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Southwest Fox 2008

October 16-19, 2008
Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center in Mesa, Arizona

October 3, 2008
Thanks to Steve Bodnar, we're providing streaming video of the Southwest Fox keynote (Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. MST) and VFPX bonus session (Friday, October 17, 8:00 p.m. MST). You can watch both of these videos at

October 3, 2008
An updated version of Kokopelli is available. It fixes a couple of very minor issues.

October 1, 2008
We've posted more videos, including a new one by Bo Durban.

September 19, 2008
Every Southwest Fox registrant gets a t-shirt at conference check-in. In addition, we're selling polo shirts with an embroidered Southwest Fox logo. The order form is available now. White shirts, available in a variety of sizes and in both mens' and womens' styles, are $50 each. Great for souvenirs for family and geek friends back in the office.

September 18, 2008
Visionpace is offering a free six-month subscription (or a six-month extension for existing subscribers) for Visual Max Frame Professional to all Southwest Fox attendees.

September 18, 2008
Stonefield Software is hosting a Stonefield Query Developers Meeting Friday night at 8:00 pm. This meeting is open to everyone.

September 18, 2008
Visionpace is hosting a VMP Developers Meeting Friday night at 8:00 pm. This meeting is open to all developers using VMP (developers not using VMP are also welcome).

September 18, 2008
Bo Durban is leading a VFPX meeting on Friday night at 8:00 pm. Everyone interested in VFPX is welcome to attend.

September 18, 2008
Mike Yeager of EPS Software is presenting a bonus session on Friday night at 8:00 pm titled "VFP to .NET Migration Strategies." This session provides a detailed overview, based on best practices and real world experience, of the optimal way to transition a mission critical application from any version of FoxPro to .NET and SQL Server.

September 17, 2008
Dave Aring of Visionpace has created a very cool session scheduling application called Kokopelli (the name of the figure with the flute in our logo). It automates the selection of the sessions you want to see and even creates a handy printed schedule that fits in your conference badge. Download the ZIP file and extract it in its own directory, then run Kokopelli.EXE; it requires that VFP 8 or 9 be installed on the system. Although it's very intuitive, it also includes instructions on how to use it.

September 8, 2008
One of the bonus sessions this year is "Show Us Your Apps", an opportunity to show the crowd what cool things you've done in VFP. Because there's a limited amount of time available, presenters are limited to 10-15 minutes each. Please email info AT swfox DOT net to let us know what you'd like to show.

September 8, 2008
The Southwest Fox 2008 session schedule is now available. One thing you might note is that we've planned a dinner party for Friday night this year. Also, vendor sessions are held concurrently with other sessions rather than in the evenings as they were last year.

August 28, 2008
EPS Software is offering a free CoDe Magazine subscription to each Southwest Fox attendee.

August 1, 2008
Andrew MacNeill interviewed Rick Schummer, Doug Hennig, and Tamar Granor about what's planned for Southwest Fox 2008 in the FoxShow #56.

July 31, 2008
Visionpace is presenting the highly-acclaimed VFP Boot Camp immediately following Southwest Fox. This event delivers three jam-packed days of solid, hands-on learning. From the fundamentals of VFP development through the very latest VFP 9.0 features, this boot camp is designed to quickly get your VFP skills up to speed. Attendees will receive a 500 page manual in both print and electronic format.

The three-day boot camp begins on Sunday, October 19th from 2:30 - 6:00 following the closing session of Southwest Fox. On Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st, the class runs from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Wednesday, October 22nd the schedule is 8:30 to 2:30.

Registration ends on October 1, 2008. For more information visit or email To register call 888-904-7900.

July 23, 2008
Microsoft MVP Andrew MacNeill has donated another MSDN Premium Subscription, bringing the total number available to eight. Altogether there is over $100,000 worth of prizes for drawing.

July 20, 2008
We're creating videos for some of the sessions to give you an idea of what you'll see.

July 9, 2008
Microsoft MVP Dan Freeman of P+W Software has donated another MSDN Premium Subscription, bringing the total number available to 7. Altogether there is over $91,000 worth of prizes for drawing.

July 9, 2008
D.J. Sculin is the winner of the White Light Computing $300 scholarship to attend Southwest Fox. Read all about it on our blog.

July 2, 2008
The deadline for the "early bird" discount for Southwest Fox 2008, to be held October 16-19, 2008 in Mesa, AZ, has been extended to July 7th. See the conference blog ( to learn why. Visit the conference site ( to learn about the conference, speakers and topics, and to register.

June 25, 2008
The early bird deadline for registration is next week. We would hate to see you miss out on the $75 discount, the free pre-conference session, and a chance at the $300 scholarship from White Light Computing. See for compelling reasons to register today!

June 12, 2008
Gold sponsor xSQL Software is giving away a free license of xSQL Data Compare Pro (a $399 value -- allows you to compare and synchronize data in two SQL Server databases) to every conference participant. What a great offset of the conference price you pay $695 for the conference and get back more than half of it ($399) with this offer alone! Even better, you'll receive your free license as soon as you register for Southwest Fox 2008 so you don't even have to wait until October!

June 12, 2008
Geek Gatherings is offering three MSDN Premium Subscriptions, each worth almost $11,000, as door prizes.

May 5, 2008
A conference brochure is available for download.

May 1, 2008
The speakers and sessions for Southwest Fox 2008 have been selected. We think you'll agree that this is the best lineup of both speakers and content of any VFP conference this year. Be sure to register before July 1 to take advantage of early-bird discounts.

May 1, 2008
West Wind Technologies is hosting Web Connection 5.0 training with Rick Strahl prior to the Southwest Fox Conference again in Arizona this year. Last year's event was a big success with record attendance and glowing reviews. Training will be held on October 15th and 16th at the conference hotel immediately preceding Southwest Fox.

March 6, 2008
This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for submitting session proposals for Southwest Fox 2008 is Monday, March 17.

You'll find the details of what to submit and all the deadlines by clicking the Call for Speakers link at

Send any questions to

February 18, 2008
Over the weekend, Doug updated the Southwest Fox website ( to show information for this year's conference. Simultaneously, we released this year's call for speakers. If you think you have something to share with the VFP community, check it out at

Be sure to read the entire Call for Speakers document, as it explains our philosophy for the conference and for choosing speakers.

November 19, 2007
The organizers have created a new blog to post news items and thoughts about next year's conference.


October 29, 2007
Mark your calendar now: Southwest Fox 2008 will be held October 16 - 19, 2008.

Southwest Fox 2008

More details can be found at

We look forward to seeing you in Arizona in October!

Rick Schummer
Doug Hennig
Tamar Granor

See also Southwest Fox 2007 Southwest Fox 2006 and Southwest Fox 2005.

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