Skip to main content

DevCon Keynote Cleanup

Wow - over two hours of almost pure demos ...what a great opening to what I'm sure will be a great conference!
Ken finished going through VFP Resources, including the web site, whitepapers and blogs. Also referring to new books and magazines:
FoxPro Advisor Magizine (
A new book: New In Nine: VFP's Latest Hits ( (
Pricing: Same as VFP 8
Always included in MSDN Subscriptions
Enjoy your VFP 9.0 jelly cell pads - don't use it as a mouse pad!
Summary and Call to Action
Not released yet - but grab the beta - it works with VFP 8
There will not be a refresh to the beta before the release
Report any issues
VFP 9 works better with SQL Server
VFP 9 works great with DotNet
Scheduled for Q4 2004 Release
Then of course, Ken wanted to leave with a bang with some ideas of things they are working on....(not for 9 but after)
User can type in "my" and it shows a submenu of applications, options and other details.
My User Identity - and it automatically replaces that text with SYS(0)
A content list of blocked code that could be used to help write new code. You choose the activity (like Browsing an XML column) and it automatically puts in the code. This is very similar to Intellisense but it makes the writing of the code much faster.
Intellisense in FoxPro against the DotNet XML component. You can work directly with the DotNet object in VFP.
Goal: Allow Fox developers to access DotNet components within FoxPro.
First real mention of DotNet : 2 hrs and 20 minutes into the keynote.
Looks like this keynote will go for a full 2.5 hours.
Finished off with a video of Kiss!
Yag - Thank you Las Vegas! Good night!


Ted Roche said…
Excellent summaries, Andrew, thanks! Any word on official attendence figures?

Popular posts from this blog

Well, that explains CodePlex...

In a move that will be sure to anger open source (or rather anti-paid software, anti-Microsoft open source)  zealots, Microsoft is planning to buy GitHub . A year ago, I mused about why Microsoft would shut down CodePlex and how the world needs competing source code repositories to be strong. I'm not the only one per this Slashdot article  : "...   people have warned about GitHub becoming as large as it did as problematic because it concentrates too much of the power to make or break the open source world in a single entity, moreso because there were valid questions about GitHubs financial viability...." - Jacques Mattheij I will be interested in seeing this play out - whether developers jump ship or not. Have all the efforts Microsoft has made in pushing towards open source be seen as genuine or will all the zealots jump ship or maybe even attack? Microsoft's comment about why they shut down CodePlex referred to how spammers were using CodePlex. Well, GitHub

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.

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