Southwest Fox blog rises from the ashes

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.

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!

We are back…

The SWFox.NET site was down today. We are fixing things up and have most of the stuff working again. Sorry for any inconvenience to anyone looking for more details about this year’s conference.

Only 132 days until we gather in Gilbert!

Only  14 days until our Super-saver discount expires! Get registered today!!

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 http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx, 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 info@swfox.net, right away.

In case you are unaware, there are a lot of FoxPro user groups and regional conferences hosting Southwest Fox Rehearsals, you might want to check out a relatively new page on the Southwest Fox Web site: Session Rehearsals Rehearsals are important for a couple of reasons:

  1. Speakers refine and enhance their sessions based on feedback.
  2. Frees up slots of sessions already seen so you can see other sessions during the conference.
  3. Learn in advance of the conference, try things out, and ask the speaker more questions in person at the conference.

A couple of years ago I was able to see half the sessions before I even arrived in Arizona. I cannot tell you how much value that brought to me except to tell you it was a lot. This year I have seen several sessions and have a couple more to see before I arrive in Arizona. Even if you are not able to attend the conference it is an opportunity for you to learn from the presenters and provide them feedback so their sessions rock at Southwest Fox. I was particularly moved this morning because of an email sent to me by Mike Potjer of the Grand Rapids Area Fox User Group. Mike is a long time supporter of Southwest Fox and is attending this year. This past weekend he attended one of the many rehearsals Jim Nelson is doing for his two sessions on VFPX’s Thor. Mike wrote:

I hope this is already on your agenda, but I would really like to see a big plug for Thor during the Welcome/Keynote session of SW Fox.  I think Thor is the most universally useful productivity enhancement for VFP developers since IntelliSense.  I have created IntelliSense enhancements, and looked at creating builders, but adding functionality to Thor is much simpler than either of those, and really hardly requires any documentation.  And Thor blows away IntelliSense and the builder architecture in terms of making it easy to share what you’ve created.  ….  I really think Jim deserves accolades for this (not to mention all the PEMEditor development that laid the groundwork for Thor).  I told Jim that I honestly believe that if Thor had been available when VFP 9 was released, that it should have been included with the product.

Wow, talk about a session having an impact, and the conference has not even started. Hopefully you will get a chance to attend one of the remaining rehearsals held in the next two weeks before the conference gets rolling.

Registration opens June 1st

Registration for Southwest Fox 2011 opens on June 1, 2011!

In past years we opened registration on May 1st, so why the delay this year? The conference is later this year by a couple of weeks because of the Jewish holy days. Traditionally we only get a few registrations in the month of May so we decided to push back the open date until June 1st.

This week we will be updating the Web site to announce the sessions and the speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference. We also will be posting an updated registration application and a short video on how to use it.

Stay tuned, Southwest Fox 2011 is going to be a great conference!

Keynote Speaker: Craig Boyd

Keynotes at Southwest Fox are normally exciting and this year we think we have a real winner lined up.

While Craig Boyd couldn’t do his planned sessions at this year’s Southwest Fox, we did some arm twisting and put on the full court press to convince him to do the keynote presentation.

We are waiting for Craig to finalize his topics, but we wanted to let you know so you are even more fired up about coming to Southwest Fox this year.

If you are registered for the conference please watch for more details in the normal emails we send out over the next few weeks before the conference.

We are also looking for an individual or a company to split the sponsorship of the keynote with White Light Computing. Contact Geek Gatherings if you are interested: info AT SWFox.NET.

Keeping conference delegates informed

Conferences are dynamic in nature and organizers have a lot of details to pass along to the people who come each year. The Southwest Fox organizers process communication via email and we normally get high marks for keeping people informed.

We already have sent out three emails to people who are registered:

1) Early August
Added Eric Selje as speaker, hotel change reminder, international travel information, request for Show Us Your App, door prizes, books from Hentzenwerke for everyone, teaser video tease, and request to tell a friend about SWFox.

2) Mid-September
Your registration details and t-shirt size,  request for Show Us Your App, notification of the schedule page update, KOKOPELLI coming, last minute Polo shirts order, telling you session materials will be available before the conference, transportation, hotel, and information from the sponsors.

3) Late September
Keynote speaker announcement

What can you expect communication wise from the organizers before we arrive in Gilbert?

1) Early October
What is printed on your badge (so you can inform us of corrections), your status for the Who’s Coming List (in case you want to change it), what you have registered (friendly reminder), where you can get the Schedule, KOKOPELLI, what the food arrangements are finalized, registration details, and lots more…

2) A week before the conference starts:
Weather forecasts, download link and credentials to the conference materials, download link to the Conference Guide, ideas on enhancing your conference experience, potential side-effects of the conference, transportation, registration times, and lots more…

3) The Monday before the conference:
Pre-conference session details and reminders, download link and credentials to the conference materials (yes, again <g>), Show Us Your App schedule (provided people sign up to present – still need more sessions), more transportation details, and lots more…

After the conference we send out follow-up emails too to remind you about FTP credentials, getting us the evaluations, requesting photos you took, information from the vendors, and any updates from our speakers.

So it is critical you ensure we have your current email address for your registration. There is lots of information we want to share with our delegates.

Only 18 days until we gather in Glibert!