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OzFox 2004 online registrations

Posted on August 27, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

You can now register online for OzFox 2004

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OzFox 2004 online registrations

Posted on August 27, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

You can now register online for OzFox 2004

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Pricing your product

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Interesting article on pricing software

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VFP in Malaysia

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Great to see VFP in Malaysia on Kok Kiet’s blog

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Sydney VFP User Group Blog

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney VFP User Group now has its own blog. The Atom file is here.

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Pricing your product

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Interesting article on pricing software

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VFP in Malaysia

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Great to see VFP in Malaysia on Kok Kiet’s blog

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Sydney VFP User Group Blog

Posted on August 25, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney VFP User Group now has its own blog. The Atom file is here.

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VFP9 Environment Manager

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I’ve been having a problem with the Environment Manager on the Task Pane crashing in VFP9 (VFP8 is fine).
However, I kept clicking through all the errors until the form showed and I created a dummy environment. Exited and came back in and all is fine now.
Seems as though it just needed to get the first environment setup.

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VFP9 Anchor Editor

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I recommend downloading the VFP9 refresh, it has a few updates to apps.
You can get it from here.
In particular the anchor editor builder is a welcome addition.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed, run up VFP9 and then DO the following:

DO HOME() + ‘wizards\anchoreditor.app’

Now go into a form or container and the builder is available to help you set the anchor property on objects.

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Nice browser

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I used to use CrazyBrowser, now I use Maxthon.
An IE wrapper it supports tabbed windows, google toolbar and mouse gestures.

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VFP9 Environment Manager

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I’ve been having a problem with the Environment Manager on the Task Pane crashing in VFP9 (VFP8 is fine).

However, I kept clicking through all the errors until the form showed and I created a dummy environment. Exited and came back in and all is fine now.

Seems as though it just needed to get the first environment setup.

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VFP9 Anchor Editor

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I recommend downloading the VFP9 refresh, it has a few updates to apps.

You can get it from here.

In particular the anchor editor builder is a welcome addition.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed, run up VFP9 and then DO the following:

DO HOME() + ‘wizards\anchoreditor.app’



Now go into a form or container and the builder is available to help you set the anchor property on objects.

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Nice browser

Posted on August 23, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I used to use CrazyBrowser, now I use Maxthon.

An IE wrapper it supports tabbed windows, google toolbar and mouse gestures.

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Too much confrontation

Posted on August 21, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Ooopsie, I think I offended a few people last night.
If you know me, you know I like to think things through so that I am satisfied with my position on a topic. To feel comfortable about a position I’ll often argue the opposite with someone so that they can basically convince me of the position I actually hold.
So last night we are at dinner with friends and ofcourse everyone is talking Olympics (yawn).
And the topic of that ‘motorcycle accident’ (yeah right) and drugs comes up.
Now, I guess I’m against drugs in sport (actually I don’t think I care) but everyone seems to take it as a given that performance enhancing drugs are wrong. So I want to be sure that I agree drugs are wrong, and I launch into my usual method of arguing the opposite, ie in this case I argue strongly that they should be allowed…
My reasoning goes like this:
You are talking about the elite of the world – people who train themselves endlessly and want to achieve the ultimate they can be.
They have a limited sporting lifespan (eg 10 years before they retire) due to the enormous stresses they put on their bodies and limbs.
They do everything they can to improve performance whether its diet, regimen, vitamins, massages, meditation, sports pyschology coaches, etc.
At this level, shaving 0.2 seconds off a 100m sprint is a big deal.
What if allowing them to take a performance enhancing drug allowed them to do this? Imagine the achievement of breaking 9 seconds on a 100m sprint say. Let all the atheletes take the drugs, make it cheap to purchase for all, and give them education on how to take them safely.
Why not? What’s the problem?
Why hold back atheletes from being the best they can physically be?

Anyway you get the gist.
Ofcourse everyone disagreed with me. Great. But now convince me I’m wrong. Give me a good argument. That’s all I want.
And here’s where I started getting confrontational. I was getting frustrated that no one would argue logically. Don’t give me the ‘it’s not a level playing field’ line or the ‘it puts a shadow over sport’ line. Rather convince me I’m wrong. And I’m sorry to say I was a bit rude to a few people.

Here’s the lesson:
Craig, you don’t have to be convinced on an issue. Having a relaxing dinner with friends is much more important that getting confrontational with them just because they can’t argue how you want them too.
Sadly there are probably a few people who think of me as the rude bastard who is pro drugs in sport. Serves me right.

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Too much confrontation

Posted on August 21, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Ooopsie, I think I offended a few people last night.

If you know me, you know I like to think things through so that I am satisfied with my position on a topic. To feel comfortable about a position I’ll often argue the opposite with someone so that they can basically convince me of the position I actually hold.

So last night we are at dinner with friends and ofcourse everyone is talking Olympics (yawn).

And the topic of that ‘motorcycle accident’ (yeah right) and drugs comes up.

Now, I guess I’m against drugs in sport (actually I don’t think I care) but everyone seems to take it as a given that performance enhancing drugs are wrong. So I want to be sure that I agree drugs are wrong, and I launch into my usual method of arguing the opposite, ie in this case I argue strongly that they should be allowed…

My reasoning goes like this:

You are talking about the elite of the world – people who train themselves endlessly and want to achieve the ultimate they can be.

They have a limited sporting lifespan (eg 10 years before they retire) due to the enormous stresses they put on their bodies and limbs.

They do everything they can to improve performance whether its diet, regimen, vitamins, massages, meditation, sports pyschology coaches, etc.

At this level, shaving 0.2 seconds off a 100m sprint is a big deal.

What if allowing them to take a performance enhancing drug allowed them to do this? Imagine the achievement of breaking 9 seconds on a 100m sprint say. Let all the atheletes take the drugs, make it cheap to purchase for all, and give them education on how to take them safely.

Why not? What’s the problem?

Why hold back atheletes from being the best they can physically be?



Anyway you get the gist.

Ofcourse everyone disagreed with me. Great. But now convince me I’m wrong. Give me a good argument. That’s all I want.

And here’s where I started getting confrontational. I was getting frustrated that no one would argue logically. Don’t give me the ‘it’s not a level playing field’ line or the ‘it puts a shadow over sport’ line. Rather convince me I’m wrong. And I’m sorry to say I was a bit rude to a few people.



Here’s the lesson:

Craig, you don’t have to be convinced on an issue. Having a relaxing dinner with friends is much more important that getting confrontational with them just because they can’t argue how you want them too.

Sadly there are probably a few people who think of me as the rude bastard who is pro drugs in sport. Serves me right.

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VFP and .Net considerations

Posted on August 19, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As you know, we come from a Visual FoxPro development background.
And certainly on the desktop side of things we see little reason to change. When it comes to the web, ASP.Net is our choice. I’m not saying it is the best – we just haven’t had time or inclination to compare and contrast all the alternatives – but it serves us well, and so far it seems to be improving in leaps and bounds. We are particularly excited about some of the features in ASP.Net 2.0 (see my TechEd post).
However, I thought these links were interesting in terms of .Net on the desktop. And here I’m talking about desktop app (as opposed to services or COM objects).
http://west-wind.com/weblog/posts/752.aspx
http://west-wind.com/weblog/posts/381.aspx
http://weblogs.asp.net/rmclaws/archive/2004/03/15/89906.aspx

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VFP and .Net considerations

Posted on August 19, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As you know, we come from a Visual FoxPro development background.

And certainly on the desktop side of things we see little reason to change. When it comes to the web, ASP.Net is our choice. I’m not saying it is the best – we just haven’t had time or inclination to compare and contrast all the alternatives – but it serves us well, and so far it seems to be improving in leaps and bounds. We are particularly excited about some of the features in ASP.Net 2.0 (see my TechEd post).

However, I thought these links were interesting in terms of .Net on the desktop. And here I’m talking about desktop app (as opposed to services or COM objects).

http://west-wind.com/weblog/posts/752.aspx

http://west-wind.com/weblog/posts/381.aspx

http://weblogs.asp.net/rmclaws/archive/2004/03/15/89906.aspx

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OzFox 2004 session descriptions

Posted on August 19, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The OzFox session descriptions have been added to the sessions page.
http://www.ozfox.com.au/html/sessions.htm

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OzFox 2004 session descriptions

Posted on August 18, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The OzFox session descriptions have been added to the sessions page.
http://www.ozfox.com.au/html/sessions.htm

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Combined Sydney and Melbourne VFP user groups on 29 September

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney and Melbourne Visual FoxPro User Groups will be having a combined meeting on 29 September via Microsoft teleconference facilities.

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Sydney VFP UG members list

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Please email me if you want to be added to the SVFPUG members list

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Visual FoxPro Devcon

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Lucky me – I’m going to Visual FoxPro Devcon at the end of September. This will be big – it is the official launch of VFP9. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the big names in VFP (see the speaker list) but especially ‘The Man’ – Rick Strahl. Down under we all call Rick ‘The Man’ because whoever I talk to – if they were having a VFP/.Net problem, or COM problem they always seem to finish the topic with ‘… but then I found an article on Rick’s web site that solved the problem…’
Oh and did I mention Rick is talking at OzFox?

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Using anchors in VFP9

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

If yu are using the new anchors and resizing tools in VFP9 then check out Castro’s presentation from SVFPUG last month. There’s a demo form in the zip file, but the real kicker was the tables in his presentation.
Trying to work out the number combinations in the VFP9 help file requires a doctorate (OK its still in beta), but Castro’s table makes it simple. Go into the classes slide and check out the anchors link. It is the second table/matrix that is most helpful.

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BizTalk Server 2004 and WSE 2.0

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Here’s a quick presentation by Scott Woodgate who I saw at TechEd 2004 a couple of times.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20040812biztalksw/manifest.xml
Don’t be put off by the casual chatty intro, after 21 seconds it goes to a demonstration in Visual Studio which is very hands on. Roughly 10 minutes, it explains how to include a WSE 2.0 web service in BizTalk 2004.

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SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 – first thoughts

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

OK, so it takes an eternity to install, and is slow to run (slower than I’d expect for a Beta 2), but this new version is damn hot. I’ve only had a few hours to play with it over the last week, so this is my initial thoughts.
Everything is in one place – the SQL Server Management Studio – and it is layed out in a familiar interface. Think Solutions in Visual Studio or Projects in VFP and you’re comfortable.
Existing databases in 2000 are manageable using Studio with no side effects that I have noticed (obviously I haven’t tried using new features on old databases that I still need to maintain in 2000). And I love the new help system (apart from the speed) – try doing one of the Tutorials.
Managing tables and stored procedures together is very handy. To be fair you could do this in SQL Enterprice Manager, but who did? It was painful – I always used Query Analyser. And keeping the code together in solutions is much easier to maintain. I wonder if there is any source control? OK, time to check that out now…

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Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney Visual FoxPro UG meets next week on Wednesday 25 August to discuss VFP9 reporting features and Business objects. See you at 6:30pm at Microsoft headquarters.

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VFP press article

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

VFP gets a bit of press in the SD times

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Combined Sydney and Melbourne VFP user groups on 29 September

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney and Melbourne Visual FoxPro User Groups will be having a combined meeting on 29 September via Microsoft teleconference facilities.

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Sydney VFP UG members list

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Please email me if you want to be added to the SVFPUG members list

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Visual FoxPro Devcon

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Lucky me – I’m going to Visual FoxPro Devcon at the end of September. This will be big – it is the official launch of VFP9. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the big names in VFP (see the speaker list) but especially ‘The Man’ – Rick Strahl. Down under we all call Rick ‘The Man’ because whoever I talk to – if they were having a VFP/.Net problem, or COM problem they always seem to finish the topic with ‘… but then I found an article on Rick’s web site that solved the problem…’

Oh and did I mention Rick is talking at OzFox?

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Using anchors in VFP9

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

If yu are using the new anchors and resizing tools in VFP9 then check out Castro’s presentation from SVFPUG last month. There’s a demo form in the zip file, but the real kicker was the tables in his presentation.

Trying to work out the number combinations in the VFP9 help file requires a doctorate (OK its still in beta), but Castro’s table makes it simple. Go into the classes slide and check out the anchors link. It is the second table/matrix that is most helpful.

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BizTalk Server 2004 and WSE 2.0

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Here’s a quick presentation by Scott Woodgate who I saw at TechEd 2004 a couple of times.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20040812biztalksw/manifest.xml

Don’t be put off by the casual chatty intro, after 21 seconds it goes to a demonstration in Visual Studio which is very hands on. Roughly 10 minutes, it explains how to include a WSE 2.0 web service in BizTalk 2004.

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SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 – first thoughts

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

OK, so it takes an eternity to install, and is slow to run (slower than I’d expect for a Beta 2), but this new version is damn hot. I’ve only had a few hours to play with it over the last week, so this is my initial thoughts.

Everything is in one place – the SQL Server Management Studio – and it is layed out in a familiar interface. Think Solutions in Visual Studio or Projects in VFP and you’re comfortable.

Existing databases in 2000 are manageable using Studio with no side effects that I have noticed (obviously I haven’t tried using new features on old databases that I still need to maintain in 2000). And I love the new help system (apart from the speed) – try doing one of the Tutorials.

Managing tables and stored procedures together is very handy. To be fair you could do this in SQL Enterprice Manager, but who did? It was painful – I always used Query Analyser. And keeping the code together in solutions is much easier to maintain. I wonder if there is any source control? OK, time to check that out now…

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Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Sydney Visual FoxPro UG meets next week on Wednesday 25 August to discuss VFP9 reporting features and Business objects. See you at 6:30pm at Microsoft headquarters.

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VFP press article

Posted on August 17, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

VFP gets a bit of press in the SD times

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InfoPath 2003, VS2005

Posted on August 13, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

A few notes if you are playing with these:

InfoPath 2003 – make sure you download SP1 (I couldn’t find it on the public site, but MSDN subscribers can get it)

Visual Studio 2005 Beta – you may have been told it is fine to install side by side with VS2003, but be careful: Sharon, in our team, experienced problems with pages that use validator controls. The controls no longer work.

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How much preparation for a demo?

Posted on August 13, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

It was interesting to read Greg Low’s notes on his TechEd keynote demo with Eric Rudder. It is easy to think people get on stage and ad lib through a demo they whipped up a few minutes prior. We all know this never happens and it is always the most prepared presentations that come across as the best. There must be some maxim along the lines of ‘the more preparation, the less it looks prepared’. I wonder how long Eric spent preparing?
Greg spent a lot of time preparing and the results were impressive – a slick (in the good sense), professional, informative demo. And it came across as a casual chat with audience.

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InfoPath 2003, VS2005

Posted on August 12, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

A few notes if you are playing with these:

InfoPath 2003 – make sure you download SP1 (I couldn’t find it on the public site, but MSDN subscribers can get it)



Visual Studio 2005 Beta – you may have been told it is fine to install side by side with VS2003, but be careful: Sharon, in our team, experienced problems with pages that use validator controls. The controls no longer work.

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How much preparation for a demo?

Posted on August 12, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

It was interesting to read Greg Low’s notes on his TechEd keynote demo with Eric Rudder. It is easy to think people get on stage and ad lib through a demo they whipped up a few minutes prior. We all know this never happens and it is always the most prepared presentations that come across as the best. There must be some maxim along the lines of ‘the more preparation, the less it looks prepared’. I wonder how long Eric spent preparing?

Greg spent a lot of time preparing and the results were impressive – a slick (in the good sense), professional, informative demo. And it came across as a casual chat with audience.

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Melbourne Visual FoxPro User Group

Posted on August 12, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Melbourne VFP User Group is starting up again.
I will be posting further details in due course. In the interim if you want contact details please email me or leave me a comment.

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Melbourne Visual FoxPro User Group

Posted on August 12, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The Melbourne VFP User Group is starting up again.

I will be posting further details in due course. In the interim if you want contact details please email me or leave me a comment.

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Using Visual FoxPro

Posted on August 8, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I read Andrew MacNeill’s article from last year again.
http://foxproadvisor.com/doc/12816
I think he’s right on a lot of points. VFP is great for some applications, but not for everything. Most IT Managers I speak to want to know our .Net strategy (we have a strong .Net strategy on the web side, but if its desktop database apps then VFP is still the tool of choice) but at the end of the day they just want the job done well, priced competitively and with a secure future enhancement roadmap. If they desperately want a .Net app then we’ll do that, but we have considerable expertise in VFP, so while it continues to do the job well, we’ll continue with it.
You’ll have seen my earlier post on getting the job finished – it won’t matter what tool we use if we can’t get the project completed!

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OzFox – Eric Rudder video updated

Posted on August 8, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I updated the OzFox plug Eric Rudder very kindly gave us. Go to the Forms page at www.ozfox.com.au and pick your screen quality format.

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Posted on August 8, 2004. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |


Porsche 911. One day…

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