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West Wind Technologies has released version 5.72 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, SOAP and HTTP based data services. The toolkit also contains many utility classes including a simple business object layer, SQL Server data access wrapper, .NET bridge helper to access .NET code from FoxPro, JSON and XML serializers, PDF rendering and more. This update adds a new wwEncryption class, provides big performance enhancements to the JSON serializer and adds many enhancements to the wwDotnetBridge functionality as well as a host of important bug fixes. Updates are free to registered users of version 5.0 and later, and a free shareware version is available for download to check out the product.

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group will be Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 PM in room 104, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. Feel free to come as early as 6:30 and bring some dinner. Rick Schummer will present the ?director?s cut? of his Southwest Fox 2014 session ?Inspiring Everyday Practical IntelliSense.?

Speakers ( and sessions have been announced for Southwest Fox ( ) and Southwest Xbase++ ( Registration opens soon; send an email to if you want us to email you when it's ready. See you in October!

West Wind Technologies has released version 5.72 of its FoxPro Web Application framework today. Web Connection makes it easy to build Web applications and services using the familar Visual FoxPro environment for development, testing and debugging. Version 5.72 adds a number of new debugging and tracing features to make it easier to debug startup problems. There are also a number of enhancements around JSON generation and parsing that drastically improve performance. Finally improvements in the wwRestProcess class improve creation of HTTP Services and REST APIs that make it easier to build rich client side and mobile applications using FoxPro as a server backend. Web Connection is free to try and this is a free upgrade to registered users of version 5.50 and later.

Our April 2015 meeting starts at 5:30pm (CDT) on Monday the 20th at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart suite 1212. Our speaker for April is Rick Borup and his topic is: "Refactoring VFP Code: If it Ain't Broke, Fix it". He will also do an informal review of the version control software, Mercurial, and discuss a new VFPx utility that eases working with VFP files in Mercurial. More details at

The Philadelphia VFP User Group meets Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM in room 104, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. As usual, feel free to bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. This month, member Jim Connolly will speak on ?Document Management within Visual FoxPro.? Abstract: I created programs that will create an electronic filing system. The programs read the bar codes from the invoices and files them in electronic storage. This allows the end user to view the documents with a single click in the app. I will show the class how to setup the bar code reader and to accept individual scans for easy access. There are some recommended programs that will assist in the process. I will present them along with the Fox Pro program.