Some of the questions were related to the community and their thoughts about how it contributed to the Visual FoxPro product as well as in regards to the Universal Thread. Without any surprise, nearly 80% confirmed than they believe that the present state of Visual FoxPro is related to its community. It's no secret now in the developers' world how successful the Visual FoxPro community has been over the years. With a strong voice combined with ongoing requests to enhance the product, this community has shown its determination to have Visual FoxPro succeed over the years and for the upcoming ones. About 66% confirmed that they believe the Universal Thread saved or contributed greatly to save the product. That shows how important the role of the Universal Thread is perceived from the community in regards to the product. Knowing that the Universal Thread has worked a lot with Microsoft in the last two years to enhance its product and to respond to some of their needs, it certainly is focused to continue in that direction in order to better respond to the community's needs. As for the future of Visual FoxPro, the community seems to toward its decision to say that the community and Microsoft marketing will be, at an equal stage, the key features for its upcoming evolution.
To get a complete coverage of the survey and for the final result, you may access this link: http://www.universalthread.com/VisualFoxPro/Community.asp
As announced in the last editorial, the Universal Thread has enhanced its threading environment over the last month. Faster, more powerful and simpler were the main objectives in mind in that update. Fully compliant with IE 6 and NS 6, the update allows a member to change the settings of the environment without having to go in the account setup. The changes are also done dynamically. A lot of related enhancements have seen the light of day. A nice toolbar for viewing message, more options, colour schemes and more are now available.
The magazine continues to move forward. A great teamwork coordinated by Claudio and Martin for the translation has worked extremely well so far. I would like to take the occasion to congratulate them and their team for that work. This month continues with a big content from our 56 pages. In total, the last three months have released 179 pages of excellent technical articles. We encourage new writers to participate in our magazine. Don't hesitate to write us and ask for the details.
This month features a great line-up as usual. Among some very good technical articles by John Gordon, Pat Boens, Hilmar Zonneveld, César D. Faux, José Cavalcanti, Jorge A. Espinosa and Claudio Lassala, we also have two more book reviews by Guy Barrette, a report on DevDays by Martín Salías and a summary report extracted from our full coverage from Essential Fox by Mike Yearwood.
Next month features our first anniversary. The magazine will have a special edition. One of the items to look for is the interview with Michel Fournier in regards to the Universal Thread. We'll have another nice interview with Josh Levine from Microsoft, a Business Development Manager for the Microsoft Communities. One of the communities is the .NET Code Wise Community that includes the selection of the Universal Thread as a founding member.
The Essential Fox conference was held this weekend. It has been a great success, well planned by Russ Swall, the event owner, and his team and well appreciated by the attendees. A total of 269 attendees were present. Ken Levy, Visual FoxPro Product Manager at Microsoft, released some news on his Friday night keynote. Some nice announcements about the product and the community were made. You'll find a summary report of the event in this magazine. Our full report is available at http://www.utcoverage.com/EssentialFox/2002. A big "thank you" to our reporter Mike Yearwood who did an excellent job. Russ mentioned that he would like to repeat the event next year in regards to the success of this one. Congratulations!