The Universal Thread team will continue to work closely with the Microsoft Visual FoxPro team to continue to support existing features in regards to the Visual FoxPro products as well as continuing to improve them. We will continue to work with user group leaders and its community to proceed on a recent set of enhancements to the User Group Meeting Tracker. We will also have some new promotions during the year. As far as conferences, we have a great lineup for 2003. We are scheduled to report officially on all major events for Visual FoxPro. Note that some events also include other technologies as well. While being present on various events and related activities, we will continue to improve the support area by answering as much as we can to our members requests. The support area, the magazine, the User Group Meeting Tracker, the Onsite Coverages and the Visual FoxPro Zone sites provide a great set of sites which responds to most of the developers need. Of course, the year will make place for some surprises. But, those are surprises so we can't tell you more. <s>
Personality of the Year 2002
The Universal Thread Visual FoxPro Personality of the Year 2002 has been announced. Our team would like to congratulate Sergey Berezniker for being the community's choice for 2002. The Personality of the Year is a recognition for the effort given by an individual in regards to Visual FoxPro. This relates to the recognition of the effort which took place during a year in regards to the Visual FoxPro product which could be in regards to various aspects that anyone from the community would judge valid for such a recognition.
DevTeach 2003, a new breed of conferences, makes its debut in Montreal in spring 2003. Targeting Visual FoxPro, SQL Server and .NET, DevTeach offers sessions which include both presentation material and hands-on training. Traditional conferences had session leaders present material using a PowerPoint presentation, usually with some preprinted take away material. DevTeach sessions will add, whenever possible, hands-on training conjointly with the presentation. Attendees, equipped with their own laptop and wireless access card, will be able to try and test the concepts presented at the time of the presentation. This new concept is designed primarily for developers, but will not distract the others who may not be at that level. This conference will promote the latest Microsoft developer's tools.
The concept includes the overall elements of international conferences with the advantage of hands-on training. Session rooms will be equipped with wireless network connections. The network will be connected to the conference main server and the Internet. Attendees will be able to connect to the Internet from each room of the conference as well as from the common areas of the conference centre. Speaker’s presentations are adapted to offer hands-on material from wireless remote servers as well as wireless networking directly between with the attendees.
DevTeach 2003 conference will cover significant Microsoft development tools: Visual FoxPro, SQL Server and .NET. DevTeach 2003 will feature three distinct tracks running at the same location. Attendees will be permitted to attend sessions from either track. This format will enable attendees to learn new technologies, a tremendous opportunity for personal growth and a higher return for the attendee sponsor. The three tracks will be marketed distinctly within one conference.