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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.

It is the last day to register for A SPECIAL EVENT: Christof Wollenhaupt will be presenting live and in person to the Chicago FUDG on Tuesday the 14th of Oct. previewing his SWFox presentation: "Lessons Learned from SQL Server". Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link on our web page. This is a must-see presention!!

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group will be next Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7 PM in Room 104, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. (Note the change of room.) As usual, feel free to bring something to eat and arrive as early as 6:30. We continue our Southwest Fox previews this month. Toni Feltman will (remotely) present both of her Southwest Fox 2014 sessions: "I Need a REST!" and "Should I be Concerned?"

West Wind Technologies has released version 5.70 of its FoxPro Web Application framework today. Web Connection makes it easy to build Web applications using the familar Visual FoxPro environment for development, testing and debugging. Version 5.70 adds new and improved REST service features and JSON improvements to facilitate building rich client JavaScript applications. A new client centric AngularJs mobile-first sample application has been added to demonstrate some of the new REST features and integration between client centric apps and Web Connection. Web Connection is free to try and this is a free upgrade to registered users of version 5.50 and later.

A SPECIAL EVENT: Christof Wollenhaupt will be presenting live and in person to the group on Tuesday the 14th ofOct 14, previewing his SWFox presentation: "Lessons Learned from SQL Server" in which outlines the methods and pitfalls he encountered while migrating the data tier of a VFP application to SQL Server. Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link on our web page.

West Wind Technologies has released Version 1.30 of the Web Service Proxy Generator, which automates the process for creating FoxPro clients to complex SOAP 1.x Web Services. The tool makes calling Web Services as easy as calling methods on a generated FoxPro proxy class. This release is a maintenance release that adds a number of wwDotnetBridge routines to simplify working with various specialized .NET types like enums, and complex array values and speciality types like DbNull, Single, byte values that are not natively supported by FoxPro. This release also fixes issues with Reference parameters. The Proxy Generator is available as shareware and registered users can simply re-download the registered version for a free update.