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FoxShow #83 - Southwest Fox 2018

There's a new FoxShow available - episode 83 features a discussion with Doug, Tamar and Rick about Southwest Fox 2018.

This year, we got into some broader topics such as open source vs "closed" source and what they've learned over the years of putting on the conference. It's a fun listen so check it out!

It's hard to believe but the FoxShow has been published since 2005, although in recent years, it's primary focus has been on Southwest Fox.

Let me know if you're still enjoying and if you have some topics you want to hear about!

Enjoy!

Southwest Fox Deadline fast approaching

A new FoxShow is about to be released related to Southwest Fox 2018 (later today) but I wanted to note that the Super Saver deadline for Southwest Fox is coming up on June 30th (the episode will be out before then) and that deadline is the conference's "go / no go" point.

It sounds like there's a lot of cool topics to be shown at the conference but it's also a great opportunity to get involved in existing VFPX projects and see how other developers are continuing to use FoxPro today.

Go to Southwest Fox to register!

Southwest Fox 2018 - VFP in the 21st century

Southwest Fox is gearing up for a new year in October and once again, it looks like a great set of sessions.

For those naysayers that say VFP can't compete in the current world of application development, existing applications are still holding their own and can continue to do so for years to come.

One of the challenges desktop developers always face is how to make their application look more modern. I was going to say how I'm not quite sure drag/drop would count as 21st century technology but then that would be 2000 so I'll go with "early 21st century" --- which sounds weird even as I write it - but offering slicker interfaces and more advanced error handling is always welcome.

When you've got an application that has been working for years but faces challenges with newer versions of Windows, troubleshooting can be a real challenge.

Another hot topic should be the running of FoxPro apps as services. As modern development techniques turn to web responsive desi…

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 has its own …