I’m writing this at the end of the first day of OzFox Lite. Andrew Coates is in the home stretch of his talk on VFP and SQL Express. After this we head out to dinner and then some Xbox 360 action (yes Microsoft have come through with a 360!).
All in all I am extremely pleased with the first day. Greg Low kicked us off with an overview of the great developer tools in SQL Server 2005. Greg is a fantastic speaker and had us all excited with some of the great features in SQL2K5 (the XML functions were a highlight).
Next, I spoke on my Simulated Multi-threading in VFP (I’ll post those details next week some time).
Adam Cogan guided us through lessons in proper project management of your application development. What a fantastic session – chock full of great tips.
Sunny Chandra had us fired up about Fox and specifically using it in a hosted environment (eg Terminal Server). By the end of his session the whole room was inspired to head out promoting VFP to the world.
This afternoon we had a mini-networking session where people got up and introudced themselves to each other. This was a great way to learn about what people are doing with FoxPro in Australia and New Zealand.
Chris Sainty was up next, talking us through West Wind Web Connection, including some coverage of the new WC5 features, and especially the VFP9 features it takes advantage of. He hightlighted a few of the tools he used in his web development. Great stuff, and a top presentation from a first time presenter at a conference. Nice work Chris!
And now Andrew Coates is demonstrating how easy it is to talk to SQL from VFP. He’s demonstrated upsizing a VFP database to SQL Express, and is now talking to SQL data through views and SQL pass-through. Awesome.
OzFox Lite continues tomorrow.