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The FoxShow - Virtual FoxFest 2020 Interview

Please check out my FoxShow interview with Rick Schummer, Tamar Granor and Doug Hennig about the upcoming Virtual FoxFest conference.
The conference is spread out over three days in October with speakers from around the world. Since it's over three days, it's easy to attend and definitely affordable.
It's also using Hopin, a virtual conferencing tool I've never heard of here.
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Virtual FoxFest - A New Way to Conference

If you haven't been keeping up with the news around the Fox community, the Southwest Fox conference has gone digital now showing up as Virtual FoxFest.  At $49, it's a steal and a great way to learn some new ideas and get inspired.

While the reasoning for this change is fairly obvious with the year of COVID - for me, this is something that has been a long time coming. I appreciate many people's needs for a physical conference but the world is very large and it's difficult to get people from around the world into a single physical location.

I recently attended a single-track conference via YouTube (a Quasar conference). YouTube's Live stream provided a very handy way to watch, rewind and communicate with people online. While Tamar, Doug and Rick are still making decisions related to the streaming platform, there are lots of great options available. I'm really looking forward to it.

The FoxPro community has also really felt its international roots of late with…

Something Unexpected, Something New

I've started listening to Tim Crawford's Cautionary Tales podcast recently and aside from listening to enjoyable tales of design mess-ups and warfare losses, the most recent episode Bowie, Jazz and the Unplayable Piano has given me two of the things I love about great podcasts:

 -they make me think
- they introduce me to something I've never heard/seen before


I had never heard of Keith Jarrett before (jazz afficiandos, please don't hate me) - but the story of this jazz improvisist and how he recorded the Koln concerts was super enjoyable. The version there is slightly different than the one noted on the Grammy site. Moreso, it made me go to Apple Music to listen to the concert. I've used Carl Franklins' Music To Code By but I found this album's four pieces were just as wonderful, if not perhaps more inspiring (his stamping of the foot hit me right when I was struggling in code as well).


Another part of the episode dealt with Brian Eno's oblique strategy…

Apple "Focus": What do you want your A/R glasses to do?

Apple has new iPhones coming next week but I saw that they had plans for A/R glasses and some of their recent acquisitions confirm this. Most articles discussing A/R use the large VR headsets as their starting point which is a non-starter for many people. Then I saw this image from IDropNews:


Now THAT's what I'm talking about. If you've never seen the Bose Frames, you should check them out. These provide a great template for the type of A/R that will make non-gamers stand up and take notice. The Google Glasses concept is far too "android" (no pun intended) for regular use, I need REAL glasses. 
Forget the gaming benefits. In recent years, I've used video sunglasses for hands-free recording and while I enjoy them, they are still too bulky. You can get them fairly cheap so they are worth considering for isolated purposes. You need people to wear glasses every day to make A/R a reality.
(Update: I missed this older story on the Verge but Intel definitely has the…

Why xSharp might be the tool FoxPro developers have been waiting for

In the latest FoxShow episode, I interview Robert van der Hulst, one of the main leads on the xSharp project. Unlike many product team leads, Robert has a secret advantage - he actually USES the product. The interview answers a number of questions VFP developers may have about this initiative.






While he's been a direct team member of a variety of products in the xBase market (he hails from the Clipper and Visual Objects world), he has always looked at the product based on the idea of "how can I use this as a business?", an idea many business line developers think about.



XSharp uses the open source Microsoft Rosyln compiler but translates the language constructs found in the xBase and VFP world so that developers can more easily port their application into the DotNet world. While DotNet was introduced almost 20 years ago, there are still a number of applications that use it for critical parts of their business. But what if you could take key pieces of your application (suc…

Fighting for Funding: What would you pay for?

It's funding (whether private or public) that decides the reality of ideas like GPS, interstellar travel, the Internet and more - what would you pay for? f you listen to podcasts and haven't listened to Levar Burton reads, you may want to consider it. It does offer some very interesting stories and Levar's readings are incredible.

One recent listen was "The Best We Can" (by Carrie Vaughn) about first contact with aliens - you. can READ the story here but Burton's read really does make it come to life. What was neat about the timing, however, was this story that just landed a few days ago. That the project of sending flying rovers to Saturn beat out the project that would catch the surface of a comet.

We (or at least I) often think of NASA as being an organization with a single goal but, in fact, there are lots of projects that engineers come up with that have to fight for funding. From solar sails (which also had a Levar Burton Reads story) to this recent one…

Attending Southwest Fox 2019 could change your life - Find out how

Southwest Fox is coming up in October and as I do every year, I spoke with the organizers Rick, Doug and Tamar on the FoxShow.

Deadlines for Southwest Fox:
Super-saver price (before July 1): $695
Early-bird price (before August 1): $770
Regular price (August 1 and later): $820
This year, I took a different approach with separate shows for each organizer but the main message is still the same : July 1st is their Go/No-Go date.

Conferences don't talk about this very often. I don't think developers really question if Apple will hold their WWDC in June or Microsoft will hold their Build conference - but that's because those conferences are vendor-led.

Southwest Fox is a community-driven conference - it's not driven by a company with an agenda. Listen to the interviews and you can hear how important each of the organizers feel the live connection between speakers and among attendees.