Friday, May 18, 2012

Southwest Fox and Xbase++ 2012 News

A couple of announcements about the fall conferences:

First, registration is now open for both Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++. Registrations have been already been pouring in, which is great news.

I blogged about this last year, but I think it bears repeating. Last year was a tough, scary year for us. By mid-August, we were in full panic mode, as we were so far below breakeven that it looked like a five-figure loss for us. Fortunately, a larger-than-usual number of people signed up after September 1; that combined with an increase in sponsorship took us over the top. So, one thing I ask: if you love Southwest Fox like we do, and want to see it continue, do us a favor and register early this year. That would take out the panic for us and allow us to plan for the type of conference we really want to host.

Second, speakers and sessions for Southwest Xbase++ are now available. Remember, if you register for one conference, you’re free to attend sessions in the other conference as well: it’s BOGO (buy one, get one free). There are some sessions specifically intended for VFP developers, including Project PolarFox: State of the Union and Xbase++ 2.0 from a VFP Developer's Perspective. Also, some of the Southwest Fox session will appeal to Xbase++ developers, such as Advanced Topics in Mercurial: Taking it to the Next Level, jQuery 101, and Office Automation Without Office.

I think it’s cool that we’ll have a whole new set of attendees (the Xbase++ folks) at the conferences this year. It’ll give us more chances to talk to fellow developers and share cool ideas.

Tamar, Rick, and I are all looking forward to seeing you in Phoenix this October!

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