Virtual Fox Fest 2021

An online conference presenting the latest in Microsoft Visual FoxPro development techniques

October 14, 20, and 26, 2021


Garth Groft, York, PA

Just want to let you know that for me Day One was absolutely phenomenal! Your choice of topics and speakers were right on. The presentations were clearer and easier to follow and hear on my own large monitor. Love Hopin! Very well organized and nearly perfect implementation! Great Job!

Vendor sessions like Macrosoft's were also useful.

I miss the camaraderie of on-site conferences but the chat entries during sessions on the day one demonstrated excellent interaction and working well together. I do miss the formal evening dinner, the walk to In-And-Out and the attendees singing around the piano.

Marty Cantwell, Independence, MO

The #VirtualFoxFest just flew by! Enjoyed more great presentations and learned a lot over the last three days of sessions. Cannot thank Rick, @rschummer, Tamar, @TamarGranor and Doug @DougHennig, all of @geekgatherings, enough for their hard work to put this conference together!

It was fantastic to see many folks I've not seen in so long. Forgot how much I miss being at @swfox. I do miss spending time with and learning from high-class @FoxPro devs! Got to make new friends too like G0ZAP, Dave from the UK. Cool.

Testimonials for Southwest Fox

Michael Minahan, Floyds Knobs, IN
Thank you so much for SWFox2017! It was all way past my expectations. I just wish I could redo it all again! So much to take in!
Cecil Champenois, Little Elm, TX
Y’ALL DID A GREAT JOB ONCE AGAIN!!! Thank you for all your hard work putting this conference together.
Kathy Joulaie, Toronto, ON
I would like to thank you again for the great event. We're full of new ideas and we've already started working on them and that's all because of your wonderfully managed conference.
Marcia Akins, Akron, OH
Thanks so much for including Andy and me in this terrific event! It was one of the best conferences we have ever been to.
Chris Wolf, Regina, SK Canada
Great conference! I think I learned more about FoxPro in a weekend there than I did in 6 months on my own.
Rhian Eyres, Pontyclun, Wales
Thank you for a great conference, my first one and it was worth the very long flight from Wales.
Rick Borup, Champaign, IL
Everyone I talked to was excited to be there, and you could feel the energy level running throughout the conference. I got totally re-energized by this.
Jeff Simon, Lincolnwood, IL
I want to thank all of you again for putting on an awesome conference ... This was one of the best conferences I have ever attended!
Mike Aleshin, Sanborn, NY
I also wanted to thank you for the excellent conference you had organized. It was first class all around from the quality of information to the amenities.
Jack Amelard, Toronto, ON
I found the 2015 Southwest Fox conference packed with very useful sessions presented by excellent speakers. The conference materials and code samples added icing to the cake!
Daniel Strong, Scott City, MO
What an amazing conference! Thank you all so much. It was so well organized and the speakers had such amazing topics. I can't wait to give my full report to my team.
Scott Malinowski, Bennington, VT
As FoxPro ages gracefully some SWFox sessions concentrate on keeping FoxPro a viable tool especially for companies with a large code investment. One session in particular was a perfect fit for our company. This session demonstrated making VFP a cloud-based application. The white papers will save weeks of development.
Randy Bosma
Thanks again for the inspiration of another fantastic SWFox conference. I'm hoping, yea even planning that the next year's development efforts result in 10 minutes of fame in the 2011 Show Us Your App session.
Steve Ritter
Man, SW Fox '09 was such an exciting experience! The vibe was so positive everywhere I went. All of the speakers in the sessions that I attended were very well prepared. Southwest Fox 2009 Rocked!
Walt Krzystek, Sanborn, NY
I just wanted to thank you all for putting on a great conference this year. I've been to either Whilfest or Southwest Fox every year since 2001 and I think this was the best conference I have attended.
Jim Nelson
Yesterday, I encountered three (count 'em -- three!) different problems that I could not have solved last week, but know now how to solve this week, because of SWFox. Two of three used code directly as is from the sessions I attended.
Koen Piller, The Netherlands
It was absolutely fantastic to meet so many people whom until that day I only had digital contact. Each and every session I attended, not a single one excluded, was very well prepared and with very informative speakers.
Prentiss Berry, Pensacola, FL
Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful SWFox2009; great job to all! I really enjoyed myself and was exposed to some great sessions and presenters. I also want to say that the grocery bags is an excellent idea.
Bob Pierce
I just wanted to let you know I was able to successfully leverage some code from your session that solved a problem I have tried to conquer for many years. Works great, and came at a time there was pressure to overcome this limitation in-house. Worth the price of admission!
Alan Stevens, Tennessee
I attend a lot of events each year and SWFox remains the gold standard. The facility, organization, food and social aspects are all the best I've experienced. The attendees are more experienced and ask questions that challenge me too.
Ken Green
I have to say that SWFOX '09 was the best VFP conference EVER! The sessions were all meaty. In fact, my only real complaint is that the Kokopelli app wouldn't let me schedule 2 sessions at the same time. (In other words, I would have liked to attend more sessions than was possible.)
Stacy Violett, Polson, MT
2007 was my first SWFox. I highly recommend this conference to anyone interested in updating their skill-set and knowledge of VFP. This conference was on-par or better than the best Advisor conferences I have attended in the past. If you are interested in experiencing a the value and power of the Fox community in person, try this one out. You will be pleased.
Sue Cunningham, Laramie, WY
I really did enjoy the Southwest Fox conference. Things ran very smoothly and the accommodations and food were just fine. I'd be happy to see it held in the same place again next year. I know there's a TON of unseen "work" involved in preparing such a conference, in addition to actually "executing" it. You guys did a great job!!
Mike Lewis
The technical content at Southwest Fox is top-notch. At most conferences, I'm ready to start skipping sessions by the second day. At SWFox 2006, every session was a gem. I wouldn't have missed any of them. I also like the relaxed, low-key atmosphere. Unlike at other conferences, there's plenty of time to chat to other developers, meet up with old friends and make new contacts. I'll definitely come again.
Joel Leach, Franklin, TN
Southwest Fox 2007 was one of the best (if not THE best) conferences I've been to! I walked away with a ton of ideas and a sense of excitement, and that hasn't happened for me at a conference in years. The speaker selection was excellent. There were so many good sessions, it was impossible to see everything I wanted. You all did a great job, and I'm looking forward to next year's conference. (By the way, we saved $1100 by buying products at the conference. These were things we needed anyway, so the conference literally paid for itself!)
Bud Wheeler
If you only go to one FoxPro conference it should be SWFox. If you are not planning on attending a FoxPro conference you should go to SWFox. It is the best value your training dollar can buy. The speakers are all top notch. The experience gained from just one session can easily pay for the cost of the conference. I have attended every SWFox conference held and found each and every one to be extremely beneficial. You can't afford to miss this opportunity to learn what is new and exciting in VFP.
Dan Freeman, Westlake Village, CA
Southwest Fox was CLEARLY organized by veteran conference attendees/speakers who knew where all the gripes are. There were no gripes. Your attention to the details that always bothered all of us showed ... All speakers were terrific. If I had to pick a standout, it would be Cathy Pountney's session on controlling printers. She rang frigging bells. It's been a long time since I sat at the end of a session thinking "WOW!" but she did it ... I don't impress easily. You guys did it.
Boudewijn Lutgerink, The Netherlands
What I have seen and learned during the last SWFox, last week in Mesa AZ, would have cost me months and months of R&D to achieve the same ideas and insights. Preparing to develop a new app I was looking for some new and bright ideas to make this new product (vertical marketed!) sexy, shiny and flashy. I saw and learned so much!! I could not ever have learned this in like 6 months of (unpaid!!) R&D. This makes visiting SWFox, or any DevCon for that matter, more than worthwhile! I can and will recommend every developer who takes his/her job serious to visit a DevCon, and SWFox is most definitely high on my list. See you guys and gal next year!
Rick Strahl, Maui, HI

This conference worked out really well and is maybe the first Fox conference in years that didn't have that feeling of a Damocles Sword hanging over it. Most people I talked to at the conference were upbeat and excited with the stuff they saw and weren't constantly going on about the future of Fox which is good to see.

In addition the staff at the conference center was exceptional.

I also want to thank you for putting this on - it worked out awesome in combination with the Web Connection training before the conference. I had the highest turn out of any previous Web Connection training with nearly 40 attendees most of whom left highly fired up and ready for more when they headed off to SWFox.

Ted Gregg, York, PA
I have now attended every Southwest Fox conference and I will continue to set aside October for Southwest Fox. The friendly atmosphere at Southwest Fox promotes the easy exchange of ideas and development of professional relationships. I have made many friends while there, and the practical and theoretical knowledge I have obtained I now implement routinely. Attendees should be sure to plan a vacation around their trip to Arizona to enjoy its warmth and many natural spectacles! In summary Southwest Fox is of great educational value, friendly and ideal location.
Steven Hinaga, HI

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. It was informative as well as fun. I was a bit nervous about the conference. It's been about 8 years since I've done any serious FoxPro programming and I have never been to a programming conference before. I was intimidated with the possibility of being the village idiot.

What I found was a group of people who were friendly, helpful and who had a sense of camaraderie. Old friendships were renewed and everyone looked forward with a positive air towards the sessions.

As I sat in some of the beginner classes I was surprised to see many who were far beyond the material of the class. They often shared their experiences and techniques and this greatly enhanced the class material. Every so often one of them would discover one or two things in the session that they were thrilled to learn. And that apparently was the reason for their presence in the beginner classes; learning new ways to do basic everyday things.

I will definitely be there next year. Thanks for putting on a great conference.

Toni Feltman, Toledo, OH

I am so excited for this year's Southwest Fox conference because I will have an opportunity to visit with friends and colleagues that I only see once a year but more importantly because of the session lineup this year. The session list has something for everyone! This year I am particularly interested the Extending VFP topics and Technology for VFP Developers topics. I know that there is a wealth of information there that I will be able to put to use immediately upon my return. I am also excited about the Solidifying VFP Development track. I know that I will learn something from these topics but I also think that many developers who may not have taken advantage of some "newer" VFP features will be inclined to do so after attending some of the sessions because the speakers are top rate and are able to present complex topics at a level that even the newest novice can understand. I can't wait until October!

Scott Malinowski, Tempe, AZ

I just wanted to thank you for providing the VFP community with the crème de crème of Fox conferences. The combination of speakers and session topics at the Southwest Fox 2008 conference was second to none for any Fox conference that I have ever been to and I have been going to Fox conferences since 1992. The friendliness and availability of the organizers and speakers was great! I actually spend some quality time at this conference talking to, eating with and picking the brains of the best VFP minds in the industry. The outcome of those conversations was finding solutions to two major issues we were having with our current development project and several ideas for future enhancements. This alone made the conference well worth the investment.

Also, it is apparent that Southwest Fox is taking the lead in pushing VFP to the next level and for continuing to breathe life into the soon-to-be non-Microsoft supported product. The "call to arms" sessions were real eye-openers for me and should be for the entire VFP community. It's up to us, folks, to keep VFP rockin'-n-rollin'. Everyone needs to get involved!

And finally, kudos to the conference organizers for an event that went off with hardly a hitch. It was definitely a MVP performance from the Southwest Fox 2008 team and the resort staff! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Kevin Clark, Front Royal, VA

This was my first time at the SWFox conference, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it and how worthwhile I found it. Having worked with Foxpro for the last twenty-five years, my main concern in coming to the conference was that perhaps I wouldn't learn enough to make it worth the time and expense. That concern turned out to be completely unfounded, as session after session I learned new things that I plan to employ in my business.

Charles Waud, Waudware, Toronto, ON

I have attended the conference several times since it started. In the past few years I have gone every year. I generally take one of our programmers as well. If I am unable to attend, I send one of our programmers. We have added many great features to our software as a result of going to sessions at these conferences. We also have met many other developers whom we have shared ideas with, exchanged work with, and can ask for help and advice at any time. I'd say that the financial benefit from going to these conferences far outweighs the cost, year after year.

Kevin Clark, Front Royal, VA

I tell myself every year that I'll keep coming to the conference as long as what I learn is worth the time and cost. I've come for 3 years and each year has been well worth it. It's crazy that after using Foxpro for so many years there's still so much more to learn—and attending SWFox is a great way to learn it.

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