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Welcome to Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC, which has been providing custom software for a quarter of a century.

Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC is owned and operated by Tamar E. Granor, Ph.D., a consultant and application developer specializing in database applications. Since 1988, Tamar has been working primarily with Visual FoxPro and its predecessors, FoxPro and FoxBase+. She has worked with both large and small businesses as well as non-profit organizations.

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Tamar has written several books and hundreds of articles about Visual FoxPro and spoken at numerous conferences and user groups. She was a Microsoft Support Most Valuable Professional from the program's inception in 1993 through 2010. In 2007, Tamar received the Visual FoxPro Community Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tamar is also one of the partners of Geek Gatherings, the sponsor of the Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ conferences.

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What's New at TSLLC

Jun 24
Less than a week until Southwest Fox/Xbase++ Super-saver deadline!

Hear that sound? Tick, tick, tick, tick...

That's the countdown clock at Geek Gatherings getting closer to the Super-saver deadline for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++! June 30th is a little less than a week away and we thought we would pass along a reminder just in case you forgot to type it into your task list, or put a yellow sticky note on your monitor. We still need people to register to make the conferences happen.

The conferences take place October 15-18, 2015 in Gilbert, Arizona and we really hope you can be there. We would hate to see you miss out on the $125 discount, the FREE pre-conference session, and an opportunity to win a scholarship or a license of Stonefield Query SDK (a $6,000 value).

Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration

If you’ve already registered, we thank you. Can you help us remind your fellow developers who have been procrastinating about the looming deadline by sharing this email or tweeting about it? Spread the word by telling others you are going on our Facebook event.

Also, if you sent in your registration and have not received a confirmation, please contact us to see what happened. Everyone gets a confirmation when the registration is processed. As promised, we are not cashing checks or processing credit cards for new registrations until the middle of July.

Check out our list of amazing speakers and dig into our session tracks for VFP and Xbase++. Follow the news about the conference on our blog.

Contact Us:

So please beat the rush so we still have some fingernails left when July begins!

We appreciate all the support people have shown for the conference with early registrations; we look forward to getting many more this week.
Jun 12
Southwest Fox/Xbase++ 2015 is on The FoxShow!

Co-organizers Rick Schummer, Doug Hennig and I were interviewed by Andrew Ross MacNeill for his The FoxShow podcast. Click here to go right to this episode

And don't forget to register for the conference by July 1 to get the Super-Saver discount of $125 plus one free pre-conference session!
Jun 01
Southwest Fox/Xbase++ 2015 Registration Opens!

We’ve opened registration for the 2015 conferences. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don’t wait.

As we’ve explained before, putting on a conference is a risky endeavor. Conference centers require a guaranteed minimum income to block the dates of a conference; for a conference like Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++, that minimum is in the tens of thousands of dollars. We have to confirm our commitment to the conference center by July 2nd and need your support by July 1st to make that commitment.

In addition, as we recently said, if Southwest Fox Super-Saver registration is strong enough, we’ll add some speakers and topics.

Here is what you can expect from Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++:

  1. Two simultaneous conferences for the price of one.
  2. Terrific selection of sessions from great presenters.
  3. A total of 25 regular conference topics between the two conferences, 5 pre-conference sessions to choose from, and a keynote to pack your days with learning opportunities and inspiration.
  4. White papers from every session (mandated by the organizers) so you can read about sessions you can’t fit into your schedule, or review material you saw at the conference when you return home.
  5. Lunch Thursday if you register for two pre-conference sessions. (You can also purchase lunch Thursday at our cost.)
  6. Lunch Friday and Saturday for all attendees.
  7. Dinner Friday night.
  8. A free pre-conference session if you register by June 30th.

So please register soon, and encourage every Visual FoxPro and Xbase++ developer you know to register, too.

Feb 19
Southwest Fox/Xbase++ 2015 Call for Speakers

The call has gone out!

We’re inviting anyone interesting in speaking at this year’s conferences to submit topics. You'll find the Call for Speakers at http://www.swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx. Please read the complete Call for Speakers document (linked from that page), and use our proposal submission application at https://geekgatherings.com/Submission. Session proposals are due by March 9. (Yes, this is earlier than in prior years. We have some publicity plans that require us to have a little more lead time than in the past.)

As in the past few years, we plan to offer a good selection of topics in core VFP development, extending VFP, using VFP with other technologies, and VFPX, as well as technology sessions to help VFP developers become better developers, not just more expert at VFP. We are looking for a few sessions on paths forward for VFP developers and we’re looking for a few deep-dive post-conference sessions. The Call for Speakers also lists some topics last year’s attendees specifically requested.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing your proposals. We expect that, as usual, choosing among them will be one of the hardest things we do all year.

Jan 05
Last chance to buy new licenses for VFP 9

​I received the message below from Rainer Becker, who runs the German FoxPro User Group and the German VFP DevCon. He asked that it be shared widely. Notice the deadline is next week:


Please place your last and final order for Visual FoxPro 9.0 licenses now!
Microsoft stopped selling VFP 9.0 and our bundle contract ends on January 12th, 2015!

Dear Visual FoxPro developers,
Dear Visual Extend (trial) users,

Microsoft Visual FoxPro is still the most integrated and complete development environment for Windows desktop applications in the market. And it will continue to work for at least another decade. But there is just one problem...
There are no licences for Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 available any more as Microsoft ended the extended support for Visual FoxPro 9.0. Neither full versions nor update versions of Visual FoxPro 9.0 (or any olderversion) are available anymore.
Luckily the dFPUG (FoxPro User Group of German language, largest VFP user group worldwide since ever, incorporated, VFP DevCon organizer for 20+ years and publisher of FoxRockX magazine and Visual Extend framework) is still allowed to sell a full version of Visual FoxPro 9.0 bundled with our framework Visual Extend 15.0 based on a special disclosed contract with Microsoft signed between YAG and me five years ago.
And the price for our bundle is not higher than a regular full version of Visual FoxPro 9.0 in Europe! The only problem is: Our VFP 9.0 / VFX 15.0 bundle contract expires on January 12th 2015 and therefore you will have to decide within about 10 days if you will need a personal Visual FoxPro 9.0 licence right now - or anytime in the future for any employees you might hire. Please decide now and forever.

Here is our special final bundle offer for you:

The full version of VFP 9.0 and the full version of VFX 15.0 is EUR 849,- incl. 19% V.A.T. (might not apply for you, we will refund) including 1 year of free maintenance builds / new versions and online-support in our forum/newsgroup for Visual Extend, see http://forum.dfpug.de.

Please order the full version of Visual Extend 15.0 including source code, SilverSwitch (Silverlight conversion framework for VFX-applications), Visual FoxPro 9.0 and other components of our bundle, including 1 full year of updates and online support in our forum / newsgroups via email to bestellungen@dfpug.de (and wire transfer within time, see international payment details at our homepage dfpug.de) or directly via the PayPal button below for credit card / PayPal payments. You will receive a PDF/printed bill, a CD with Visual FoxPro, an eMail with your Visual FoxPro product activation code and an email with your Visual Extend access code (once a trial version is registered) after order and payment processing:

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

In case you just want a Visual FoxPro licence:
I know that a lot of users just want to have a valid license of Visual FoxPro 9.0 and might not want our framework Visual Extend 15.0 for whatever reason. But by our confidential contract with Microsoft we are NOT allowed to unbundle this offer! It is all or nothing. We cannot offer a Visual FoxPro update. We cannot offer an update price for existing former VFX licenses. We can just offer a full version of Visual FoxPro 9.0 bundled with a full version of Visual Extend 15.0.
Our contract with Microsoft ends on 12th January 2015. Whoever places an order before this date will receive an official CD with Visual FoxPro 9.0 with activation code plus an access code for Visual Extend (if needed, trial version has to be installed beforehand and registered online to receive a final activation key within 1 year).

In case you do NOT use Visual FoxPro 9.0 already or do not have a licence available for future team members please keep in mind that:
If you are using any other version of Visual FoxPro below version 9.0 please keep in mind that Visual FoxPro 9.0 is the most stable and the most advanced version of Visual FoxPro ever! It offers advanced reporting features and advanced SQL features as well as a lot of fixes and minor enhancements as well as increased development productivity.You can easily update existing applications based on former VFP versions by using SET ENGINEBEHAVIOR and SET REPORTBEHAVIORS set to a lower level to make your applications working properly right away with the latest and best version of Visual FoxPro and without any code changes.
Besides that you also have service pack 2, an updated help file and the Sedna edition as well as access to a multitude of enhancements at VFPX for this version (not working with older versions). But download soon before Microsoft disables these features as well!
For more details please see our update book for VFP8, our update book for VFP9, our Flying Fox book on reporting, our Sedna update book, Jim Booths latest book about effective application development with VFP 9.0 and our latest and greatest book about the multitude of VFPX extensions for VFP 9.0. A cheap online subscription for FoxRockX magazine might help as well to stay on top!
Please decide now if you want to update your development environment and provide licences for future team members or if you (and your whole team / company) really want to stick with an outdated version of Visual FoxPro for the rest of your developer career. We are sorry to say that it is now or never.....

The Visual Extend framework features:
In case you want to create new applications or updated versions of existing applications based on Visual FoxPro our framework Visual Extend might be of great help! It is by far the largest, the fastest and the most widespread / used rapid application development environment available on the market for Visual FoxPro developers with decades of continued product improvement and support. We allways had and still have the largest team of supporters and customers in the VFP market. The main features of VFX are:

  • Setup new projects immediately using the Visual Extend Application Wizard!
  • Includes powerful Builders for forms, grids, pick lists and advanced one to many forms, one to many many forms and treeview forms!
  • Create your own Office Compatible applications easily! Including Modern UI / Windows 8.1 look alike applications!
  • Fits perfectly into your existing Visual FoxPro environment!
  • Become a Visual FoxPro expert immediately!
  • Let the Visual Extend Wizards and Builders do the hard programming work for you!
  • Provide an end user desktop application with an unbelievable large feature set - e.g. mail merge, end user queries with IntelliSense, 1:m:n-multieline reports with PDF-output, email-sending and searchable preview, document management and hundreds of other features - within a day!

PS: Our office is closed until 20th of January as our secretary is on vacation! I will try to answer your questions in time. We will process all orders on 20th of January. We will produce CDs and send a Visual FoxPro 9.0 product CD without charge for postage to any country in the world. Still you have to place your order via PayPal / eMail+payment before 12th of January 2015 as our contract will end on this day.

==> Please use the PayPal button below right away or send an order email to bestellungen@dfpug,de or visit our homepage for the Visual Extend framework at http://www.visualextend.com to place an order right away. Please keep in mind that this offer is time limited and will never be repeated as our contract with Microsoft will expire soon.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

Discounts for multiple orders:
If you order more than one licence you will get a rebate of 5% on the whole order for each additional licence your order for each of the 2nd to 5th licence (max. 20 percent), an additional rebate on the whole order of 2% each for the 6th to 10th licence (max. 30 percent) and an additional rebate of 1% each on the whole order for the 11th to the 20th licence you order for a maximum discount of 40 percent. If you want to be a reseller you have to order 20+ licences for a discount of 50% and an extended activation period for the Visual Extend framework of 2 years. In any case you have to place your order before or at 12th January 2015 via email to bestellungen@dfpug.de.

Yours sincerely
Rainer Becker-Hinrichs
Database and Frontend Programmers User Group
FoxPro User Group of German Language
Publisher of FoxRockX magazine (formerly known as FoxTalk)
Publisher of the most up to date Visual FoxPro books
Publisher of Visual Extend framework

dFPUG c/o ISYS Softwareentwicklungs- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Frankfurter Str. 21 b, 61476 Kronberg, Germany
Phone ++49-6173-950903, Fax ++49-6173-950904
http://www.visualextend.com
bestellungen@dfpug.de



Dec 15
Save October 15-18, 2015 for Southwest Fox 2015

Save the dates for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2015! The conferences take place October 15-18, 2015.

This year we again have two conferences as one great event at the same location. The conferences offer developers an opportunity to learn and extend their skills, and network with fellow developers. You get two conferences for the price of one!

The conferences take place at the San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center, the same great location as last year.

At the 2014 conferences, we mentioned our risks in running the conferences, primarily the tens of thousands of dollars we have to commit to the conference center. Fortunately, we found a way to mitigate those risks to an acceptable level, so we’re happy to be hosting the conference again in 2015.

We choose speakers from the developer community based on their session proposals. We are always looking for new speakers. Watch the Call for Speakers page of the conference website; we’ll post the Call for Speakers in mid-February.

All the details about registration, speakers, sessions, and more will be published in May.

Special Request!!!

If there are any topics you hope will be covered this year, please send them to info@geekgatherings.com, right away.

Nov 24
Blogged about Southwest Fox/Xbase++ evals
I just blogged about the results of this year's Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ evals.

Sep 11
Get a discount on Xbase++ and an early-bird discount for Southwest Fox or Southwest Xbase++

Alaska Software is offering special discounts on Xbase++ 2.0 for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2014 attendees, as follows:

  • Xbase++ 2.0 is available and shipping September 30, 2014.
  • Prerequisite for this offer is registration to Southwest Xbase++ or Southwest Fox conference 2014.
  • Get a 30% discount for all new customers purchasing Foundation Edition 2.0 (regular price USD $1,199) or Professional Edition 2.0 (regular price USD $1,999).
  • Get an additional 10% Competitive Upgrade, if you provide proof of purchase of VFP 9 or Clipper.
  • All attending Southwest Xbase++ who have a subscription (purchased in last 12 months) get 3 months extension for their current subscription.

How does this offer work? Simple: you contact Alaska Software at their booth during the conference, place your order, and get the boxed Xbase++ 2.0 DVD on the spot. This is also true for the active Xbase++ users who stop in at the Alaska Software booth.

Regardless of which edition of Xbase++ 2.0 you purchase, your savings goes a long way towards paying for the conference ticket.

We want to make Alaska’s offer even more attractive, so we’re extending our early-bird pricing for Southwest Fox/Xbase++ right up until Xbase++ 2.0’s September 30 ship date. Register for either conference before midnight September 30 and get a $50 discount; pay only $745.

Aug 27
Southwest Fox/Xbase++ early bird deadline approaches; so does Xbase++ 2.0

The Early-bird registration deadline for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2014 is this Sunday, August 31st and there's exciting news!

Alaska plans to ship Xbase++ 2.0 in September, so this will be the first conference where developers can learn all about the newly released Xbase++ v2.0. In addition, Alaska has deep discounts to offer conference attendees whether you're upgrading from a prior version of Xbase++ or doing a competitive upgrade from Visual FoxPro or Clipper. So whether you are coming from an Xbase++, Clipper, or Visual FoxPro background, Alaska has a product you can learn about at the conference, buy at the conference, and start using immediately when you get home! Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ is the place to be in October. Please sign up now to get the conferences' $50 Early-bird discount, which expires on September 1st. More details on the Xbase++ discounts coming soon.

Every registered attendee gets admission and white papers to all regular conference sessions. Don't miss this chance to learn from the best and mix with your peers.

Jul 28
Southwest Fox on the FoxShow--special offer

​Listen to Andrew MacNeill interview Rick Schummer, Tamar Granor, and Doug Hennig about Southwest Fox 2014 on the FoxShow #79. If you haven't registered yet, be sure to listen for a special offer in the show.

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