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Our speaker this month (remotely from Madison, WI) is Eric Selje. His topic is "Don't be a Target!" For the last few months we've watched with fascination the developing story of the data breach at Target, Neiman Marcus, Michael's and others. In this session we'll take a look at how the thieves accomplished this feat including what they do with their takings, how it might have been prevented, and why the banks may not care all that much. Along the way you'll learn ways to secure your own information so your business doesn't become the next Target. Though this doesn't particularly have to do with VFP directly, many of us are subcontractors as well as network pros, DBAs, etc. and there are quite a few lessons to be learned from the Target data breach.

The Westwind.Globalization library is a database driven localization provider for .NET that allows you to use resources stored in a Sql Server database with the .NET Resource Provider and Manager system. The library provides a custom ASP.NET ResourceProvider and standard .NET ResourceManager to access resources. A number of helpers greatly facilitate localization option including strongly typed resources, serving of .NET resources to JavaScript clients and a rich editing UI for adding and editing resources interactively. This library is free and source code is available on Github. A new Getting Started video has been created to facilitate integration into your applications.

Just a reminder that session proposals for Southwest Fox 2014 and Southwest Xbase++ are due by 8 AM EDT this Friday, March 21. If you?re interested in speaking, please see for instructions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tonight's presentation will be members Open-Mic night to show favorite development tools. Michael Hogan will also present a simple FoxPro/WebConnect/JQuery Mobile business application for tablets and handhelds. We will also discuss plans for the spring thaw - whenever it decides to arrive. Our usual agenda includes a few moments for business chatter followed by one or two presentations on a relevant Database Development topic and some group discussion We occasionally have nationally (or international) recognized FoxPro speakers. We also explore other technologies as those interests are agreed upon by the active membership. We meet in the IMSA classroom. Please pre-register using the EventBrite link on our home page at

We've issued the Call for Speakers for both the Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ conferences. If you are interested in presenting at either conference, please check out

The Philadelphia VFP User Group will meet Tuesday, March 11. Tamar E. Granor will present ?Office 365: An IT Department for small businesses.? Abstract: Small development shops (and other small businesses) generally don't have the skills in-house to operate a mail server or host their own website. Time spent on these and other IT tasks comes out of billable hours. Microsoft's Office 365 offers an inexpensive way of outsourcing these tasks. For a small monthly fee, a company gets an Exchange server, web hosting, cloud storage, and the latest version of Office. In this session, we'll look at what Office 365 has to offer, including a look at the SharePoint-based team and public sites you can create.