Every year about this time, we post a list of topics attendees from the previous year suggested for future conferences, so that prospective speakers can consider them. (Here’s the 2018 list, as well as the 2017 and 2016 versions.)

Here’s the list from the Southwest Fox 2018 evaluations. We’ve organized it a little and eliminated duplicates. We also recognize that Southwest Fox attendees represent only a fraction of the VFP community (though they’re a significantly larger fraction of those willing and able to come to a conference).

If there’s something you’re hoping will be covered at Southwest Fox 2019, please add it in the comments. If you’re thinking of submitting sessions for this year’s conference, this list may give you some ideas what to propose.

  • More VFPX
  • Role of open source in VFP development and extension
  • Broken VFP components and core functions and their viable replacements
  • Working with external APIs
  • Tips and tricks on various VFP tools and utilities
  • Using or creating report listeners in VFP
  • Report layout or design rules for better looking reports
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server-related topics (e.g., SSIS, SSRS, T-SQL)
  • Case study of setting up (or converting) a VFP app using one of the SQL backends
  • Which backend to use for networked enterprise vs single-user, one-computer scenario
  • In-depth training on SQL Server tools, tuning, optimization, etc.
  • Swift
  • Xojo
  • Python
  • Xbase++
  • C#
  • .Net
  • Entity Framework
  • Interacting with .NET controls from VFP
  • Tying VFP, Python, .Net together and playing off each other’s strengths
  • Web Development
  • Angular
  • JavaScript-based frameworks
  • Blockchain
  • AWS and TSPlus
  • HTML 5

A few people wrote more general comments about what they’d like to see, including more advanced topics, more soft topics and more extensive business topics.


Cathy Pountney · February 27, 2019 at 8:13 am

I would like to see a session on Regular Expressions

Kevin Clark · April 1, 2019 at 11:10 am

I’d like to know more about SQL passthrough. For example, in what cases should I used SQLPrepare versus SQLExec? Should I be using parameterized queries whenever possible? I use SQL passthrough a lot, but I’m not sure I’m using best practices with it, so I’d love to get some insight.

Hermann Strijewski · October 5, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Internet – Internet – Internet! Anything related to creating and running Internet Database Apps with VFP and HTML5 and related tools etc.

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