The Philadelphia VFP User Group invites you to join us for two special meetings featuring a pair of internationally-known VFP experts. On Wednesday, June 18, Marcia Akins will present "Practical uses for the Windows API". Marcia Akins is an independent Consultant and software developer who for the past few years has worked primarily with Visual FoxPro and SQL Server. She and her husband, Andy Kramek own and operate Tightline Computers, Inc. from their home in Akron, Ohio. She has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional since 1999 and also has Microsoft Certified Professional qualifications for both Distributed and Desktop Applications in Visual FoxPro. Marcia co-authored the Kitbox column in FoxTalk Magazine from November, 2001 through July of 2006. She and her husband, Andy, then wrote a regular column in The Advisor Guide to Microsoft Visual FoxPro database Development until the end of 2007. Their popular Kitbox column is now being published in FoxRockX magazine. Marcia's published work also includes several articles for both FoxPro Advisor and FoxTalk magazines as well as the very successful book "1001 Things You Wanted to Know About VFP" (Hentzenwerke publishing, 2000) and "MegaFox: 1002 Things You Wanted to Know About Extending VFP" (Hentzenwerke publishing, 2002). Speaking engagements include SouthwestFox(Tempe, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), OzFox(Sydney, Australia, July 2003), Visual FoxPro Devcon (Prague, Czech Republic, June 2002, 2005, 2007), Essential Fox (Kansas City, 2002, 2003, 2004), Conference to the Max (Holland, May 2000 and May 2002), Great Lakes Great Database Workshop (Milwaukee, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006), Advisor Devcon (San Diego, September 2001 and Fort Lauderdale, September 2002), German Devcon (Frankfurt, November 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), as well as user group meetings in Europe and the U.S. Web site: www.tightlinecomputers.com Absract: This session introduces Windows API programming for Visual FoxPro developers. Marcia begins by reviewing what the API is and how to translates the examples that are often in Visual Basic or Visual C++ into good old Visual FoxPro syntax. She will then present several practical examples using Windows API functions to do things that cannot be accomplished using native Visual FoxPro commands. These examples include code to read the Windows Registry and retrieve user settings from the Control Panel, code to ensure that the screen is really locked when we must manipulate the appearance of ActiveX controls in our VFP forms, and much more. On Wednesday, July 16, Cathy Pountney will present "Customizing Your Vertical Market App" Cathy Pountney is a five-time recipient of the Microsoft VFP MVP award and has been developing software for 26 years, many of which were as an independent consultant specializing in FoxPro. In 2001 she had the privilege of spending six months as a contractor onsite in Redmond with the Microsoft Fox Team. She now works for Memorial Business Systems writing software for the cemetery and funeral home industry. Cathy has spoken at many FoxPro conferences and user groups across the U.S. and Canada, written articles for various magazines, and her book, The Visual FoxPro Report Writer: Pushing it to the Limit and Beyond, is available from Hentzenwerke Publishing. You can contact Cathy at cathy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, view her website at http://www.frontier2000.com, and view MBS's website at www.mbs-intl.com. Abstract: Writing a vertical market application can be very rewarding. You write one application, sell it numerous times, and sit back while the money rolls in. Well, that's the theory anyway. The reality is that often times, new clients want to buy your software, as long as you can change this one little thing. Managing custom code for various clients within your application can easily turn into a nightmare as your client base expands. This session shows you how to implement a customization methodology in your vertical market application that keeps your standard code independent from your custom code, yet have the two code bases play nice together. Attendees will learn. Both meetings begin at 7 PM, but the group will provide dinner at 6:30 PM. We meet at Valley Forge Pension Management, 715 Twining Road, Suite 202, Dresher, PA 19025, which is less than 10 minutes from the Fort Washington exit (exit 339) of the PA Turnpike. (If you're using a GPS, be aware that the Oreland offramp from PA 309 Southbound has been permanently closed. Coming off the PA turnpike, do not get on PA 309. Continue straight and your GPS should direct you to an alternate route.) There is a charge of $5 per meeting. The latest information about our group is at http://vfpphilly.blogspot.com/. To unsubscribe from the NYACC Database SIG list, send an email to nycfoxsig-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' (no quotes) in the subject field.