Southwest Fox 2009 on the Web

This year more than ever, people who came to Southwest Fox posted thoughts about the conference and the sessions they attended. If you know of others please send them to This page might be updated in the future.

Bloggers who are talking about Southwest Fox 2009

Chris Franz

Doug Hennig

Mike Feltman

Joel Leach

Eric Selje

Mark Lyon

Emerson Santon Reed (Ceil Silver Ambassador)

Rick Schummer

Follow the aggregated tweets on Twitter

Videos from Southwest Fox 2009


VFPX User Meeting – Part I

VFPX User Meeting – Part II

Future of the VFP Developer

Attack on Hennig
Dan Freeman

Boyd vs Hennig at SWFOX 2009
Frank Perez

Nerf gun assault at swfox
Walt Krzystek

Strategy Session and Attack of Doug Hennig SWFox2009
Rick Schummer

[Updated 28-Oct-2009: Added Marc Lyon’s blog post]
d 20-Nov-2009: Added Emerson Santon Reed’s posts]
[Updated 29-Nov-2009: Added Rick Schummer’s posts]

SWFox TV Schedule

There will be a few Southwest Fox 2009 sessions broadcast on UStream if all goes well with the Internet and the related technologies. Last year we had success so we are very hopeful this year will go well.

All the details on the sessions are here:

Note the times on the site are denoted as Pacific Standard Time. Arizona has its own timezone (GMT -07:00), which is the same as Pacific Daylight Time.

Current line-up of broadcasts planned include:

Southwest Fox 2009 – Conference Keynote
Thursday, 10/15/2009 07:00 pm (Arizona Time)

VFPX Users Meeting – Bonus session
Friday, 10/16/2009 05:15 pm (Arizona Time)

The Future of the VFP Developer – Bonus session
Friday, 10/16/2009 08:30 pm (Arizona Time)

Enhancing the VFP IDE with VFPX Tools
Saturday, 10/17/2009 11:30 am (Arizona Time)

You can participate via the chat session, especially for the VFPX User Meeting and Rick’s “Enhancing the VFP IDE with VFPX Tools” session.

If you miss the shows they are recorded and posted. You can still watch the 2008 keynote and VFPX User Meetings from last year.

We hope you can join us for those sessions even if you are unable to join us at the conference.

Southwest Fox is just around the corner

There are less than 2 weeks to go until the best Visual FoxPro conference in North America kicks off. The pace is picking up here at Geek Gathering’s World Headquarters in Michigan, the two remote offices in Pennsylvania and Saskatchewan, and at the Arizona Golf Resort in Arizona. The conference is about to materialize right before our eyes.

The menu is finalized, the schedule is updated (late vendor adds), the conference CD is getting burned, the Conference Guide is getting printed, evaluations are finalized, badges will be assembled next weekend, and speakers are preparing to deliver you the best sessions around. The white papers for this conference total over 1000 pages of fresh and interesting material that is sure to bring value for years to come.

We want to let the folks who have registered to know over the next 10 days you will be getting several emails. These emails have some important information about the conference and helpful hints about getting the most out of the Southwest Fox experience.

You can follow up to the minute announcements on Twitter: @SWFox

Not yet registered? Yes there is still time and available slots! Give Geek Gatherings a call at 586.254.2530 to discuss your options or head to the registration page. We can process registrations up to the moment the conference is starting.

Recession Buster Deals Offered

It is hard to believe we are into the second week of September already. What this means is the speakers are scrambling to finish their white papers and polish up their sessions for the conference.

Here at Geek Gathering Headquarters it means we are busy making decisions on what we can do within budget, starting to order things we need for the conference, and firming up details with the conference center.

We’re definitely seeing a drop off with registrations this year. Based on what people have told us, it mostly has to do with the condition of the global economy. So we have a couple of special “recession buster” deals we hope will encourage a few more people to sign up for the best Visual FoxPro conference in North America.

Deal #1: “Organizers: please share my deal!”
If you already registered and paid for the conference and you know someone who wants to register, you can give them the same deal you got when you registered. If you want to come to the conference and you know someone who got in at the Super Saver ($620) or the Early-bird ($695) registration, you can sign up for the same price they did. Sharing is caring!

Deal #2: Southwest Fox “Pair Programmer” deal
Have one or more FoxPro friends who are considering coming to Southwest Fox? Sign up together and take $50 off each of the registrations.

No matter what deal you take, we will give you your first pre-conference session for free!

There’s only one catch. You have to take advantage of this deal by 11:59 PM September 30, 2009 Eastern time. We have to make some serious commitments on October 1 for various expenses we have for the conference.

Need some more convincing? How about some new news about the conference:

1) Sara Ford, Program Manager for CodePlex (home of VFPX) is going to present: “Towards a Stronger Open Source Ecosystem on” at the Thursday night keynote.

2) Schedule of the conference sessions is posted

3) We have added a couple of bonus sessions on Friday, including “Show Us Your App,” “Getting involved in VFPX” and an open space discussion “The Future of the VFP Developer.”

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Only 36 days until we meet in Mesa. We hope to see you there.

Southwest Fox 2009 Keynote Announcement

We have some exciting news about the Southwest Fox 2009 Keynote Session.

For the past several years, the Southwest Fox Thursday night Keynote Session provided everyone with some reminders and last minutes details about the conference. It also included some of our speakers who were eager to share new technology they’d recently been involved with. In past years, we’ve had a keynote on Visual FoxPro code development moving past the standard VFP approaches via Guineu, eTecnologia.NET, and VFP Studio. Last year we showcased some of the new components and tools available on the open source project called VFPX.

As you may know, the organizers of Southwest Fox have always been keen on borrowing “best in class” ideas from other conferences. During one of the Essential Fox conferences, someone from outside the FoxPro Community was brought in as a keynote speaker and it was a huge success. Since taking over Southwest Fox in 2007, we’ve always wanted to do this with our keynote. Unfortunately, either budget constraints or timing constraints have always been a roadblock for fulfilling this goal. This year we started early and back in March, we secured a commitment for our keynote speaker!

We are very excited to announce that Sara Ford from Microsoft is coming to Southwest Fox 2009. Here are the details:

Towards a Stronger Open Source Ecosystem

For those who do not know who Sara is, she is the Program Manager for CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project hosting site (and home to VFPX). Prior to CodePlex, she worked on the Visual Studio team for six years and ran the popular Visual Studio Tip of the Day series. In 2008, she authored her first book, Microsoft Visual Studio Tips by Microsoft Press and donated all her royalties to start a scholarship fund for Hurricane Katrina survivors of her hometown. Her life-long dream is to become a 97-year-old weightlifter, so she can be featured on the local news.

Sara is an energetic speaker and will probably show you her rebellious side. How many Microsoft people do you know who are willing to walk around the Redmond campus wearing a FireFox t-shirt? After the keynote, you will know at least one.

We need to thank some very important contributors who helped make this happen. The Southwest Fox registrations are down this year because of the economic situation. The conference budget is already stretched to keep the Southwest Fox experience a quality experience. So the organizers got creative and tapped some friends in the FoxPro Community to sponsor the Keynote Session. We want to thank F1 Technologies and White Light Computing for sharing the costs to bring Sara to Mesa for the night. Without their generosity, we could not have pulled this off. We also want to thank Sara’s boss for letting her travel to our conference and sharing her vision on how CodePlex is going to evolve to support open source initiatives like VFPX.

We really hope you will join us in Mesa, but if you cannot, you might be able to catch it on SWFox TV because we are going to attempt to stream the keynote on the Internet like we did last year. More details on the broadcast will be posted closer to the conference.

Only 41 days until Sara talks about CodePlex in Mesa! We hope to see you there.

Ceil Silver Ambassador News

We have bad news and good news. First the bad news: Unfortunately, for reasons outside of his control, César Chalom is unable to attend Southwest Fox 2009. We are really disappointed because many people, us included, were looking forward to meeting César. Hopefully, next year.

The good news is that Emerson Santon Reed has agreed to come in César’s place. Emerson, a software developer from Americana – SP, Brazil, has worked with Visual FoxPro since 1999, and is an active member of the Brazilian VFP community. He presented a session at the Brazilian VFP conference in 2008. He is well known to the global VFP community for his ThemedControls project at VFPX. He also has a blog where you can find useful material on Visual FoxPro. We are very excited that Emerson can attend Southwest Fox 2009 and know that many attendees are looking forward to meeting him in person.

Microsoft Virtual PC Video

Doug is doing a session at Southwest Fox 2009 titled “Microsoft Virtual PC for VFP Developers.” VPC is one of the indispensible tools every developer ought to use (or if not VPC, one of its competitors such as VMWare), and yet many haven’t embraced it. Hopefully, this session will convince you to start using it immediately.

Doug created a short (5 minute) teaser video showing part of his session: how VPC is useful to test application installers to make sure all dependencies are included. Attendees of Southwest Fox will receive a complete white paper on installing, configuring, and using VPC. See you there!

Southwest Fox Sessions and Speakers Announced

We announced the speaker and session lineup for Southwest Fox 2009 today. This year was the hardest yet selecting from the list of proposals because we had a record number of submissions. Once again, there are great topics such as using Visual Earth in VFP applications, implementing MySQL, getting the most out of FoxCharts, and adding full-text search to your applications.

Registration is now open, so be sure to sign up today for a fun three days in Phoenix in October. Take advantage of the “Southwest Fox Stimulus Plan”: if you register before July 1, you save $125 and get a free half-day pre-conference session, a $99 value. With sessions on Web development, source control, and refactoring legacy code, the hard part will be picking which one to attend.

We also offer an early-bird special: register before September 1 and save $50.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in October!