Following is a brief bio of each of our
Nicholls is an independent software analyst/programmer based in
Nevada, where he lives and works alongside Lisa Slater Nicholls,
also an independent software developer.
As Spacefold, they specialize in enterprise data integration
using Visual FoxPro, .NET, Java, and XML. Prior to moving to the
U.S. in 1999, Colin was development manager at Cornerstone
Software in New Zealand for three years, but started database
programming with FoxBASE+ in 1988.
He has contracted for the Microsoft Visual FoxPro team
reporting features, written technical articles for a number of
international FoxPro journals, and has been a speaker at many
FoxPro developer conferences.
When he isn't programming or otherwise on duty, Colin enjoys
recording music in his home studio, attending rock concerts, and
Rick Schummer is the president and lead geek at
White Light Computing, headquartered in
southeast Michigan, USA.
He prides himself in guiding his customers' Information
Technology investment toward success. He enjoys working with
top-notch developers; has a passion for developing software
using best practices, and for surpassing customer expectations,
not just meeting them. After hours he writes developer tools
that improve productivity and occasionally pens articles for
FoxTalk, FoxPro Advisor, and several user group newsletters. He
blogs regularly at
Rick is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (VFP), and a
Microsoft Certified Professional. He has co-authored many VFP
books, spoken at numerous conferences across America and Europe,
and is the founding member and Secretary of the Detroit Area Fox
User Group (DAFUG).
Hennig is a partner with
Stonefield Software Inc
He is the
author of the award-winning
Stonefield Database Toolkit (SDT),
Stonefield Query, and the MemberData
Editor, Anchor Editor, New Property/Method Dialog, and
CursorAdapter and DataEnvironment builders that come with
Microsoft Visual FoxPro.
Doug is co-author of the Whatís New in Visual FoxPro
series and The Hackerís Guide to Visual FoxPro 7.0. He was
the technical editor of The Hackerís Guide to Visual FoxPro
6.0 and The Fundamentals (Hentzenwerke Publishing).
He has spoken at every Visual FoxPro DevCon since 1997
and at user groups and developer conferences all over North
He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and
writes a VFP based blog
Lisa Slater Nicholls
Lisa Slater Nicholls is an independent software developer.
She and Colin Nicholls provide enterprise data integration
and analysis services using Visual FoxPro and XML in a variety
of environments and languages (dba
Spacefold). She has served in
project management, design, and Xbase development roles for
Visual FoxPro 9.0's report system features.
She served as an integration engineer for Acxiom Corporation
for four years, designing solutions for Oracle, Siebel, IBM, and
other Acxiom Alliance partners.
Lisa has a special interest
in the development of peer-to-peer support mechanisms in the
programming community and was one of the original Microsoft Most
Valuable Professionals. She began working with Fox in 1989.
She has taught numerous FoxPro-RAD seminars and has been a
featured speaker at major FoxPro and database conferences
throughout the world. She served as editor and writer for
various FoxPro and database development magazines.
She was lead writer for the bestselling Using FoxPro 2.x
volumes (Que) and FoxPro MAChete (Hayden), the author of the
"Report Writer" volume of Pros Talk Fox Series One, and Series
Editor for Pros Talk Fox Series Two (Pinnacle). Her most recent
Flying Fox: Applying Visual FoxPro Reporting to Any
Data, in Any Environment.
Check out their latest
VFP 9.0 SP2 Reporting features video.
As well as our fantastic international speaker
line-up we're keen to promote some home grown talent.
looking for three Australian or New Zealand speakers to present
a session each at OzFox.
If you think you've got something
worth showing then send your session proposal to
Here's suggestions for the kinds of topics we're looking for:
Presentation of a Visual FoxPro based solution you (or your company) has developed
Discussion and in-depth explanation of how you've applied a specific Visual FoxPro technology
Innovative ways to use Visual FoxPro
Using Visual FoxPro with .Net, Office or SQL Server
Examples of how you've used the new features in Visual FoxPro 9.0
Best practice and guidance on building Visual FoxPro solutions
You'll need to possess the following qualities in your
Extremely well prepared
You don't need to have presented at a conference or user
group before, but you do have to give us confidence that
you'll be able to present well in front of an excited VFP crowd
(eg tell us how you'll be preparing and what experience you've
So, are you up to the challenge?
If so, then email your session
proposal ideas to
If you are selected as one of our three local speakers, then
you'll get a free ticket to attend (that's right - we'll cover
the cost of your OzFox registration).
Local speaker line up
We've confirmed our local speakers.
Here's the local speaker details and links to their sessions:
Mark Crichton -
Getting a Visual FoxPro application
Born in South Africa, Mark became involved with PCís in the
early 1980ís. He sold Lanier Word Processors in the 70ís and
developed his first application on an Osborne ďluggableĒ PC. As
an accountant Mark stated developing applications using dBase
for DOS and since immigrating with his family to New Zealand
switched to Visual FoxPro.
In South Africa Mark developed an extensive Clothing
Manufacturing Application. In New Zealand Mark started DataWise
Limited and has been supporting MYOB installations and
developing customized business applications. He has developed
Medical Applications including a full suite for White Cross A&E
clinics in Visual FoxPro.
Twice a year Mark indulges his passion to teach and lectures in
Accounting and Corporate Finance at Lifeway College which is
extremely stimulating and forces keeps him to keep up to date
with the latest developments in accounting.
Alain Legrand -
Using a data driven approach to application customization
Alain Legrand is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of
Legrand Software, a company that has developed an off-the-shelf
CRM application which is used by over 3,000 small business
clients in 23 countries (www.legrandcrm.com). Originally a
native from Belgium where he obtained his M. Elec. Eng. at the
University of Leuven, Alain moved to Australia in the early 80s.
He has been programming in a multitude of languages for over 25
years, and in FoxPro since 1995. Outside of work Alainís time is
consumed by his wife and three very active boys.
Andrew Coates -
Creating Office OpenXML Documents in VFP
A self-confessed gadget and
technology tragic, Andrew is ideally suited to his role as a Developer
Evangelist for Microsoft.
Based in Sydney, Andrew travels extensively, educating
developers on the latest technology from Microsoft, and building
the developer community around Australia.
A long time Fox developer, he ran a successful VFP custom
software development company prior to joining Microsoft.
In his spare time he loves spending time with his family and
watching the cricket.
Bing Bao - Security and the VFP Developer
Bing Bao is a Senior Security Consultant at Talman. A Microsoft
MVP in Windows Security, he has spent the last decade analysing
and resolving security issues in Windows Servers and networks.
All speakers (international and local) are asked to provide the
Final session descriptions (by Monday 15 January 2007)
Microsoft PowerPoint slide decks of their presentations (by
Monday 05 February 2007)
Source code from sessions (by Monday 05 February 2007)
Session whitepapers (optional*) (by Monday 05 February 2007)
Important: US and Canadian residents will need a Visa to
enter Australia (details
Sessions are presented using a projector that supports up
to 1280 x 1024, however presenting at 1024 x 768 is recommended.
Colin Nicholls has kindly prepared these two PowerPoint templates
and Opera) which
you can use (but feel free to use your own if you prefer).
Wireless internet access will be available for speakers
*Optional: Ideally we'd like to receive whitepapers about your sessions so
that we can provide them to all attendees. However, we realise
this is not always possible, depending on your topic (eg if your
session is all code demos then there's not much need for a
whitepaper). We'll leave it up to you to provide them or not.