What's new in the Visual FoxPro Community

Southwest Xbase++ 2017 - Cancelled
Geek Gatherings LLC, the organizers of Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++, have partnered with Alaska Software and the best speakers from the Xbase++ community to run Southwest Xbase++ for the past five years. Last November, Alaska Software informed us their core staff members would not be presenting at conferences in 2017, in order to focus on their other commitments including the LEAP program, which tests Visual FoxPro source code projects in Xbase++. After hearing the news, we initially thought we would put the Xbase++ conference on hiatus for a single year as Alaska expects to have speakers available again in 2018. But after talking with others in the Xbase++ Community (including Alaska), we decided to try to run the conference without speakers from Alaska. We issued the Call for Speakers for both conferences. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough session proposals to put together an Xbase++ conference this year. We are naturally disappointed, but Alaska will continue to sponsor Southwest Fox and we are sure Southwest Fox will be a terrific conference on its own as it was for eight years before we incorporated the Xbase++ conference. In 2018, we hope to return to our usual dual conference format. We look forward to announcing the session topics and speakers and to getting registration rolling for 2017 very soon.
West Wind Client Tools 6.10 released
West Wind Technologies has released version 6.10 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 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 .NET components and extend FoxPro code, JSON and XML serializers, a JSON REST service client, PDF rendering and more. This release adds a SFTP class, a new Markdown Parser and Markdown() function and much more. A free shareware version is available for download to check out the product.
Southwest Fox 2017: Session submission deadline extended
We?re still looking for a few more speaker submissions for Southwest Fox 2017. If you have something to share with our developer community, read the Call for Speakers (http://www.swfox.net/CallForSpeakers.pdf) and then use the Submission site (https://geekgatherings.com/Submission/Speaker) to send us your ideas. Please let us hear from you by next Monday, March 27.
Philly VFUG meets March 14: Tour of Smooth-On, a chemical manufacturing facility automated with VFP
The Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group meets next Tuesday, March 14 with a special treat, a tour of the Smooth-On plant in Macungie, PA. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, but come as early as 6:30 PM for dinner, which the group will provide. (If you?re coming for dinner, please email tamar@tamargranor.com, so we get enough food.) The address is: Smooth-On Inc. 5600 Lower Macungie Rd Macungie, PA 18062 Abstract: Smooth-On is a large chemical manufacturer that recently moved into a new facility just south of Allentown. Prior to the move, we used VFP to do Order Entry, Inventory Control, Purchase Orders, Formula Management and Batch Scheduling, among other things. When we made the move, we took it to the next level and used VFP to Automate much of the manufacturing process. This tour will be conducted by the COO and explain the process, show examples of the types of things are made with our products, and discuss the benefits and challenges of the transformation.
Southwest Fox/Xbase++ 2017: Call for Speakers
We've issued the Call for Speakers (http://www.swfox.net/CallForSpeakers.pdf) for Southwest Fox 2017 and Southwest Xbase++ 2017. If you are interested in presenting at either conference, please read the document and consider submitting sessions via the Geek Gatherings Submission Web site (https://geekgatherings.com/Submission). The conferences take place October 26-29, 2017. Session proposals are due by Monday, March 13 at 8 AM EST.
Markdown Monster 1.2 released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.2 of its Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is a an easy to use writing format for creating HTML content and MM is a user friendly application to make content creation easy and effective. Generate HTML output or publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.2 includes many improvements to image handling and optimization and features new Scripting and Text Expansion addins that let you extend Markdown Monster's features quickl. Check out Markdown Monster and rock your Markdown in style.
West Wind WebSurge 1.02 released
West Wind Technologies released v1.02 of its WebSurge HTTP request and load testing tool. WebSurge is designed to easily and repeatedly capture and play back individual or sessions of HTTP requests of your applications. You can capture all types of Http content including HTML and asset requests, or more commonly REST or SOAP services. WebSurge's workflow is optimized to make it easy to create or capture requests, test them quickly and then store and share them for later playback or testing. You can be up and running load tests in a few minutes. Load tests produce simple understandable stats that make it easy to capture and compare results between runs. Version 1.02 is a maintenance release that provides a number of UI and performance improvements.
Chicago FUDG meets Tuesday 14 Feb 2017
At our February CFUDG meeting we will take on the challenge to help bring the VFP interface into this century. Starting with the checkbox: What should a modern on/off yes/no checkbox look and act like? At this meeting, we will be doing some live team programming with the objective being to deliver a working and improved checkbox object to the attendees. Join us on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST) at WeWork, 332 S. Michigan - 9th Floor in Chicago. Please RSVP using the EventBrite link at http://www.ChicagoFUDG.com
Help Builder 5.0 RC3 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.0 RC3. Help Builder 5.0 is a major upgrade with support for a new topic editing experience using the popular Markdown format and a new rich text editor. There are many improvements in overall workflow for content creation. Help Builder is a tool for building online and offline documentation with easy tools to quickly create content and publish it to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files that you can use with FoxPro. Help Builder's HTML and CSS based, customizable templates make it easy to create great looking documentation while you can focus on content creation.
West Wind Web Connection 6.10 released
West Wind Technologies has released Web Connection 6.10 of its Web Development toolset for Visual FoxPro. This release is a maintenance release that also adds a handful of new feature. It adds support for automatic Html Encoding for script tags, support for FTP over SSH (SFTP), user security password encryption, an updated Markdown parser, a new and improved MVC script compiler and a host of small utility class enhancements. As always you can download the free shareware version, or if you're registered you should have received an update notification via email.