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Here's what attendees have said about previous conferences:
I've been a speaker at Southwest Fox every year since its inception in 2004. It's always been my favorite conference due to the vast knowledge I gain sitting in on the sessions of all the other speakers. It's also one of my favorites because of all the networking that goes on between everyone - organizers, speakers, vendors, and attendees. The Fox Community is a great tight-knit group of people and this conference allows us to get reacquainted with old friends and colleagues as well as make new ones. New attendees are always welcomed into "the community" and encouraged to meet as many people as possible. There is no "down time" at this conference. Even when the sessions aren't going on, there's still lots to learn! Everyone hangs out together in the hotel lobby, the hotel lounge, the bar, the pool, local restaurants, etc. Late night evenings you'll often find many at the hotel bar or the hotel pool sharing personal stories, consulting war stories, asking technical questions, and trading advice back and forth with each other. You'll even find some friendly competition in the "unofficial" go-kart race between many Fox people. You often learn just as much in the after-hours gatherings as you do in the official sessions. That's one of the major advantages to attending a conference versus reading technical literature, books, or online information.
This year I've chosen to not speak, but make no mistake, it's not because I didn't find value in the conference. Quite the contrary. In fact, even though I'm not speaking, I'm attending the conference!! My only reason for not speaking is that due to some significant life changing events (I got married), I was too busy this year to put forth the effort needed to prepare sessions. Many of you may not realize it, but the hours a speaker puts into preparing just one session is mind-boggling! Researching a new topic, preparing demos and sample apps, organizing those random thoughts and ideas into a PowerPoint presentation that makes sense and flows well, and writing a MANDATORY white paper is like having a second job! Now multiply that by two as most speakers have two different sessions. Then add the hours the speakers spend traveling to other cities to practice their sessions at user groups in an effort to flush out problems and make sure their sessions are polished for Southwest Fox! Well, as you can imagine, with all this effort the sessions at Southwest Fox are A+ and provide great value to the attendees. It always made my day to get a comment from an attendee that said, "This session paid for the conference!" As an attendee this year, I look forward to being able to say this to other speakers. And based on my past experience at this conference, I'm almost positive that I'll say it about more than one session!
Memorial Business Systems
Grand Rapids, MI
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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!
Product Development Manager
Premiere Educational Systems
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.
Information Technology Associates
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.
Matrix Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Thanks so much for including Andy and me in this terrific event! It
was one of the best conferences we have ever been to.
Tightline Computers, Inc.
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.
West Wind Technologies
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!)
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
Black Mountain Software
Great conference! I think I learned more about Foxpro in a weekend
there than I did in 6 months on my own.
Stonefield Software Inc.
Regina, SK Canada
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.
Westlake Village, CA
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!
Thank you for a great conference, my first one and it was worth the
very long flight from Wales.
Welsh Blood Service
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.
Matrix Imaging Solutions, Inc.
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 !!
Software Gallery, LLC
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
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
Senior Systems Analyst
WellSpan Health Biomedical Engineering
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.
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.