Like the name of the major metropolitan area we host Southwest Fox, Phoenix rise from the ashes to start another cycle of life, so has our blog that was reduced to hot dust a couple of weeks ago by events unknown to us or the hosting company where the blog resides.
Thanks to all who were patient during this time as we worked with professionals who know the inner workings of the blogging engine.
If you have ideas you would like to see presented in October, leave a comment on our “What do you want to learn, 2019 edition?” post.
If you have session topics you want to present at Southwest Fox 2019, head over to the Call for Speakers page for the document we posted with all the details. Doug, Tamar and I look forward to reviewing lots of session topics again this year.
We also look forward to seeing everyone this October in Phoenix.
Every year about this time, we post a list of topics attendees from the previous year suggested for future conferences, so that prospective speakers can consider them. (Here’s the 2018 list, as well as the 2017 and 2016 versions.)
Here’s the list from the Southwest Fox 2018 evaluations. We’ve organized it a little and eliminated duplicates. We also recognize that Southwest Fox attendees represent only a fraction of the VFP community (though they’re a significantly larger fraction of those willing and able to come to a conference).
If there’s something you’re hoping will be covered at Southwest Fox 2019, please add it in the comments. If you’re thinking of submitting sessions for this year’s conference, this list may give you some ideas what to propose.
- More VFPX
- Role of open source in VFP development and extension
- Broken VFP components and core functions and their viable replacements
- Working with external APIs
- Tips and tricks on various VFP tools and utilities
- Using or creating report listeners in VFP
- Report layout or design rules for better looking reports
- SQL Server
- SQL Server-related topics (e.g., SSIS, SSRS, T-SQL)
- Case study of setting up (or converting) a VFP app using one of the SQL backends
- Which backend to use for networked enterprise vs single-user, one-computer scenario
- In-depth training on SQL Server tools, tuning, optimization, etc.
- Entity Framework
- Interacting with .NET controls from VFP
- Tying VFP, Python, .Net together and playing off each other’s strengths
- Web Development
- AWS and TSPlus
- HTML 5
A few people wrote more general comments about what they’d like to see, including more advanced topics, more soft topics and more extensive business topics.
At the closing session of this year’s Southwest Fox, we announced dates for 2019. Mark your calendars for October 24 to 27. Watch for the Call for Speakers in February.
We have some good news to share today. Thanks to the support of the Visual FoxPro community, a very generous supporter who made a large donation, and our many sponsors, Southwest Fox 2018 will proceed as planned October 18-21, 2018 in Gilbert, AZ.
We really appreciate all the support people have shown for the conference with early registrations! That said, the decision comes with a serious calculated risk because we are still many registrations short of the break-even point. Please continue to spread the word to your colleagues, clients, user groups and anywhere else Visual FoxPro is spoken.
If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still room for you. Register before August 1st for a $50 early-bird discount.
Registration for Southwest Fox 2018 has been open for a few weeks and there are just a few days left until the Super-Saver Registration deadline. If you register before the end of June, you save $125 and we’ll throw in a pre-conference session worth $99. Not only that, but you’ll be entered in the drawings for a scholarship that will reduce your cost even more and a license of Stonefield Query SDK, a $2,500 value. Check out the speakers and topics on the conference website.
Please beat the rush so we still have some fingernails left when July begins! No need to wait, we won’t charge your card or cash your check until the middle of July!
Registration for Southwest Fox (http://www.swfox.net/register.aspx) is now available. See http://www.swfox.net/speakers.aspx for a list of speakers and http://www.swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx for a list of sessions. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don’t wait.
Putting on a conference is a risky endeavor. Conference centers require a guaranteed minimum income to block the dates of a conference; for a conference like Southwest Fox, that minimum is in the tens of thousands of dollars. We have to commit to the conference center by July 2nd and need your support by July 1st to make that commitment. We will not send out any “We need your help” appeals so please do not wait; register by June 30th! We know most of you like to wait until the last minute to avoid the credit card bill arriving too soon. We will not charge any attendee credit cards or cash any checks until we have committed to going forward (sometime after July 2), so this is not is a reason to wait.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
We’ve announced the speakers and topics for this year’s conference. We’re excited about first-time speaker James Heuer and having well-known speaker Kevin McNeish back.
Registration opens soon; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to email you when it’s ready. See you in October!
We’ve issued the Call for Speakers for Southwest Fox 2018. If you are interested in presenting, please read the document and consider submitting sessions via the Geek Gatherings Submission Web site.
The conferences take place October 18-21, 2018. Session proposals are due by Monday, March 12 at 8 AM EST.
We’re working on the Call for Speakers for 2018. So, as in 2017 and 2016, we’re providing a list of topics our attendees have asked for. These come from the evaluations filled out at last year’s conference. If you’re thinking of submitting session proposals, you may want to take a look and see whether anything on this list (or one of the earlier lists) is something you feel able to speak about.
The Call for Speakers says this, but we’ll repeat that we encourage submissions from those who haven’t spoken before. We think it’s healthy for our community to give new speakers a chance.
Here’s the list of topics last year’s attendees mentioned, cleaned up and consolidated a little. As you can see, they span a wide range of areas, from core VFP topics to extending VFP to business and technology.
- Some vfpx items
- More on keeping vfp and our apps modernized
- SQL Server
- Converting from DBFs to SQL Server or another SQL database
- How to download and/or scrape data from web pages
- How to automatically have an application post data into a web page.
- Not just cloudify but how to webify vfp.
- Continued Web topics.
- More on web development and maximizing knowledge of VFP in other environments.
- C# for VFP programmers part 2
- Architecture/OOP Design
- Apple and/or other watch apps
- HIPAA compliance in general and in relation to VFP
- Team Building
- More on the marketing side
- Challenges of the Independent Consultant Part 3
If there are topics you’re hoping we’ll cover this year, please add them in the comments.