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UTMag/RapoZine for the community
Michel Fournier, February 1, 2002
On January 15th, 2002, an important joint took place for our magazine. The Universal Thread Magazine and RapoZine magazine, an online magazine available for the Portuguese developers community, joined to create UTMag/RapoZine. Effective from this issue, both magazines will offer the same technical c...
On January 15th, 2002, an important joint took place for our magazine. The Universal Thread Magazine and RapoZine magazine, an online magazine available for the Portuguese developers community, joined to create UTMag/RapoZine. Effective from this issue, both magazines will offer the same technical content available in both versions (English, Portuguese). This site will host the English version while RapoZine magazine will host the Portuguese version. In addition to add to the list of actual benefits to the developers community, the joint will help to solidify the foundations to VFP in Brazil, Latin America and Portugal. As you know, the magazine covers a lot of Visual FoxPro topics on a monthly basis.

The joined effort will ease the management of publishing each issue while providing a synchronized magazine layout, a bigger content, an enhanced technical quality and a greater exposure. Each magazine will continue to be offered from their respective locations. The release of each magazine will be synchronized to be released between the 1st and 5th of each month. Each author will have until the 20th of each month to submit his or her article. English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English translations will occur during the following days. The joined effort includes 8 translators, which will offer their support for each translation. The joined effort is done in collaboration between the Universal Thread and RapoZine, a property of FoxTotal Network under the supervision of Claudio Lassala. The Portuguese edition can be accessed at http://www.rapozine.com.br.

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

In this issue

Interviewers

Gérald Santerre
Claudio Lassala

Writers

Claudio Rola
Michael G. Emmons
Victor Campos

Interviews

Whil Hentzen
Claudio Lassala
Fábio Vieira
John Koziol
Claudio Lassala, who by the same, joined the Universal Thread team as a part time consultant, reports: "I'm very honored for this possibility of helping the world community, and also very proud to get Universal Thread helping us to deliver more contents in Portuguese for VFPers. Besides the fact that this joint we'll keep Universal Thread as the most valuable source for VFP, it will help to solidify the foundations to VFP in Brazil, Latin America and Portugal. I'm quite happy now.". Claudio has been recently awarded as a VFP MVP. He will be involved in various tasks such as the UTMag/Rapozine magazine, he will be offering a regular monitoring and presence in the new Visual FoxPro Portuguese edition forum, he will manage the Portugese interface and will participate in other Universal Thread tasks.

Welcome the Portuguese community

The Universal Thread, among several features and enhancements released again in January, has opened a new forum for the Visual FoxPro Portuguese community. The forum contains the same list of categories as Visual FoxPro but focuses on technical content created in Portuguese. Members can by the same configure their account to work in Portuguese interface. Claudio monitors the forum on a regular basis and members are invited to submit their feedback to him for any suggestions about the good running of the forum.

.Net has a start

In January, we opened the .Net forum. The great popularity of Microsoft .Net on the developers community reflects as well on the Universal Thread. The participation to the .Net framework forum can be configured in your account setup. The Universal Thread by the same opened the .Net Zone. You can access it at http://www.universalthread.com/Net. The Universal Thread .Net Zone gathers information about the .Net wish list, the references to the Microsoft .Net Knowledge Base, a list of Web Services and usual portal links such as News, Links, Articles and Books.

It was a pleasure to hear Yair Alan Griver confirming me his new position at Microsoft. YAG will be the the Lead PM/Evangelist for VB.NET. He has been world renown for his involvement in the Visual FoxPro community for several years as well as in related technologies. He will help tie together the VB.NET dev group and the VB.NET developer community closely together. He will also be working on designing the feature sets for the next few versions. YAG and Rob Copeland (Product Unit Manager) will participate on a regular basis in the Universal Thread .Net framework forum. YAG expects to release reports on a regular basis about ongoing tasks he will been involved with in regards to education and knowledge transfer. They will include white paper references as well as upcoming objectives. He will set up chats with writers of the white papers. They will try to standardize on a chat around 2 weeks after a paper comes out. That way everyone has time to read it. He's hoping to post transcript as an add-on to the white paper.

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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