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Updating the VFP Interface - Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 18h30
At our February CFUDG meeting we will take on the challenge to help bring the VFP interface into this century. Starting with the checkbox: What should a modern on/off yes/no checkbox look and act like? Should it resize itself as the form is resized? Should it look like a slider? Should the caption be part of the image? What role does color play? At this meeting, we will be doing some live team programming with the objective being to deliver a working and improved checkbox object to the att...
Where do we go from here? plus Amazon EC2 - Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 19h00
Given the recent dip in attendance, we’ll discuss the future of the group. Please consider ahead of time what you’re hoping to get from the group and what you can contribute. If you will be joining us for dinner, please email tamar@tamargranor.com, so we have enough food. In addition, we’ll have a brief presentation from member Jim Connolly titled “Amazon EC2 – A Free Web Hosting and Development Tool.” Abstract: Are you looking for a web server for development? Review of the Amazon EC2 we...
Jody Meyer on SQL Server Indexing - Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 18h30
Celebrate Election Day Night with rational people in their quest for facts at Chicago FUDG. Jody Meyer will be joining us to present what she has learned about SQL Server Indexing for mortals. SQL Server is an ideal alternative to native VFP tables as far as reliability and size limitations on the network, but for speed it is quite a step down from the performance of DBFs and Rushmore. Jody will cover indexing basics, best practices and the myths for SQL Server Indexes. This presentation will...
Southwest Fox Debriefing - Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 18h30
Members who attended Southwest Fox this year will share and discuss the most exciting presentations in Phoenix. Among the favorites was using version control in VFP, and adding DotNet functionality (such as two-way network communications between applications) through VFP. There was also a presentation that allows you to make your desktop applications accessible through the cloud without using web technologies - like remote desktop, but better and cheaper! More info at HTTP://www.ChicagoFUDG.c...
SQL Server Reporting Productivity Tips - Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 19h00
In this presentation, I'll show over a dozen different SSRS topics, and allow attendees to select which topics to cover. Topics include: - Advanced charting (sparklines, heatmaps, performance gauges) - Subreports/drilldown reports - Matrix (crosstab) capabilities - Page/Group Control Features - Data Driven Subscriptions - Cross-chart filtering ("hot-linking" from one section of a report to another) - Column visibility and hiding columns from users - Parameter handling - Aggregation...
Rick Borup on Microsoft's BI - Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 18h30
Rick Borup will be previewing (aka - practicing) his upcoming Southwest Fox presentation on Microsoft's 'Business Intelligence' tool - especially pushing data into the desktop BI tool. Getting your data into BI allows you and your end users to view or design sophisticated reports around your data. Some samples of the power of BI are here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-videos/ A detailed summary of Rick's talk is at: http://swfox.net/SessionsSWFox.aspx#I...
Tuvia Vinitski on dbSchema - Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 18h30
At Chicago FUDG this month, Tuvia Vinitski will be presenting the features of dbSchema as it relates to SQL and NEW SUPPORT FOR VFP DATA! Tuvia says: You can use DbSchema to compare, design, analyze, set up, and manage SQL Server as well as VFP databases. Not only is DbSchema the design tool VFP has always needed, now you can seamlessly move between database platforms! This session will demonstrate how to use the dbSchema tool to create and manage SQL Server and VFP databases, queries, dat...
Map it with Google! - Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 19h00
Google maps is a tremendously powerful service that can really add useful functionality to your apps. This session will introduce the Google Maps API and show an application that was built around it. We'll meet in room 128. Bring dinner starting at 6:30; we'll eat in the far hallway.
A VFP programmer looks at .NET – again - Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 19h00
Since I first started using C# .NET in 2005 both the platform and the way I use it have evolved in several important ways. I’ll walk through three existing production .NET/SQL Server data processing applications which I wrote over a period of ten years and show how the language and the techniques I use with it have changed. Finally, I’ll show my first attempt at using the recently-released multi-platform .NET core.
Crosstabs and Pivots: Turning Data on its Side - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 19h00
While normalization is the best choice for storing data in tables, there are lots of reporting tasks that require you to turn some data into column headers and accumulate results in those columns. In this session, we’ll see how to do that using crosstabs in VFP and the PIVOT clause in SQL Server. For VFP, we’ll take a good look at an alternative to VFPXTab, the crosstab generator that comes with the product.
DVCS demonstration - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 18h30
A special treat and a new location! Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street, downtown Chicago) - 7th Floor North meeting room - SECOND Tuesday May 10th 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Randy Bosma will be demonstrating some source control components: SourceTree, Bitbucket, and Mike Potjer's Git utilities from VFPX. Please RSVP using the link on our home page: http://www.ChicagoFUDG.com
April 2016 meeting - Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 18h30
Chicago FUDG will meet TUESDAY the 19th of April 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street - 6th Floor North meeting room! This month we're trying another day of the week, and checking out some new digs. We'll discuss member topics - progress bars are on the agenda, and managing limited width record ID's (in this case, generating SKU's from autoinc fields). Bring your own troubles and discoveries for discussion. Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link on ou...
Topic on WPF - Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 18h30
*** Old posting - bad date - IGNORE *** CFUDG's April 2009 meeting will demonstrate the rich client features of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) that affect layout, controls, document presentation and computer graphics to create new successful applications using standard business PC hardware. Other short presentations and discussions as time permits. Check out our new high tech/high altitude conference room at Tech Nexus, 200 S. Wacker Drive. 15th floor. The time will be the ...
Managing mission critical, high availability VFP applications in real time - Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 19h00
In this session I will explore performance, monitoring and maintenance issues when dealing with programs that must be updated and continuously available with limited maintenance windows. I will delve into some code that lets me maintain and monitor dozens of VFP applications running a 24/6 manufacturing operation using VFP.
Going OVER and above with SQL - Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 19h00
The SQL 2003 standard introduced the OVER keyword that lets you apply a function to a set of records. Introduced in SQL Server 2005, this capability was extended in SQL Server 2012. The functions allow you to rank records, aggregate them in a variety of ways, put data from multiple records into a single result record, and compute and use percentiles. The set of problems they solve range from removing exact duplicates to computing running totals and moving averages to comparing data from differen...
Kevin Cully on "Xojo Development" - Monday, February 15th, 2016 at 18h30
Our February meeting will feature Kevin Cully of Atlanta who will speak on "Xojo Development with focus on 64bit apps and Raspberry Pi". Xojo is a great development tool for developers who are used to developing in Microsoft Visual FoxPro and Microsoft .NET. It allows application development, not just only Windows, but Mac, Linux, Web, iOS and now the Raspberry Pi computer as well. In addition, Xojo now allows for building 64-bit applications in addition to 32-bit applications. We'll look a...
Map it with Google! - Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 19h00
The next meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group will be next Tuesday, December 9 at 7 PM in room 125, Devry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. Feel free to come as early as 6:30 and bring some dinner. Google maps is a tremendously powerful service that can really add useful functionality to your apps. This session will introduce the Google Maps API and show an application that was built around it.
Unleash the New .NET: Open Source and Running on OS X, Linux & Windows - Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 20h00
The first user group meeting for the "revived" User Group will be tonight, thursday evening, January 21st, at the Microsoft Office in Times Square, NY. Our speaker will be Nick Landry. We look forward to help running this User Group and getting to see the MMs share their knowledge and their passion for their craft as software professionals. It's a new year with new opportunities.
Bob Pierce on Manufacturing Automation w/VFP - Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 20h00
Our January 2016 meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm (CST) on Monday the 18th (today!) at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart suite 1212, IMSA classroom. Bob Pierce will present a session on Manufacturing Automation with VFP. This promises to be an interesting and unique topic for VFP developers. Please register using the EventVrite link on the home page at http://www.ChicagoFUDG.com
West Wind Web Connection 6.0 - Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 19h00
From the West Wind web site, here’s the description of the product: Create Web applications with Visual FoxPro and take advantage of a powerful and proven framework using the FoxPro environment you already know. Develop and test your code inside of the VFP IDE against live Web requests. Web Connection provides a core foundation engine, and several high level frameworks for developing just about any kind of Web application you can imagine. Create server driven HTML with our ASP.NET like We...
Gems and Nuggets learned at SWFox 2015 - Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 18h30
The Chicago FoxPro Users and Developers Group will meet on Monday, the 21st of December 2015 at 5:30pm at 1871 (in the Merchandise Mart, 12th floor) in the IMSA classroom. Our topic for December will be a discussion of gems and nuggets found at SWFox 2015 presented by members who attended that conference. Please RSVP using the EventBrite link on our home page: http://www.ChicagoFudg.com
An introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services (Part 2) - Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 19h00
The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group will be next Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM in room 125, Devry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. Feel free to come as early as 6:30 and bring some dinner. Abstract: Last month we looked at the basics of SSRS. This month we will pick up where we left off and: • See how to accomplish some more complicated reporting tasks. • Ways to render SSRS Reports in Visual FoxPro • A way to "centralize" repo...
An introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services (Part 1) - Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 19h00
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the Microsoft answer to reporting tools like Crystal Reports. The really nice thing about SSRS is that a version is now included with SQL Server Express which is FREE. Free is good, right? SQL Server Reporting Services is a quick and inexpensive way for developers to create and deploy reports when using SQL Server as the database engine. It is not difficult to use and is similar to other reporting tools that may already be in your toolbox. There are benefi...
Computer Sensors in Business Applications - Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 19h00
Most notebooks have a variety of sensors that were uncommon when Visual FoxPro 9 was released. In this session we cover a variety of modern sensors and devices and how to access them from Visual FoxPro by using some .NET helper code. These devices include the camera to take pictures and the microphone for audio recording, the touch screen to respond to finger input and multi-touch gestures, the GPS receiver to determine the current location, the compass to obtain directions, and the acceleromete...
Toni Feltman on 'Introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services' - Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 18h30
We are very excited to have Toni Feltman presenting her 'Introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services' session: SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the Microsoft answer to reporting tools like Crystal Reports. The really nice thing about SSRS is that a version is now included with SQL Server Express which is FREE. Free is good, right? SQL Server Reporting Services is a quick and inexpensive way for developers to create and deploy reports when using SQL Server as the database engine. It i...
An Introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services - Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 17h00
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the Microsoft answer to reporting tools like Crystal Reports. The really nice thing about SSRS is that a version is now included with SQL Server Express which is FREE. Free is good, right? SQL Server Reporting Services is a quick and inexpensive way for developers to create and deploy reports when using SQL Server as the database engine. It is not difficult to use and is similar to other reporting tools that may already be in your toolbox. There are benefi...
Phil Sherwood on New Rules in Sales and Marketing - Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 18h30
What does it take to market and sell your software? Do the old methods still work? Yes…and, NO! The landscape has changed in marketing and sales. You used to be the gate-keeper of the information; now the potential customer is in charge. You used to have to sell your application to a potential client; now they usually know what they want when they contact you. We'll look at what you need to be doing to attract potential customers and how to provide them with useful information that tilts the dis...
Tuvia Vinitsky on FoxInCloud - Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 18h30
For our July 2015 meeting, Tuvia Vinitsky will speak on "FoxInCloud - What's new and improved". Taking some cues from his upcoming SWFox post-con training event, Tuvia will help us reimagine Visual Foxpro applications running in a web browser as HTML/JS/CSS, complete with anything and everything the web has to offer, and using VFP code to create one application for web or desktop. Monday, 20 July 2015, 5:30pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart, 12th floor west. Please register using the EventB...
Can't this application go any faster? - Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 19h00
What do you do when your customer says that your application is too slow? How can you figure out what's slowing things down? How can you make it faster? Optimization of a VFP application is more than just applying Rushmore correctly, though that's an important step. In this session, we'll explore techniques for measuring performance of a VFP application and look at things you can do to speed it up.
Eric Selje on Database Hacks - Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 18h30
You are invited to the June 2015 meeting of the Chicago FoxPro Developers Group to be held 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST) on Monday June 15, 2015 at 1871 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza IMSA Classroom Chicago, IL 60654 Do you ever hear about a database hack and think “Wow, whoever pulled this off must be some super-smart hacker type with access to advanced technology and supercomputers?” Well in reality nothing could be further from the truth. Database hacks are accomplished with a combination...
Manufacturing Automation powered by VFP, Part 1 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 18h00
Smooth-On Inc., with $50 Million annual production recently moved into a much larger facility to accommodate our growth. It was decided that we take the opportunity to modernize the operation using automation controlled by Visual FoxPro. In our process we use 600 chemicals to produce 1400 formulas that go into 6000 finished goods that are sold globally through our distributer network, and ecommerce. I will explain why VFP was selected for this project, some of the pitfalls of that choice, and...
Inspiring Everyday Practical IntelliSense - Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 19h00
Microsoft introduced Visual FoxPro's highly extensible IntelliSense capability 14 years ago with the release of Visual FoxPro 7.0. I remember seeing the first live demo of IntelliSense at DevCon and recall the chills it sent up my spine because I knew this new feature would instantly make me more productive. This single VFP feature has been heralded as "the greatest thing since sliced bread" and is, at least in my mind, the single biggest productivity boost to developers. Yet to this day I feel ...
CFUDG - April - Rick Borup - Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 18h30
Our speaker for April is Rick Borup, a well-known and highly regarded SouthWest Fox speaker. His topic is: "Refactoring VFP Code: If it Ain't Broke, Fix it". Do your applications suffer from Stale Software Syndrome? When you crack open a section of existing code for some simple maintenance work, are you reminded that you've frequently said "I really need to clean this up some day"? In this session we'll explore how and why code gets stale, and how refactoring can be an effective solution. ...
Document Management within Visual FoxPro - Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 19h00
I created programs that will create an electronic filing system. The programs read the bar codes from the invoices and files them in electronic storage. This allows the end user to view the documents with a single click in the app. I will show the class how to setup the bar code reader and to accept individual scans for easy access. There are some recommended programs that will assist in the process. I will present them along with the Fox Pro program.
SaaS using VFP, WebConnection, and MySQL - Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 18h30
Chicago FUDG is pleased to announce that Michael Birnholz will be presenting his tools and techniques in creating a successful automotive commerce 'SaaS' business based upon VFP, WebConnect, MySQL and the various other tools needed to run a business. This is a rare opportunity for current and prospective entrepreneurs to see the components and techniques of another success story of a thriving business and chat with the guy who made it happen. Full details available on our website at http:/...
SSRS 101: SQL Server Reporting System for beginners - Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 19h00
SSRS – SQL Server Reporting System has been evolving quietly over the past decade and has now emerged as Microsoft’s preferred tool for preparing and displaying database reports. It is the default reporting system for SQL Server and .NET, and also is a powerful standalone report generator. At the same time there has been a decline in the support for the integration of Crystal Reports with .NET, creating a need that Microsoft has moved to fill. SSRS is well supported, there are many tutorials...
Chicago FUDG: Carl Karsten on Python - Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 18h30
Our February meeting will feature a long-time member from way-back: Carl Karsten. He'll be revealing the Python programming language to us. You know what programming is, now learn how to do it in Python with a crash coarse in the syntax. We'll start with 'Hello World!', followed by an introduction to the list and key/value dictionary data types, then touch on function and class definitions, and end when we run out of time. I will mention the standard library and package index, but discover...
Open Mike Night--VFP Tips and Tricks - Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 19h00
This month is part 2 of our VFP Tips and Tricks series. Come prepared with one or two (or more) short items you want to share with the group. They can be about the VFP UI, the language, application design, great tools, or pretty much anything else VFP-related. (And it’s okay to come even if you have no tips to share.)
January 2015 - Doug Henning on Deploying VFP Apps - Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 18h30
Chicago FUDG will meet on Monday the 19th of January 2015 at 5:30pm. This month's presenter is Doug Hennig; he will speak on "The Latest Techniques in Deploying VFP Applications". Here's the scoop: "Deployment of your application is easily as important as the rest of the development cycle since it's the first encounter your users have with the application. This session looks at some new ideas for application deployment, including creating a workstation-only installer, installing your applica...
VFP Tips and Tricks - Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 19h00
For the next two months, we’ll cover Tips and Tricks. This month, Tamar E. Granor will present her Southwest Fox 2014 session “VFP Tips and Tricks.” On February 10, we’ll open the floor for all attendees to share their favorite tips, tricks and traps. Here’s the abstract for Tamar’s talk: I love to watch other people work at their computers. Every user makes a unique set of choices about when to use the mouse and when to use the keyboard, whether to use the menu or a keyboard shortcut, an...
Refactoring VFP Code: If it Ain't Broke, Fix it - Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 22h30
Do your applications suffer from Stale Software Syndrome? When you crack open a section of existing code for some simple maintenance work, are you reminded that you've frequently said "I really need to clean this up some day"? Does a simple enhancement request end up taking hours instead of minutes because you never did clean up that section of code? I'd wager these are common occurrences for most developers, and the longer these situations linger the worse they can get. In this session we'll ex...
December at Chicago FUDG: Hank Fay on Lianja - Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 18h30
Looking for a modern but familiar development environment to easily transition to? There has been a great deal of interest in the cross-platform Lianja environment - supporting Web, Windows, Mac and Linux. We're looking forward to seeing this presentation by Hank Fay. Hank is a very experienced VFP developer and tools developer who has decided that Lianja will be his new focus. We hope you can make it!
Open Mic Night - Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 18h00
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Detroit Area Fox User Group (DAFUG) presents: 1) Open Mic Night! Bring your computer and show your fellow user group friends something interesting or cool. It might be something you are learning at work or at play, a new tool you came across or developed, or something you developed to help yourself or your customers. 2) Along with anything else people want to talk about. Are you interested in presenting to DAFUG? Show off something cool in software develo...
Jazz your Web Applications with JQuery! - Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 19h00
This session is an introduction to the most powerful and widely used client side function library in the web development world. JQuery is both a function library and a foundation that makes web development easier and more powerful. It is also the basis for hundreds of really handy plugins that can make you look like a master web developer with little effort. This is an introductory session to JQuery and will introduce you to how it works and show you some of the great plugins I use daily in ...
VFPX.Edition("2014")” by Rick Schummer - Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 18h00
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Detroit Area Fox User Group (DAFUG) presents: 1) “VFPX.Edition("2014")” by Rick Schummer of White Light Computing, Inc. VFPX, one of many active open source projects hosted on CodePlex, has some terrific tools to enhance the Visual FoxPro Interactive Development Environment (IDE) and components to impress your customers in the applications you write for them. This session covers some of the recent updates and additions to VFPX in 2014. We are going to cover ...
The Latest Techniques in Deploying VFP Applications - Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 22h30
Deployment of your application is easily as important as the rest of the development cycle since it's the first encounter your users have with the application. This session looks at some new ideas for application deployment, including creating a workstation-only installer, installing your application on a server without requiring a workstation installation (zero footprint deployment), and how to update your applications over the Internet. You will learn: Where the VFP runtime files should ...
Eric Selje on Data Breaches - Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 18h30
Our November 2014 meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm (CST) on Monday the 17th at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart suite 1212. Eric Selje will be our speaker and his topic is "Stealing Home ... Depot", an analysis of data breaches that have made headlines so often over the past year. He'll also talk about making calls to CouchDB from VFP, the new IntellisenseX Script Sharing feature, Test-Driven Development and the latest FoxUnit changes. Another must-see presentation at Chicago FUDG! More info at...
Loosely coupled VFP data, plus Working with VFP and SQL together and providing easier migration pat - Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 19h00
Loosely coupled VFP data While trying to get a forklift program going, I was having trouble with dropped wifi signals in the warehouse. So I developed a background data program that maintains data on a local drive that gets updated from data on the server. I realized later that this technique can also be used during our move to the new facilities when running the in house MRP from multiple locations. In addition it can be used as a mechanism to sync remote data and even reduce total networ...
I Need a REST! - Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 22h30
Web APIs are one way to enable distributed systems to interact with each other over HTTP. In the past, SOAP-based Web Services were the Web API of choice. Today developers prefer to use RESTful Web APIs to enable system to communicate. Our Visual FoxPro applications are just one of the types of systems that may need to communicate with others over the web. It is very possible, and pretty easy, to do so using RESTful APIs. In order to take advantage of all that is available using the web you must...
I Need a Rest! and Should I be Concerned? - Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 19h00
We continue our Southwest Fox previews this month. Toni Feltman will (remotely) present both of her Southwest Fox 2014 sessions. Title: I Need a REST! Abstract: Web APIs are one way to enable distributed systems to interact with each other over HTTP. In the past, SOAP-based Web Services were the Web API of choice. Today developers prefer to use RESTful Web APIs to enable system to communicate. Our Visual FoxPro applications are just one of the types of systems that may need to communicate wi...