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West Wind Technologies has released version 5.70 of West Wind Client Tools. Client Tools provide a host of Internet functionality to FoxPro applications including support for SMTP email, rich HTTP access, FTP up and downloads as well as high level data services REST, SOAP and HTTP based data services. The toolkit also contains many utility classes including a simple business object layer, SQL Server data access wrapper, .NET bridge helper to access .NET code from FoxPro, JSON and XML serializers, PDF rendering and more. provides many enhancements to the JSON serializer and wwDotnetBridge functionality and a number of important bug fixes. Updates are free to registered users of version 5.0 and later, and a free shareware version is available for download to check out the product.

Looking for a modern but familiar development environment to easily transition to? There has been a great deal of interest in the cross-platform Lianja environment - supporting Web, Windows, Mac and Linux. We're looking forward to seeing this presentation by Hank Fay. Hank is a very experienced VFP developer and tools developer who has decided that Lianja will be his new focus. We hope you can make it! You know the Who. Here's the When: Monday, 15 December 2015, 5:30pm And the Where: 1871 on the 12th floor at 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza - IMSA Classroom - Chicago, IL 60654

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group is Tuesday, December 9 at 7 PM in room 104, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. As usual, feel free to bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. Menachem Bazian returns this month to teach how to ?Jazz your Web Applications with JQuery!? Abstract: This session is an introduction to the most powerful and widely used client side function library in the web development world. JQuery is both a function library and a foundation that makes web development easier and more powerful. It is also the basis for hundreds of really handy plugins that can make you look like a master web developer with little effort. This is an introductory session to JQuery and will introduce you to how it works and show you some of the great plugins I use daily in my web application development.

Our November 2014 meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm (CST) on Monday the 17th at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart suite 1212. Eric Selje will be our speaker and his topic is "Stealing Home ... Depot", an analysis of data breaches that have made headlines so often over the past year. He'll also talk about making calls to CouchDB from VFP, the new IntellisenseX Script Sharing feature, Test-Driven Development and the latest FoxUnit changes. Another must-see presentation at Chicago FUDG! More info at - use the EventBrite link on the home page to RSVP and reserve your seat!

The next meeting of the Philadelphia is next Tuesday, November 11 at 7 PM in room 104, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. As always, feel free to come as early as 6:30 and bring some dinner. Member Bob Pierce will speak this month with two short topics: Loosely coupled VFP data While trying to get a forklift program going, I was having trouble with dropped wifi signals in the warehouse. So I developed a background data program that maintains data on a local drive that gets updated from data on the server. I realized later that this technique can also be used during our move to the new facilities when running the in house MRP from multiple locations. In addition it can be used as a mechanism to sync remote data and even reduce total network traffic. Working with VFP and SQL together and providing easier migration path I have developed a simple technique that allows me to work with MySql, Sql Server and other SQL flavors within the VFP environment. No big deal you say, been there done that? The class I developed allows you to mix and match the data using VFP syntax without knowing where the data is or what type of host it is on. This allows me to move data piecemeal in my migration, not change the code in the program (except the added class), to eliminate case sensitivity (MySql on Linux), and to use VFP user defined functions against any data.