What's new in the Visual FoxPro Community


West Wind Internet and Client Tools 7.07 released
West Wind Technologies has released version 7.07 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 7.07 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.
Southwest Fox 2019: Super-Saver Deadline Approaches
Registration for Southwest Fox 2019 has been open for a few weeks and there?s less than a week until the Super-Saver Registration deadline (Sunday night at midnight ET). If you register (https://geekgatherings.com/Registration) before the end of June, you save $125 and we?ll throw in a pre-conference session worth $99. Not only that, but you?ll be entered in the drawings for a scholarship that will reduce your cost even more and a license of Stonefield Query SDK, a $2,500 value. Check out the speakers (http://swfox.net/speakers.aspx) and topics (http://swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx) on the conference website (http://swfox.net/). Please beat the rush so we still have some fingernails left when July begins! No need to wait, we won?t charge your card or cash your check until August!
Southwest Fox 2019: The FoxShow interviews
Andrew Ross MacNeill, the host of The FoxShow, interviewed each of the Southwest Fox organizers separately this year and talked to each of about how we got into computing, why we go to conferences and much more. The first two of the shows are available now. Head over to http://akselsoft.libsyn.com/ to listen. We?ll let you know when Tamar?s interview is posted. Thanks, Andrew, as always for helping us spread the word about Southwest Fox. Oh, and registration is open as well, you can secure your slot here: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration
West Wind Web Connection 7.07 Released
West Wind Web Connection 7.07 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 7.07 adds a a new application launcher that automates launching Web Server, Application and Browser in your development environment. Also new is support for Live Reload on the server that allows for server code changes to auto-restart the application. Combined with client side Browser-Sync you can now cycle through run/debug/edit/run without manually restarting your application or refreshing the Web browser. Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Southwest Fox 2019: Registration opens
Registration for Southwest Fox (http://www.swfox.net/register.aspx) is now available. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don't wait. We also let you pick a free pre-con if you register by June 30th. Putting on a conference is a risky endeavor. Conference centers require a guaranteed minimum income to block the dates of a conference; for a conference like Southwest Fox, that minimum is in the tens of thousands of dollars. We have to commit to the conference center by July 2nd and need your support by July 1st to make that commitment. We will not send out any "We need your help" appeals so please do not wait; register by June 30th! We know most of you like to wait until the last minute to avoid the credit card bill arriving too soon. We will not charge any attendee credit cards or cash any checks until we have committed to going forward (sometime after July 2), so this is not is a reason to wait. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Philadelphia VFP User Group meets May 14. Bazian on JavaScript, AJAX and more
The next meeting of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group is Tuesday, May 14. 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. Menachem Bazian returns for ?Creating efficient data enabled web pages with PHP, Codeigniter, Javascript, jQuery and Ajax?
Southwest Fox 2019: Speakers and sessions announced
Speakers (http://swfox.net/speakers.aspx) and sessions (http://swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx) for Southwest Fox 2019 have been announced. Only 171 days until we gather in Gilbert.
West Wind WebSurge 1.14 released
West Wind Technologies released v1.14 of its WebSurge HTTP request and load testing tool. WebSurge is designed to easily and repeatedly capture and play back individual or sessions of HTTP requests of your applications. You can capture all types of HTTP content including HTML and asset requests, or more commonly REST or SOAP services. WebSurge's workflow is optimized to make it easy to create or capture requests, test them quickly and then store and share them for later playback or testing. You can be up and running load tests in a few minutes. Load tests produce simple understandable stats that make it easy to capture and compare results between runs. Version 1.14 modernizes the results page display for easier at a glance stats, enhances warmup request handling and stats, adds New Session options and fixes a number of small UI bugs. A free evaluation and personal use version is available and registered users for v1.x can upgrade for free.
West Wind Html Help Builder 5.17 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.17. 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 1.16 released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.16 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 or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.16 introduces a new centered mode, capturing content from StdIn directly into the editor, improved Math and MathML support, a new Console Addin and a few new keyboard shortcuts like Shift-Enter for soft line breaks. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
West Wind Web Connection 7.04 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.04 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 7.04 fixes a few small bugs after the major 7.0 release and adds a handful of small library improvements focused on easing the development workflow around working with, running and deploying applications. Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
West Wind WebSurge 1.12 released
West Wind Technologies released v1.12 of its WebSurge HTTP request and load testing tool. WebSurge is designed to easily and repeatedly capture and play back individual or sessions of HTTP requests of your applications. You can capture all types of HTTP content including HTML and asset requests, or more commonly REST or SOAP services. WebSurge's workflow is optimized to make it easy to create or capture requests, test them quickly and then store and share them for later playback or testing. You can be up and running load tests in a few minutes. Load tests produce simple understandable stats that make it easy to capture and compare results between runs. Version 1.12 adds support for remembered session cookies, additional options for randomized requests, an easy way to paste HTTP requests into the request editor as well as many UI tweaks and fixes. A shareware version is available and registered users for v1.x can upgrade for free.
Southwest Fox 2019: Call for Speakers
We?ve issued the Call for Speakers for Southwest Fox 2019 (http://www.swfox.net/CallForSpeakers.aspx). If you are interested in presenting, please read the document referenced in that page and consider submitting sessions via the Geek Gatherings Submission Web site. Southwest Fox 2019 is going to be held October 24-27, 2019 in Gilbert, Arizona.
West Wind Html Help Builder 5.15 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.15. Help Builder is a tool for building 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 focus on creating your content. Version 5.15 is a maintenance release that improves performance of the editor and fixes a few small issues. , adds a new topic outline for Web output, cleans up themes (especially lighter ones), improves FTP uploads, improves editor performance and adds a new JSON export for projects. Also new: Time to Read in topics, soft break (shift-enter) support in the editor, a new link dialog, a new topic outline and much more.
West Wind Internet and Client Tools 7.0 released
West Wind Technologies has released a new major version 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 layer, 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. 7.0 introduces a new wwDynamic class, switches the remaining VCX classes to PRG classes, adds a host of wwHttp enhancements and much more. A shareware version is available for download to check out the product. Version 7.0 is a major version upgrade and requires a paid upgrade for previous version users (with a 1 year free upgrade grace period).
Markdown Monster 1.15 released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.15 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 or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.15 adds a new split editor view, supports editor margins and maxwidth for a more control over actual editing width, improved support for Mermaid Charts and MathML, along with a handful of small enhancements to improve usability. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
West Wind Web Connection 7.02 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.02 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 know to build Web applications. Version 7.02 fixes a few small bugs after the major 7.0 release and adds a handful of improvements focused on easing the development workflow around working with, running and deploying applications. There are also a few enhancements to wwHttp, a new wwDynamic object class, and some pathing helpers to work around FoxPro's path casing limitations. Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7.x are eligible for free upgrades.
Marking up the World with Markdown and FoxPro SWFox Whitepaper
This white paper contains my session notes for the Southwest Fox 2018 session Marking up the World with Markdown. This article provides an overview of what Markdown is and why it is useful for generic writing tasks as well as for integration into FoxPro or Web applications. Markdown is immensely popular these days as a text entry format and in this post you learn how you can easily use it from your own FoxPro and more importantly why you might want to use it in the first place.
Markdown Monster 1.14 has been released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.14 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 or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.14 is mostly a maintenance release that improves usability, stability and performance of the editor and support features, along with a handful of small enhancements to improve usability. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
User Security Manager for West Wind Web Connection 1.0 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, profile management, account validation, password recovery, a user menu widget and an administrative user management interface. The library is a drop in wwProcess class, along with a set of page templates that can be customized to your application's UI and feature set. Why reinvent the wheel when you can get a head start to one of the most common tasks that almost every Web application needs.