March 2005 GRAFUG Meeting Re-cap
 
I’d like to offer a thank-you to to Jody Meyer for being the secretary in-lieu and providing these wonderful notes, and to Frank Dolinar for giving the presentation on WebConnection.

Announcements

FoxCast.org (put together by Vision Pace) has a new Webcast available for download of Doug Henning’s Report Extensibility.  The recorded presentations are posted them on the website.  The next Webcast will be Visual FoxPro MVP Andy Kramek speaking on "Getting the most out of IntelliSense" on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm Eastern. You can register for this FoxCast at www.foxcast.org.  They charge 9 dollars if you want to view it live, and you can subscribe for the year also.  http://www.foxcast.org/

The DotNetNuke class early registration ends April 1st.  This is a one-day training session on DotNetNuke presented by Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies. DotNetNuke is an Open Source hybrid of the IBuySpy Portal. Its management team is dedicated to the ongoing management of core portal application enhancements. DotNetNuke provides automated content management capabilities and tools to maintain a dynamic and 100% interactive data-driven web site. You can read more about DotNetNuke by going to www.dotnetnuke.com.  Early Bird registration is $125 for Member of the user group, late registration is $150.  Payable to:    GRAFUG; Mail To:   Mike Potjer; Optimal Solutions, Inc.; 3101 Prairie, SW; Grandville, MI 49418.

Reminder – Our next meeting is April 16th, the third Saturday.

New Books

Published by Hentzenwerke Publishing at http://www.hentzenwerke.com/

What's New In Nine:  Visual FoxPro’s Latest Hits by Tamar E. Granor, Doug Hennig, Rick Schummer, Toni Feltman, Jim Slater Edited by Jim Slater

Is the Help Helpful? by Jean Hollis Weber Edited by Tamar E. Granor

The Tiny Guide to Open Office.org by Ben Horst Edited by Solveig Haugland

Conferences

  • DevCon – June 12 in Las Vegas
  • DevTeach – June 18th in Montreal
  • Southwest Fox – October 13th  in Phoenix AZ
  • Latin America Tour – March 14th in Ecuador
  • Praha DevCon – Prague, June 21st

There will not be an Essential Fox or DevEssentials this year.

DevTeach is proud to announce its user groups rebate program. They are offering $50.00 off the registration cost to all members of user groups registered with INETA or to the Universal Thread. To benefit of this rebate, members need to enter a rebate code when processing their registration. This rebate can be combined with the early bird discount which gives a $300.00 rebate until March 31st. User group leaders can request this rebate code by sending an email to jrroy@devteach.com.

Main Presentation

Frank Dolinar gave an excellent presentation demonstrating West Wind WebConnect.  West Wind WebConnection is a Web application framework for delivering e-business solutions especially for Visual FoxPro developers.  The latest version is 4.60.  You can find more about West Wind WebConnection on the Internet at http://west-wind.com/webconnection/docs/wconnect.html 

Frank Dolinar used the West Wind WebConnection to build an inventory database application to track samples for the MSU DNA Sequencing Laboratory where the end-users (researchers) and lab staff can only access the system from their Internet browser. Not only was he able to solve the complications using WebConnection he also designed the screens to use colors and backgrounds to help the user's recognize that they were in a different place in the system.  These visual clues really help the end user to navigate through a system with greater ease.

Click here to download Frank’s Power Point presentation.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 16, 2005. We are pleased to announce our speaker will be Mike Levy.  Michael Levy specializes in using Visual Studio and SQL Server to solve business problems.  He is a consultant and also a MCSD, MCDBA and MCT.  Mike is going to discuss topics relating to SQL Server 2005. 

The group is planning on taking Mike out to lunch after the meeting and everyone is welcome to join.  If you are interested, please speak up when the meeting is ‘breaking up’ so we can decide where to go.  (and don’t forget to warn your significant other or animals that you are having way too much fun to come home right at noon!)

If you too wish to volunteer to be a speaker for a future meeting, information and a link for topic submission can be found on our website:  http://www.GRAFUG.com.

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Sharon Hodgson
GRAFUG Secretary
hodgsons@optimalinternet.com
www.GRAFUG.com
www.optimalinternet.com