Skip to main content

Shedding Some Light

Rick Schummer's got a blog (and yes, Craig, he did get his RSS feed going).

Rick, in your post on Common Courtesy, you noted that it would have so much nicer if you hadn't gotten called on it in the wide open.

That's one of the downsides (goodsides??) of blogging - people are going to call you on things right off bat - the only gotcha is that they may not make a note directly on your blog as a comment To be fair, Craig has gotten more than his share of "call outs" when his blog was down for commenting and archives.

I've been called on a lot of embarassing omissions on the site ( I asked about what type of headphone jack an iPod uses when it's right on the web site) - as well as in real life (I tech edited an article that mentioned "Lisa Slater" when she was already "Lisa Slater Nichols" - oops!)

I've been accused of being pro-Linux, pro-MS, and a bunch of other stuff. I think the best way to deal with it all is realize that in the blogosphere, there are some basic rules:

1. Some people don't like to leave comments. Instead, they leave them on their blog. It's hard to know how many people are reading and whatnot but many people are turning into "Scoble" and simply don't read email, very rarely leave comments and simply read the feeds.

2. Some people love to leave comments. Long, rambling posts that everyone's eyes glaze over on (I'm sure some will be doing it on this on) and others that are super short (and leave everyone saying huh?).

3. There are no real rules in the blogosphere. There are people who will be rude and unforgiving (and you can always unsubscribe those blogs) and then there are those who write great blogs that others point to.

Here's a perfect example - I could have simply written you a comment on your blog on this but instead, I'm putting up my own post - why?

A) I want you to get linked or noticed by whoever else may read
my blog

b) I hate leaving comments especially when I go off on a tangent that combines thoughts on your post and my own ideas as well.

On a similar note, I'm super psyched that more and more Fox people are coming onto the blogosphere. More tools, more links, more fun, more Fox. Welcome!

I noted a few weeks ago that I'm putting together a PodCast regarding FoxPro, if anyone wants to be involved, interviewed, has ideas or background music thoughts, shoot me an email or grab me on Skype (akselsoft) or MSN (akselsoft).

Shedding Some Light


Popular posts from this blog

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.

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

FoxInCloud Stats

FoxInCloud sent this link a while back about their statistics regarding visits to their site: What's interesting here is the breakdown of people. Yes, I think it's understandable that the Fox community is getting older. Another factor is the growth of the mobile and web environments taking over development. These environments really do push people towards the newer non-SQL or free SQL/hosted environments but more towards hosted storage options like Amazon and Google. A tool like FoxInCloud that helps MOVE existing applications to the cloud inherently competes with those environments. But FoxInCloud also allows developers to extend their application further by giving them a starting point using Javascript and the basic CSS (such as Bootstrap). If you're not rebuilding your application from scratch, it's certainly a great step forward. FoxPro VFP