February 2006 GRAFUG meeting recap


February 11, 2006



Main Presentation


Paul Emery gave a nice presentation on putting reports from VFP onto the web.  The link I have listed here is from the MMFUDG group where he also presented, but it will soon be found on the GRAFUG links as well. The paper "A Simple Idea to put Legacy Reports out to the Web" is on the MMFUDG web site at http://mmfudg.org/files/EmeryHTMLListenerPDF.zip (459KB).




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Ø       A new conference is emerging, FoxForward.  The conference is in Alpharetta, Georgia.  For more information, review the website: http://foxforward.net/

Ø       Penguincon is in Livonia this year, and is always a funny geek fest for those interested in more of the Linux/anime side.   For more information:


          For $35, it’s a cheap way to indulge your geek side…<grin>.


Ø       Oak Leaf Enterprises is offering online classes for .NET for Visual FoxPro Developers.  For more information, please check out (https://www.oakleafsd.com/index3.htm).  The training is on March 14-16, 2006, 11am-4pm Eastern Standard Time. This live, online training class is taught by Kevin McNeish, the author of the book .NET for Visual FoxPro Developers , a Microsoft .NET MVP, and a frequent speaker at .NET conferences and user groups.






Here’s a list of 2006 conferences:


Ø       Great Lakes Great Database Workshop, Milwaukee, WI, April 21-24


Ø       DevTeach, Montreal, Canada, May 8-12, 2006


Ø       Advisor Visual FoxPro DevCon 2006, Phoenix, AZ, August 27-31


Ø       Southwest Fox, Tempe, AZ, October 19-22




Next Meeting


The next meeting is March 11, 2006. Cathy Pountney will be giving a presentation on “Best Practices for Project Management”.

Managing software development projects is a difficult task that often fails for a variety of reasons. Requirements aren’t always understood and communicated properly, developers aren’t always “team players”, schedules are often unrealistic, lack of coding standards hinder consistency, little or no testing is done, and implementations don’t go smoothly .. and that’s assuming you made it to that far!

In this session you’ll learn best practices to ensure a successful software development project, including:

- How to effectively determine what you are building

- How to create an overall plan for building the application

- How to schedule the project … and keep on schedule

- How to successfully build the application

- How to effectively and thoroughly test the application

- How to implement the final product


Upcoming Meetings


Remember to keep the second Saturday free for GRAFUG over the next several months we have some great speakers lined up!  I’m excited, and I hope you are too.  Rick Schummer will be speaking in April, Andy Kramek will be speaking in May and Art Bergquist will be speaking in June.  Hope you all will be able to attend.  Please check out our website for more information.


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.org.




Sharon Hodgson

GRAFUG Secretary






The following is a forward of Rick Bean’s email, but there were so many good links in it, I just had to forward them on.   (thanks Rick!!)


1) FoxTabs - http://www.vfpsolutionexplorer.com - Checkout the "Using FoxTabs screen cast" link if you want to know what it's about.


2) Project SednaX - http://www.sednax.com/ -You have to sign up and be accepted, but it's worth it to see Craig Boyd and friends' plans for VFP before

Sedna is really available!


3) VFP Conversion - http://www.vfpconversion.com/ - Techniques and advantages of converting VFP (at least partially) to .NET.


4) The Speaker's Site (Dick J) - http://www.reallite.com/EZHome.htm - You can download his demo code. (http://www.NecessaryOptions.com/) also

checkout his web page demo of the product if you don't want to download the code (http://www.necessaryoptions.com/C.htm - hint, use the Next >> link)


5) API Viewer - http://www.news2news.com/vfp/index.php and maybe more importantly http://www.news2news.com/vfp/?article=12&src=about - If you really need Windows API functionality, you can't afford not to spend $20.00!


6) Regular Expression Highlights - http://www.mozilla.org/bugs/text-searching.html#regex%20basics


7) And I site I meant to share - especially due to the Geek T-Shirt giveaway - http://www.computergear.com/codetshirts.html