This section outlines the sessions that each
speaker will be
giving, plus details of the
schedule of the conference available
Local speaker sessions details have started
The future of Visual FoxPro
Doug Hennig and Rick
and be blown away by all the
fantastic developments coming to Visual FoxPro.
the improvements coming in Sedna, including the newly released
tools in the October CTP such as the new Data Explorer, updated
SQL Server Upsizing wizard, My namespace and more.
Then delve in the Vista toolkit, learn about using XAML with
VFP, and reporting to Microsoft's new XPS format.
learn about what the wonderful VFP community world wide is doing
with Visual FoxPro.
Not to be missed.
Extending VFP with VFP
One of the coolest things about the VFP interactive development
environment (IDE) is that it's highly extendible. Even better,
you use VFP code to extend VFP itself. In this session, you'll
learn how to extend the VFP IDE to boost your productivity and
create simple tools that make your life easier.
What You'll Learn:
- How to create your own property editors
- Creating powerful IntelliSense scripts to boost your
- How the new New Property/Method dialog speeds form and class
- How the My namespace in Sedna works
Installing Applications Using InnoSetup
Although a limited edition of InstallShield Express comes with
VFP, many developers are unhappy with Windows Installer-based
installation tools: the tools are slow and cumbersome, the
resulting SETUP.EXE files are huge and slow, and Windows
Installer sometimes has a mind of its own. Introducing InnoSetup,
a free, fast, easy-to-use installation tool that generates fast,
lightweight setup executables. This session shows you how to
quickly implement InnoSetup to create great setups for your
You will learn:
- How InnoSetup works
- The basics of creating InnoSetup scripts
- How to obtain and user add-ons that provide extended features
- Advanced InnoSetup scripts
Best Practices for Vertical
While a vertical market application shares many of the same
goals as a custom application, the bar is higher because the
audience is both larger in volume and broader in scope, plus you
usually have much less direct contact with the customer.
session examines some of the things to consider when designing
and implementing a vertical market application.
VFP 9.0 Reporting Fundamentals
This session provides an overview
of the VFP 9 Object-Assisted Report System. It's important to
understand the changes in the product and how they fit together
with the Xbase
components. We'll provide an inside look at the reportlistener
base class and examine its most significant PEMs.
You'll see how the integrated Report System fits the three new
Xbase Report applications (Builder, Preview, and Output)
together with the VFP9 product changes to provide new-style VFP
Extending VFP 9.0 Xbase Reporting Components
This session shows you how to leverage the shipping
REPORT*.APP components and FFC reporting extensions, to improve
and extend VFP report output.
how to build a preview extension, how to manage the
ReportListeners that VFP invokes by default for various types of
output, and how to add some features to the Builder. We'll also
take a look at the Protection feature, which you can use to make
reporting more fun for end users.
We'll look at various ways that you can
use ReportBuilder hooks to personalize the report design
experience, in ways appropriate to both developers and
Reporting in Sedna/SP2 - A Tour
Lisa Slater Nicholls
In this session you will learn to use the many new and enhanced
features provided in VFP-Sedna reporting. You will see how they
can be used in the
VFP9-SP1 product, and
what changes in the VFP9-SP2 base product make them even
better. We will review new Report Builder dialog features,
which expose Dynamic and Scripting capabilities. We'll
highlight the new Advanced Properties feature: a simple way to
add features and capabilities into reporting without extending
the structure of the LBX/FRX format. You'll find out what
Advanced Properties are included in-the-box, and how to use
them. You'll have a look at new capabilities provided in the
Extension Output Types (XML and HTML).
We'll discuss performance enhancements
in both the Xbase components and SP2 base product, and other
bonus enhancements such as new file-handling output features in
the FFC ReportListeners.
Data Visualization in Reports with
VFP 9.0 SP2
demonstrates techniques of data visualization using the features
of the Report Builder and FFC ReportListener classes in VFP 9.0 SP2. We
will see how the reporting system architecture made the SP2
enhancements possible, and learn techniques to add your own
improvements. We will build a custom reporting control, touching
on GDI+, and see how to add custom elements
to the Report Builder user interface, without hacking the Xsource. You'll learn about using
reporting extension metadata (memberdata) without ever touching
XML, and how to add extension objects into the default report
Getting the Most Out of Reporting in VFP
Lisa Slater Nicholls
This session teaches you practical techniques for using VFP 9
object-assisted reporting. We will discuss appropriate use of
external data sources, such as SQL Server and MySQL, and the
ways that cursoradapters and improvements to dataenvironment
class handling in VFP 9 reports fit into an external data
strategy. You will learn about useful ways to expose data in
multiple data sources, using multiple detail bands, and see some
additional tricks that multiple detail bands can perform. Next,
we'll consider what you need to know to deploy VFP HTML and XML
reports in web server scenarios.
include a quick examination of the VFP-RDL (the XML report
output schema), as a rich, intermediate reporting format with
many uses beyond HTML.
VFP Migrations: Many stops on a tour
Lisa Slater Nicholls
In this session, we are going to speak frankly about
several aspects of a very large subject: what happens when your
users hand you a FoxPro application and ask for massive change?
First, we'll run through of something
we like to call "Migrating FoxPro for Windows 2.x applications
to VFP in a Day". It's a story of a large, poorly written
FoxPro for Windows 2.x application, why it had to be
up-migrated, and how we did it. This section covers an event
that has happened to us - more than once - and that we think
will continue happening to you, too, for some time to come.
Is what we're going to show you the only
way to migrate an application?
No, of course it's not. There are other
ways - when you have time, money, and user approval for
re-architecting. What we'll show you is one ruthless way you can
use when you don't have those things. We'll add a few pointers
about what you can do after your "ruthless migration" to make
life more fun for users and for you. Because it's us talking
about it, this section will include a quick discussion about
migrating older VFP reports to the VFP 9 Reporting System.
Afterwards, we'll turn to the future.
We'll consider some aspects of migrating, or blending, VFP code
to use upcoming Microsoft technologies.
No matter what your users' latest
request, what's likely to work well, and what isn't, and why?
What really matters, and what doesn't?
Using and Extending VFP's Data Explorer
The Data Explorer lets you examine data
and components in Visual FoxPro databases, SQL Server databases,
VFP free tables, or any other ODBC or OLE DB compliant database
via an ADO connection. It can run as a task pane or as a
Those familiar with SQL Serverís Enterprise Manager will see
many similarities, but this tool works with all kinds of data,
is completely integrated in the Visual FoxPro IDE, and is
extensible in true VFP tradition. This session will explore the
features of the Data Explorer, but more importantly show how you
can alter and extend the behavior of the Data Explorer to work
easier with SQL Server and Visual FoxPro data.
1. Run the
Data Explorer via Task Pane Manager or as a standalone tool.
2. Explore features available on the shortcut menus.
3. Set up connections to different databases and free tables.
4. Determine schema information for the database.
5. Run queries, review results, toggle formats between VFP and
SQL Server, and save the queries for future use.
6. Drag and drop from the Data Explorer to VFP editors and
7. Alter behavior of the drag and drop features.
8. Alter behavior of the shortcut menus.
9. Create add-ins for the Data Explorer.
Get more productive with VFP
Rapid Application Development is a leftover
buzzword from the 90ís. Are you as productive with VFP as you
can be, or wish to be? How do other developers use the worldís
best database application development tool to bring applications
to market quicker?
Are there tips I can learn to save me 10 minutes a day or an
hour a week? This session will demonstrate as many tips and
productivity ideas that can be crammed into a 75 minute session.
As the old saying goes, there are always three ways to
accomplish something in VFP. Sometimes we only know one way and
there are two other ways that are faster or better. Sometimes we
donít even know that you can accomplish certain things with the
VFP. Rick is constantly amazed, even after using Visual FoxPro
for more than seven years, how much he has learned just looking
over the shoulder of others as they develop with this product.
VFP 9, while focused on features that effect the end userís
experience, has a number of excellent productivity enhancements.
The session will have productivity tips for developers working
with all versions of VFP.
Attendees will learn how to...
1. Make better use of the VFP tools: Class Browser/Component
Gallery, IntelliSense Manager, Object Browser, and Task List
Manager, Task Pane, Toolbox, and Code Reference.
2. Make better use of the code editors.
3. Extending the Class and Form Designers with Builders.
4. Why features like Document View, List Members, Quick Info,
and Macros should be at your fingertips.
5. Use the Debugger more effectively.
6. Enhance the VFP IDE to be more productive day-to-day.
7. Developer tools that can also increase your productivity.
8. More... since there is still time before the conference
9. Background compiles
10. Project Manager shortcuts and ability to open class
libraries in Class Browser.
11. Docking forms and configuring the IDE.
12. Property Sheet enhancements
13. Setting default values for new properties
14. Generating Message Logs During Project Build and Compile
15. Anything else the Fox team can throw into the product
between now and the conference.
Professional Developer's Toolkit
This session will be a discussion and
demonstration of the Professional Developer's Toolkit. This
session will cover several product categories, tools developers
should consider adding to their toolkit, and the competitive
advantages they provide.
There will be a demonstration of
some products Rick uses to give the perception to his clients
that he is a professional developer.
Attendees will learn
1. It is important to use software to do bug tracking and
creating Help files.
2. Using a CASE tool to do database design is better than the
3. An internal Wiki can be used in team environments and even
for single developer shops.
4. Virtual computers are a great way to test your applications
on different operating systems, and different deployment
5. Source code control can save your life.
6. Screencasting is useful in demonstrating new development to
7. Remote desktops are can be used for more than doing technical
organised a special networking session on the Sunday night of
the conference, just prior to the conference dinner.
The aim is provide a casual,
session where anyone can jump up the front for a few minutes and
themselves to the entire audience.
Give a quick introduction of yourself, what you do, how long
you've been doing it, and what you love about FoxPro. Share some
of the difficulties you experience and some of the successes
There's nothing like feeling part of a community
and that there are others who share your joys and hardships. Be
inspired by the stories of other developers, and perhaps even
help some of your colleagues by sharing your solutions.
be brave, introduce yourselves and discover that we have a great
VFP support base around Australia and New Zealand.
Local speaker sessions
A total of
three four local speaker sessions will be
presented during the conference. As they are confirmed their
details will be updated here.
Getting a Visual
FoxPro application to Market
of us dream about getting a product to market. Mark will take
you through the highlights and lowlights of his 5 year journey
to get DataWise Forecast and DataWise Report Writer to market.
Creating an application for the New Zealand and Australian
environment is relatively easy to do and an exciting challenge.
What youíll learn:
- Tips on planning a winning application
- How to get a Team together - The critical roles of other people in the process
- What additional applications are needed to produce the boxed copy
- Business issues & decisions to make
- Marketing issues & decisions to make
- Distribution issues &decisions to make
- Support issues &decisions to make
Creating Office OpenXML Documents in VFP
Recently adopted as an ECMA standard, and currently
undergoing the approval process for ISO adoption, the new Office
Open XML document formats are the native format for Word, Excel
and PowerPoint 2007.
The huge advantage that this format has over the previous
ones is that it is completely documented and allows programmatic
creation of Office documents without requiring the Office client
In this session, Andrew will introduce the structure of an
Office Open XML document and will demonstrate how to create and
modify documents from within VFP, all without ever having to run
any of the Office apps in the process.
Using a data driven approach to
If you have ever developed an application that is installed
at multiple client sites you will have been faced with a wide
variety of request for changes. How can you accommodate such
requests without falling into the trap of having to maintain
multiple versions of your application code?
Alain Legrand presents a data-dictionary driven methodology that
decouples the physical layer (i.e. data structure, field names
and column names) from the business logic. This data-driven
methodology delivers complete freedom in changing screen
captions, enables database extensions, enables foreign language
database naming and delivers automated database upgrade routine,
all this without any impact to your application code
Security and the VFP Developer
In the past security was left to the network and server
engineers, with the application often overlooked.
However this approach is no longer acceptable to customers.
What are the main security areas for application developers? How
can we protect against them? Where should we be focussing?
In this session, Bing Bao, a Microsoft Security MVP, gives us
an overview of security fundamentals, then looks at some common
security weaknesses in VFP and FoxPro applications. Then the
session moves to solutions that can be employed, from
application security, to network security to file server and
Terminal Server security.