Thursday, September 20, 2007

Southwest Fox News Feed

In the "better late than never" category, thanks to Rick Borup, an RSS feed is now available for the Southwest Fox News page. Subscribe to to get updates in your RSS reader.

Southwest Fox 2007 Hotel is Nearly Full

The beautiful Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center, the location of this year's Southwest Fox conference, is nearly sold out; there are only two rooms left for Friday night. If you haven't already booked your hotel, do so immediately! Other hotels in the area are available if necessary, but it's always more fun to stay at the conference hotel.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Southwest Fox 2007 Transportation

Southwest Fox 2007 is less than 30 days away and registrations continue to pour in: there'll be over 150 people at the conference this year.

To help coordinate transportation between the airport and the Southwest Fox conference hotel, please add your travel information to so you can find someone to share a cab or limo to the hotel.

Also, be sure to check the Southwest Fox News page regularly (yeah, I know we should've done an RSS feed for it; it's the "shoemaker's kids" syndrome) because announcements are coming fast and furious (or perhaps just slightly angry) these days.

Monday, September 10, 2007

I do my Little Turn on the Catwalk

Although I'm definitely not too sexy for my shirt, on Friday night I modelled in a fashion show. It was a fund raiser for Sofia House, a second stage shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The theme was Pirates of the Caribbean, which explains the large skull and crossbones logo at the back of the stage and the Johnny Depp makeup around my eyes (which fortunately you can't see in this photo).

I was in four relatively simple sets (some of others were pretty complicated) showing casual, business casual, and business outfits from local shops. Many of the models were fairly experienced, but fortunately there were several newbies like me, and we had several practices in the weeks before the show. We also had copious amounts of alcohol back stage to settle any nerves. It was actually a lot of fun; I'd definitely do it again. Although I'd like to think the 450 women in attendance were hooting for me, it was more likely for the firefighter calendar boys who had their own set.

Although the final figures aren't in (hmm, I'm sure I could come up with a pun on that), the fashion show likely raised about $15,000 for Sophia House. Since the organization gets no government funding, everything they make comes from private donations, organizations like the United Way, and fund-raising efforts from the dedicated board, making this a very worthy cause.

Southwest Fox 2007 Attendance Update

There are now over 140 people registered for Southwest Fox 2007, which is the most ever registered for this conference. For details about who's coming, see

After reading Tod's, Dave's, and Kevin's blogs about FoxForward and how much fun it was, I can hardly wait for Southwest Fox to start. Well, except for the fact that we still have a ton of things to do before it starts, that is.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Updated My Namespace

VFP developer Laurie Alvey pointed out to me that there were a couple of bugs in the Settings class of the My Namespace included in Sedna. One of them (the use of "System.Int32" in one place and "System.Integer" in another) was already fixed but the other (supporting "System.Double" in Save but not Load) wasn't. He also recommended adding support for System.Decimal for VFP Currency data types. Laurie not only pointed these out but also sent me the code for the fixes! You gotta love that!

I went over the FoxUnit tests I had created for the Settings class and found that I had only tested one data type, System.String/Character. So, I created additional tests so all data types were covered, and I'm really glad I did: I found a couple of bugs I'd inserted in the new code. Although I don't use it as much as I should, I love FoxUnit. I blogged about it at

I've posted an updated version on the Technical Papers page of one of my Web sites,