What's new in the Visual FoxPro Community
posted on Monday
West Wind Technologies has released an updated beta of West Wind Html Help Builder 5.0. Help Builder is a documentation solution that makes it easy to create any kind of documentation for applications, FAQs, references and more. You can generate CHM Help files, MS Word and PDF files as well as HTML based online documentation you can easily publish to the Web. Version 5.0 is a major update that introduces a brand new text editor and a much richer editing experience as well as-you-type spell checking. Help Builder also adds the popular Markdown format for quicker text input and the ability to share text more easily. There are also new, cleaner and simpler templates for output creation and an overall overhaul of the user interface. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users can upgrade to the new version.
posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Toni Feltman will present Part 1 of her rescheduled talk on SQL Server Reporting Services. 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 benefits to having a language-agnostic reporting tool such as the ability to share reports between different applications and platforms. It also makes really good sense to have a reporting tool tightly coupled with the data used for reporting.
Desktop applications need reporting. These applications are being extended through other technologies such as the web and mobile. Even if your development environment has its own reporting engine, SQL Server Reporting Services is a great way to get query and reporting capabilities that are available on the desktop, web and mobile device all from one code base.
In this Part I session we will talk about:
? Where to find and how to install SQL Server Express and SQL Server Reporting Services
? The basics of the Report Builder and Visual Studio Data Tools
? Different Ways to tie data to reports
? The native Report Output Options
? How to accomplish some simple reporting tasks.
posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
West Wind Technologies has released beta 2 for version 6.0 of their flagship Web development tool West Wind Web Connection. Web Connection is a Web development framework for Visual FoxPro that allows you to use your FoxPro skills to build Web applications, services and APIs. Version 6.0 is a major update that provides many improvements to the development process. A new project system facilitates setting up, moving and deploying of projects. Layout Page, Partials and Sections allow for more module MVC style HTML applications. There's new support for extensionless URLs, easier Authentication support, a Markdown parser and many new HtmlHelpers. Beta 2 is a stable release and can be installed side by side with existing Web Connection installations.
posted on Monday, October 12, 2015
West Wind Technologies has released a beta version for the next version of West Wind Web Connection. Web Connection is a Web development framework for Visual FoxPro that allows you to use your FoxPro skills to build Web applications, services and APIs. Version 6.0 is a major update that provides many improvements to the development process. A new project system facilitates setting up, moving and deploying of projects. Layout Page, Partials and Sections allow for more module MVC style HTML applications. There's new support for extensionless URLs, easier Authentication support, a Markdown parser and many new HtmlHelpers. Beta 1 is stable and can be installed side by side with existing Web Connection application.
posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Christof Wollenhaupt returns to Philadelphia to do a Southwest Fox preview on his way to Phoenix. He?ll present ?Computer Sensors in Business Applications.?
Abstract: 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 accelerometer to measure device movements. Sensors are useful in many mobile business applications. For instance, you can automatically track time and route of mobile workers. The camera takes pictures that are directly added to the VFP application when entering orders at a client site.
posted on Saturday, October 3, 2015
posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
West Wind Technologies has released an update to the Web Service Proxy Generator, which automates the process for creating FoxPro clients to complex SOAP 1.x Web Services. The tool makes calling Web Services as easy as calling methods on a generated FoxPro proxy class. This update is a maintenance release that adds a host of updates for wwDotnetBridge to facilitate interaction with many more new .NET types including, structs, long, char, byte, Single, DbNull and more. This release also updates the documentation with new examples and a new, easier to parse display theme. The Proxy Generator is available as shareware and registered users can simply re-download the registered version for a free update.