Hi, I’m Craig Bailey and this is my personal blog where I write about technology, business systems, HubSpot and general life experiences. You can read my posts here.

(If you are looking for the Content is King post by Bill Gates it is here)

I’m involved with three agencies in Sydney:

  • The first is XEN Systems. We help government departments and mid-large B2B technology companies with their sales and marketing strategy, including implementation and training in HubSpot¬†
  • The second is XEN Create. We provide premium graphic design services to companies, with a focus on using the latest AI tools, including Midjourney
  • The third is XEN Solar, where we help high quality solar companies (dealers, installers) with their sales and marketing processes.

I also co-host HubShots, the podcast and YouTube show focussed on getting the most out of HubSpot. We are the creators of the HubShots Framework.

Craig Bailey presenting

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OPINION: Skype – this is it


Skype’s new beta adds call forwarding. This is the kicker I’ve been waiting for. It finally positions Skype as a ‘serious’ phone system for any company. Sure you had all the easy conferencing options and the ability to take your number with you anyware your notebook went. But there were two things I wanted: Call forwarding and Skype groups. And it seems that...

VFP: Please keep VFP a secret


I’d like to request that Microsoft keep VFP a secret. Unfortunately it has been getting a little bit of press with a mention in this eWeek article. The danger I see is that more and more developers may start using VFP for its great data handling features (to name but one). And with that, we existing VFP developers will lose a significant competitive advantage.No, I’d prefer VFP was...

VFP: Visual FoxPro 9 for Developers by Michael Cummings


Drew mentioned this over a month ago, but it has taken that long for our copy to arrive (that’s what you get for living down under) I’ve posted a review about the book on the Lulu site here In short: this is an excellent, very user-friendly read that will serve as a great training manual for beginner to intermediate developers. Especially ideal for developers moving from earlier...

VFP: VFP Runtime


A few weeks back there was discussion on Universal Thread requesting that Microsoft make the VFP Runtime a free download from their web site. The argument goes a bit like this: The VB runtime is distributed to all Windows machines, so are key Visual C and C++ runtimes. The .Net runtime is a free download. Visual Studio Express, MSDE and now SQL 2005 Express are free downloads, so why isn’t...



Since returning from overseas I have been gradually building up my TinTin collection (as mentioned here). Turns out it was cheaper to buy them all new than it was to get them on EBay (after taking shipping into account). I keep hearing rumours of a TinTin movie coming out, but nothing concrete yet. I can’t wait for a proper movie to come out, but I do worry it will start a TinTin hair style...

VFP: The FoxPro Show


Boy am I glad to hear that the FoxPro Show is still on the air. I spent last night dreaming up ideas for how I was going to get the entire Fox community to pressure (ie ‘encourage’) Andrew MacNeill to get it back on line. Turns out it was a small accident, but I’m glad it happened because it prompted me to write the following note… It occurred to me that I had seen...



If you subscribe to the Microsoft Recently Published feed (point your RSS reader here) then you’ll have seen this article popup

It is always good to see VFP articles announced from Microsoft sources other than the main VFP site…
A great article by the way (as always Doug, excellent work) first seen in the FoxTalk May issue.

More on VFP Solution Explorer


Our thanks for the great feedback we’ve received on Solution Explorer, especially from Craig Boyd. The funny thing is that at OzFox last year there was zero interest expressed – but it was only a prototype at that stage and it was the last session of the night…
We’ll post details on schedules shortly.

VFP and WMP presentation updated


After posting the presentation from Sydney VFP UG last week I was alerted to the fact that the resize workaround doesn’t work for VFP8 (or earlier) since it relies on VFP9 Anchors.
The updated presentation is here

Specifically this topic (which is an improvement on the original workaround anyway)

Sample code is here