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.

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.

Southwest Fox News

As we get closer to the conference (it starts four weeks from today), the news gets as hot as the Phoenix weather!

Visionpace is offering a free six-month subscription (or a six-month extension for existing subscribers) for Visual MaxFrame Professional (VMP) to all Southwest Fox attendees. Between all the offers (VMP, xSQL, and CoDe magazine) and prizes to be won (over $100,000), this conference will pay for itself before you attend your first session!

Five bonus sessions are planned for Friday night at 8:00 pm after the dinner party:

  • Stonefield Software is hosting a Stonefield Query Developers Meeting. This meeting is open to everyone.
  • Visionpace is hosting a VMP Developers Meeting. This meeting is open to all developers using VMP (developers not using VMP are also welcome).
  • Bo Durban is leading a VFPX meeting. Everyone interested in VFPX is welcome to attend.
  • Mike Yeager of EPS Software is presenting a bonus session titled "VFP to .NET Migration Strategies." This session provides a detailed overview, based on best practices and real world experience, of the optimal way to transition a mission critical application from any version of FoxPro to .NET and SQL Server.
  • "Show Us Your Apps" is an opportunity to show the crowd what cool things you’ve done in VFP. Because there’s a limited amount of time available, presenters are limited to 10-15 minutes each. Please email info@swfox.net to let us know what you’d like to show.

VFP Boot Camp Held Immediately Following Southwest Fox

Visionpace is presenting the highly-acclaimed VFP Boot Camp immediately following Southwest Fox. This event delivers three jam-packed days of solid, hands-on learning. From the fundamentals of VFP development through the very latest VFP 9.0 features, this boot camp is designed to quickly get your VFP skills up to speed. Attendees will receive a 500 page manual in both print and electronic format.

The three-day boot camp begins on Sunday, October 19th from 2:30 – 6:00 following the closing session of Southwest Fox. On Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st, the class runs from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Wednesday, October 22nd the schedule is 8:30 to 2:30.

Registration ends on October 1, 2008. For more information visit http://visionpace.com/developereducation.html or email info@visionpace.com. To register call 888-904-7900.

Scholarship Winner Announcement

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of talking with D.J Scullin of Elkhorn Wisconsin. I let him know he is the winner of the White Light Computing $300 scholarship to attend Southwest Fox. Well, his employer is the really the winner {g}. This is D.J’s first trip to Southwest Fox and his first ever VFP conference! He is very excited to have the opportunity to travel to Mesa this October to meet more VFP developers.

D.J.’s name was drawn by the lead marketing adviser here at White Light Computing out of the 67 names registered by July 1, 2007.

Congratulations D.J.!

Only 99 days until we meet in Mesa.