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.
Jim Nelson has created a video previewing his session on the PEM Editor. In case you haven’t see it, PEM Editor is one of coolest tools on VFPX and certainly a tremendous productivity tool every VFP developer should have in his or her tool belt.
At the keynote presentation for Southwest Fox 2008, the administrators of VFPX (Craig Boyd, Rick Schummer, and Doug Hennig) presented Bo Durban with the first VFPX Administrator’s Outstanding Service Award. Bo has been one of the driving forces in GDIPlusX, a key project in VFPX that not only brings amazing graphics functionality to VFP but is also the foundation for several other very cool projects such as the Themed Controls project. Congratulations, Bo; very well deserved!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you’d like to show.
I posted photos Tamar and I took at Southwest Fox 2007 today. Thanks to Dave Aring (once again!) for cleaning them up and Cesar Chalom for posting a blog entry that make quick work of generating thumbnail images using the GDIPlusX code from VFPX. If you were at the conference and took any photos you’d like to share, we’d love to have them. Please email them to dhennig AT stonefield DOT com.