What's new in the Visual FoxPro Community


Web Connection 7.15 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.15 is a maintenance release for the popular FoxPro Web development framework. Web Connection is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP API Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.15 focuses on updates to the Web Connection logging infrastructure with new log format options and a consolidated setting for logging and recent request reviews. There's also an updated request viewer and a simpler status form for setting common Web Connection application settings interactively. This release also fixes a few small issues in the wwJsonSerializer and wwDotnetBridge. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Virtual Fox Fest 2020: Speakers, Sessions, and Registration
Speakers (https://virtualfoxfest.com/speakers.aspx) and Sessions (https://virtualfoxfest.com/sessions.aspx) for Virtual Fox Fest 2020 have been announced, and registration (http://geekgatherings.com/Registration) is open! Virtual Fox Fest is October 15, 21, and 27, 2020!
West Wind Client Tools 7.14 released
West Wind Technologies has released version 7.14 of its client side toolkit for Visual FoxPro. The Client Tools provide a host of Internet functionality to FoxPro applications including SMTP email, FTP and SFTP, and a rich HTTP client. There are also many utility classes including JSON and XML Serializers, a simple business object component, SQL Server data access wrapper, a powerful .NET bridge to access just about all .NET components without COM registration, PDF rendering, a REST Service client and more. Version 7.14 is a maintenance release that fixes a few small issues, and adds a few small enhancement features to various libraries. The Client Tools are available as a shareware version for download to check out the product. As always, registered users of version 7.x can upgrade for free.
Virtual Fox Fest 2020: Call for Speakers Reminder
Just a reminder that the deadline to submit session proposals for Virtual Fox Fest is next Monday, June 1st. You'll find details on our Call for Speakers page (https://virtualfoxfest.com/CallForSpeakers.aspx). We look forward to your ideas and session proposals. Virtual Fox Fest is October 15, 21, and 27, 2020!
Virtual Fox Fest 2020: All new virtual Fox conference in October
Geek Gatherings, organizers of the famous Southwest Fox Conference are excited to offer you Virtual Fox Fest, an online conference presenting the latest in Microsoft Visual FoxPro development techniques and interoperability with other technologies. All the details are available at https://virtualfoxfest.com/. We look forward to virtually seeing everyone this October. We have opened up our Call for Speakers too.
Southwest Fox 2020: on hiatus until 2021
We?re disappointed to announce that due to COVID-19, the annual Southwest Fox Conference is on hiatus in 2020. We will return October 14-17, 2021 in Gilbert so please mark your calendars.
User Security Manager for Web Connection 1.10 released
Need to add a full authentication system to your Web Connection application? User Security Manager is a drop in interface for West Wind Web Connection to provide user authentication, account creation, validate and management, password recovery, a user menu widget and an administrative user management interface. This release updates for the latest Web Connection version and improves the integration script to add the functionality to an existing application.
West Wind Web Connection 7.12 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.12 is a maintenance release for the popular FoxPro Web development framework. Web Connection is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and API Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.12 adds a new .NET Core local development Web server that doesn't require IIS or IIS Express installed. It includes built-in LiveReload functionality and can also run behind an IIS Web server providing and end to end Web Server solution that's low impact on the development machine. Using this server has been integrated into the Console Wizards for project setup and deployment configuration. This continues updating project build and launch integration to make it easier to develop, deploy and manage Web Connection applications. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Markdown Monster 1.22 has been released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.22 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use, text based writing format for creating HTML content, and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with tons of out of your way tooling support. MM can create HTML and PDF output and can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.22 includes a new CLI for performing Markdown conversions from the command line, support for site relative root paths for 'projects' and documentation, close tab to the right and a host of other improvements. Markdown Monster is free to try and registered users can always upgrade minor versions for free.
West Wind Html Help Builder 5.24 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.24. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy tools based on Markdown to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder's Web based templates make it easy to create great looking online documentation while you can focus on creating your content. Version 5.24 is a maintenance release with focus on editor performance improvements especially with larger documents. This release fixes a few preview refresh issues and improves overall performance of the application. There are also many small UI improvements including a new bookmark form, a new Time To Read section in topic templates, updates to the bookmarks side bar in render topics and more. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
Southwest Fox 2020: Call for Speakers deadline
We understand you're probably not thinking much beyond the next few weeks or months, but we're still planning Southwest Fox 2020 on the assumption that the current crisis will be over by November. In light of that, we're extending the speaker submission deadline to Monday, April 13. If you have something to share with our developer community, read the Call for Speakers document (http://www.swfox.net/CallForSpeakers.pdf) and then use the Submission site (https://geekgatherings.com/Submission) to send us your session proposals. We look forward to your ideas.
Web Connection 7,10 Released
West Wind Web Connection 7.10 is a feature update for the popular FoxPro Web development framework. Web Connection is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and API Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.10 adds a new .NET Core local development Web server that doesn't require IIS or IIS Express installed. It also includes built-in LiveReload functionality and can also run behind an IIS Web server providing and end to end Web Server solution that's low impact on the development machine. There's also enhanced project creation and launching support, geared to make it easier to get started locally. wwDotnetBridge gains the ability to call `async/await` functions in .NET asynchronously. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Southwest Fox 2020: Call for Speakers
We've issued the Call for Speakers for Southwest Fox 2020. If you're interested in presenting, please read the document referenced in that page and consider submitting sessions via the Geek Gatherings Submission Web site.
In Depth Deploying West Wind Web Connection Applications Article
Publishing Web applications is never easy, but in recent versions of Web Connection the process has been streamlined and automated substantially and this post covers the entire process from setting up a new Virtual Machine, configuring the machine, setting up IIS, packaging and uploading your application, configuring the Application and Web Site, and then running the application in file mode and COM mode. It also describes how to install a TLS certificate for free, and update the running application with changes both for Web and Code content. Although focus is on Web Connection, there's lots of general content regarding machine and IIS setup that is useful for non-Web Connection developers. This article is an update to the Southwest Fox 2019 session presented earlier this year.
Markdown Monster 1.20 released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.20 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use, text based writing format for creating HTML content, and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with tons of intuitive tooling support. MM can create HTML and PDF output and can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.20 is mostly a maintenance update that also adds improvements to the Table Editor, improves the Editor Preview syncing and spell checking engines and fixes a number of outstanding issues. Markdown Monster is free to try and registered users always upgrade minor versions for free.
Philadelphia VFP User Group meets Tuesday, November 12
The final 2019 meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group is Tuesday, November 12. The meeting is at Smooth-On Inc., 5600 Lower Macungie Rd, Macungie, PA 18062. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, but bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. If you arrive at Smooth-On and there?s no one to let you in, call Bob Pierce at (610) 865-6910. Craig Benson will present "Keeping Up Appearances in VFP" Abstract: TIW released a FoxPro based Manufacturing Product called "WorkShop" in June of 1990. Over the past 30 years, the product has evolved to become a complete modern ERP solution known today as ALERE. This session will focus on methods of upgrading and expanding the standard VFP user interface to create a modern look and feel. Some of the topics discussed will include Themed Title Bars, Ribbon Menus, Drop-Down Edit Boxes, Document Management, OLE Drag and Drop, Signature Boxes and Mobile VFP Applications using RDS.
West Wind Web Connection 7.09 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.09 is a maintenance release for the popular FoxPro Web development framework. Web Connection is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.09 adds a preview of a .NET Core based local development Web server that doesn't require IIS or IIS Express installed. It also includes built-in LiveReload functionality and can also run behind an IIS Web server providing and end to end Web Server solution that's low impact on the development machine. This version also adds additional developer convenience features like an improved launcher, and project shortcuts to your favorite editor, configuration settings and a number of updates to the automated build features. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Southwest Fox 2019: Keynote announced
The Southwest Fox 2019 Keynote Presentation will stream using Facebook Live video starting at 7:00 pm MST (10:00 PM EDT), Thursday, October 24. Kevin Ragsdale is presenting the keynote session titled ?The Fox Family: A Whimsical Celebration of FoxPro and the FoxPro Community?.
West Wind Html Help Builder 5.20 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.20. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy tools based on Markdown to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder's Web based templates make it easy to create great looking online documentation while you can focus on creating your content. Version 5.17 is a maintenance release that fixes a few small bugs, improves image url encoding and pathing issues, adds an option to open topics for editing in Markdown Monster (with updates), adds a new copy to folder for HTML output, command line Local Web Server previews, and a cleaner build completion dialog. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
Markdown Monster 1.19 Released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.19 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use writing format for creating HTML content and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with intuitive tooling support. MM can also create HTML and PDF output and can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.19 adds project support, a new configuration editor, find in files, a new VS Code Light editor theme and new pre-configured Window size manager and lots more. Markdown Monster is free to try and registered users always upgrade minor versions for free.