posted Friday, February 19, 2021
We had so much fun at Virtual Fox Fest 2020 that we've decided to do more online conferences. They won't all be three-day events; in fact, the next one (Thursday, May 6, 2021) is a one-day event. However, it'll still have the same great features everyone loves about VFF: great speakers delivering great sessions, live chatting during presentations, and getting to hang out virtually with new and old friends. This event will feature classic sessions from Southwest Fox, updated for 2021. Registration is available now so sign up today! We're still discussing whether to hold Southwest Fox in Arizona this fall. We expect to announce our plans for a fall conference by the end of March.
posted Wednesday, December 23, 2020
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.32. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy Markdown based content editing to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder uses Web based HTML templates to create great looking online documentation, while letting you focus on creating great content. Version 5.32 is a maintenance release, which also has a number of improvements in the Web output templates. Web searches are improved with a new indexed search feature and better search navigation for topics. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
posted Tuesday, December 22, 2020
We have 11 quick questions to help us plan future Virtual Fox Fest conferences. We would really appreciate your input: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F8ZLX9J
posted Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The Web Service Proxy Generator makes it easy to SOAP Web Services from Visual FoxPro. The tool provides a Wizard to generate a FoxPro Web Service client interface using a generated and automatically compiled .NET proxy and a FoxPro class that can then be used to a call Web Service methods. Version 1.70 updates the Proxy service generation to produce .NET classes with properties rather than fields for better compatibility and updates to the latest version of wwDotnetBridge. There's also a new sample service and FoxPro client that serves as a playground and demonstration tool to access special type features in the .NET interface and how to call it. As always upgrades to the same major version are free, and a shareware version allows you check out functionality.
posted Tuesday, December 1, 2020
West Wind Client Tools is a suite of utility classes that provide Internet functionality including SMTP & POP3 Email, full featured HTTP Web access, FTP, SFTP and low level TCP/IP access to your Foxpro applications. Utility classes include object based data access to SQL Server and Web Data, a light-weight business object framework, a .NET Interop helper component, JSON and XML conversion features, several configuration management classes and a rich library of utility and API functions useful in everyday Visual FoxPro development. This update is primarily a maintenance release that fixes a few small issues and updates various support libraries to the latest versions. Updates for registered users of v7 are free and a shareware version is available to try
posted Friday, November 6, 2020
Presentation videos are available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsLb2rL3ALQW9g5r-qqf_jA/videos) for free, as our contribution to the VFP community. If you want materials (white papers and sample code) go to https://geekgatherings.com/Registration and "register" for the conference ($49). We have tentative dates for an in-person Southwest Fox (http://www.swfox.net/) conference next year: October 14-17, 2021, at the same location as previous years in Gilbert, Arizona. At this point, we don't know whether we'll be able to have an in-person event, but hope springs eternal!
posted Tuesday, October 27, 2020
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.30. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy Markdown based content editing to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder uses Web based HTML templates to create great looking online documentation, while letting you focus on creating great content. Version 5.30 is a maintenance release with focus on editor performance improvements especially with larger documents. This release also adds inline editor syntax coloring, imports from Markdown files, better editor and preview link navigation and more. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
posted Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Our thanks to all those who responded to our plea not to wait for the last minute. Here's a reminder in case you got busy and forgot... Virtual Fox Fest starts next week and is held October 15, 21, and 27, 2020! Get registered today! http://geekgatherings.com/Registration
posted Thursday, October 1, 2020
We know there are procrastinators who have not registered and have good intentions to do so before the conference starts. Please, please, please do so sooner than later. If you all wait until the week of the conference to register, let's just say you might not get the credentials in time to see the first session on October 15th. It literally takes minutes to register. http://geekgatherings.com/Registration
posted Wednesday, September 9, 2020
We're pleased to announce GeekWear by Geek Gatherings (https://virtualfoxfest.com/geekwear.aspx). Order your Virtual Fox Fest gear from the options shown or create your own unique VFFwear. Unfortunately, because of family matters, Cathy Pountney had to withdraw from presenting this year. Fortunately, John Ryan offered to present "Visual FoxPro Advanced and VFP C++ Compiler: A New Lease of Life for VFP" (https://virtualfoxfest.com/Sessions.aspx#Visual_FoxPro_Advanced_and_VFP_C_Compiler). Registrations are still open: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration
posted Tuesday, September 8, 2020
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.24 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use, plain text 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 publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.24 is a maintenance release that focuses on stability and also adds a number of small UI and editor enhancements including support for better inline text highlighting in Markdown text. Markdown Monster is free to try and registered users can always upgrade minor versions for free.
posted Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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.
posted Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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!
posted Sunday, June 7, 2020
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.
posted Friday, May 29, 2020
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!
posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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.
posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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.
posted Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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.
posted Thursday, April 30, 2020
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.
posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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.