Attendee’s session ideas

When we sent out the “save the date” notice for Southwest Fox 2012 last week, we asked people to tell us about topics they’d like to see included. As we receive them, we’re planning to put them in this blog, so prospective speakers can see them.

So far, we’ve received two suggestions, one rather broad, one very detailed:

1) One attendee says “I need to learn more about using SQL server.”

2) Another says “I would love a session on how to set up a remote database to access from a VFP application. For me it would have to be a ‘beginner’ session and include things like how to set up an internet server, what security issues there are and suggestions on how to deal with them, suggested tricks and techniques to use in the VFP application to access the data, and anything else needed that I don’t know about.”

If you have topics you’d like to hear about, either send them to or just reply to this post.

Updated 21-March-2012

We received another idea from an attendee: I would like to know how to update and query a SQL Server database via XML from a FoxPro application for remote access to a database.
I know this is something Rick Strahl has worked with but his methods require his server application to process the transactions.

Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++

Save the dates for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2012! The conferences take place October 18-21, 2012.

This year we have two conferences as one great event at the same location. Southwest Fox has always served Visual FoxPro developers an opportunity to learn and extend their skills, and network with fellow developers. Alaska Software is working on PolarFox, a product that keeps the Visual FoxPro language alive in their next generation tool. You get two conferences for the price of one!

The conferences take place at the San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center, the same great location as last year.

If you’re interested in presenting at Southwest Fox 2012, please visit, read the complete Call for Speakers document (linked from that page), and download the proposal submission application. Session proposals are due by March 23.

Finally, if there are any topics you hope will be covered this year, please send them to, right away.

Southwest Fox 2012 Call for Speakers

Today we released the Call for Speakers for Southwest Fox 2012. Anyone interested in presenting should visit, read the complete Call for Speakers document (linked from that page), and download the proposal submission application. Session proposals are due by March 23.

As in the past few years, we plan to offer a good selection of topics in core VFP development, extending VFP, using VFP with other technologies, and VFPX, as well as technology sessions to help VFP developers become better developers, not just more expert at VFP. There are two new things to note this year. First, we are looking for a few sessions on paths forward for VFP developers. Second, we’re looking for a few deep-dive post-conference sessions.

If you think you have something to say to the VFP community, please submit session proposals, even if you’ve never spoken at a conference before. Our community is strengthened when more people take an active role. Do be aware that speaking at a conference is a serious commitment. Even for experienced speakers, preparing a new session takes 40-80 hours. Doing it well at the conference calls for several rehearsals beforehand, too. So make sure you can commit the necessary time–the Call for Speakers lays out all the deadlines.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. Reading through the proposals we receive each year is really exciting, and choosing among them is always a challenge.