Meeting Recap for June 9, 2001
The big news is that VFP 7.0 is now officially out of beta, and in pre-release. The official release date has not been announced, but is expected to be "soon", maybe mid-July (but don't quote me).
There was no official presentation this month, since the main business of this meeting was to elect officers. Most of the candidates ran unopposed, so the results were largely unanimous, and no lawsuits were filed. <g>
The results are as follows:
This month's cool tool was Stephen
Sawyer's ViewEditor, presented by Mike Potjer. The ViewEditor is a
utility designed to overcome many of the limitations of the VFP View Designer, providing
easy access to some of the properties that are not made available by the View Designer,
and allowing developers to create complex views that could only be maintained in code
otherwise. Some other useful features include
the ability to copy properties such as default values and captions from the table fields
to their related view fields, and a button to copy to the clipboard the CREATE SQL VIEW
and DBSETPROP() commands needed to recreate a view exactly as
you've designed it in ViewEditor, allowing you to paste the
code into a .PRG file, if you prefer to continue maintaining your views in code. There is more, of course, but you can check that
out for yourself. Steve has given GRAFUG
permission to make it available to our members, so you can download it from our site. Although ViewEditor is
very stable (I havent been able to crash it), it is still officially in beta. Steve is considering releasing the utility as part
of a package of tools, which would be available through www.geeksandgurus.com.
The rest of the meeting was devoted to problem solving and open discussion.
GRAFUG will not meet in July and August. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. Please note that this is not our usual 2nd week of the month, due to a conflict with Advisor DevCon. The main topic for this meeting will likely be "What I learned at DevCon". If you will be attending this year's DevCon, and would like to present your impressions of the conference, please let us know. We will try to give all attendees a chance to have their say. If you aren't able to attend DevCon, this is an excellent opportunity for you to find out what's new and exciting in the world of the Fox. More details of the meeting should be forthcoming as we get closer to the meeting date.