February 2006 GRAFUG meeting recap
February 11, 2006
Ø If you are interested in taking a MS certification exam soon and think you might need to take the test more then once, check out:
A new conference is emerging,
FoxForward. The conference is in
Penguincon is in
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:
Great Lakes Great Database
Advisor Visual FoxPro DevCon 2006,
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
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.
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.
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