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Why You Need a New Error Handler

Error handling is an integral part of application development. Unless you are like myself and never release code with bugs 🙂 , the need for clients to tell you what's wrong is important. I've seen a number of error handlers in the past, dating all the way back to Pat Adam's famous FP2ERROR routine (back from 1991). Most systems log their errors and then pick them up as part of a diagnostic push. Unfortunately, reporting these errors back to the developer require some effort by the client. Doug Hennig has introduced a new VFPX project for adding easy error handling …

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Load Only the Projects You Need with Solution Filters

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/visualstudio/load-only-the-projects-you-need-with-solution-filters/ While I don't have a hundreds of projects in a solution, our larger application definitely has a few that don't need to be loaded each time (test apps, etc). It's a great feature but not very discoverable – I can see why they needed a blog post for it. Maybe the VS Team can come up with a better way.

Copying Git Repos with History

Sometimes the Internet is great – you can find exactly what you’re looking for, quickly and easily. Other times, it takes you down a rabbit hole of different sites that may provide the right answer but, more often than not, the 90% rule is often true.  So when we decided to consolidate our multiple git repos into a single repo on Azure Devops, I figured this should be relatively easy. Note: it isn’t built into git and while the final process isn’t that tough to follow, finding the best answer was extremely frustrating and time-consuming. After several wrong paths, I …

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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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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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