Southwest Fox 2007 - Day 3

by Frank Perez October 20, 2007

My first session of the day was Christof Wollenhaupt's Using CVS and Subversion with VFP. Since I have only used Microsoft's Visual Source Safe and Sourcegear's Fortress, I was curious as to how CVS compared. It is definitely something I would consider using in the future. Christof also showed a utility he wrote to convert Visual FoxPro files into XML files before checking them into Source Code Control. The utility also has the ability to convert the XML files back to binary files - very cool! For those who are interested, you can download the TwoFox utility from his website at http://foxpert.com.

The next session was Craig Boyd's The Power of Regular Expressions. I must admit that I never tried Regular Expressions before because they looked so complicated. However, after Craig's presentation I've come to realize that they really are not that bad once you know the basics. Of course it helps that Craig did an awesome job of explaining what how to read and write regular expressions, how to use them, and provided plenty of good real world examples.

Following lunch I attended Steve Sawyer's Basic Marketing for Custom Business Software Services session. Steve had some very interesting ideas on marketing and networking. He also recommended another book for the reading list - Rain Making: The Professional's Guide to Attracting New Clients by Ford Harding.

After that I went to Whil Hentzen's So You've Inherited an Application. Now What? A lot of this session was geared towards custom software development shops with some good general programming ideas mixed in. For example, when you are working on a project - don't end your day by stopping at the end of the module/class you were working on. Try to stop somewhere in the middle and document what you had left to do. The next day you'll find that you are able to get into the zone much faster.

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Frank lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife and three children.  When he is not writing code, he enjoys long distance running and riding his motorcycle.

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