What's new in the Visual FoxPro Community


Web Connection 6.50 Beta available
West Wind Technologies has released Web Connection 6.50 BETA of its Web Development tool set for Visual FoxPro. Web Connection is a rich tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and Services using Visual FoxPro for back-end processing. Version 6.50 updates all support frameworks including upgrades to Bootstrap 4 and FontAwesome 5 and reconfigures how dependencies are loaded (away from now obsolete Bower), adds a number of new Markdown features, support for easily sanitizing HTML from user input and Markdown, new generic wwPDF Printer driver support, many enhancements to wwDotnetBridge and new upload components. Although a major update with lots of support feature updates, the core product has no breaking changes from Version 6. Version 6.50+ is a paid upgrade, but during the beta period registered v6 uses can get the full version and a free shareware version is available to check out Web Connection.
Last Chance to sign up for Web Connection Training at SWFOX
Time is running out - we're only a couple of weeks away from Southwest Fox and there is Web Connection training again this year immediately before the conference. Come to our 2 day West Wind Web Connection workshopand find out how to create powerful Web applications in 2 content packed days. Find out about the new features of Web Connection 6.0 and see them applied in hands on sessions that walk through creating a Web application from scratch. Day one provides an introduction to Web Connection and shows off what's new in Web Connection 6.25, while day 2 brings you a full day of conference style sessions that deep dive into specific Web and Web Connection technologies in detail. Come join us in Gilbert and up your skillset to build modern Web applications with FoxPro.
Markdown Monster 1.13 has been released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.13 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use writing format for creating HTML content and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with intuitive tooling support. MM can also create HTML and PDF output or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.13 brings support for Favorites, a key mappings manager, a new vertical tab bar for Files, outline and Favorites. There have also been a lot of bug fixes and UI tweaks to improve usability. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
West Wind Client Tools 6.22 is out
West Wind Client Tools 6.22 is here with a few exciting updates to existing features. The Client Tools provide a host of Internet functionality to FoxPro applications including SMTP email, FTP and SFTP, and a rich HTTP client. There are also many utility classes including JSON and XML Serializers, a simple business object layer, SQL Server data access wrapper, a powerful .NET bridge to access just about all .NET components without COM registraiton, PDF rendering and more. 6.22 provides a host of improvements including a fix for wwDotnetBridge OS File Blocking, a new generic wwPDF driver for Windows PDF drivers, >16meg HTTP file uploads, a host of Markdown improvements and more. A shareware version is available for download to check out the product and registered users of V6.0 and later can update for free.
Philadelphia VFP User Group meets September 12: Tamar Granor on drag-and-drop
The next meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group is next Wednesday, September 12. (Note the special meeting night, due to Rosh Hashanah.) The meeting is at Smooth-On Inc., 5600 Lower Macungie Rd, Macungie, PA 18062. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, but bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. If you arrive at Smooth-On and there?s no one to let you in, call Bob Pierce at (610) 865-6910. Tamar Granor will do a Southwest Fox preview with her session ?Drag Your Applications into the 21st Century with Drag-and-Drop.? Abstract: Users today expect to be able to interact with applications by dragging and dropping. FoxPro has offered drag-and-drop capability since VFP 3, but many developers have never worked with it. In fact, VFP offers two separate approaches for drag-and-drop, a native capability and OLE drag-and-drop, which allows you to interact with other applications and gives you greater control over the process. In this session, we'll look at both approaches and show both how easy simple drag-and-drop is, and the complex things you can accomplish with it.
Southwest Fox 2018: Early-Bird deadline approaches!
Quick reminder: save $50 by registering before early-bird registration deadline next Tuesday, July 31st. Registered attendees gets admission & white papers to all regular conference sessions. Don't miss chance to learn from the best & mix with peers.
West Wind Client Tools 6.21 released
West Wind Technologies has released version 6.21 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 and SFTP up and downloads as well as high level REST and HTTP based data services. The toolkit also contains many utility classes including a simple business object layer, SQL Server data access wrapper, a powerful .NET bridge to access just about all .NET components without COM registraiton, JSON and XML serializers, a JSON REST service client, PDF rendering and more. 6.21 is mostly a maintenance release but also includes support for .NET Event handling in wwDotnetBridge, support for >16 meg file uploads for wwHttp and a number of improvements to the JSON parser and wwEncryption. A shareware version is available for download to check out the product and registered users of V6.0 and later can update for free.
Philadelphia VFP User Group meets July 10: Bazian on WordPress
The next meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group is next Tuesday, July 10. The meeting is at Smooth-On Inc., 5600 Lower Macungie Rd, Macungie, PA 18062. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, but bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. If you arrive at Smooth-On and there?s no one to let you in, call Bob Pierce at (610) 865-6910. Menachem Bazian returns to teach us about ?Harnessing the power of WordPress.? Abstract: WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market today. Using WordPress, you can create robust websites with relative ease. But, like everything, using WordPress has its costs as well. This session will discuss how to use WordPress, some of the must have plugins for your site and how to write your own plugin so you can show data from your Visual FoxPro application on the site.
Southwest Fox 2018: Conference is a GO!
We have good news to share today. Thanks to the support of the Visual FoxPro community, a very generous supporter who made a large donation, and our many sponsors, and organizers taking a calculated risk, we are announcing the conference is a go for October 18-21, 2018!
Southwest Fox 2018: Super-Saver Deadline Approaches
Registration for Southwest Fox 2018 has been open for a few weeks and there?s less than a week until the Super-Saver Registration deadline. If you register before the end of June, you save $125 and we?ll throw in a pre-conference session worth $99. Not only that, but you?ll be entered in the drawings for a scholarship (http://swfox.net/scholarship.aspx) that will reduce your cost even more and a license of Stonefield Query SDK, a $2,500 value. Check out the speakers (http://swfox.net/speakers.aspx) and topics (http://swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx) on the conference website (http://swfox.net/default.aspx). Please beat the rush so the organizers still have some fingernails left when July begins!