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Simple, quick reminder: the Early-bird registration deadline is this Monday, August 31st. We would hate to see you lose out on the $50 discount. If you still need to register, please head over to the registration Web site today: Every registered attendee gets admission and white papers to all regular conference sessions. Don't miss this chance to learn from the best and mix with your peers. Only 50 days until we gather in Gilbert.

Chicago FUDG meets tonight! 5:30pm Our speaker is Phil Sherwood, and his topic is Software Marketing, a SWFox practice-preview. Info and RSVP at http://www.

West Wind Technologies has released a beta of West Wind Html Help Builder 5.0. Help Builder is a documentation solution that makes it easy to create any kind of documentation for applications, FAQs, references and more. Version 5.0 is a major update that introduces a new editor and a much richer editing experience as well as-you-type spell checking. Help Builder also adds the popular Markdown format for quicker text input and the ability to share text more easily. There are also new, cleaner and simpler templates for output creation and an overall overhaul of the user interface. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users can upgrade to the new version.

We're disappointed to share that Cathy Pountney won't be speaking at Southwest Fox this year after all. (She's fine, but needed to step out.) But we're delighted that Tuvia Vinitsky has agreed to help fill the schedule. He'll be covering two topics that should be of interest to both Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ attendees: (1) dbSchema: SQL Server Database Design and Maintenance Made Easy ( (2) PCI Compliance: Facts and Fears ( Tuvia's bio: Also, just a quick reminder that the next discount deadline is rapidly approaching. Register before September 1 for a $50 early-bird discount.

West Wind Technologies has released an update to 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 adds updated WSDL parser that handles a few additional edge cases for parsing multii-segmentedlinked WSDL files. There are also a host of updates for wwDotnetBridge to facilitate interaction with many more new .NET types including, long, char, byte, Single, DbNull and more. The Proxy Generator is available as shareware and registered users can simply re-download the registered version for a free update.

The next meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group will be Tuesday, July 14 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. Tamar E. Granor will do a Southwest Fox preview of her session ?Can?t this application go any faster?? Abstract: What do you do when your customer says that your application is too slow? How can you figure out what's slowing things down? How can you make it faster? Optimization of a VFP application is more than just applying Rushmore correctly, though that's an important step. In this session, we'll explore techniques for measuring performance of a VFP application and look at things you can do to speed it up.

We're delighted to tell you that we met and made the decision to move forward with this year's conferences. Registrations to date are almost identical to last year's on the same date, giving us confidence that the conferences remain financially feasible. We're also happy to tell you that we've added Rick Borup to the speaker list. Thanks to those who have registered so far. We really appreciate it. That said, we still need your help to pull this off. Gather, share, learn, expand your knowledge in Gilbert.

After an extensive beta we've finally released version 2.0 of West Wind Globalization. This library provides database resources to .NET applications with support for a data-driven ResourceManager and ResourceProvider and support for SQL Server, MySql and SqLite. There's also a very rich interactive Web Resource Editor that makes it easy to work with and edit resources quickly. Additional features include several mechanisms for getting resources into any kind of .NET application, a JavaScript ResourceHandler that can serve server side resources to client applications and Markdown support for Resources. Westwind.Globalization is an open source project avalable on Github.