Southwest Fox 2010: Speakers and Sessions

The organizers know the biggest draw to get you to come to Southwest Fox is the sessions and the speakers who share their vast knowledge with you during your stay in Mesa. We have an extraordinary line up with some of the best minds in the Visual FoxPro Community lined up to cover some topical and interesting material. Our speakers include a mix of people who have presented at one of the six Southwest Fox conferences, and some new people who presented and even organized other Visual FoxPro conferences around the world.

Our speakers include Rick Borup, Craig Boyd, Kevin Cully, Bo Durban, Steve Ellenoff, Toni Feltman, Tamar Granor, Uwe Habermann, Doug Hennig, Venelina Jordanova, Paul Mrozowski, Cathy Pountney, Rick Schummer, Rick Strahl, and Christof Wollenhaupt.

You can find more details on our speakers page.

There are 24 conference sessions, 4 pre-conference sessions, and 4 post-conference sessions offered in seven different tracks. Please check them out. We believe you will be challenged figuring out how you can see all the sessions you want in the time we spend in Mesa. Fear not though, each speaker is providing an organizer mandated white paper for each session they present so you have reference material to read when you return back to the office.

We have a couple of new tracks this year with the Web Development and a Post-Conference track. The Web Development track is a direct response to feedback given to the organizers last year.

Based on last year’s attendance and expenses, we plan to offer three simultaneous sessions rather than four. If early registration warrants, we will select additional speakers and add a fourth session room. So please help us offer you even more content by registering early and by inviting and convincing other Visual FoxPro developers to attend this year’s conference.

In the coming weeks we will be blogging about some of the plans we have for Southwest Fox 2010.

For some reason it feels unbelievable there are only 160 days until we gather in Mesa.

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!

Some Session Updates Posted

Good news for those who are interested in any of Christof Wollenhaupt’s sessions (updates to all), and Barbara Peisch’s WMI session – all have been updated on the conference FTP site.

We have updates from Alan Stevens too, but they did not post correctly so we are getting them again to post soon.

Please use the instructions provided in email before the conference, and in the conference booklet you got when you registered on site (under the Conference CD section).

More to come – enjoy.

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.

Southwest Fox News

The Southwest Fox 2008 session schedule is now available. One thing you might note is that we’ve planned a dinner party for Friday night this year. Also, vendor sessions are held concurrently with other sessions rather than in the evenings as they were last year.

I posted a new video demoing one of the cool features I’m showing in my session on Advantage Database Server: full text search capabilities, even against VFP tables.

Former VFP Product Manager Ken Levy will be at Southwest Fox, hanging out at the VFPConversion booth and showing a new utility he’s created and releasing into the public domain.

One of the bonus sessions this year is "Show Us Your Apps", 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.

Southwest Fox Sessions and Speakers Announced

On May 1, we announced the speaker and session lineup for Southwest Fox 2008. It was even harder selecting from the outstanding list of proposals this year than it was last year, and Rick, Tamar, and I are very excited about the sessions being presented this year. There are some killer topics such as taking advantage of GDI+ in your VFP applications, creating custom report controls, profiling and refactoring code using the VFPX Code Analyst tool, using WMI, taking advantage of the Sedna Upsizing Wizard, using Ajax and jQuery in Web applications … the list is long and exciting!

Even better, in my opinion, is the chance to see old friends again and meet new ones. Many people say networking is the real reason to attend conferences, and that’s absolutely true.

Registration is now open, so be sure to sign up today for a fun three days in Phoenix in October. Even better, if you register before July 1, you get a free pre-conference session, a $99 value. With sessions on Transact SQL, MySQL, and the VFP 9 report writer available, the hard part will be picking which one to attend.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in October!