The FoxShow – Virtual FoxFest 2020 Interview

Please check out my FoxShow interview with Rick Schummer, Tamar Granor and Doug Hennig about the upcoming Virtual FoxFest conference. The conference is spread out over three days in October with speakers from around the world. Since it’s over three days, it’s easy to attend and definitely affordable. It’s also using Hopin, a virtual conferencing tool I’ve never heard of here. 

Virtual FoxFest – A New Way to Conference

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news around the Fox community, the Southwest Fox conference has gone digital now showing up as Virtual FoxFest.  At $49, it’s a steal and a great way to learn some new ideas and get inspired. While the reasoning for this change is fairly obvious with the year of COVID – for me, this is something that has been a long time coming. I appreciate many people’s needs for a physical conference but the world is very large and it’s difficult to get people from around the world into a single physical location. I recently …

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SwFox 2012 Ceil Silver Ambassador is Jun Tangunan!

Doug just noted that Jun Tangunan will be the 2012 Ceil Silver Ambassador for this year’s Southwest Fox conference. Jun blogs at sandstorm36.blogspot.ca and has some really cool ideas with his ssClasses for Visual FoxPro, some fun and some more product centred. Congrats Jun and hope to see you in October! FoxPro VFP

But should you use Google Translate for Your Software?

Doug wrote recently on using Google Translate to localize applications, giving step by step instructions on how to get translations automated from their online API. Rick Strahl had also posted about this earlier in November with ways to do this without needing the API. So we know it’s possible – the question is : should you use it? Automated translations have come a long way from years ago when you had to use either specialized CDs or babel fish. Still, the big challenge with localizing internally is ensuring your translations are accurate for its audience. Like Doug, I live in Canada …

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Southwest Fox 2011 Looking for Speakers

Doug Hennig: Southwest Fox 2011 Call For Speakers Southwest Fox is gearing up for the 2011 conference season by issuing an open call to speakers. Go to the Speakers page for details. As with last year, they are looking for a wide variety of topics from core VFP, extending VFP, new technologies and becoming better developers.  This year’s SW Fox is October 26-29, 2011 SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center/Legado HotelGilbert, AZ Session proposals are due by March 28.

New FoxShow: Jim Nelson Interview

In the latest episode of the FoxShow, we feature an interview with Jim Nelson, who is the main project lead on the PEM Editor project at VFPX, on his history with development and how he comes up with some of the ideas he’s been putting into PEM Editor. FoxPro VFP

Carbonite and PRG files: Problem and Workaround

I’ve been using Carbonite for online backup for a few years now. I did try XDrive and I have earlier posts about how horrible it was. One thing I’ve always liked about it is the ability to pull back individual files almost like an incremental version update. The fact that the backup drives integrate perfectly with Windows Explorer is a definite plus. But when my laptop bit the dust recently (a

PEM Editor Video Series for VFP

If you haven’t tried out the VFPX PEM Editor, you may want to check out Jordan’s video series here. The PEM Editor replaces the Properties Window, Edit Property/Method, New Property, and New Method, and Document View tools in Visual FoxPro. Sound like a lot? There are 8 videos in all, totaling less than an hour of your viewing time. It’s this type of tool, along with the Control Renamer, FoxTabs, Tabbing Navigation, among others, that shows the need for an installer for VFP that includes these great tools that improve the VFP IDE experience. It’s something that has been brought …

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Dealing with Font Sizes

Andy Kramek offers some great samples of identifying how long a string can be in a particular font. This is something that every UI designer needs to consider when dealing with screen design. While many VFP developers will use FONTMETRIC and TXTWIDTH, Andy has wrapped it all into a fairly easy function to call. Check it out here FoxPro VFP

FoxShow #59: Profiling and Refactoring

The latest episode of The FoxShow features one of my sessions from Southwest Fox 2008: Profiling and Refactoring, a discussion on how to refactor and how the VFPX Code Analyst can help. This session was given twice : this was the second time around. It was a good discussion including a back and forth on the benefit of comments. I, of course, took the controversial position that all comments should be banned from code except when they explain WHY something was done.

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