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FoxRockX Single Issue, September/October, 2008 (No. 4)

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Authors:  Pradip Acharya, Marcia Akins, Tamar E. Granor, Doug Hennig, Andy Kramek Rick Schummer,

Length: 28 pages (A4)
Formats Available: Printed (incl. electronic) or Electronic only
Printed format: A4 (210x297 mm or 8.3x11.7 in)
Electronic format: PDF
Single Issue Price ($US): 29.00 (printed+electronic) $19.00 (electronic only)
Press date: September, 2008

Printed issue availability: 2008/09 issue being mailed on 9/02.
Electronic issue availability: Available for download.
Source code: Available for download.

September, 2008 - Number 4
Intro: Career Investment 101 - How can I become a better developer?
[[Rick Schummer]]
Rick gets asked the question: how can I become a better developer? He explains how he attempts to stay at the top of his game in software development.

VFPX: Putting the OutlookNavBar to use
[[Rick Schummer]]
The Microsoft Outlook user interface was all the rage a few years ago. The last two versions of Outlook include the navigation bar with separate panes for you to manage email, calendar, contacts, tasks, etc. Developers scrambled to duplicate this interface in VFP applications. Emerson Stanton Reed first created the Outlook2003Bar. This month Rick is going to show you how to implement the most current OutlookNavBar and demonstrate some new flexibility included in the July 2008 release.

Deep Dive: Practical Uses for XML, Part 2
[[Doug Hennig]]
In part 1 of this two-part article, Doug examined the basics of XML: what it is, how it's structured, how to create XML, and how to parse it. This article focuses on why XML is useful and shows some practical examples of how he's used XML in various applications.

[[KitBox]]: A program is trying to automatically send e-mail
[[Marcia Akins]] and [[Andy Kramek]]
Sending E-mail from within an application is often more than a luxury, and there are many ways of doing it in Visual FoxPro. Outlook automation is a common approach and works well, but the version of Collaboration Data Objects that was introduced with Windows 2000 offers a more flexible and extensible approach that allows you to generate E-mail without needing a specific E-mail client installed, or even a work-around for the security patch introduced in Office 2000 SP2. In this month's column Andy and Marcia show how to implement CDO in Visual FoxPro.

New Ways: Working with text
[[Tamar Granor]], PhD
VFP's tools for working with text have improved as the importance of text files has grown. In a world where we need to parse and create HTML, XML, and other text formats, using the best VFP has to offer makes the job a lot easier.

TimeFrame Class - Autoset Past or Future Date Range in Reports
[[Pradip Acharya]]
Many financial and forecasting reports require a start date and an end date to be entered in the Report Setup interface. This can be a past or a future time period. A sales summary for the last completed Quarter or a preventive maintenance forecast for the next month are typical examples. It's not easy for the user to figure out the limiting dates in the first place and secondly, users in general are averse to typing in dates in the stipulated format. The TimeFrame class was created to make it easy to autoset a date range with a click. Select any past or future time period from a dropdown list and the two dates are filled in programmatically. The user can then override either date or select the Open Dates option to enter a date range of choice.

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