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Beyond the Scope

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<P><DISCLAIMER>The events listed below are general statements, based on my own personal experiences (and limited abilities and resources). The descriptions are not based on any actual event. They do not reflect my feelings about any particular publication, author or publisher. If you are an author or publisher, please know that I sincerely appreciate your efforts and the wisdom you share through your publications and articles. <STRONG>FOXPRO ROCKS!</STRONG>, and it rocks because of the unselfish contributions of so many people in the FoxPro Community.</DISCLAIMER></P>
<P>Now, on with our story...</P>
<P>The FoxPro Community and the tremendous wealth of resources it provides always comes through for me when I'm in a jam. Whenever I need some inspiration or (much-needed) insight, it is usually just a click away, which is very exciting. But, sometimes my excitement is stopped cold by the dreaded “a discussion of <<EM>Insert Something Here</EM>> is <STRONG>beyond the scope</STRONG> of this article.”</P>
<P>Have you ever seen a headline like “Learn How To Use <STRONG><EM>ABC </EM></STRONG>Today! Your Users Will Worship You!”  </P>
<P>Hmmmm... <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG>, huh? This must be the coolest thing since sliced bread. I'd better read this article. </P>
<P>So I begin reading and, sure enough, <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG> really <EM>is</EM> the coolest thing since sliced bread. I can't wait to run with <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG> and apply it in my apps. My users will worship me!</P>
<P>I've read five pages of the six-page article. I'm so excited, I can't wait to finish the article so I can start “using <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG> today!“ Suddenly, my eyes cross a paragraph which contains the following statement: “Of course, in order to actually <EM>use</EM> <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG>, you will need to be familiar with and understand the concepts of <STRONG><EM>XYZ</EM></STRONG>.<STRONG><EM> </EM></STRONG>Unfortunately, a discussion of <STRONG><EM>XYZ</EM></STRONG> is <STRONG>beyond the scope</STRONG> of this article.“</P>
<P>What? <STRONG>Beyond the scope</STRONG>? NNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!! I don't <EM>know</EM> anything about <STRONG><EM>XYZ</EM></STRONG>. I've never even <EM>heard</EM> of <STRONG><EM>XYZ</EM></STRONG> until today, when I found out I needed to know it in order to “use <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG> today!“</P>
<P>Has this ever happened to you? Do you follow-up on what's <STRONG>beyond the scope </STRONG>and try to learn more about <STRONG><EM>XYZ</EM></STRONG>, or do you let your excitement of <STRONG><EM>ABC</EM></STRONG> pass, knowing that there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to learn more about another concept or technology?</P>
<P>I admit, I usually do the latter.  But, I'd like to change that, so I propose we create a “Beyond the Scope” resource for the FoxPro Community. A resource where we discuss and collaborate on any <STRONG>Beyond the Scope</STRONG> topics, and <A href="http://rickschummer.com/blog/2005/04/paying-it-forward-vfp-tips.html">Pay it Forward</A> on <A href="http://www.foxite.com">Foxite</A>, <A href="http://www.universalthread.com">UT</A>, <A href="http://vfug.org">VFUG</A> and/or the <A href="http://fox.wikis.com">Wiki</A> for the rest of the community.</P>
<P>So, if you've seen any <STRONG>beyond the scope</STRONG> items that you'd like to learn more about, or if you'd like to contribute and/or collaborate on some <STRONG>beyond the scope</STRONG> ideas, drop me a line at <A href="mailto:kevin.beyondthescope@gmail.com">kevin.beyondthescope@gmail.com</A></P>
<P>FoxPro Rocks!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/928.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/09/23/928.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Long Road from Nashville to Southwest Fox

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<P>When I went to bed Wednesday night, I just <EM>knew</EM> that Thursday was gonna be s-w-e-e-t. Got a non-stop flight from Nashville to Phoenix for the Southwest Fox conference. All I had to do was be at the airport by 6AM. No problem, I'm up at 5AM everyday anyway, right? </P>
<P>Uh, oh. I forgot to set my alarm clock. <STRONG>NO WAY!!!</STRONG> Woke up 30 minutes before my flight was supposed to leave. Unfortunately, I'm over an hour away from the airport. No way I can make that flight, but I was able to get on another flight as a standby (thank you Southwest Airlines!).</P>
<P>Between the flights and layovers, my 3 hour non-stop turned into a sevenfreakinghoursonthesamefreakingplanewithnofoodexceptpeanuts adventure. My fault really. I was prepared for a quick little non-stop flight. I was big-time tired when I finally got to Phoenix, but I made it in time for registration.</P>
<P>Been looking over the agenda tonight, and I am totally jazzed about being here!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/937.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/14/937.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Southwest Fox - Day One Plan

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<P>I've been going over today's agenda for Southwest Fox, circling the sessions I want to see, looking ahead to tomorrow to make sure I'm not missing a session, going back and circling a different one --- back and forth. </P>
<P>I'm <STRONG>completely stoked</STRONG> about being here. This is a new experience for me --- my first FoxPro conference!</P>
<P>Here's my plan for today:</P>
<P>8:00AM - Andy Kramek (Accessing Remote Databases): I have rarely ever needed to access remote data, since I've always been a “Windows Desktop App“ developer using VFP's native data, so I'm sure this session will be an eye-opener for me.</P>
<P>9:30AM - Marcia Akins (Event Handling in VFP): I've read articles, help files, anything I've been able to find on BINDEVENT(). I'm looking forward to this one.</P>
<P>11:00AM - Rick Strahl (Using IE in your FoxPro Apps): Rick's book has been a bible for me. I don't expect to learn a bunch of new stuff from this session but I'm looking forward to his presentation. I wouldn't be doing ANYTHING on the internet with VFP if not for Rick.</P>
<P>12:30PM - Lunch and Keynote Address: I'm thinking <EM>anything</EM> for lunch will be better than the Triple Whopper with Cheese I had at Burger King last night, and I can't wait for the keynote.</P>
<P>2:45PM - Steve Black (FoxPro is Dead! Now what do I say?): No way I'm going to pass this one up :)</P>
<P>4:15PM - Craig Boyd (VFP Cryptology 101): Craig has been a terrific inspiration, and I've got plans for using his VFPENCRYPTION.FLL in a customer support app I've been thinking about. Looking forward to seeing his presentation.</P>
<P>7:00PM - Tamor Granor (Tips and Tricks I Learned from Drew Speedie): A terrible tragedy, and a wonderful way to remember a VFP legend.</P>
<P>Well, that's the plan for the day. I'll check-in later. Stay tuned!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/940.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/14/940.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Southwest Fox - Day One Complete!

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>Wow, what a great day! I have got to say, Bob Kocher is <STRONG>THE MAN</STRONG> for putting together a great Visual FoxPro Conference!</P>
<P>If I had to choose one word to describe the day, that word is <STRONG>PASSION</STRONG>. Every speaker exhibited a passion for Visual FoxPro that shined like the Arizona sun (and it really <STRONG>SHINES</STRONG> here).</P>
<P>My day started with Andy Kramek's presentation <EM>Accessing Remote Databases</EM>. As you may know from my earlier posts, <A href="http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/megafox.htm">MegaFox</A> is one of my absolute favorite books, and Andy was a co-author (along with Marcia Akins and Rick Schummer). Andy gave an excellent presentation, from content to delivery. And his passion for FoxPro shined through.</P>
<P>Next up was Marcia Akins' <EM>Event Handling in VFP</EM>. My <EM>interest</EM> in Event Handling has far exceeded my actual <EM>effort</EM> with it, especially the new Windows Messaging capabilities. A real eye-opener. I can't <EM>wait</EM> to start using this amazing capability!</P>
<P>I couldn't pass up Rick Strahl's <EM>Using Internet Explorer in Your Visual FoxPro Applications</EM>. I didn't expect to learn too much from the session, as I have completely destroyed his <A href="SPAN">http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/intvfp.htm"><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: groove">Internet Applications with Visual FoxPro 6.0</SPAN></A> book by reading it over and over and over again but, as usual, he did not fail to amaze me at all. I reckon I really wanted to go to his session to see if I could tell if he's actually a human being or a code-crunching robot. If I get a chance to speak with him tomorrow, I'll be sure to let you know what I find out. :)</P>
<P>Ah... Lunch... Yummy... MUCH better than last night's Burger King. :)</P>
<P>The Keynote Address: Ken Levy started things off with a nice tribute to Drew and Brent Speedie. Then he began with more details of the VFP Roadmap and plans for Sedna. He also showed a video which makes me glad I don't work for Microsoft. Hilarious stuff. </P>
<P>Then he introduced Craig Boyd to the crowd. Craig calls himself a “self-proclaimed VFP Evangelist.”  I tend to think of him as a “VFP Community Champion“ (to borrow another Microsoft title). Craig spoke about the importance of the VFP Community, talked about the extensibility possibilites with Visual FoxPro, and introduced a new web site for community projects. Great work as always, Craig. I had an opportunity to speak with Craig for a few minutes today. In case you're wondering, he's every bit as nice and knowledgeable as you'd think --- and <EM>passionate</EM> about Visual FoxPro. <STRONG>Visual FoxPro Rocks!</STRONG></P>
<P>Randy Brown was a surprise speaker, and showed some cool things he's working on with web services. I don't know about you, but I for one am glad to see the SOAP Toolkit dropping by the wayside. :)</P>
<P>Milind Lee showed a bit about working with VFP data from within Visual Studio, and as you'd expect, Calvin Hsia was simply brilliant. Rick Strahl also demoed some <EM>amazing</EM> stuff he's working on for Web Connection 5.0. </P>
<P>Ken also showed some more things which you may have already seen on Channel 9. Needless to say, the words of the day from the Microsoft Team was <EM>interoperability </EM>and<EM> extensibility</EM>. I would write more about the keynote, but frankly, that was the fastest two hours of my life. The demos, while amazing, were very, very fast. Too much for this feeble mind to absorb in one sitting. They did videotape the keynote though. I hope they will post it online for all to see.</P>
<P>Next up was Steve Black's much-anticipated <EM>FoxPro is Dead! Now What Do I Say? The Business Case for Developing a New Application Using FoxPro</EM>. Did I mention the word passion already? This dude is <EM>passionate</EM> about FoxPro. What a great presentation. What a great presenter. What a great topic! Daring, informative, and brutally honest, Steve had everyone hanging on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next sentence. This one was also videotaped, and again I hope it will be available for all to see. You do <STRONG>not </STRONG>want to miss this one!</P>
<P>Craig Boyd has been a dynamo with his work on Tek-Tips and especially the <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/default.aspx">SPS Weblog</A>. If you haven't checked out his blog, stop wasting your time reading my fluff and go there now! I went to his <EM>VFP Cryptology 101: Encryption, Decryption and Hash Functions</EM> session, partly for the same reason I went to Rick Strahl's session --- is this guy human? Do they have 30-hour days where he lives? Has he been cloned five times? This session was another eye-opener to the multitude of possibilities that exist <STRONG>today</STRONG> for Visual FoxPro developers.</P>
<P>Now for a little name-dropping, or people-who-couldn't-have-avoided-me-today-even-if-they-wanted-to: Craig Boyd, Calvin Hsia, Steve Black, Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, and Rick Schummer. </P>
<P>Anybody want to say “hi“ to me at Southwest Fox? I'm the shy (wallflower), geeky-looking, mostly-bald guy wearing glasses, who goes to the smoking area for every break, wearing a name tag that says Kevin Ragsdale. Don't be shy, even if you just want to say “Dude, I've read your blog, and I'm <EM>really</EM> glad you're not a presenter here. :) </P>
<P>Well, that's about it for my day. Time for some dinner and maybe a movie. Been wanting to see A History of Violence, and it's playing right down the street. Stay tuned. And if you want more details (and a much better reading experience), check out <A href="http://www.utcoverage.com/Southwest/2005/">Craig Boyd's Reports from Southwest Fox 2005 at the Universal Thread</A>.</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/941.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/15/941.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Southwest Fox - Day Two Plan

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>Day two of the conference already. Where does the time go? Here's my battle plan for the day:</P>
<P>8:00 AM - Steve Black (Application Metadata): I use metadata in my apps, but not nearly as much as I should, and Steve Black has got to be<STRONG> the</STRONG> metadataman in VFP. Looking forward to this one, especially after seeing the <EM>FoxPro is Dead!</EM> session yesterday.</P>
<P>9:30 AM - Rick Borup (Integrating RSS with Visual FoxPro Applications): I recently created an add-on component to a server piece that creates RSS files for reporting activity on the server. RSS is amazing. This little add-on basically eliminated the need for my usual desktop app. I can now see server activity sitting on my couch, using NewsGator with my MediaCenter remote! I'm looking forward to getting some more tips on RSS integration.</P>
<P>11:00 AM - Cathy Gero (How to Build ASP.NET Web-based UI for VFP Applications): I guess I'm either old-school or just plain dumb), but I still use FOXISAPI and generate every page for my web-based stuff with VFP code. I could <EM>really</EM> use a primer on ASP.NET.</P>
<P>12:15 PM - Lunch: Not old-school, just plain dumb. After eating at Burger King Thursday night, last night I had a pizza and popcorn at the movies. (A History of Violence --- do yourself a favor and keep your nine bucks --- save this one to your Netflix queue, though, if you don't mind graphic violence). Burger King, pizza, popcorn. I could really use a decent lunch today. :)</P>
<P>1:15 PM - David Stevenson (Ten Practical Uses for the XML Adapter): Haven't even touched the XML Adapter yet. Looking forward to getting some ideas and getting a good primer on it.</P>
<P>2:45 PM - Toni Feltman (Common Sense Database Design): No matter what you do with a VFP app, it's really all about the data, ain't it? As soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be listening to <A href="http://akselsoft.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=27057#">Toni's FoxShow interview</A> before I head out to the conference.</P>
<P>4:15 PM - Doug Hennig (Extending VFP with VFP): Extending VFP was a strong underlying theme of the conference keynote yesterday. And, how could I pass up a chance to attend a session by a true legend?</P>
<P>Looks like another fun-filled, informative (and eye-opening) day. Stay tuned!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/942.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/15/942.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Southwest Fox - Day Two Complete!

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>Another great day at the Southwest Fox Conference. Here's a quick recap of the sessions I attended today:</P>
<P>8:00 AM - Steve Black (Application Metadata): What a great session. I honestly believe that Steve Black's two sessions alone were worth the price of the conference registration. Seriously.</P>
<P>9:30 AM - Rick Borup (Integrating RSS with VFP Applications): In 75 minutes, Rick provided a good backgrounder on RSS and provided insight on how RSS can be integrated into VFP apps. You could almost see the “A-Ha!” moments happening in the room. Personally, I learned a great deal from Rick's session regarding Entity Encoding and CDATA. Will be a tremendous plus in my current and future apps.</P>
<P>11:00 AM - Cathi Gero (How to Build ASP.NET Web-Based UI): Have you ever been to a Microsoft event where the presenter flies through a few whiz-bang examples of the earth-shattering (and “cool&rdquo features of ASP.NET? What a pleasure this session was --- Cathi <STRONG>explained</STRONG> the concepts, controls, and procedures of building a UI in ASP.NET. Great job!</P>
<P>12:15 PM - Lunch. Excellent again. MANY giveaways from the vendors. Alas, I did not win. </P>
<P>1:15 PM - David Stevenson (10 Practical Uses for the XML Adapter): A real eye-opener for me. Great presentation skills, and deep knowledge of the subject. My mental gears were spinning, wondering how/where I could start using XML Adapters soon.</P>
<P>2:45 PM - Toni Feltman (Common Sense Database Design): No matter how long you've been working with data, this was an excellent reminder of the many do's and dont's of database design. Even with what must have been many, <EM>many</EM> years of cumulative experience in the room, <STRONG>everyone</STRONG> was hooked on every word.</P>
<P>4:15 PM - Doug Hennig (Extending VFP with VFP): After seeing this session, which included <STRONG>MANY</STRONG> examples of how to improve your productivity in VFP, I have decided that I have got to be the least productive VFP developer in the world. Doug was amazing. And fast. <EM>Really</EM> fast. I think he'd be more productive than me with both arms tied behind his back --- and blindfolded. Amazing.</P>
<P>Kind of hard to find a word to describe today. The passion for VFP that I mentioned in yesterday's post was still very much in evidence today. One thing I learned today is I am nowhere near as smart as I thought I was before I got here. Yet, I feel somewhat smarter just for having been here. :)</P>
<P>In case you haven't seen <A href="http://talkingfox.blogspot.com/2005/10/sednax-added-to-gotdotnet-codegallery.html">David Stevenson's blog post</A> about the <A href="http://www.gotdotnet.com/codegallery/codegallery.aspx?id=0826d7a6-1dab-4a71-8e70-f2170c3c1661">SednaX website</A>, I encourage you to take a look (and join!). This was introduced by Craig Boyd during yesterday's keynote address. Here's a snippet from the SednaX website:</P>
<P><FONT face=Verdana>Overview: A Visual FoxPro Community effort to create open source add-ons for Visual FoxPro 9.0. The code, classes, and libraries made available here will compliment Microsoft's continuing efforts to improve and extend Visual FoxPro with the code named Sedna project which is outlined in the </FONT><A href="SPAN">http://msdn.com/vfoxpro/roadmap"><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: groove"><FONT face=Verdana>Visual FoxPro Roadmap</FONT></SPAN></A><FONT face=Verdana>.</FONT></P>
<P>Stay tuned for more from Day Three tomorrow!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/943.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/16/943.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Southwest Fox - Day Three Plan

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>The third and final day of the Southwest Fox Conference is upon us. Here's my plan for the day:</P>
<P>9:00 AM - Rick Schummer (Creating Help - Made Easy!): Rick is a co-author of the <A href="http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/megafox.htm">MegaFox</A> and <A href="http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/deployfox.htm">Deploying VFP Solutions</A>, and author of the <A href="http://www.rickschummer.com/blog/">Shedding Some Light</A> blog. I always figured from his blog posts that he must be one of the nicest people in the world. I got to speak with him for about 30 seconds on Thursday. Suspicions confirmed: he really <EM>is</EM> one of the nicest people I've ever met. I've spent a ton of time creating help files. I figure anything that I could learn to make the process easier will be a great plus.</P>
<P>10:30 AM - Rick Strahl (Accessing and Sharing Data with .NET Web Services): The way I look at it, you get a chance to attend 13 sessions at the conference. Rick Strahl is doing two. No matter what the topic is, I don't want to miss his sessions. His session could be titled “A 75-Minute Discussion of What I Had for Breakfast Last Monday”, and the room would still be full. :)</P>
<P>12:00 PM: Evaluations and Farewell: I'll be hard pressed to evaluate any of the sessions I attended as anything less than fantastic. This has been a great experience for me, though I haven't been able to meet as many people as I would have liked to (I'm a bit of a wallflower when it somes to meeting new people). The people I have had a chance to meet have been wonderful though. Tempe is a beautiful area of the country. </P>
<P>I really hope Bob Kocher puts on another conference next year. And the year after that, and the year after that... :)</P>
<P>I'll have six hours to kill before my flight back home tonight, so I'll probably hang out a while after the conference and post a Day Three wrap-up. If anyone wants to stop by and say “howdy”, please do!</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/944.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/16/944.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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My.SouthwestFox.Wrap-Up

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>The conference ended at 12:30PM yesterday, and a “short” eleven hours later I was back home. Here's a brief wrap-up of my day yesterday:</P>
<P>9:00 AM - Rick Schummer (Creating Help - Made Easy!): A great introduction to creating HTML Help, and a great way of showing how it can be easy. First, we saw how difficult it can be to create HTML Help with the HTML Help Workshop. If you've ever used HTML Help Workshop alone to build help files, you know just how many hoops you have to jump through. A great session for all, whether you're new to creating help files or you've been doing it awhile.</P>
<P>10:30 AM - Rick Strahl (Accessing and Sharing Data with .NET Web Services): Yet another jaw-dropping session --- how does he make this stuff look so <EM>easy</EM>? One of the best things about reading Rick's articles and blog postings is that he has already blazed the trail for doing things that would take me a year to figure out --- <EM>if</EM> I ever figure it out at all.</P>
<P>12:00 PM - Bob Kocher (Farewell): Even <EM>more</EM> giveaways (though, alas, I still did not win), and an announcement from Bob that there <STRONG>will</STRONG> be a Southwest Fox 2006!</P>
<P>Finally, after the show was over, I met a couple of other attendees (told you I'm a wallflower). Special “howdy's“ to Ana Maria Bisbe York and Larry Morelli.</P>
<P>Awesome show, awesome speakers, awesome topics, awesome location. This was a great experience for me, and I'm looking forward to next years show! Maybe by then, my brain cells will have cooled off a bit from this years conference.</P>
<P>The title for this post is a reference to the “My“ namespace coming in Sedna. Doug Hennig showed it off in the Extend VFP with VFP session. Awesome stuff. If you haven't seen it in action, check out Ken Levy's <A href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=78519">Channel 9 Video</A>.</P>
<P>And, don't forget to check out the <A href="http://www.utcoverage.com/Southwest/2005/">official UT coverage</A> on the conference (by Craig Boyd).</P>
<P> </P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/946.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/17/946.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Overheard at Southwest Fox

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P><STRONG>Common words, phrases and themes I heard many times at Southwest Fox:</STRONG></P>
<P>“<EM>Back in the day, when the hardware we had was slower...</EM>” : This was a common remark from a few of the sessions I attended. I've got to admit, I have gotten so used to today's high-powered hardware, I've become a bit lazy when it comes to digging into my apps to “take out the slow parts.”</P>
<P>“<EM>I've been seeing a lot more <STRONG>new</STRONG> VFP developers in the forums lately...</EM>“ : I heard this one several times. What a wonderful phrase to hear! The Visual FoxPro Community is G-R-O-W-I-N-G!!!</P>
<P>“<EM>Community, community, community...</EM>” : See <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/PermaLink,guid,cddf6063-9739-4ce5-bfdc-d6bcb1205b97.aspx">Craig Boyd</A></P>
<P>“<EM>Roadmap, roadmap, roadmap... Sedna, Sedna, Sedna...</EM>”</P>
<P>“<EM>Interoperability, Extensibility, Productivity, and a variety of other words that end in 'ity'...</EM>” : I stayed at the Amerisuitesity after flying to Phoenixity on an airplanity last Thursdayity...</P>
<P>“<EM>Bob Kocher is <STRONG>THE MAN</STRONG>!!!</EM>“ : Just for fun, I thought I'd Google “<A href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Bobfest">bobfest</A>“...</P>
<P>“<EM>SQL Server, SQL Server, <STRONG>S-Q-L S-E-R-V-E-R!!!</STRONG></EM>” : No doubt, Microsoft would love to see us all abandon the native VFP tables (no revenue for MS) and use SQL Server (lots and<STRONG> lots</STRONG> of revenue) exclusively for the backend. Me? I've been 'lucky' (so to speak) so far in my work using the native VFP tables, though I see the tide rising ever-higher towards a need for a 'real' database server on the backend --- and it's definitely coming my way. Maybe I should start working with <STRONG>SQL SERVER!!!</STRONG> and (maybe) MySQL <EM>now</EM>, so I'll be prepared when the storm finally hits me...</P>
<P>“<EM>Visual FoxPro Rocks!</EM>“ : See <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/">Craig Boyd</A> again... :)</P>
<P><STRONG>Common words, phrases and themes I heard once (and only once) at Southwest Fox:</STRONG></P>
<P>“<EM>MySQL... Postgres...</EM>”  : Anytime a database server was mentioned (within earshot of where I was standing at least), it was 95% <STRONG>SQL SERVER!!!</STRONG> and 5% Oracle (just to show, I guess, that there <EM>are</EM> other database servers out there). I was a bit surprised to hear nothing about MySQL. Or Postgres. Or any other open-source alternative. Well, there was that <EM>one</EM> time, when someone asked if something would work with Postgres. I've always figured that MySQL would someday become a very important thing for me. Was I wrong?</P>
<P>“<EM>Linux...</EM>” : In one session, someone said, “I have a client that wants to run a VFP app on Linux. Can this be done?” A few heads turned away quickly, as if to say, “I know the answer, but <EM>I</EM> ain't gonna be the one to say it.” Suddenly, a very enthusiastic attendee excitedly proclaimed “YES! YOU CAN! WITH WINE! YES! YES! YES! IT CAN BE DONE!”</P>
<P>Have you seen the movie <EM>The Sixth Sense</EM>? Remember how every time a ghost walked by the thermostat would drop by fifty degrees and the living people felt so cold you could see their breath? Now, maybe it was just me. Or maybe the air-conditioning in the building just happened to spike at that <EM>exact</EM> moment. But, it seemed to me that a chill ran through the room. I know <EM>I</EM> felt it. Felt like someone was about to be yanked from his chair and put in timeout with a bar of soap in his mouth. </P>
<P>Ok, maybe I exaggerated just a bit on that one... </P>
<P>Or, <EM>did</EM> I?</P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/949.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/18/949.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Craig Boyd: What Southwest Fox Meant to Me

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>In case you've missed it, Craig Boyd provided the <A href="SPAN">http://www.utcoverage.com/Southwest/2005/"><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: groove">official coverage for Southwest Fox on the Universal Thread</SPAN></A>. This morning, I was finishing up my reading of his excellent coverage, and I was particularly struck by his last entry from the <A href="http://www.utcoverage.com/Southwest/2005#4">last day</A> of the conference. </P>
<P>In a few short paragraphs, Craig's <STRONG>passion</STRONG> for Visual FoxPro and his excitement about where VFP is going (especially with the community efforts) shines through.</P>
<P>Craig has been an inspiration to all of us. A big surprise to me was this was also his first FoxPro conference. His UT Coverage is an excellent read. Great job, Craig!</P>
<P><A href="http://www.utcoverage.com/southwest/2005/">Universal Thread Conference Coverage - Southwest Fox 2005</A></P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/956.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/19/956.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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