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.

2010 VFPX Administrators Award

The VFPX Administrators Award is an annual award given by the VFPX Administrators (Craig Boyd, Rick Schummer, and Doug Hennig) to recognize those people who made outstanding contributions to the VFP community through their projects on VFPX. The nominees this year were:

  • Jim Nelson for his work on PEM Editor, Code References, and FoxChart Tools (add-ons)
  • David Holden for SubFox
  • Andrew Ross MacNeill for Code Analyst
  • Emerson Santon Reed for Themed Controls
  • Francis Faure for the VFP 9 SP2 Help file and VFP 9.0 Localization in French

At the keynote for Southwest Fox 2010, the awards were given to Jim Nelson and Francis Faure (to be delivered by Thierry Nivelet). You can watch a video of the keynote at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swfoxtv.

Congratulations to both Jim and Francis and thanks for all your efforts in making VFPX the future of VFP.