Southwest Fox 2009

Exhibitor Sessions

Stonefield Query: The Next Generation of Reporting
Presenter: Doug Hennig
Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 18th, 8:30 a.m.

Are you being inundated with requests from the users of your applications to create new reports or tweak existing ones? Let them do it themselves! Presenting the Stonefield Query SDK. Stonefield Query allows you to create a customized ad-hoc report writer for any application. It can query on any data, including VFP, SQL Server, Oracle, Access, and MySQL. In this session, Doug Hennig shows how Stonefield Query works from an end-user perspective, then goes through creating a customized version for your database.

Stonefield Query, from Stonefield Software Inc., is a user-friendly data mining, business intelligence, query, and report writing tool. With its intuitive wizard driven design, Stonefield Query makes report writing a snap for even the most novice user. Elegant and persuasive reports can be created in minutes will little or no technical knowledge required.

Advantage Database Server  Using Advantage Database Server with FoxPro
Presenter: Ken Levy
Friday, October 16th, 3:30 p.m.

This session is an overview with useful scenario samples of using VFP with Sybase's Advantage Database Server (Advantage), as well as the free Advantage Local Server, OLE DB Provider, ODBC Driver and .NET Data Provider. Advantage can be used with Visual FoxPro as a database system, but its unique functionality is its data dictionary wrapping and using existing DBF data. This allows .NET and other technologies to use DBF based data of VFP applications while not requiring VFP applications to be modified. Advantage will play a key role in modernizing VFP applications with DBF data into the next decade. Ken will present a series of useful scenarios of using VFP DBF data with .NET, Office, and other products and technologies by leveraging Advantage tools and products, many of which are free for both development and deployment.

Advantage Database Server - Have We Met?
Presenter: Chris Franz
Saturday, October 17th, 11:30 a.m.

As companies store more and more data the need to organize and retrieve this data becomes critical. Use of a client/server database system provides secure storage of large amounts of data while providing high performance. Advantage Database Server provides a unique client/server solution for Visual FoxPro development while making data conversion unnecessary.

This session will provide an overview of Advantage Database Server's key features and demonstrate those features that are unique to FoxPro. You will learn:
  • How to connect to Advantage from FoxPro using remote views, cursor adapters and SQL passthrough.
  • Concurrent access to data from a FoxPro application and an ASP.NET website
  • Data security through restricted access and encryption
  • Accessing very large DBF tables ( >2gb )
Alaska Software
The Fox and the Polar Bear!
Presenter: Steffen F. Pirsig
Friday, October 16th, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 17th, 3:30 p.m.

This session is for any Visual FoxPro developer who feels comfortable with the VFP language in general or have made a significant investment into the VFP language but doesn't want to abandon his/her existing knowledge, investments and of course the power of the language itself.

If you are interested in seeing how the xBase language beyond Visual FoxPro has evolved, this session is a must see for you!

Topics covered are:
  • Visual FoxPro and Xbase++ - common roots and future!?
  • Dynamically loadable/exchangeable Database Engines
  • The Xbase++ language: commands, functions, classes, objects, code blocks
  • Intelligent/automatic multi-threading with Xbase++.
  • Similarities and differences between Xbase++ and VFP
  • Using a transpiller tool to convert VFP code to Xbase++
  • Where does Alaska Software want to go!

The Polar Bear is the mascot of Alaska Software. He symbolizes inherently strength, presence, self-confidence, determination and robustness of the company in order to consequently meet the challenges of the market and to ensure investment protection by unifying consequent backward-compatibility with the latest technology developments. Beyond doubt, no other animal represents the above mentioned characteristics so aptly then the polar bear - being the king in his territory, a very hostile environment on its own.

FoxFire!  Foxfire!
Presenter: Chick Bornheim
Friday, October 16th, 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 18th, 11:30 a.m.

The Foxfire! Report Writer v8+ product line is a family of data mining tools designed for regular business users. Developers can adapt it to almost any database and add any needed features on demand, in order to fit user needs like a glove. It is the only set of report writers for the VFP environment that can operate interchangeably on both platforms. Its new interactive drag-'n-drop design tools (released May 2007) has been praised by users and usability experts alike for simplicity without sacrificing power. Micromega Systems, its developer/publisher offers Foxfire! consulting, integration, and training services. Our growth strategy is partnering, and we are currently seeking other developers who want to partner to create custom or localized versions to address special market opportunities. Go to to explore how we might work together.
Can Productivity and Scalability Coexist?
Presenter: Sean Devlin, Sr. Technical Engineer, Servoy USA
Friday, October 16th, 2:00 p.m.

Question: How long would it take to build and deploy a cross-platform, client/server application AND a fully Ajax-driven web application from a single code base?
Answer: 30 Seconds! See a live demonstration!

Are you considering migrating your application to a modern platform? What would a modernized version of your application look like? Will it be browser-based or client-server? Will it deploy as a SaaS/Multi-Tenant product or On-Premise? Will you have to sacrifice the productivity and reliability of a tool like VFP for the scalability of a platform like .NET or Java? What are the technologies to choose from? How can they be integrated? What is the learning curve? What is the cost of development and the burden of maintenance? And most important, where are the opportunities to grow new business?

Come find out the answers to these questions and more!
Moxie Data

Add MOXIE to Your Reports!
Presenter: Bo Durban
Saturday, October 17th, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18th, 10:00 a.m.

Moxie Report Objects, from Moxie Data, Inc. is an advanced set of add-on controls to enhance your VFP 9.0 reports. With Moxie Report Objects you can easily incorporate HTML or RTF formatted text fields, most ActiveX controls, as well as many other cool features into your VFP reports. It is very easy to integrate and works well with large or small projects. Download our, full functioning, demo version today and see how easy it is to add MOXIE to your reports!


Go Mobile with Guineu!
Presenters: Christof Wollenhaupt and Tom Francl
Saturday, October 17th, 5:15 p.m.

Think Guineu is just wishful thinking or vapor-ware? Christof Wollenhaupt will present the latest release of Guineu, the FoxPro runtime for Windows Mobile. This time it's not just about demos.

Tom Francl will be showing his rewrite of AirDynamite, a PDA-based tool for field technicians which is now shipping to Dynamite customers. AirDynamite is completely written in Guineu without a single line of .NET application code. Tom will demonstrate the PDA application, the interaction with his main VFP application, and will even get into some code.

Christof Wollenhaupt will show several applications that Guineu developers wrote. Some of them have been in production for almost a year and a half year now. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular. Don't miss this opportunity to see how you can leverage your Microsoft Visual FoxPro knowledge to provide mobile solutions to your customers.

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