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West Wind Technologies has released version 6.0 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 new encryption class, a Markdown() parser, async method calling for any .NET method and much more. A free shareware version is available for download to check out the product.

Chicago FUDG will meet TUESDAY the 10th of Mayl 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street - 7th Floor North meeting room! This month we're trying another week of the month, and further checking out the new digs. We'll see a demonstration of a DVCS by Randy Bosma using SourceTree, BiutBucket, and the VFPX Git utilitites (written by Mike Potjer). Bring your own troubles and discoveries for discussion. Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link on our home page:

Speakers ( and sessions ( have been announced for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2016. Registration ( opens soon; send an email to to be added to our email list if you want us to let you know it?s ready. See you in September!

The Philadelphia VFP User Group meets Tuesday, May 10 at 7 PM. Tamar E. Granor will present "Crosstabs and Pivots: Turning Data on its Side."

Want to learn about all that's new in the just released Web Connection 6.0? Find out how to build modern Web applications with Web Connection from creator Rick Strahl in this 2 day workshop. Conveniently scheduled prior to the Southwest Conference, this seminar introduces you to Web development with Visual FoxPro using a nuts to bolts approach that covers general Web development content with FoxPro Web Connection content needed to integrate with your applications. This two day workshop splits between server side MVC style development on day 1 and rich client/mobile Web development using Angular on Day 2. Sign up soon and save on early bird specials.

Chicago FUDG will meet TUESDAY the 19th of April 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street - 6th Floor North meeting room! This month we're trying another day of the week, and checking out some new digs. We'll discuss member topics - progress bars are on the agenda, and managing limited width record ID's (in this case, generating SKU's from autoinc fields). Bring your own troubles and discoveries for discussion. Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link on our home page:

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group will be next Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 PM in room 125, Devry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. Feel free to come as early as 6:30 and bring some dinner. Member Bob Pierce will present this month. His topic is ?Managing mission critical, high availability VFP applications in real time.? Abstract: In this session I will explore performance, monitoring and maintenance issues when dealing with programs that must be updated and continuously available with limited maintenance windows. I will delve into some code that lets me maintain and monitor dozens of VFP applications running a 24/6 manufacturing operation using VFP.

West Wind Technologies is proud to announce the release of Web Connection 6.0 RTM. This major update to the popular FoxPro Web development framework includes many enhancements that make Web Connection easier to use and manage.Web Connection is a Web development framework for Visual FoxPro that allows you to use your FoxPro skills to build Web applications, services and APIs. Version 6.0 includes a new project system and facilitates creating, managing, moving and deploying of projects. Automated configuration scripts make deployment much easier. Layout Pages, Partials and Sections allow for modular MVC style HTML applications. There's support for extensionless URLs, easier authentication, a Markdown parser, async processing and many new HtmlHelpers. Web Connection 6.0 can be installed side by side with existing installations. There is a free shareware version to try it out and registered users of 6.0 can update to the release version for free.

The West Wind site now has a new and more user friendly Message Board for all support areas. The message board hosts support areas for all West Wind Products, FoxInCloud as well as a number of generic programming forums including a FoxPro forum. The new message board features a rich markdown editor that makes it easy to post images and code, easier thread preview and mobile devie support including support for phones. If you've used the forums in the past, or you simply want to discuss West Wind or FoxPro programming issues, please stop by. The new message board is also included as a sample application in the forthcoming Web Connection 6.0 release.