Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hacker’s Guide to Visual FoxPro is now Open Source

I am pleased to announce on behalf of the authors of “Hacker’s Guide to Visual FoxPro” (Tamar Granor, Ted Roche, Della Martin, and me, with contributions from Steven Black) that the book is now open source:

Most people consider HackFox to be the “bible” for VFP developers because it goes far beyond the VFP help and tells you how VFP really works. It advises which commands and functions to use, which to avoid, and the best way to accomplish certain tasks.

HackFox has gotten a little long in the tooth since it wasn’t updated after VFP 7. Hopefully making it open source will allow it to flourish as people in our community update existing topics and add new topics for VFP 8 and 9. Also, the online content currently closely matches that of the book but that may change over time so it can become a better online resource.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Stonefield Database Toolkit is now Open Source

Inspired by Steve Black open sourcing INTL, I’ve decided to open source Stonefield Database Toolkit (SDT).

SDT was originally created in 1995 and Stonefield Software sold a ton of copies of it over the years, making it one of the most popular add-ons for Visual FoxPro ever. However, nearly 25 years later, my baby has grown up and it’s time to open it up and share it freely with the VFP community that has supported us all this time.

You can find the open source version of SDT at It includes all source code, documentation (as a CHM file, including West Wind HTML Help Builder source; I didn’t convert it to Markdown), and tutorial files. Enjoy!