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Working with communities
Michel Fournier, March 1, 2002
In the last month, we received dozens of emails from satisfied persons in regards for our initiative of opening the magazine and the Universal Thread in general for additional communities such as the Portuguese and Spanish communities. Regulars members of the Universal Thread, new members, Microsoft...
In the last month, we received dozens of emails from satisfied persons in regards for our initiative of opening the magazine and the Universal Thread in general for additional communities such as the Portuguese and Spanish communities. Regulars members of the Universal Thread, new members, Microsoft employees, members from France and from our team all agree that the initiative was a good move and will help to solidify the communities foundation of the magazine and the Universal Thread in general.

Following Microsoft's Steve Ballmer's quote "Communities! Communities! Communities!", one of the major targets of the Universal Thread in 2002 is geared toward that direction. From MSDN Brazil who helps us a lot with the magazine to the Microsoft .Net team contribution on the Universal Thread, the communities are getting strong than ever.

In the last month, I have exchanged a lot of information with Universal Thread members from Brazil, Portugal, Spain and French in order to enhance the Universal Thread engine to make things easier for foreign language speakers. We already did some work on that and will continue to enhance that aspect of the Universal Thread. In addition to our base English interface, we support French, Portuguese and Spanish interfaces as well as offering dedicated Visual FoxPro forums to create content in those languages.

UTMag/RapoZine team

Editors

Michel Fournier
Claudio Lassala

Translators

Eduardo Vidigal
Rodolfo Duarte
Fábio Vazquez
Claudio Rola
José Cavalcanti
Mauro R. Chaves
Moacyr Zalcman
Ricardo Soares
Fábio Vieira
Martín Salías

In this issue

Interviewer

Gérald Santerre

Writers

Wayne Myers
Mike Helland
Fábio Vazquez
Fábio Vieira
Alessandro Orlando
Claudio Lassala

Interviews

John Petersen

Monthly profile

Martín Salías
Don't hesitate to forward your suggestions to Michel, Claudio or Martín Salías about how we can make your presence on the Universal Thread a pleasant one in regards to the Portuguese and Spanish communities. The same goes with the magazine. The joint brought a new dimension to the magazine by bringing writers from various communities under the same roof. It's good to see articles coming in from writers from around the world. For our next issues, we look forward to continue in that direction by including articles from Spanish writers.

As for UTMag/RapoZine magazine, in addition to the online version, the English version now supports an offline edition as the Portuguese version does for a few months. So, for those that wish to read our magazine offline, you can access our store and select the issues you wish purchase. The offline edition is available for a small cost of 5.00$ CDN per issue. Once the order processed, you will receive an email with the file for the related issue.

Our magazine continues to offer valuable Visual FoxPro articles as well as opening the door for more .Net articles. As months go by, we should have more Visual FoxPro .Net related articles as well as other .Net articles. This month, our interview with John Petersen, focuses a lot on .Net. We also have an interesting article by Mike Helland on an introduction to ASP.NET Web Forms.

This month also features an article by Fabio Vazquez on "Introducing XML for VFP Programmers". This is the second part of his series. The first part was initially introduced on RapoZine before the join took place. Fábio Vieira, co-owner of FRX2Word, has written an article on how FRX2Word works behind the scenes in Visual FoxPro. Alessandro Orlando talks about the demystification of Visual FoxPro and Winsock. Claudio Lassala continues on his series for Visual FoxPro for beginners. This is the fifth part of his series. The first four parts have been also initially introduced on RapoZine before the join took place.

As you can see, UTMag/RapoZine is doing extremely well. We received a lot of congratulating emails for our first joint issue last month. This has increased the interest of writers to participate in the magazine. The magazine continues to look for more .Net, XML and Visual FoxPro Internet related topics as well as Visual FoxPro topics in general. Send your request to participate in our magazine to either Michel or Claudio.

The Universal Thread will introduce a tutorial in the next few days. The tutorial will be useful for new members as well as for regular members. This will be offered in a form of short five minutes videos on specific topics. The videos will be prepared by Universal Thread consultants and will help to offer a good learning tool on making the best out of the Universal Thread. The videos will be available in English and Portuguese.

And, as usual, we have other nice features coming in. But, of course, we can't tell you all the secrets at the same time! ;)

Michel Fournier, Level Extreme Inc.
Michel Fournier is a professional, visionary, perfectionist, mostly known for his renowned realizations over the years, designer, architect, owner of the « Level Extreme Platform », formerly known as the « Universal Thread », recognized as one of the longest running Web sites of the planet, also known as a precursor to social networking, product manager, Internet serial entrepreneur, practiced Lean Startup techniques long before they were known, out of the box thinker, using the tenth man rule, specializes in building entire virtual data center solutions, has provided high end IT consulting worldwide, has owned and operated three companies, delivered worldwide renowned e-commerce Web sites, designed and architected two world class top level development frameworks, wrote over 100 IT articles for various sources, presented at user groups, conventions and corporations nationwide as well as in the US, has provided his contribution in political and legal issues to provide a better world, Owner and Senior IT Consultant at Level Extreme Inc., former Architect Software/Application & Project Manager, 7 times Microsoft Most Valued Professional for VB.NET, 7 times Microsoft Most Valued Professional for Visual FoxPro, Developers Choice award for best site at VFP DevCon 2000 Connections in New Orleans, featured in Acadie Nouvelle on October 2003.

Claudio Lassala, Dio Clouds Software
Claudio Lassala is an independent Software Developer who currently works mostly building Ruby on Rails applications. Previously, he has worked for several years developing .NET applications, presented several lectures at Microsoft events such as PDC Brazil, TechEd Europe, and various other Microsoft seminars, as well as several conferences and user groups across North America, Europe and Brazil. He is a multiple winner of the Microsoft MVP Award since 2001 (for Visual FoxPro in 2001-2002, and for C# ever since). He has articles published on several magazines, such as MSDN Brazil Magazine and CoDe Magazine. He started the Virtual Brown Bag meetings (www.virtualbrownbag.com) in 2009 and have been hosting it weekly since then. When not writing code, Claudio is probably rocking out with his band, Descent Into Madness (http://www.descentintomadness.com). In a previous life, Claudio authored and presented several training videos that can be found on the Universal Thread.
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