Hi, I’m Craig Bailey and this is my personal blog where I write about technology, web strategy, and general musings. You can read my posts here. (If you are looking for the Content is King post by Bill Gates it is here)

I run two digital agencies in Sydney:

The first is XEN Systems. We help government departments and mid-large B2B technology companies with their online strategy, including content marketing, SEO, SEM and Social. You can find out more about what we do here.

The second is XEN Solar, where we help high quality solar companies (dealers, installers) with their digital marketing.

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Visual FoxPro Devcon

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Lucky me – I’m going to Visual FoxPro Devcon at the end of September. This will be big – it is the official launch of VFP9. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the big names in VFP (see the speaker list) but especially ‘The Man’ – Rick Strahl. Down under we all call Rick ‘The Man’ because whoever I talk to – if they were having a VFP/...

Using anchors in VFP9

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If yu are using the new anchors and resizing tools in VFP9 then check out Castro’s presentation from SVFPUG last month. There’s a demo form in the zip file, but the real kicker was the tables in his presentation. Trying to work out the number combinations in the VFP9 help file requires a doctorate (OK its still in beta), but Castro’s table makes it simple. Go into the classes...

BizTalk Server 2004 and WSE 2.0

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Here’s a quick presentation by Scott Woodgate who I saw at TechEd 2004 a couple of times.

Don’t be put off by the casual chatty intro, after 21 seconds it goes to a demonstration in Visual Studio which is very hands on. Roughly 10 minutes, it explains how to include a WSE 2.0 web service in BizTalk 2004.

SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 – first thoughts

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OK, so it takes an eternity to install, and is slow to run (slower than I’d expect for a Beta 2), but this new version is damn hot. I’ve only had a few hours to play with it over the last week, so this is my initial thoughts. Everything is in one place – the SQL Server Management Studio – and it is layed out in a familiar interface. Think Solutions in Visual Studio or...

InfoPath 2003, VS2005

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A few notes if you are playing with these:
InfoPath 2003 – make sure you download SP1 (I couldn’t find it on the public site, but MSDN subscribers can get it)

Visual Studio 2005 Beta – you may have been told it is fine to install side by side with VS2003, but be careful: Sharon, in our team, experienced problems with pages that use validator controls. The controls no longer work.

How much preparation for a demo?

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It was interesting to read Greg Low’s notes on his TechEd keynote demo with Eric Rudder. It is easy to think people get on stage and ad lib through a demo they whipped up a few minutes prior. We all know this never happens and it is always the most prepared presentations that come across as the best. There must be some maxim along the lines of ‘the more preparation, the less it looks...

Using Visual FoxPro

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I read Andrew MacNeill’s article from last year again. I think he’s right on a lot of points. VFP is great for some applications, but not for everything. Most IT Managers I speak to want to know our .Net strategy (we have a strong .Net strategy on the web side, but if its desktop database apps then VFP is still the tool of choice) but at the end of the day they just want the job done...

About Craig

I'm the co-host of HubShots and the CEO of XEN - helping mid-large B2B companies with their digital marketing and lead generation.

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