Friday, May 1, 2009

Cathy to speak at Southwest Fox 2009

I'm excited to announce that I will be speaking at Southwest Fox 2009 and will be making two presentations:

Making the Most of VFP 9 SP2 Reports (Part I)
In addition to lots of bug fixes, VFP 9 SP2 offered up some major enhancements to the Visual FoxPro Report Writer. This session (the first of a 2-part series) explores the new Dynamics, Advanced, and Rotation features. It also takes you behind the scenes and explains how these features are implemented. If you want to write professional reports with lots of pizzazz, this session is a must-see.

You will learn:

  • How to correctly install SP2 and obtain the hotfixes
  • How to use the new Dynamics feature (e.g. negative numbers in red)
  • How to use the new Advanced features (e.g. HTML-related properties)
  • How to use the new Rotation feature
  • How the new features are implemented behind the scenes

Making the Most of VFP 9 SP2 Reports (Part II)
Part I of this 2-part series shows you how to use the new reporting features introduced in VFP 9 SP2. This session steps it up several notches by showing you how to add your own features. Not only will you learn how to implement those features on your reports, but you'll also learn how to make the features available in the Report Builder's UI. In addition, you'll see a "best practices" methodology that makes it easy for developers to share their enhancements with one another. You don't want to miss this session. Come be a part of history in the making!

You will learn:

  • How to dynamically shrink a font
  • How to create text and graphic watermarks
  • How to modify the Report UI to include your custom features
  • How to data-drive all your custom features
  • How to share new features with other developers

There's a wonderful lineup of speakers and sessions this year so I hope you all can make it to Mesa, Arizona from October 15 through the 18th. You can read all the details on the website: