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Willson De Veas

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Hi, I'm Willson (Bill) de Veas.

I helped to develop several successful applications for Windows at Alpine Land Information Services, using FoxPro 2.5 through VFP 9 over the course of twenty years there.

My work at Alpine often involved integrating other technologies with VFP, such as Microsoft Excel; ESRI's MapObjects (for which I wrote DLLs in VB and C# to extend its output abilities); GPS; security hardware; and forest environment simulators such as CACTOS, CRYPTOS, and their successor, FORSEE.

I attended Southwest Fox for several years, where I got to meet, learn from, and collaborate with many awesome folk. Southwest Fox has my highest recommendation.

I like the following quote. The forestry metaphor is easy for me to relate to.
"A bug's preferred environment is complexity. If you clear-cut its environment, it has nowhere left to hide." -- WayneConrad

Then there's this quote, from our esteemed host, which changed my view of programming.
The GUI is not a part of the application. It is the first client of the application. -- Steven Black

I have this comic and this comic displayed in my work space.

The number one feature that I wish could have been implemented in Visual FoxPro: Named Parameters. Ah, well. At least we can create Parameter Objects. :)

The following is mostly a "note to self", as I seem to forget this whenever I need it:
(The "d" in my last name is capitalized here for the sake of readability within Wiki, but properly it's: lowercase-d, e, (space), capital V.)

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( Topic last updated: 2014.10.09 03:48:04 PM )