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David Stevenson's Talking Fox: Writing for free vs. writing for publications

David, I didn't think it was so much an advertisement for FoxTalk but I am glad to hear about the new online only subscription.

Myself - I get it three ways -
a) I talk about a product that I'll be covering in FoxPro Advisor on the FoxShow podcast
b) I typically do a screencast about it (or did one recently) as well as blog about it
c) the final article goes into FoxPro Advisor

The difference?

1. The article usually covers a lot more of "how to do" stuff. Much in the same way a book might cover the details, a posting that refers to content in a book only covers the basics.

2. The screen cast is, perhaps, the most ideal way of viewing it because it shows the ease of use.

3. The podcast works because it usually happens that week, the week before the article is sent off.

That said, I also have my own Articles and Writings page. I don't put ALL of my articles on there (as many are fairly time sensitive) but I do recall a Devcon 2001 (?) meeting with Susana, Tamar, Pamela and Christof in which it was stated that as long as the body of the article has changed somewhat that it can be posted for public consumption. Wonder if that's the same for FoxTalk...

David Stevenson's Talking Fox: Writing for free vs. writing for publications

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