Thursday, July 30, 2009

So long Newsgator (for me, at least)

Change is never easy.

I've been using Newsgator for several years now (even bought it when it was a commercial user tool) and have loved seeing it move from an upstart newsreader (congrats Greg!) to a great enterprise tool.

When Google Reader came along, I still continued to use Newsgator mostly for the great Newsgator Go (or mobile) version. I loved being able to read feeds on my phone without having to go online every time.

Sadly today, in my inbox, I received word that they are no longer going to support these tools for consumer use after August 31st.

Now I have to move all of the great clips (another great feature of Newsgator) to another reader. I don't mind Google Reader but I will really miss not having it on my Windows mobile device. That said, it may convince me to look at other phones now that one of my main reasons for staying away from the iPhone and others was NewsGator Go.

To their credit, Newsgator is providing some great transition tips encouraging users to move to Google. It's a win-win for Google Reader, certainly but I will definitely miss Newsgator as my consumer reader.

Good luck in the future, Newsgator - you were a wonderful tool and exactly what I was looking for, when I needed it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

dev{shaped} » Fun Developers book

dev{shaped} » Book has compiled a list of various developer-oriented posts (and comics) and put them into a creative commons book called Developers, developers, developers. It covers specific development topics (like continuous integration and language wars) to career advice (remaining valuable) and up and coming concepts. Plus it has a handful of very funny comics.

Sure, you can read a lot of these posts online - but now you can either a)buy it or b) download it in PDF.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

PEM Editor Video Series for VFP

If you haven't tried out the VFPX PEM Editor, you may want to check out Jordan's video series here.

The PEM Editor replaces the Properties Window, Edit Property/Method, New Property, and New Method, and Document View tools in Visual FoxPro. Sound like a lot?

There are 8 videos in all, totaling less than an hour of your viewing time.

It's this type of tool, along with the Control Renamer, FoxTabs, Tabbing Navigation, among others, that shows the need for an installer for VFP that includes these great tools that improve the VFP IDE experience.

It's something that has been brought up numerous times before, in VFPX discussions as well as at last year's Southwest Fox.

Consider a single installer that runs automatically after a VFP installation (or on its own) that installs and sets up:
- PEM Editor
- Control Renamer
- FoxTabs
- Tabbing Navigation
- Automated Build
- the updated Sedna and FFC controls
- Alternate SCCText (if desired)
- Code Analyst

(the above are all tools that improve the IDE)
And then creates a separate Samples folder for the other samples such as:
- GDIPlusX
- FoxCharts
- ThemedControls
- Tab Menu
- Desktop Alerts
- and more

Developers are always using new tools and expecting the most from their IDEs - many of the tools in VFPX provide a major improvement in productivity for VFP developers, be they building new applications or maintaining legacy applications.

If you haven't taken advantage of these tools, check out the video series for the PEM Editor just to get a glimpse of what you're missing.