What do you want to learn, 2019 edition?

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.
  • Swift
  • Xojo
  • Python
  • Xbase++
  • C#
  • .Net
  • Entity Framework
  • Interacting with .NET controls from VFP
  • Tying VFP, Python, .Net together and playing off each other’s strengths
  • Web Development
  • Angular
  • JavaScript-based frameworks
  • Blockchain
  • 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.

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Southwest Fox 2019–October 24-27

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.

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Southwest Fox 2018 Early-Bird Deadline approaches

Simple quick reminder: save $50 by registering before the early-bird registration deadline next Tuesday, July 31st.

If you still need to register, please head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration

Every registered attendee gets admission and white papers to all regular conference sessions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and mix with your peers.

See you in October!

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Southwest Fox 2018 is a GO!

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.

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Southwest Fox 2018 Super-Saver Deadline is days away

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!

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Southwest Fox 2018 Registration is open!

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!

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2018 Speakers and Topics announced

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 info@geekgatherings.com if you want us to email you when it’s ready. See you in October!

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Call for speakers for Southwest Fox 2018

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.

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What do you want to learn, 2018 edition

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
  • C#
  • 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.

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Save the Date for Southwest Fox 2018: October 18-21

Geek Gatherings LLC is officially asking you to save the dates for Southwest Fox 2018! The conference takes place October 18-21, 2018 at the San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center, the same great location as last year.

We choose speakers from the developer community based on their session proposals. We are always looking for new speakers. Watch the Call for Speakers page of the conference website; we’ll post the Call for Speakers in late February.

As in prior years, we run a substantial risk in running the conference, primarily the tens of thousands of dollars we have to commit to the conference center. So, once again, we ask you to register for the conference before the July 1 deadline so we can make our go or no-go decision.

All the details about registration, speakers, sessions, and more will be available in May.

Special Request!!!

If there are any topics you hope will be covered this year, please send them to info@geekgatherings.com, right away.

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