Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Want (or Don't Want) MacBook Air

Updated: certainly some of the reported problems (obscure USB among others) might make this device not as appealing. I also priced out a similar Sony Vaio - and they ended up being equally priced but you got more with the Vaio. Hmph...my foray back into Mac land may have to wait a bit...

OK - now I know what I definitely want for my new notebook. The overall HW specs don't sound that great - but it's time to dump my Dell (I reviewed the buy-out on my HW lease - what a rip-off - this machine is going back) - and I really do think it's time to come back to my true 6-color roots (even if Apple's colors these days run more platinum)

But seriously...it's THAT thin???? Cripes...and it looks like their pricing for Canada is close to on par. $1899 Cdn vs. $1799 US. If you look at today's exchange rate ($1.0378), it's pretty close.

Yes , I suppose I could look at a Sony VAIO - but no thanks, Sony. I've pretty much stopped doing business with you (even if you did go DRM-Free at Amazon).

Could I use it as my development workstation? Hard to say, but I remember almost 8 years ago, seeing Ed Leafe doing all his dev on his MacBook and I was envious. Definitely time.

But VFP Developers, what are you using for your development machines?
Apple Canada - MacBook Air

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Awaiting Sedna

According to Craig, Sedna Release Appears to be Imminent...

This is, of course, great news for FoxPro developers as they have been waiting (im) patiently for it since October when they released SP2. I had noted it on an earlier post and asked around, finding out that Sedna got put behind VS2008 and SQL 2008 in the "release" queue. (Good to see that Craig is providing more details on it, although an updated EULA from Legal certainly isn't something I hoped to see - what new things could they have possibly put into it from June's CTP?)

But since then, a few regression bugs were found in SP2. I can appreciate wanting to close the door on new VFP development - but with some of the fairly major bugs that were introduced, I hope that either:

a) Sedna includes some fixes for it in the xBase apps (I'm not sure how that would work but if the report Preview engine controls how data is displayed, maybe it could)

b) Sedna includes some hot-fix DLLs

One can only hope.

I am definitely looking forward to some of the new pieces (including the ones they haven't spoken about).

Bill Kuhn notes in his comment on Craig's post that if Sedna is going to require SP2, " Sedna might as well stay off the market until SP2 is usable." I think that may be a bit harsh - as some of the new bugs may not affect the type of application everyone might be building but the one that Cathy has definitely affects how desktop applications that produce reports work. If Microsoft can release patches to fix Office 2003 and then reset them pretty quickly, (and this product is scheduled to be dropped from support by 2014 - one year earlier than VFP 9) - then one can hope they do fix it promptly.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

First Production Release: GdiPlusX 1.10

Bo Durban has announced the first production release of GDIPlusX from VFPX is now available for download from CodePlex.

GDIPlus is one of those things that look really cool but have always been hard to wrap your head around, especially in FoxPro. GDIPlusX makes it 10 times easier.

Get it today!

VFPX - Release: GdiPlusX 1.10

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bernard Bout : Zoombar with Reflections

Oohhh...I know Emerson Reed had done some things with this in Visual FoxPro but I'm really liking what Bernard has here. Hey guys - How about collaborating?

Bernard Bout : Zoombar with Reflections

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