Meeting Recap for May 11, 2002

FoxPro News:

One news item that I forgot to mention last month is the new Visual
FoxPro Toolkit for .NET. This product, which was announced at the
recent Essential Fox conference, is a set of functions written in VB.NET
and C# that mimic the VFP functions of the same names. If you plan to,
or are already, doing .NET development, it will be worth your while to
check out this free toolkit. Even .NET developers who are not familiar
with FoxPro should appreciate these functions. You can get the toolkit
by following the link from the VFP home page
(, or by downloading them directly
from the GotDotNet website (

Main Presentation:

Rick Schummer, a co-author of "1001 Things You Wanted to Know About
Visual FoxPro" (dubbed KiloFox), and the upcoming "MegaFox: 1002 Things
You Wanted to Know About Extending Visual FoxPro", presented the topic
"DevTools: Build, Grab, or Buy". Rick covered some of the reasons you
might want to build a developer tool, showed some nice tools that are
available for free and where to find them, and briefly mentioned a few
commercial products that help you in your development. I certainly
can't do justice to the topic in this space, so I recommend you download
Rick's extensive white paper and sample code.  Rick was kind
enough to make them available to download  -white paper

sample code

As I announced, we gave away a copy of Cathy Pountney's new book: "The
Visual FoxPro Report Writer: Pushing it to the Limit and Beyond".
Congratulations to Jan Wells, who won that drawing.

In addition, our speaker surprised us by bringing along a copy of his
"1001 Things" book to give away. Dave Russell was the proud winner of
that book. Congratulations, Dave.

Next Meeting:

The next GRAFUG meeting will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 2002. The
meeting will start at 11:00am and run till about 1:00pm or so. Martha
Kroll will be presenting "Developing Palm apps using PDA Toolbox". She
will describe how she used this inexpensive tool ($25 registered) to
efficiently move data from a Fox DBF, to a Palm database, up to the web,
and back to a Palm.

As always, if there's anything that you'd be willing to present, or
there's a topic that you would really like to cover at a future meeting,
please send me an email and let me know (

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