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Here's a quick reminder that the early bird discount for signing up to the Web Connection Training at Southwest Fox in Phoenix on September 21st and 22nd is approaching soon. Get up to speed on Web Development and learn effective ways to work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and how to build Web applications using those tools with Visual FoxPro. Prices go up after the end of the month, so there's not much time left for getting the early bird discount. If you're planning on coming, there's no better time to sign up than now.

West Wind Technologies has released Web Connection 6.05. This is a maintenance release that fixes a few small issues and adds a few small enhancements to our recent major 6.0 release. Web Connection 6.0 includes many enhancements that make applications easier to create, manage and deploy with a new project system and automated deploy scripts. There are also many feature enhancements that facilitate building HTML, API and Service applications with Visual FoxPro. There is improved MVC style Web development, new REST JSON services support and a ton of improvements to existing components and tool libraries to make it easier than ever to create Web applications with Visual FoxPro. Web Connection 6.x can be installed side by side with existing installations and a free shareware version is available.

Markdown Monster is an easy to use and extensible Markdown Editor for Windows. Markdown is everywhere these days and Markdown Monster wants to chew on your Markdown with a slick and attractive editor. It supports Markdown syntax highlighting, live HTML Preview, inline-spellchecking, gentle, optional toolbar support for embedding markup and a host of useful support features. But best of all Markdown Monster is extensible with a powerful .NET Addin model that allows you to hook in custom functionality for editing or publishing your custom content. We provide a couple of full featured addins: SnagIt Screen Capture and Weblog Publishing addins to demonstrate what you can do with addins. Go ahead feed your Markdown to the Monster.

Registration for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ ( is now available. See for a list of speakers and and for a list of sessions. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don't wait.

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."