Friday, October 25, 2013

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

At the keynote of the 2013 Southwest Fox conference, we announced this year’s recipients of the FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award(although I wasn’t there in person, I got to do it via Skype). Because of ties in voting, there were several recipients this year:

  • Janis (formerly Jim) Booth
  • Ted Roche
  • Sergey Berezniker
  • Mike Feltman, which was especially poignant because his wife Toni, a former recipient herself, presented it to him.

See the FoxPro Community Lifetime Achievement Award topic on the Fox Wiki for their photos and bios.

Congratulations, Janis, Ted, Sergey, and Mike. All are well deserving of this award.

Update: you can watch the award presentation in the streaming video of the keynote starting at 28:30.

2012 Southwest Fox Speaker Award

Cathy Knight (then Cathy Pountney) was the top-ranked Southwest Fox 2008 speaker, as measured by attendee evaluations. Her friends Toni Feltman and Jody Meyer felt that she deserved an award for this accomplishment, so they created one and presented it to her at the keynote of the 2009 conference. They filled the cup with chocolates because that’s Cathy’s favorite food (not dessert, food).

Since then, it’s been a tradition for the winner to present the award to the next year’s top-ranked speaker, so Cathy presented it to Rick Schummer for being the top speaker in 2009, Rick presented it to me for 2010, and I had the pleasure of presenting the award for 2011 to Rick Borup. At Southwest Fox 2013, the award went full circle when Rick presented it to Cathy for being the top speaker in 2012. Once again, the cup was filled with chocolates.

Congratulations, Cathy! There aren’t a lot of double-award winners out there.

Update: you can watch the award presentation in the streaming video of the keynote starting at 20:00.

2013 VFPX Administrators’ Award

The VFPX Administrators’ Award is an annual award given by the VFPX Administrators (Craig Boyd, Rick Schummer, Jim Nelson, and I) to recognize those people who made outstanding contributions to the VFP community through their projects on VFPX. The nominees this year were:

At the keynote for Southwest Fox 2013, the award was given to both Luis and Rodrigo. Both worked on two complex projects that add a lot of value to VFP. Congratulations to both and thanks for all your efforts in making VFPX the future of VFP.

Update: you can watch the award presentation in the streaming video of the keynote starting at 22:10.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seriously Bummed Out

Southwest Fox is one of my favorite times of the year. Rick, Tamar, and I work hard for almost a whole year getting everything organized so that by the time we actually get to the conference, there isn’t that much left to do. That gives us a chance to do our own sessions, sit in on other great sessions, hang out with old and new friends, and just generally have a lot of fun. It’s such a blast reconnecting with folks I only see once a year or even less. That’s why I’m so bummed out right now –- I won’t be going to Southwest Fox this year.

A medical issue has arisen over the past couple of weeks and as a result my doctor doesn’t want me travelling while we try to get this thing under control. It isn’t too serious –- just annoying and tiring enough that being at a conference will be a bit of a struggle. I’m confident we’ll get things worked out (and I’m already doing better this week than last), so it’s really just a case of lousy timing.

To make me feel even worse about missing the conference, there are several people I’ve never met or haven’t seen in many years coming to SWFox who I was looking forward to seeing.

My session time slots are being covered off thanks to Rick Borup, David Giard, and Tamar who stepped up at the last minute to fill in with extra sessions and Rick Schummer (gotta clarify given the number of Ricks we have as speakers <s>) who’s doing an extra instance of one of his sessions. An updated schedule will be available on the web site and via Guidebook later today. Thanks also to Rick and Tamar who had to pick up my duties. I couldn’t ask for better partners.

I’ll miss you all next week and am envious of the fun you’ll have. Have a great time in Phoenix and I’ll see you all next year!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Southwest Fox Streaming Sessions

Once again this year, Geek Gatherings is streaming the Southwest Fox keynote presentation, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time). In addition, we are streaming the Project PolarFox: Sneak Preview session, Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Go to to watching the videos.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

New Version of Stonefield Query Unveiled at Southwest Fox

At one of the Southwest Fox bonus sessions on Friday night after the dinner party, I’m going to show the new version of Stonefield Query. Over two years in development, this is a complete rewrite in C#. Although we’ll eventually have a desktop version as well, the first release will be our web front-end. If you’re interested in seeing the future of Stonefield Query, even if you’re not currently using it, and you’re going to Southwest Fox, be sure to attend this session.

Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ Have Gone Mobile!

Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ have gone mobile! We’ve created a conference schedule on Guidebook, a popular mobile guide for events. Simply install the Guidebook app on your mobile device, then load the Southwest Fox/Xbase++ 2013 guide. You’ll be able to see complete session descriptions, view the conference schedule, see speaker photos and biographies, create to-do items, and best of all, create a customized schedule of sessions.

See for details on how to set up our guide on your mobile device.

For the geeks among you (and who isn’t that reads this blog), here’s how we set up our Guidebook guide:

  • We created a free account on
  • All Southwest Fox/Xbase++ speaker and session data are in VFP tables (of course) and we have automated procedures for generating the sessions and speaker pages on the web site. Because Guidebook supports both speaker and session import via Excel or CSV files, it was only a little work to create those files from the data and import them.
  • Guidebook doesn’t support importing links between sessions and speakers, so we created those links manually: from session to the speaker for that session and from one instance of a repeated session to another. The cool thing about those links is that if you’re looking at a speaker, you have one-tap access to their sessions and if you’re looking at a session, you have one-tap access to the speaker and to the other instance of the session (in case you decide to see it at another time).
  • Guidebook also doesn’t support importing speaker photos, so those were uploaded manually.

Thanks to Eric Selje for suggesting we look at Guidebook at last year’s conference. I know I’ll be using the guide personally, along with Dave Aring’s Kokopelli application to help me select which sessions to attend when.

See y’all in a couple of weeks!