Archive for October, 2006

VFP: Bernard Bout does Aero Glass with VFP on XP

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Awesome post by Bernard on how to produce Vista Aero glass effects using VFP on XP. The link to the source code is hidden away down at the bottom of his post (don’t miss it).

http://weblogs.foxite.com/bernardbout/archive/2006/10/28/2765.aspx

[This link is also on fanpop ofcourse]

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VFP: Bernard Bout does Aero Glass with VFP on XP

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Awesome post by Bernard on how to produce Vista Aero glass effects using VFP on XP. The link to the source code is hidden away down at the bottom of his post (don’t miss it).

http://weblogs.foxite.com/bernardbout/archive/2006/10/28/2765.aspx

[This link is also on fanpop ofcourse]

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VFP: VFP9 SP2 CTP video by Lisa and Colin Nicholls

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Here’s two links to Lisa’s excellent video covering some of the new reporting features coming in SP2 of VFP9.

Original link: http://www.spacefold.com/lisa/SP2Demo/SednaDemo.htm

My mirror link: http://www.craigbailey.net/downloads/SednaDemo.htm

Lisa has given permission for anyone to host this video and make it available (see the Creative Commons license here). Please help spread this around – by hosting it and making it available you’ll be helping to ease bandwidth on their server.

Note, I originally added this to the fanpop list a week or so ago, but have only just added this second link recently.

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VFP: VFP9 SP2 CTP video by Lisa and Colin Nicholls

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Here’s two links to Lisa’s excellent video covering some of the new reporting features coming in SP2 of VFP9.

Original link: http://www.spacefold.com/lisa/SP2Demo/SednaDemo.htm

My mirror link: http://www.craigbailey.net/downloads/SednaDemo.htm

Lisa has given permission for anyone to host this video and make it available (see the Creative Commons license here). Please help spread this around – by hosting it and making it available you’ll be helping to ease bandwidth on their server.

Note, I originally added this to the fanpop list a week or so ago, but have only just added this second link recently.

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PERSONAL: Black Belt Grading

Posted on October 26, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I had my karate black belt grading tonight. And I’m pleased (relieved?) to report that after 6 years of training, countless cracked ribs, a number of leg injuries, and a broken hand (I had to have two titanium pins put in after I broke it two years ago in a sparring match) I’ve finally made it to black belt.

As anyone who has studied martial arts will know, attaining black belt status is only the start of the journey. It signifies you have covered all the basics and are now ready to commence studying as a senior student.

On a personal note, I feel great. I have been training upto 4 times a week for the last couple of months leading up to the grading. This is the fittest I think I’ve been all my adult life. But it has taken its toll – I have some pretty bad hip and knee injuries, and will be taking it a little easier until they repair.

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PERSONAL: Black Belt Grading

Posted on October 26, 2006. Filed under: Personal |

I had my karate black belt grading tonight. And I’m pleased (relieved?) to report that after 6 years of training, countless cracked ribs, a number of leg injuries, and a broken hand (I had to have two titanium pins put in after I broke it two years ago in a sparring match) I’ve finally made it to black belt.

As anyone who has studied martial arts will know, attaining black belt status is only the start of the journey. It signifies you have covered all the basics and are now ready to commence studying as a senior student.

On a personal note, I feel great. I have been training upto 4 times a week for the last couple of months leading up to the grading. This is the fittest I think I’ve been all my adult life. But it has taken its toll – I have some pretty bad hip and knee injuries, and will be taking it a little easier until they repair.

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VFP: The old wars: FoxPro versus Borland

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

Interesting to see the old stories come out again: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/12/myth_legend_4/

Nice shirt!

(Sorry if you’ve already seen this)

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VFP: The old wars: FoxPro versus Borland

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

Interesting to see the old stories come out again: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/12/myth_legend_4/

Nice shirt!

(Sorry if you’ve already seen this)

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VFP: Using Microsoft Connect to log FoxPro issues

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

You may have read Milind’s October letter where he mentions how to log feedback on the SP2 CTP. He links to the Connect site here: http://connect.microsoft.com

It can be difficult to navigate however, so here’s a quick summary of how to get through the maze that is… Microsoft Connect.

Summary: go here to search, go here to lodge feedback, click here to view FoxPro items

Note 1: you will need to log in using your Microsoft Live ID if you want to give feedback.

Note 2: if lodging feedback use the ‘Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP1’ Version dropdown on this form (after logging in).

 

For anyone who’s interested, here’s a run down of how I got through the maze…

Go to http://connect.microsoft.com/

Sign in with your Microsoft Live ID (old Passport)

Now you can go to the My Participation page:

https://connect.microsoft.com/myparticipation.aspx

From here it is not very intuitive – you need to check the available connections:

https://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx

Scroll dwn a bit and choose ‘Visual Studio and .NET framework’ (this was noted in Milind’s September letter):

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio

Click on the Feedback link to get to here:

http://connect.microsoft.com/feedback/default.aspx?SiteID=210

You will now be able to perform a Search of existing items.

You can also use the Advanced Search page here:

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/AdvancedSearch.aspx?SearchQuery=

You can search on ‘foxpro’ OR ‘vfp’ with this link:

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/SearchResults.aspx?Advanced=true&KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=vfp+OR+foxpro&FeedbackType=0

In order to lodge feedback you can use this link (from Milind’s September letter):

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/CreateFeedback.aspx

Seems overly difficult right? I hope I’ve missed something really obvious, because it took me a while initially to do a search on FoxPro issues (earlier tonight I was searching for SP2 installer issues…). What is good though is their timeframes on some resolutions (eg see this one).

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VFP: Using Microsoft Connect to log FoxPro issues

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

You may have read Milind’s October letter where he mentions how to log feedback on the SP2 CTP. He links to the Connect site here: http://connect.microsoft.com

It can be difficult to navigate however, so here’s a quick summary of how to get through the maze that is… Microsoft Connect.

Summary: go here to search, go here to lodge feedback, click here to view FoxPro items

Note 1: you will need to log in using your Microsoft Live ID if you want to give feedback.

Note 2: if lodging feedback use the ‘Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP1’ Version dropdown on this form (after logging in).

 

For anyone who’s interested, here’s a run down of how I got through the maze…

Go to http://connect.microsoft.com/

Sign in with your Microsoft Live ID (old Passport)

Now you can go to the My Participation page:

https://connect.microsoft.com/myparticipation.aspx

From here it is not very intuitive – you need to check the available connections:

https://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx

Scroll dwn a bit and choose ‘Visual Studio and .NET framework’ (this was noted in Milind’s September letter):

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio

Click on the Feedback link to get to here:

http://connect.microsoft.com/feedback/default.aspx?SiteID=210

You will now be able to perform a Search of existing items.

You can also use the Advanced Search page here:

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/AdvancedSearch.aspx?SearchQuery=

You can search on ‘foxpro’ OR ‘vfp’ with this link:

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/SearchResults.aspx?Advanced=true&KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=vfp+OR+foxpro&FeedbackType=0

In order to lodge feedback you can use this link (from Milind’s September letter):

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/CreateFeedback.aspx

Seems overly difficult right? I hope I’ve missed something really obvious, because it took me a while initially to do a search on FoxPro issues (earlier tonight I was searching for SP2 installer issues…). What is good though is their timeframes on some resolutions (eg see this one).

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VFP: More on fanpop

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

So, I’ve been adding more links to fanpop in the Visual FoxPro spot.

I’d encourage you to add some as well and atleast add your rankings of the existing links. It was funny to see some of the obvious links I missed (eg I only added Calvin’s blog today!). So, there is bound to be other great links to add.

Anyone can add a link, and anyone can rate the links. Don’t be shy about adding links to your own stuff (you are not being self promotional, you are being helpful).

You can sort by highest rank to find what the ‘body of fans’ is liking. As I said last time – wouldn’t it be great if we got VFP onto the front page of fanpop…

Add stuff here.

Subscribe to the RSS feed here.

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VFP: More on fanpop

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

So, I’ve been adding more links to fanpop in the Visual FoxPro spot.

I’d encourage you to add some as well and atleast add your rankings of the existing links. It was funny to see some of the obvious links I missed (eg I only added Calvin’s blog today!). So, there is bound to be other great links to add.

Anyone can add a link, and anyone can rate the links. Don’t be shy about adding links to your own stuff (you are not being self promotional, you are being helpful).

You can sort by highest rank to find what the ‘body of fans’ is liking. As I said last time – wouldn’t it be great if we got VFP onto the front page of fanpop…

Add stuff here.

Subscribe to the RSS feed here.

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VFP: SP2 and the wonderful Fox community

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

So it was around 7pm tonight (Friday) and I am about to head home from work. A quick scan of the blogs heralds the availability of SP2 CTP for Visual FoxPro 9.

You ripper. Michele is out tonight, so what better way to entertain myself than playing with the latest Sedna CTP and checking the SP2 CTP…

The Sedna CTP installs fine, but SP2 throws in the towel with a ‘cannot find vs_setup.msi’ error. Bummer. A quick search on google returns only non-applicable stuff, and the MSDN connect forum is less than helpful (more on that in another post). So I pop a note on Universal Thread, expecting little to turn up in the next few days (the CTP was only released today afterall).

But, and hence the title of this post, within a few hours, Bo Durban has pointed me to the solution. And yes, ofcourse, Craig Boyd is the provider of the solution (you need to copy vs_setup.msi from your VFP CD into a directory on your machine btw). By this time I am home and wondering how I’m gonna get my hands on the VFP CD. Thankfully I have a copy on my server here at home and within minutes it is all installed.

Yet another reason why I love the Fox community.

Summary: Visual FoxPro 9 SP2 CTP is available (here), but you will likely need to follow Craig Boyd’s instructions here to install it. Craig Boyd has a great run down of the initial changes in the Sedna CTP.

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VFP: SP2 and the wonderful Fox community

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

So it was around 7pm tonight (Friday) and I am about to head home from work. A quick scan of the blogs heralds the availability of SP2 CTP for Visual FoxPro 9.

You ripper. Michele is out tonight, so what better way to entertain myself than playing with the latest Sedna CTP and checking the SP2 CTP…

The Sedna CTP installs fine, but SP2 throws in the towel with a ‘cannot find vs_setup.msi’ error. Bummer. A quick search on google returns only non-applicable stuff, and the MSDN connect forum is less than helpful (more on that in another post). So I pop a note on Universal Thread, expecting little to turn up in the next few days (the CTP was only released today afterall).

But, and hence the title of this post, within a few hours, Bo Durban has pointed me to the solution. And yes, ofcourse, Craig Boyd is the provider of the solution (you need to copy vs_setup.msi from your VFP CD into a directory on your machine btw). By this time I am home and wondering how I’m gonna get my hands on the VFP CD. Thankfully I have a copy on my server here at home and within minutes it is all installed.

Yet another reason why I love the Fox community.

Summary: Visual FoxPro 9 SP2 CTP is available (here), but you will likely need to follow Craig Boyd’s instructions here to install it. Craig Boyd has a great run down of the initial changes in the Sedna CTP.

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VFP: How to price your VFP projects

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

This is a little talk I gave at the Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group last week.
It was only a short presentation (around 20 minutes) and might be of help to you in your business.
It is non-technical and covers basic concepts for pricing your work.
Its available from the articles page:
 
Interestingly enough I’ve been getting requests to do more presentations along these lines. At our next meeting I’ll be covering basic sales and marketing ideas.
It is timely for us since we are going through a big sales, marketing, process flow, development methodology overhaul at Talman at the moment. Our technical skills, focus, strategies etc aren’t changing, rather we are just reviewing how we market ourselves to clients.
 
I’d value any tips or feedback you had.
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VFP: How to price your VFP projects

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

This is a little talk I gave at the Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group last week.
It was only a short presentation (around 20 minutes) and might be of help to you in your business.
It is non-technical and covers basic concepts for pricing your work.
Its available from the articles page:
 
Interestingly enough I’ve been getting requests to do more presentations along these lines. At our next meeting I’ll be covering basic sales and marketing ideas.
It is timely for us since we are going through a big sales, marketing, process flow, development methodology overhaul at Talman at the moment. Our technical skills, focus, strategies etc aren’t changing, rather we are just reviewing how we market ourselves to clients.
 
I’d value any tips or feedback you had.

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VFP: The Visual FoxPro Spot (Fanpop)

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

I’ve created a Visual FoxPro fanpop Spot.
 
Go ahead and add your links, become a fan, promote Visual FoxPro and enjoy the site.
 
After reading GK’s post about it I though why not? Yes, its another list, and no there is nothing particularly compelling about it over all the other list sites (del.icio.us etc).
 
But I like how you can add your ‘fan’ weight behind a particular spot (list). It has RSS feeds ofcourse and you can rate the links.
 
Wouldn’t it be cool if the entire VFP community became fans of this spot and we made it onto their home page as a feature spot? Even just by rating the existing links you’d be helping.
 
 
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VFP: The Visual FoxPro Spot (Fanpop)

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

I’ve created a Visual FoxPro fanpop Spot.
 
Go ahead and add your links, become a fan, promote Visual FoxPro and enjoy the site.
 
After reading GK’s post about it I though why not? Yes, its another list, and no there is nothing particularly compelling about it over all the other list sites (del.icio.us etc).
 
But I like how you can add your ‘fan’ weight behind a particular spot (list). It has RSS feeds ofcourse and you can rate the links.
 
Wouldn’t it be cool if the entire VFP community became fans of this spot and we made it onto their home page as a feature spot? Even just by rating the existing links you’d be helping.
 
 

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