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wwMongoDb is a library that allows access MongoDb from Visual FoxPro. The library uses the MongoDb C# .NET driver and provides a simple CRUD and JSON string based interface that allows FoxPro to interact with MongoDb via JSON commands and FoxPro serialized objects. Push FoxPro objects or string based JSON into MongoDb databases very quickly, query data using MongoDb's query syntax and use the MongoDb Aggregation Pipeline to query data. Results are returned as FoxPro objects or optionally as JSON strings. wwMongoDb is open source with source code on GitHub. The current version is beta so any feedback and pull requests are welcome. Please star the repo if you have any interest.

We?re inviting anyone interesting in speaking at this year?s conferences to submit topics. You'll find the Call for Speakers at http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx. Please read the complete Call for Speakers document (linked from that page), and use our proposal submission application at https://geekgatherings.com/Submission. Session proposals are due by March 9. As in the past few years, we plan to offer a good selection of topics in core VFP development, extending VFP, using VFP with other technologies, and VFPX, as well as technology sessions to help VFP developers become better developers, not just more expert at VFP. We are looking for a few sessions on paths forward for VFP developers and we?re looking for a few deep-dive post-conference sessions. The Call for Speakers also lists some topics last year?s attendees specifically requested. Please don?t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We?re looking forward to seeing your proposals. We expect that, as usual, choosing among them will be one of the hardest things we do all year.

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group will be Tuesday, February 10 at 7 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 is part 2 of our VFP Tips and Tricks series. Come prepared with one or two (or more) short items you want to share with the group. They can be about the VFP UI, the language, application design, great tools, or pretty much anything else VFP-related. (And it?s okay to come even if you have no tips to share.)

Apache Cordova provides the ability to create hybrid mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript and Microsoft recently released a preview of Cordova tools integrated into Visual Studio that allow building, running and debugging of Cordova apps right from within Visaual Studio including remote debugging support for iOS (which is fantastic). In this article Rick takes a look how to use these tools to specifically convert an AlbumViewer Web application to run natively on an iOS device as a local, self-contained app.

January's presenter is Doug Hennig; he will speak on "The Latest Techniques in Deploying VFP Applications". "Deployment of your application is easily as important as the rest of the development cycle since it's the first encounter your users have with the application. This session looks at some new ideas for application deployment, including creating a workstation-only installer, installing your application on a server without requiring a workstation installation (zero footprint deployment), and how to update your applications over the Internet." Join us on Monday January 19 at 5:30 pm; please RSVP using the Eventbrite link on our home page: http://www.ChicagoFUDG.com.

ASP.NET vNext reimagines the core ASP.NET framework from the ground up with a more modern stack that provides better performance, lower resource consumption, and an async model for improved performance, scalability, and economy in cloud-based hosting scenarios. In this article Rick describes some of the motivations behind this radical change, why it?s needed, and how it?s going to affect planning going forward with ASP.NET.