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FoxShow #65: Interview with Doug, Tamar and Rick about plans for Southwest Fox 2010
FoxShow #64: Interview with Jim Nelson, project lead for the PEM Editor on VFPX
#28 - Oct 19, 2005 - Southwest Wrapup Interviews with Kevin Ragsdale and Doug Hennig
#27 - Oct 14, 2005 - Interview with Toni Feltman
#26 - Oct 7, 2005 - Interview with Rick Borup and lost bits of Ken Levy Interview
#25 - Oct 6, 2005 - KitBox Live - Andy Kramek and Marcia Akins
#24 - Oct 2, 2005 - an interview with Ken Levy
#23 - Sept 28, 2005 - an interview with Craig Berntson
#22 - Sept 21, 2005 - an interview with Markus Egger
#21 - Sept 13, 2005 - an interview with Steven Black
#20 - Sept 9, 2005 - an interview with Bob Kocher of Southwest Fox
#19 - Aug 17, 2005 - What's a Beta and the first FoxQuote
#18 - Aug 13, 2005 - Rants, Raves and usability
#17 - Aug 1, 2005 - Bill Sander Part II
16 - July 20, 2005 - interview with Bill Sanders
15 - July 7th, 2005 - RSS, ActiveVFP, DotNet
14 - June 30th, 2005 - Designing an application
13 - June 17, 2005 - Debugging the FoxPro DevCon
12 - June 2, 2005 - The VFP Roadmap
11 - May 30th, 2005 - FoxPro Application Design
10 - Posted May 21st, 2005
FoxShow #9 - Posted May 19th, 2005
FoxShow #8 - Posted May 9th, 2005
FoxShow #7 - Posted May 2nd, 2005
FoxShow #6 - Posted April 23rd, 2005
FoxShow #5 - Posted April 17th, 2005
FoxShow #4 - Posted April 8th, 2005
FoxShow #3 - Posted April 1, 2005
FoxShow #2 - Posted March 24th, 2005
FoxShow #1 - Posted March 15th, 2005

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