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11 Aug 2005

New ReportPreview App for Visual FoxPro

The ReportPreview.app is a pretty good general preview application for Visual FoxPro 9. The look of it mimics the report preview screen we had prior to Visual FoxPro 9 and it provides much of the same functionality as well as some new features available in Visual FoxPro 9 thrown in for good measure. However, some Visual FoxPro developers are having […]

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7 Aug 2005

BindEvent on Steroids

The ability for BindEvent to hook into windows message events in Visual FoxPro 9 is great. It is no doubt wrapping the SetWindowLong API function somewhere in the source and facilitates the magic by subclassing the target window. My hat goes off to the Fox Team for coming up with this. But, what if you want to modify a messagebox before […]

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2 Aug 2005

New Visual FoxPro Information Available

A couple of recent blog entries, a letter from the Editor concerning Visual FoxPro, and a fairly hard-hitting interview… is today Christmas? First, I owe thanks to Alex Feldstein’s Blog for a heads up that Ken Levy’s August 2005 – Letter from the Editor for Visual FoxPro has been published. Then reading a recent blog entry by David Stevenson, I […]

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31 Jul 2005

Spelling Checker and VFP

Checking the spelling in a given string, such as the text in a control, is something that a lot of Visual FoxPro applications can use. There are many ways to accomplish this.  Some Visual FoxPro developers use Microsoft Word similar to the way I did in my FAQ about it. Others shell out between $250-500 in order to purchase a […]

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29 Jul 2005

Craig Bailey and VFP Solution Explorer

If you’re like me and didn’t have a clue that something called the “VFP Solution Explorer” was being worked on, check out Craig Bailey’s most recent blog entry. I downloaded the presentation, and I can’t say enough good things about what I saw and read. If the “VFP Solution Explorer” and it’s lofty goals are carried out in a timely […]

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26 Jul 2005

ATOM and VFP

I wanted to do RSS 2.0 first given that it has the most momentum at the moment, but that’s hardly the only accepted syndication format. Here’s the formats and the players involved (consider it the abridged, highlights-only history of syndication by yours truly)…. RSS 0.9 : Netscape/Dan Libby (considered obsolete and too complex by most – RDF specification based – Netscape dropped out of […]

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25 Jul 2005

Visual Basic to Visual FoxPro Conversion Utility

Visual Basic (versions 6 and below) code examples are everywhere. It’s a huge resource that many Visual FoxPro developers utilize, but converting a Visual Basic example to Visual FoxPro is, more often than not, a pain. It’s the same thing over and over again… change dims to locals, change msgbox to messagebox, add parenthesis around the procedure calls, etc., etc., ad […]

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23 Jul 2005

RSS 2.0 and VFP

Ken Levy mentioned out on the UT yesterday that it would be a cool VFP open source project to create a table that RSS could be imported into and the exported out of. I thought it was an excellent idea. So, I played around with RSS 2.0 last night. After more than a little reading on the specifications for RSS 2.0, […]

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18 Jul 2005

Email and VFP: Part 1i (EsSmtp)

As we’ve seen in the previous entries, emailing from VFP can be done in a variety of ways.  In this entry, I explore the use of a freely avaliable ActiveX control, simply known as EsSmtp.  This control was once sold commercially by Eurosource, but now resides on SourceForge.  It’s not only free, it’s open source (you get the source code). […]

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17 Jul 2005

GDI+ and VFP

I’m doing an extensive series for FoxTalk regarding GDI+ and VFP.  The first article will be in the August issue and I believe it will also be made available for free to the community.  It deals with the basics of drawing on a VFP form with GDI+, including an effective double-buffering technique.  It’s just the start, and once everyone is warmed […]

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