for VFP developers organised by the indefatigable Craig Bailey . 40 VFP aficionados from as far afield as Adelaide, Perth and even New Zealand descended on the MS HQ in Sydney for 2 days of sessions on VFP and other things...
  • Blog Post: FoxTabs on the front of FoxTalk

    Scott Scovell and Craig Bailey have been working on a great community project called VFP Solution Explorer for some time now. The first deliverable to come out of this project is a sensational add-on called FoxTabs . I opened the March edition of FoxTalk today and there's a fantastic article by Doug...
  • Blog Post: VFP Sedna March CTP Now Online

    Milind Lee has posted that the March CTP of Sedna , the add-on for VFP , is now available . We have released the first CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Sedna. This March 2006 CTP includes the latest build of NET4COM — a library of COM wrappers around a selected subset of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TFS MSSCCI Provider Beta 2 Released and it works* with VFP

    Rob Caron (and a number of other folk ) blogged yesterday that the next release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider has been posted. This is great news for people using VS2003, VS2002, VS6, SQL Server Enterprise Manager, or any other IDE that supports the MSSCCI Source Control...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider with VFP

    When the MSSCCI Provider for Team Foundation Server was announced, I was very excited. VFP (like the VS6 IDE, VS2002 and VS2003 as well as many other IDEs such as SQL Enterprise Manager) has the ability to utilise a MSSCCI compliant Source Control provider. The one most commonly used for VFP is Visual...
  • Blog Post: VFP Goodness Locally and Globally

    I know these things have been up for a little while, but I've been slack and Craig 's prodded me to blog about them (which I always intended to do, so thanks Craig). 1. Craig's announced OzFox Lite - a weekend conference for VFP developers in Australia to run 25/26 March 2006 at MS HQ in North Ryde...
  • Blog Post: MapPoint Web Service COM wrapper and VFP Sample

    I've been talking about this for a while, and I've finally uploaded a COM wrapper around the MapPoint Web Service and a sample VFP form that shows the Find and Render services. You can grab them both from Darren's most excellent ProjectDistributor site. To use them, you'll need a MapPoint WS eval...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group

    I’m sitting in the Sydney VFP User Group – Michael Brazel is explaining the intricacies of VFP CursorAdaptor class. As usual, Craig Bailey has everything organised to a tee - including a chm file with agenda and notes. Craig uses (and raves about) West Wind HTML Help Builder - a scriptable...
  • Blog Post: Visual FoxPro Survey

    I received this note from Ken Levy this morning. The Visual FoxPro Team at Microsoft invites you to participate in our brief survey for Visual FoxPro. This survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you will have the opportunity to win a great prize. This is also a great opportunity for you to provide...
  • Blog Post: VFP Product Manager Ken Levy on Channel 9 (or, "The Second Most Common Question")

    Apart from the most common question I get asked about VFP , the next most common question I get is "why would I use VFP?" Ken Levy , VS Data Product Manager, does a great job answering that question in a 20 minute interview with Robert Scoble on Channel 9 .
  • Blog Post: VFP 9.0 Released to Manufacturing

    Ken Levy , John Koziol and YAG announced that VFP 9.0 has been Released to Manufacturing and that it will be available for download from the MSDN Subscription Site in "Late December". I'd like to add my congratulations to the VFP team - great job folks and just in time to have a holiday break too.
  • Blog Post: Visual FoxPro - Do we still sell that?

    Internally, especially when I'm wearing my cool VFP 9.0 shirt, this has to be one of the most common questions I hear. Of course, the answer is YES! David Anderson has written an opinion piece on DevX entitled Visual FoxPro 9.0: Still Here, Still Relevant . The article has an interesting history of Visual...
  • Blog Post: VFP 9.0 release date

    This morning, in the OzFox keynote, Ken Levy stated that the release date for VFP 9.0 is scheduled for December 15. I'm not sure if this is new news (it didn't sound like it when Ken announced it), but it's the first time I've heard a public release date. If you want to be able to get your hands on VFP...
  • Blog Post: OzFox Starts Tomorrow!

    I'm very excited. OzFox , organised by Craig Bailey , starts in Coogee tomorrow. There's a stellar line-up of speakers , some sensational sessions and even an X-Box room to help folks unwind. I'm really looking forward to the keynote and hearing Ken Levy talk about VFP 9.0 .
  • Blog Post: Visual FoxPro Articles

    I wrote a bunch of articles for FoxTalk a while ago, some of them even made it into the MSDN library. I've also posted them all up at my personal site in case you're interested.
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