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June 30th is today and we thought we would remind you in case you forgot: We still need people to register to make Southwest Fox happen. Super-saver discount is $125 and you can select a free pre-conference session. Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration.

The next meeting of the Philadelphia VFP User Group is Tuesday, June 10 at 7 PM in room 158, DeVry University, 1140 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA. As always, feel free to bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30. This month, we?ll have a double dose of XML. First, Bill Fitzgerald will present ?Using XML to store data.? Abstract: There are some cases where storing data in SQL Server or VFP tables is not practical. Because of its ability to structure data, XML is a good alternative. Bill will walk through the code of two working applications that use XML for data storage and discuss XML?s pro?s and con?s and why he chose to use XML in these cases. Then, Tamar E. Granor will talk about an application that uses XML for both long-term data storage and data transport. There?s likely to be time for open discussion as well, so bring questions.

West Wind Technologies has realeased an update to the free and open source wwDotnetBridge library as version 5.68. wwDotnetBridge allows direct access to most .NET componets directly from FoxPro without requiring COM registration. This library works around many of the limitations of .NET COM Interop unlocking most of the features of .NET to your FoxPro code. This update is a maintenance release that fixes a few small bugs and adds some minor feature enhancements to parameter passing scenarios. wwDotnetBridge is free, and source code is hosted on GitHub.

Registration for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ (http://www.swfox.net/register.aspx) is now available. See http://www.swfox.net/speakers.aspx for a list of speakers and http://www.swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx for a list of sessions. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don't wait. 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 do "We need your help" appeals this year so please do not wait, get registered 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 sometime in the second half of July or early August (once we've committed to going forward), so this no longer is a reason to wait.