While working toward a Ph.D. in economics at Rice University
in Houston, Texas, Les Pinter teamed up with two high-school friends to market the
fourth word processing program ever written for microcomputers - the Magic Wand. A
year later, Les had sold the Magic Wand to a 23-year-old Bill Gates and began Pinter
Consulting. He bought copy number 253 of FoxBASE, and published a newsletter about
FoxBASE and FoxPro for over 10 years, including a Russian edition. Les continues to
publish articles on FoxPro, SQL, VB.NET and ASP.NET on his website and in Les Pinter's
Database Journal, a bimonthly newsletter. Les has been a speaker at numerous FoxPro
conferences in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, France, Spain,
Russia and Canada. He is an MVP and a member of the INETA Speakers' Bureau. Les lives
in San Mateo, California with his wife Ying-Ying Chang. He is a private pilot, and
once played lead guitar in the road band for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Visual FoxPro to VB .NET: What do you have to know?
The session will cover Visual Basic .NET from a FoxPro developer's viewpoint, and will describe the 20 areas in which VFP and VB differ. A simple framework will be presented that will allow you to build add/edit/delete screens in three minutes flat that will work with either SQL Server tables or FoxPro DBFs interchangeably. At the end of the session, you will be able to build VB .NET applications using techniques similar to those that you currently use in FoxPro.
Using SQL Server with Visual FoxPro
SQL Server and MSDE, it's free sibling) offer benefits to FoxPro developers and their users. It's easier than you might have thought to incorporate SQL technology into your applications. Both native FoxPro and SQL Pass-Through techniques will be explored. In this session you will see the simple tools that Pinter Consulting uses to migrate FoxPro appliations to SQL Server in an average of 30 minutes per screen.