Hurry to get early-bird Discounts

Hear that sound? Tick, tick, tick, tick… That’s the countdown clock here at Geek Gatherings getting closer to the early-bird deadline for Southwest Fox! July 1 is less than a week away and we thought we would pass along a reminder just in case you forgot to type it into your task list, or stick it on your monitor on a yellow sticky note. Southwest Fox takes place October 16-19, 2008 in Mesa, Arizona and Read more…

Door Prizes: Special Announcement

The three organizers (Rick, Doug, and Tamar) from Geek Gatherings are each donating one copy of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and MSDN Premium Subscription (1-year) as give-aways for Southwest Fox 2008. The subscription retails from Microsoft for US$10,939. Three lucky attendees will walk away from the conference with all of Microsoft’s top-of-the-line “everything package for developers”, which includes all the Microsoft developer tools, server products, operating systems, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Read more…

Southwest Fox Just Got Better

Southwest Fox 2008 Gold sponsor xSQL Software is giving away a free license of xSQL Data Compare Pro (a $399 value — allows you to compare and synchronize data in two SQL Server databases) to every conference participant. What a great offset of the conference price – you pay $695 for the conference and get back more than half of it ($399) with this offer alone! Even better, you’ll receive your free license as soon Read more…

Registration Streamlined for Email

I had a recent discussion with some people coming to Southwest Fox 2008 concerning the registration process and possibly streamlining it. They asked a question about online registration and why we don’t have it. The basic reason is simple: I don’t want to store your credit card information on our Web site or someone else’s Web site. The merchant setup we have is relatively economical and integrates with QuickBooks seamlessly, but requires me to enter Read more…

Convince your boss!

One of the ideas that came out of our discussion at the MVP Summit was to put together a brochure about Southwest Fox, so people would have something to show the boss (or the spouse or SO). The brochure is available now on the conference website. It contains an overview of the conference, reasons for attending, a list of sessions and speakers, and of course, a registration form. For those of you trying to convince Read more…

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 Read more…

Spreading the word

Rick, Doug and I spent last week visiting Microsoft to attend the MVP Summit (a more-or-less annual opportunity for Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals to interact with Microsoft staff). We spent some time with the organizers of the other two main VFP conferences in the world (the German DevCon , and the Prague DevCon), and a few other MVPs chatting about what we can do to increase conference attendance. We identified three main problems. The first Read more…

Session Selection Process

Today is opening day for many baseball teams here in the USA. All the players went through spring training to prove to the team management they are the best of the best and will help the team be successful during the year. All the players dream that in October they will be playing for the baseball championship. In many ways I see parallels with respect to Southwest Fox 2008. Each of the potential speakers have Read more…

Time to submit session proposals

Over the weekend, Doug updated the Southwest Fox website (www.swfox.net) to show information for this year’s conference. Simultaneously, we released this year’s call for speakers. If you think you have something to share with the VFP community, check it out at http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx. Be sure to read the entire Call for Speakers document, as it explains our philosophy for the conference and for choosing speakers.

Southwest Fox 2008 *and* 2009

During the closing session of Southwest Fox 2007 we announced Southwest Fox 2008. Today I signed the conference center contracts for 2008 and 2009! So the announcement is official: Southwest Fox 2008 and 2009 will be held in Mesa, AZ at the Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center (same place as 2007). The organizers knew the conference location was not going to change based on the overall terrific service the conference center staff provided to Read more…