The Great Lakes Great Database Workshop was being held in Milwaukee from Sunday October 27 to Wednesday October 31. That conference which primaly focused on Visual FoxPro has covered a lot of technologies given by experienced speakers. Several topics such as Web Service, Wireless applications, SQL Server 2000 and XML have been covered. The conference was again a big success. Our reporters Evan Delay and David Stevenson were onsite to cover the event. You can get the full coverage of the conference at http://www.universalthread.com/Conferences/Hentzenwerke/October2001.
Last week, a major conference was being held in Los Angelese. The Microsoft annual PDC conference was given from October 22 to 26. The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference has 6,800 attendees this year. The PDC gives you information that will help you plan for new products that will come out in the next year. It is also where most of the developers products are announced. It was at the PDC 2000 that the .Net framework was announced. This year PDC was no different, lots of announcements and cool stuff were demoed. Guy Barrette, well known on the Universal Thread and in the Visual Basic community was onsite. He covered the event. You can get the full report from this magazine. We would like to thank him for his work on that report.
For those of you who were in Milwaukee, you had a chance to see Ken Levy presenting the keynote. Among other things, he announced the upcoming Web Service support on the Universal Thread. The Web Service will offers the ability to query the Universal Thread server for specific data. That is presently running under testing. We expect to release it later on this year. The Web Service will allow members to extract specific pieces of data so they can have it locally. By the use of a Web Service, members will be able to build their own interface to fit their own needs. The Web Service will be accessed with a few lines of code. As it is a Web Service, it opens the door to many possibilities. We will start by releasing it with minimal options to fit the basic needs. We expect members to use it in combination with the online interface. The online interface will remain the main interface of the Universal Thread. The Web Service support will allow additional capabilities for members to benefit of actual and extra options.
"The History of Visual FoxPro", you probably heard of it recently on the Universal Thread. Fernando Alvares and several other people joined forces to build a Web site about that topic. Fernando was kind enough to write an article in regards to that for our magazine. You can also visit his Web site at http://www.black-beans.com.br/foxprohistory.
We received many emails in regards to our new design. As you may have seen since a few weeks, the Universal Thread has enhanced a lot its design, its interface and has released many new features. We would like to thank Dominic Tremblay, our new graphic artist, who is now doing all the artwork on the Universal Thread. Among several emails, we received some about the design of the cover page of our previous issue. Many people have been impressed by it. This month cover page is also a very good one. Good work!
Last week, the Universal Thread has released a new version of its Messages Area Account Setup option. From all the comments we received in the last year, we summarized them all and applied several of those changes. We believe the new interface of the account setup should now makes it much easier to retrieve and configure your personal setup. From one place, you can now have access to your account setup, your messages summary, your contribution, your points repartition, your folders, your favorites items, your replies, your private messages, the messages from the agent, the way your comment and profile appear on the main page, a quick access to your last 10 messages and points and many other features.
I would like to take this occasion to thank several of our members who are doing some extensive work on the Universal Thread to help others and for all of their contribution. Sergey Berezniker has reached 3000 points in the Universal Thread Points System. This is quite an achievement. His presence and support is well appreciated by all the members. Among other members who are on top of the list are Vlad Grynchyshyn, Cetin Basoz, J.Crescencio Flores and Nadya Nosonovsky. We would like to thank them as well as other persons in the list and whoever is contributing on a regular basic on the Universal Thread. We have a strong community and this makes the Universal Thread a better place day after day.
I also would like to thank the Universal Thread team which does a superb job on a daily basis. Evan Delay, our news reporter is constantly updating the news to give you the latest news from the technology. He is also covering several events as well as populating several areas of the Universal Thread such as the Articles and Books section. Nick Neklioudov is also working actively on the Universal Thread to maintain the Downloads section and to help us a lot in various ongoing tasks. Fred Lauckner is our 3rd consultant who works on the publishing content. He publishes on a regular basic new items in several sections. As for our graphic artwork, all that is done by Dominic Tremblay. He has been on the team since a month. I would like to thank them all for their ongoing work on the Universal Thread.