Archive for June, 2006

VFP: Too much stuff coming from the community

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Yep, well as per usual the Visual FoxPro community is delivering in spades, and I don’t have time to keep up.
Dave Crozier joins us with an impressive debut, and I’m still trying to get my head around the incredible GDIPlusX library update that Bo Durban and Craig Boyd have posted on SednaX (soon to be VFPX).
Heck, I only just  found time to listen to The Fox Show episode 38 yesterday (great show btw – Milind is a true gentleman), and I’ve still got some of Craig Boyd’s posts from months ago to go through. Yikes, then there’s Calvin’s recent posts on multithreading.
 
How to find the time?
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VFP: Too much stuff coming from the community

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Yep, well as per usual the Visual FoxPro community is delivering in spades, and I don’t have time to keep up.
Dave Crozier joins us with an impressive debut, and I’m still trying to get my head around the incredible GDIPlusX library update that Bo Durban and Craig Boyd have posted on SednaX (soon to be VFPX).
Heck, I only just  found time to listen to The Fox Show episode 38 yesterday (great show btw – Milind is a true gentleman), and I’ve still got some of Craig Boyd’s posts from months ago to go through. Yikes, then there’s Calvin’s recent posts on multithreading.
 
How to find the time?

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LINK: Craig Berntson makes me smile

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

One of the things I love about Craig Berntson is how he speaks his mind. Like this post about Ray Ozzie taking over from Bill in time. Classic.
And I’m with Craig on the WinFX renaming – what’s the problem?
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LINK: Craig Berntson makes me smile

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Links |

One of the things I love about Craig Berntson is how he speaks his mind. Like this post about Ray Ozzie taking over from Bill in time. Classic.
And I’m with Craig on the WinFX renaming – what’s the problem?

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VFP: Craig Boyd restores my faith

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just when I was starting to get a little worried (as per my comment on being underwhelmed with Sedna so far) Craig Boyd comes along and gets me all excited again.
World domination? Just possibly…
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VFP: Craig Boyd restores my faith

Posted on June 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just when I was starting to get a little worried (as per my comment on being underwhelmed with Sedna so far) Craig Boyd comes along and gets me all excited again.
World domination? Just possibly…

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LINK: Microsoft Certified Architect goes live

Posted on June 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The link is here
An exciting program in my opinion (here’s my thoughts about it from last year).
 
From the press release:
“Being a Microsoft Certified Architect allows me to go in and evangelize the proper use of technology to the people who need to be touched with that.”
 
Will it make it to Australia I wonder? I hope so…
 
 
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LINK: Microsoft Certified Architect goes live

Posted on June 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The link is here
An exciting program in my opinion (here’s my thoughts about it from last year).
 
From the press release:
“Being a Microsoft Certified Architect allows me to go in and evangelize the proper use of technology to the people who need to be touched with that.”
 
Will it make it to Australia I wonder? I hope so…
 
 

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LINK: Cesar Chalom VFP Gradient background forms

Posted on June 13, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Great post. This stuff is too easy.
Note: the post page has a download attachment (easy to miss).
 
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LINK: Cesar Chalom VFP Gradient background forms

Posted on June 13, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Great post. This stuff is too easy.
Note: the post page has a download attachment (easy to miss).
 

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SOFTWARE: Refactoring vs Maxfactoring

Posted on June 10, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

maxfactoring
noun, verb
1. the process of gradually improving the ‘look and feel’ of a software application in small chunks
2. partaking in the UX initiative of ‘results driven application surface design’
The result is aesthetic only, there is no change in functionality, performance, stability, scalability or reliability. Side effects include improved sales and perceived higher quality.
 
Usage (n): ‘The software team spent 3 weeks on the maxfactoring…’
Usage (v): ‘I spent some time maxfactoring my application today…’
 
Also:
maxfactored
an application can be described as having been ‘maxfactored’ once its visual appearance has been improved (ie the ‘user story’ has been enhanced)
 
Maxfactoring is a low cost, high benefit activity for software companies to apply, along with code refactoring, to software that is approaching functional completeness
 
(With apologies to a well known cosmetic company)
 
 
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SOFTWARE: Refactoring vs Maxfactoring

Posted on June 10, 2006. Filed under: Software |

maxfactoring
noun, verb
1. the process of gradually improving the ‘look and feel’ of a software application in small chunks
2. partaking in the UX initiative of ‘results driven application surface design’
The result is aesthetic only, there is no change in functionality, performance, stability, scalability or reliability. Side effects include improved sales and perceived higher quality.
 
Usage (n): ‘The software team spent 3 weeks on the maxfactoring…’
Usage (v): ‘I spent some time maxfactoring my application today…’
 
Also:
maxfactored
an application can be described as having been ‘maxfactored’ once its visual appearance has been improved (ie the ‘user story’ has been enhanced)
 
Maxfactoring is a low cost, high benefit activity for software companies to apply, along with code refactoring, to software that is approaching functional completeness
 
(With apologies to a well known cosmetic company)
 
 

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VFP: SendaX renaming – my money is on VFP.Next

Posted on June 10, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The SednaX moving and renaming is an interesting exercise. I felt that the SednaX ‘brand’ was finally starting to catch on, but now they’ll have to start over. However, I can understand the reasons for the change.
As I’m sure you know, you can vote for the new name here. I voted for VFP.Next for two reasons:
 
1. It has a continuous quality to it, ie we won’t be wanting to change it again once VFP10 (the X in say VFPX) has been released
 
2. It has a dot in it (ie VFP dot Next) – I think this fits in nicely with Microsoft branding in general, so it is similar to say VFP.Net but has its own distinction
 
I wouldn’t mind betting that we see other community projects take a .Next moniker at some point (eg Atlas.Next) whilst they are being worked on
 
There is an small problem with using .Next though – that being that even though a project might be finished, just by virtue of having it on the VFP.Next CodePlex people might assume it is not yet ready. However, longer term I think this is better than people (by then using VFP 12 or whatever) looking at a VFPX project and wondering if it is outdated. Minor point, I guess.
 
 
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VFP: SendaX renaming – my money is on VFP.Next

Posted on June 10, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The SednaX moving and renaming is an interesting exercise. I felt that the SednaX ‘brand’ was finally starting to catch on, but now they’ll have to start over. However, I can understand the reasons for the change.
As I’m sure you know, you can vote for the new name here. I voted for VFP.Next for two reasons:
 
1. It has a continuous quality to it, ie we won’t be wanting to change it again once VFP10 (the X in say VFPX) has been released
 
2. It has a dot in it (ie VFP dot Next) – I think this fits in nicely with Microsoft branding in general, so it is similar to say VFP.Net but has its own distinction
 
I wouldn’t mind betting that we see other community projects take a .Next moniker at some point (eg Atlas.Next) whilst they are being worked on
 
There is an small problem with using .Next though – that being that even though a project might be finished, just by virtue of having it on the VFP.Next CodePlex people might assume it is not yet ready. However, longer term I think this is better than people (by then using VFP 12 or whatever) looking at a VFPX project and wondering if it is outdated. Minor point, I guess.
 
 

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VFP: Ctl32 status bar on SednaX

Posted on June 5, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just loving the ctl32 status bar and progress bar from Carlos Alloatti on SednaX.
Go to SednaX and then downloads (you need to be a member to download).
Carlos has a great set of documentation available here.

Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge) of one of our applications with the status bar implemented.
The first shows a simple update of the status bar with search results, along with an icon.

The second shows the progress bar in the status bar. Displaying the progress bar is a single line of code, and then another line of code for the percentage to display.


Great job Carlos.

As Carlos commented, this is just one more way that we are making VFP cool.

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VFP: Ctl32 status bar on SednaX

Posted on June 5, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just loving the ctl32 status bar and progress bar from Carlos Alloatti on SednaX.

Go to SednaX and then downloads (you need to be a member to download).

Carlos has a great set of documentation available here.

Here's a few screenshots of one of our applications with the status bar implemented.

The first shows a simple update of the status bar with search results, along with an icon.

The second shows the progress bar in the status bar. Displaying the progress bar is a single line of code, and then another line of code for the percentage to display.

Great job Carlos.

As Carlos commented, this is just one more way that we are making VFP cool.

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VFP: FoxTabs downlink was incorrect – fixed now

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Apologies for having an incorrect link on one of our downloads pages.
Most links were fine, but one had a link to an old version.
 
To be clear: You can download FoxTabs 0.3.6 (dated 24 May 2006) from here:
 
Thanks
 
 
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VFP: FoxTabs downlink was incorrect – fixed now

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Apologies for having an incorrect link on one of our downloads pages.
Most links were fine, but one had a link to an old version.
 
To be clear: You can download FoxTabs 0.3.6 (dated 24 May 2006) from here:
 
Thanks
 
 

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VFP: Office 2007 UX in VFP

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The whole Office 2007 ribbon UX was getting a lot of discussion a year ago (Office 12 as it was then). Given that most people are pretty cool with the concept (see here if you aren’t familiar with the ribbon idea), then chances are that when it is finally released, we’ll see applications all jumping to get the Office 2007 look and feel. And great I say – I really like the new approach and can’t wait to use it.
 
So, wouldn’t it be good if we had this look available in our VFP applications sooner rather than later? I wonder if Alex Grigorjev over at ARG-Software Design Lab could put out a VFP version of the Offic 2007 menus. I love how he gave us the ability to put Whidbey style menus in our applications even before Visual Studio 2005 was released.
 
Ofcourse the main driver behind the ribbon approach is to ‘results driven’ in what is shown on the ‘menus’, and no dount many will just use the ribbon look and feel even if it doesn’t change the look of what they are currently working on. But again, I don’t mind – it all goes to perception…
 
Also, speaking of UX I caught this link over on UT (from Craig Berntson I think) which details the Vista UX guidelines. Early days (many of the topics are still to be written), but helpful none the less. My bet is we’ll see a lot of applications sporting a Vista look (especially icons and fonts) even when running on XP and 2003.
 
I’m looking forward to seeing what icons turn up on Foxpro.catalyst thanks to WildFire. As an aside (to this aside) I downloaded most of the awesome wallpapers from his site, and currently have Splendid Illusion as my desktop. Incredible.
 
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VFP: Office 2007 UX in VFP

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The whole Office 2007 ribbon UX was getting a lot of discussion a year ago (Office 12 as it was then). Given that most people are pretty cool with the concept (see here if you aren’t familiar with the ribbon idea), then chances are that when it is finally released, we’ll see applications all jumping to get the Office 2007 look and feel. And great I say – I really like the new approach and can’t wait to use it.
 
So, wouldn’t it be good if we had this look available in our VFP applications sooner rather than later? I wonder if Alex Grigorjev over at ARG-Software Design Lab could put out a VFP version of the Offic 2007 menus. I love how he gave us the ability to put Whidbey style menus in our applications even before Visual Studio 2005 was released.
 
Ofcourse the main driver behind the ribbon approach is to ‘results driven’ in what is shown on the ‘menus’, and no dount many will just use the ribbon look and feel even if it doesn’t change the look of what they are currently working on. But again, I don’t mind – it all goes to perception…
 
Also, speaking of UX I caught this link over on UT (from Craig Berntson I think) which details the Vista UX guidelines. Early days (many of the topics are still to be written), but helpful none the less. My bet is we’ll see a lot of applications sporting a Vista look (especially icons and fonts) even when running on XP and 2003.
 
I’m looking forward to seeing what icons turn up on Foxpro.catalyst thanks to WildFire. As an aside (to this aside) I downloaded most of the awesome wallpapers from his site, and currently have Splendid Illusion as my desktop. Incredible.
 

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VFP: Visual FoxPro Best practices eBook from Hentzenwerke

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

This is an important read for all Visual FoxPro dvelopers
 
I finally finished reading the ‘Visual FoxPro Best Practices for the next 10 Years’ ebook this weekend (it was released approx a month ago).
 
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
 
As you probably know it came out of Whil’s recent Great Lakes Great Database Workshop 2006 and features articles on many area of best practice for Visual FoxPro developers.
Authors include: Rick Shummer, Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, Tamar Granor, Barbara Peisch, Cathy Pountney, Nancy Folsom, Craig Berntson, Rick Borup and Doug Hennig, plus a few notes from Whil himself.
 
This is exactly the kind of material that we need to be reading and promoting. The days of ‘whip it together’ development are long gone; good design and best practice are now mandtory. This book is a substantial helper along that path (if you are still in the former category).
 
The ebook is over 400 pages and only available as PDF. It costs $75 for the download, less if you are a Premium UT member or a regular customer at Hentzenwerke.
 
I really hope Microsoft manages some kind of deal with Whil like they did with New in Nine to make it available online free. A spruce up of the format into CHM and nicer presentation would be great also (but obviously a lot of work would be required). But I can live with the clunky format when the content is this good.
 
Visual FoxPro programmers everywhere, you must read this book.
 
 
 
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VFP: Visual FoxPro Best practices eBook from Hentzenwerke

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

This is an important read for all Visual FoxPro dvelopers
 
I finally finished reading the ‘Visual FoxPro Best Practices for the next 10 Years’ ebook this weekend (it was released approx a month ago).
 
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
 
As you probably know it came out of Whil’s recent Great Lakes Great Database Workshop 2006 and features articles on many area of best practice for Visual FoxPro developers.
Authors include: Rick Shummer, Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, Tamar Granor, Barbara Peisch, Cathy Pountney, Nancy Folsom, Craig Berntson, Rick Borup and Doug Hennig, plus a few notes from Whil himself.
 
This is exactly the kind of material that we need to be reading and promoting. The days of ‘whip it together’ development are long gone; good design and best practice are now mandtory. This book is a substantial helper along that path (if you are still in the former category).
 
The ebook is over 400 pages and only available as PDF. It costs $75 for the download, less if you are a Premium UT member or a regular customer at Hentzenwerke.
 
I really hope Microsoft manages some kind of deal with Whil like they did with New in Nine to make it available online free. A spruce up of the format into CHM and nicer presentation would be great also (but obviously a lot of work would be required). But I can live with the clunky format when the content is this good.
 
Visual FoxPro programmers everywhere, you must read this book.
 
 
 

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VFP: TIOBE again – some concerns

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As Craig Boyd and others have pointed out, Visual FoxPro has risen again in the TIOBE index, this time to number 12. It is only an index ofcourse, so we can’t place too much emphasis on it, but on the other hand it does seem a reasonable reflection of VFP’s revival lately.
 
However the thing that concerns me is seeing VB.Net drop down to position 21. This seems strange. C# at 8 (and rising) I can fully understand, but is the gap between C# and VB.Net really that big? Perhaps most surprisingly Classic VB is still rising – currently sitting at 4.
 
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VFP: TIOBE again – some concerns

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As Craig Boyd and others have pointed out, Visual FoxPro has risen again in the TIOBE index, this time to number 12. It is only an index ofcourse, so we can’t place too much emphasis on it, but on the other hand it does seem a reasonable reflection of VFP’s revival lately.
 
However the thing that concerns me is seeing VB.Net drop down to position 21. This seems strange. C# at 8 (and rising) I can fully understand, but is the gap between C# and VB.Net really that big? Perhaps most surprisingly Classic VB is still rising – currently sitting at 4.
 

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SOFTWARE: Dave Lemphers on getting a degree

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The ‘Infectious’ Dave Lemphers (you only need to see him present once to see how infectious and passionate this guy is) wrote (a few weeks ago) about ‘Why you should get a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering’.
In principle I strongly agree with him.
 
There’s a few problems we face however. One is that post-dot-com there has been a shift in the consumer mind to what they should pay for decent software. The amount of free stuff out there is extra-ordinary and with it comes an expectation that software development is a reasonably easy endeavour. Now, we ‘proper’ developers know there is a significant cost to provide good design and development, but we have trouble convincing our clients of such.
 
No one expects an architect to design their house for free, but they will often expect a software ‘quote’ to be free, despite the overhead we have of investigating, requirements gathering and initially designing their solution.
A simple (and tired) example ofcourse, but indicative of some of the problem.
And if you have trained your clients to always pay for the design, then fantastic – I wish we were all in your position.
 
Dave suggests that the Government (or an industry body) should enforce programs that require developers to have proper qualifications. With this I whole heartedly agree. As long (as Dave also suggests) they also ensure consumers are aware of the costs they should expect to pay to get a job done right. 
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SOFTWARE: Dave Lemphers on getting a degree

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Software |

The ‘Infectious’ Dave Lemphers (you only need to see him present once to see how infectious and passionate this guy is) wrote (a few weeks ago) about ‘Why you should get a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering’.
In principle I strongly agree with him.
 
There’s a few problems we face however. One is that post-dot-com there has been a shift in the consumer mind to what they should pay for decent software. The amount of free stuff out there is extra-ordinary and with it comes an expectation that software development is a reasonably easy endeavour. Now, we ‘proper’ developers know there is a significant cost to provide good design and development, but we have trouble convincing our clients of such.
 
No one expects an architect to design their house for free, but they will often expect a software ‘quote’ to be free, despite the overhead we have of investigating, requirements gathering and initially designing their solution.
A simple (and tired) example ofcourse, but indicative of some of the problem.
And if you have trained your clients to always pay for the design, then fantastic – I wish we were all in your position.
 
Dave suggests that the Government (or an industry body) should enforce programs that require developers to have proper qualifications. With this I whole heartedly agree. As long (as Dave also suggests) they also ensure consumers are aware of the costs they should expect to pay to get a job done right. 

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VFP: Another Visual FoxPro blogger – Oscar Rivera

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Another Foxie joins us. Oscar has a nice first post about how to create circular forms in VFP.
 
The code is very easy to use. To save you the (minute of) trouble of coding a form yourself you can try a simple sample made from his code here.
 
This is ofcourse only the beginning of many things you can do. And there are numerous different approaches (eg see Craig Boyd’s posts on skinning and GDI+ for starters)
 
 
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VFP: Another Visual FoxPro blogger – Oscar Rivera

Posted on June 4, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Another Foxie joins us. Oscar has a nice first post about how to create circular forms in VFP.
 
The code is very easy to use. To save you the (minute of) trouble of coding a form yourself you can try a simple sample made from his code here.
 
This is ofcourse only the beginning of many things you can do. And there are numerous different approaches (eg see Craig Boyd’s posts on skinning and GDI+ for starters)
 
 

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LINK: Free database CRUD

Posted on June 3, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I pretty much agree with this article that we should be able to get basic database operations (create, read, update, delete) out of the box. Although our projects are getting more complex, the underlying data integrity requirements don’t really change much.
 
Thanks to Adam for pointing this one out to me.
 
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LINK: Free database CRUD

Posted on June 3, 2006. Filed under: Software |

I pretty much agree with this article that we should be able to get basic database operations (create, read, update, delete) out of the box. Although our projects are getting more complex, the underlying data integrity requirements don’t really change much.
 
Thanks to Adam for pointing this one out to me.
 

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VFP: FoxTabs 0.3.6 update

Posted on June 3, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Scott and I slipped a new beta out last week, but wanted to wait a few days before announcing it in case anything serious came out. But initial indications are that this version is a lot more stable, specifically with regard to the Compile error dialog issue. There are still a few quirks (eg one person reported an issue when calling up the debugger) but overall we are pretty happy.
 
Pleasse take a look and let us know of any issues.
 
Tip: You can close tabs by double-clicking on them.
 
Please report any issues via the online forum.
 
 
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VFP: FoxTabs 0.3.6 update

Posted on June 3, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Scott and I slipped a new beta out last week, but wanted to wait a few days before announcing it in case anything serious came out. But initial indications are that this version is a lot more stable, specifically with regard to the Compile error dialog issue. There are still a few quirks (eg one person reported an issue when calling up the debugger) but overall we are pretty happy.
 
Pleasse take a look and let us know of any issues.
 
Tip: You can close tabs by double-clicking on them.
 
Please report any issues via the online forum.
 
 

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SOFTWARE: Microsoft out of touch?

Posted on June 2, 2006. Filed under: Software |

Paul Stovell looks lovingly into the future of Vista error messages…

http://www.paulstovell.net/Posts/Post.aspx?postId=2e18c36c-83ce-4483-8129-37f2cd9fcf26

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SOFTWARE: Microsoft out of touch?

Posted on June 2, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Paul Stovell looks lovingly into the future of Vista error messages…
 
 
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TEAM SYSTEM: Team Edition for Database Professionals

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Team System |

I know this is being blogged to death at the moment, so sorry to be adding to the noise…

But you've got to admit this is exciting news:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/products/dbpro/

Although don't get too excited, it is not due until the end of 2006, but a CTP is coming around June 11.

(from Rob Caron)

Incidently, does anyone else think the PressPass page has a bit too much wankspeak?

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group last night

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

An interesting night last night with Andrew Coates demoing Vista, Office 2007 Beta and, oh yeah, Visual FoxPro running on Vista Beta 2.
 
First thing to note is that Vista looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
 
Second thing is that Office 2007 looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
 
Third thing is that VFP runs great, looks great (most of the time) and is gonna be no problem running on Vista.
 
Andrew noted a few gotchas (eg make sure you install the SOAP Toolkit after installing VFP on Vista otherwise you’ll MSXML4 missing errors), but by and large it all rang fine, straight ‘out of the box’. We went through the VFP samples and they all worked fine (the only issue was a GROUP BY clause missing in one of the sample – but hey that’s a samples issue with SET ENGINE BEHAVOUR not a Vista compatability one).
 
Feature of the night was the Timezones feature in Outlook 2007 – reason to upgrade for that alone me thinks.
 
 
Time was running out, so I only skimmed through my presentation (Promoting VFP to the Wider Community) – but the overview notes are available from my articles page if anyone is interested:
 
Also, here’s a list of links for people after a quick guide to getting the latest news on VFP:
 
Interestingly the majority of UG attendees last night indicated they don’t read blogs. The comment was they found little value in them. I wasn’t sure what to say in response…
 
 
 
 
 

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IT: The tyranny of IT departments

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Software, Visual FoxPro |

This (old) article on the 'tyranny' of IT departments caught my eye:

http://blogs.smh.com.au/razor/archives/it_in_business/003483.html

I'm sure we've all had experiences both positive and negative dealing with IT departments. But what interested me most was how many comments there were – so many people felt the need to 'share' their experience (most in defence of IT departments interestingly enough). I'd never have thought it would be of so much interest.

But the real reason I am linking to it is because it uses a FoxPro 'horror story' to make its point. Oh, those pesky IT bods…

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SECURITY: FalconOne technology

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

An interesting approach to security and detecting online fraudsters

http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/redirect?source=rss&url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/05/31/78791_HNfalconone_1.html

The software mentioned uses a bunch of techniques including:

The software also monitors other characteristics of account holders, such as their style of typing and mouse movements to determine whether the user attempting a transaction is the actual account holder. Characteristics such as the speed and character pattern that account owners type, as well as whether they are a jittery or staid mouse user are individual and nearly impossible to mimic.

Sounds like a step in the right direction to me. And this is only the start I hope.

Surely in the next few years we should be able to eliminate 99% of the online fraud currently resulting from phishers…

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TEAM SYSTEM: Team Edition for Database Professionals

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I know this is being blogged to death at the moment, so sorry to be adding to the noise…
 
But you’ve got to admit this is exciting news:
 
Although don’t get too excited, it is not due until the end of 2006, but a CTP is coming around June 11.
 
(from Rob Caron)
 
Incidently, does anyone else think the PressPass page has a bit too much wankspeak?
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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group last night

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

An interesting night last night with Andrew Coates demoing Vista, Office 2007 Beta and, oh yeah, Visual FoxPro running on Vista Beta 2.
 
First thing to note is that Vista looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
 
Second thing is that Office 2007 looks great, behaved great, is gonna be great, etc
 
Third thing is that VFP runs great, looks great (most of the time) and is gonna be no problem running on Vista.
 
Andrew noted a few gotchas (eg make sure you install the SOAP Toolkit after installing VFP on Vista otherwise you’ll MSXML4 missing errors), but by and large it all rang fine, straight ‘out of the box’. We went through the VFP samples and they all worked fine (the only issue was a GROUP BY clause missing in one of the sample – but hey that’s a samples issue with SET ENGINE BEHAVOUR not a Vista compatability one).
 
Feature of the night was the Timezones feature in Outlook 2007 – reason to upgrade for that alone me thinks.
 
 
Time was running out, so I only skimmed through my presentation (Promoting VFP to the Wider Community) – but the overview notes are available from my articles page if anyone is interested:
 
Also, here’s a list of links for people after a quick guide to getting the latest news on VFP:
 
Interestingly the majority of UG attendees last night indicated they don’t read blogs. The comment was they found little value in them. I wasn’t sure what to say in response…
 
 
 
 
 
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IT: The tyranny of IT departments

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

This (old) article on the ‘tyranny’ of IT departments caught my eye:
 
I’m sure we’ve all had experiences both positive and negative dealing with IT departments. But what interested me most was how many comments there were – so many people felt the need to ‘share’ their experience (most in defence of IT departments interestingly enough). I’d never have thought it would be of so much interest.
 
But the real reason I am linking to it is because it uses a FoxPro ‘horror story’ to make its point. Oh, those pesky IT bods…
 
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SECURITY: FalconOne technology

Posted on June 1, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

An interesting approach to security and detecting online fraudsters
 
The software mentioned uses a bunch of techniques including:
 
The software also monitors other characteristics of account holders, such as their style of typing and mouse movements to determine whether the user attempting a transaction is the actual account holder. Characteristics such as the speed and character pattern that account owners type, as well as whether they are a jittery or staid mouse user are individual and nearly impossible to mimic.
 
Sounds like a step in the right direction to me. And this is only the start I hope.
Surely in the next few years we should be able to eliminate 99% of the online fraud currently resulting from phishers…
 
 
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