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Virtual FoxFest 2021

You can’t keep a good conference down. Virtual FoxFest is 1/3rd in, having started on October 14th. While you will be able to see some of the sessions online, there’s nothing quite like using the virtual session switcher available in The Hopin experience. It’s also staggered so you can choose which days you want to attend – October 14th, 20th and 26th. This is great if you can’t break away for a consecutive three days. I’ve gone through the sessions and I see five great sessions that I’m eager to check out. 1. A Decade of Thor (Rick Schummer)Thor has …

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Canadian Heritage

Mr. MacNeill provided development and support for the latest versions of the Tax Credit Online System, also known as GCBO, starting in the fall of 2015 to its most recent version in 2021, delivering enhanced usability and client-side performance for online applications. Mr. MacNeill has been one of the lead architects behind the new web-based version for the system, using .NetCore API and Vue for a more responsive interface. Mr. MacNeill has acted as a representative of the PCH development group for both internal and external clients in a series of engagement meetings, helping the change management process. Mr. MacNeill assisted with …

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Always Be Releasing

In reviewing older posts, I came across this little gem that had never been posted but is always particularly relevant to development today. http://intridea.com/posts/always-be-releasing It’s a short post but hits on a key point for developers and anyone involved in a project that seems to be going on and on: I burn out when I’m not releasing. One of my clients recently started trying some agile practices like iterative development. After doing three three-week iterations, the testing team felt like they needed more opportunity to test within those periods, so we switched to one-week iterations. Ouch — that’s tight and …

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AKSEL

Our business philosophy is simple: Get It Done. Right. Businesses today often spend thousands of dollars on consultants who set up shop in their offices and attempt to lead businesses, identifying new problems that need to be fixed – in short, making the consulting company a body shop, staying at the business often for years, building up projects but also a lot of hours. While there is always a need for scope planning and discussions, many businesses already have a solution in mind or know what problem they need to have resolved. This is when you need someone to come …

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Virtual FoxFest 2020

AKSEL presented a session on the VueJS framework known as Quasar and how Visual FoxPro developers can harness its power for building future applications. Watch it below: Sessions given at Virtual FoxFest included

Micromega Systems

From a customer, to a trainer to a partner, Mr. MacNeill has provided Micromega Systems with the support for their leading edge Foxfire! Query & Reporting tool. Foxfire! is a reporting tool that produces easy to understand reports from information in a wide variety of data sources, including SQL Server, Excel, SQL Server Analysis Cubes, and more. Part of the value proposition with Foxfire! is taking data and turning it into a repository for easy reporting by end users. As the lead architect for the Business Analysis Solutions, Mr. MacNeill created and maintained business data solutions, managing data cubes from SQL …

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

2000-Present In 2003, the Forensic Lab section of the RCMP had introduced a new Management System (LIMS) and required advanced business reporting and development services. Over the past fifteen years, the system has been updated, extending its original scope. Mr. MacNeill: Analyzed and customized existing systems designed by staff in preparation for migration to an Infragistics DotNet development environment, supporting programs as they worked with databases in migration Designed reports using Cognos v11 Report Studio in the new RCMP BI environment Analyzed requirements and produced Microsoft Word templates integrated into LIMS for use in court. This involved working with the …

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Who is Andrew MacNeill?

Andrew MacNeill has been developing business solutions since 1990. He is a Microsoft Professional Developer and has been certified since 1994. Heavily involved in the FoxPro community, Andrew is the author of GENMENUX, a popular public domain tool for menu design and a project leader in VFPX, the open-source FoxPro toolkit. He has managed development teams for government and private projects, producing high quality, scalable products. He translates business problems into technical solutions, communicating with both business stakeholders and technical team with ease. Andrew has written over 100 published articles and has spoken at developer conferences around the world since 1993. …

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Foxfire!

Foxfire! is the report writer for everyday business people. With Foxfire! you can extract and mine data from nearly any database and create many different outputs in minutes – reports, spreadsheets, charts, pivot tables, data files, and more – without becoming a database geek. (Of course many database geeks use Foxfire! too, because they can do so much in so little time. But that’s another story!) Foxfire! can help you integrate with BI tools or integrate reporting with your own web and desktop application. If you think you’ve worked with Foxfire! and know it will, the new version will simply amaze …

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