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(Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015)
Rainer Becker has announced his selection of speakers for the 22nd VFP DevCon Germany 2015 held November 12-16, 2015. Rick Schummer will be presenting for the eleventh year in a row at this conference and is presenting four different sessions:
  1. VFPX.Edition('2015')
  2. Your Developer Life Improved By Thor
  3. Extending the VFPX DataExplorer
  4. How Craig Boyd Makes Me a Hero, Revisited
All the details can be found on the German DevCon Web site. There are sessions on Visual FoxPro 9.0, SQL Server, .NET, and Xbase++.




Southwest Fox Speaker 2015

(Posted: Friday, May 01, 2015)
White Light Computing has one speaker presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2015. Rick Schummer is presenting Your Developer Life Improved By Thor and VFPX.Edition("2015").



Southwest Fox 2015 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Monday, January 26, 2015)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2015 being held in Gilbery Arizona October 15-18, 2015. There are only four platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference in past years has exceeded expectations, and this year expects to be more of the same. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens in May.




White Light Computing is growing!

(Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014)
It is a great pleasure to announce Steve Ellenoff accepted an offer to work at White Light Computing as a Software Developer. Steve has many years designing, developing, and supporting applications, most of those being custom application solutions developed using Visual FoxPro. Steve's extensive background in these applications compliments our existing team experience. One of Steve's other passions is writing software for pinball machines.

In his role at White Light Computing, Steve will be working directly with our growing list of customers to collect business requirements, write specifications, architect and design, develop, test, deploy, and support our software solutions.

Steve starts with us on October 1, 2014.




Southwest Fox Speakers 2014

(Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014)
White Light Computing has two speakers presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2014. Frank Perez is presenting PostgreSQL vs Microsoft SQL Server (pre-conference). Rick Schummer is presenting Inspiring Everyday Practical IntelliSense and VFPX.Edition("2014").



Southwest Fox 2014 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2014 being held in Gilbery Arizona October 16-19, 2014. There are only four platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference in past years has exceeded expectations, and this year expects to be more of the same. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens in May.




White Light Computing takes over SOS

(Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013)
SOS is a vertical market application that services antique malls, art galleries, craft malls, consignment shops, collectible stores, estate sales, and other specialty malls. On October 4, 2013, White Light Computing purchased the rights to the software and other assets, and now supports and enhances SOS for the customers who use it. More information and how you can purchase licenses for SOS is available on the SOS Web site or via sos {AT} whitelightcomputing.com.



Customer Care Specialist, Hired!

(Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013)
It is a great pleasure to announce Nicole Schummer accepted an offer to work at White Light Computing as our first Customer Care Specialist. She is a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduate with dual degrees in communications and psychology and has 8 years of customer service experience.

Nicole plays a very important role on our team as spearheads technical support, sales, marketing, and web presence for our SOS software family.

Nicole starts with us on September 16, 2013.




Customer Care Specialist

(Posted: Monday, August 05, 2013)
White Light Computing is is looking for a Customer Care Specialist. If you are interested in this role or know someone who is qualified please check out our job description and requirements.



Southwest Fox Speakers 2013

(Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013)
White Light Computing has three speakers presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2013. Jody Meyer is presenting Customer Service: Making a Difference and Legacy Code Forensics: Answering the Questions of the Unknown. Frank Perez is presenting The Open Source World of Visual FoxPro. Rick Schummer is presenting VFPX.Edition.2013() (Part 1 and Part2)



Southwest Fox 2013 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2013 being held in Gilbery Arizona October 17-21, 2013. There are only four platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference in past years has exceeded expectations, and this year expects to be more of the same. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens in May.




White Light Computing Purchases ARK Software

(Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012)
ARK Software services the animal shelters, animal control offices, Humane Societies, and SPCAs that help animals find their owners or new owners. On October 27, 2012, White Light Computing purchased the rights to the software and other assets, and now support and plan on improving ARK7 for the customers who use it. More information and how you can purchase licenses for ARK7 is available on the ARK Software Web site or via info {AT} arksoftware.com.



Southwest Fox Speaker 2012

(Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012)
White Light Computing has one speaker presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2012. Rick Schummer is presenting How Craig Boyd Continues Making Me a Hero! and Finding the Treasure in VFPX!.



Southwest Fox Speakers 2011

(Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2011)
White Light Computing has two speakers presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2011. Jody Meyer is presenting Wanted: More Processing Speed!. Rick Schummer is presenting Programming Standards and Guidelines for Software Craftsmanship and How Craig Boyd Makes Me a Hero!.



White Light Computing is growing!

(Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2011)
It is a great pleasure to announce Jody Meyer accepted an offer to work at White Light Computing as a Software Developer. Jody has spent 25 years designing, developing, and supporting applications, many of those being vertical application solutions developed using Visual FoxPro. Jody's extensive background in these applications compliments our existing team experience. Jody also is an accomplished speaker having presented at numerous FoxPro user groups, and at the Southwest Fox 2009 and 2010 conferences. She is an avid and accomplished volleyball player for the Pink Panthers.

In her role at White Light Computing, Jody will be working directly with our growing list of customers to collect business requirements, write specifications, architect and design, develop, test, deploy, and support our software solutions.

Jody starts with us on January 17, 2011.




Southwest Fox 2011 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2011)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2011 being held in Gilbery Arizona October 26-29, 2011. There are only three platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference last year exceeded our expectations, and this year will have some new surprises and excitement. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens on May 1, 2011.




Southwest Fox Speakers 2010

(Posted: Saturday, May 01, 2010)
White Light Computing has two speakers presenting sessions at Southwest Fox 2010. Paul Mrozowski is presenting Get Your VFP App on the Web (pre-conference) and jQuery for VFP Developers. Rick Schummer is presenting Mocking Your Customer and Code Reviews: Why Real Developers do not Fear Them!.



White Light Computing increase developers by 50%

(Posted: Monday, February 08, 2010)
It is a great pleasure to announce Paul Mrozowski accepted an offer to work at White Light Computing as a Software Developer. Paul has spent the last 14 years developing both desktop and Web-based application solutions for customers large and small using C#, ASP.NET, and Visual FoxPro. Paul's extensive background in these technologies compliments our existing team experience, and brings new capabilities to the White Light Computing toolbox. Paul also is an accomplished author with articles published in CoDe Magazine, UniversalThread Magazine, and FoxTalk. He presented at the Southwest Fox 2009 conference.

In his role at White Light Computing, Paul will be working directly with our growing list of customers to collect business requirements, write specifications, architect and design, develop, test, deploy, and support our software solutions.

Paul starts with us on February 8, 2010.




Southwest Fox 2010 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Monday, February 01, 2010)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2010 being held in Mesa Arizona October 14-17, 2010. There are only three platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference last year exceeded our expectations, and this year will have some new surprises and excitement. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens on May 1, 2010.




Perez becomes Microsoft Certified Professional

(Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009)
Frank Perez, a Software Developer here at White Light Computing, passed the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance exam and is now a Microsoft Certified Professional. From the Microsoft Web site exam page:

”Candidates have sought out knowledge and experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to enhance their technical expertise, and they can implement and maintain databases by using specific instructions and specifications.”

This particular exam tests the installation and configuring of SQL Server 2005, implementation and disaster recovery, supporting users, maintaining and troubleshooting performance, and creating and implementing database objects. Frank spent a lot of personal time learning about SQL Server 2005 and preparing for this exam.

White Light Computing encourages the developers on our staff to complete certification exams because it forces in-depth learning of the technologies we use to build solutions for our customer. Personal growth in different technologies is a real positive for White Light Computing, the individual customers we serve, and for our development staff.

Congratulations Frank, and keep up the good work.




Schummer Speaking at Southwest Fox 2009

(Posted: Friday, May 01, 2009)
The organizers of Southwest Fox announced the the speakers and topics for the Southwest Fox conference held October 15-18, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. Rick Schummer will be presenting "Enhancing the Visual FoxPro IDE with VFPX Tools", "VFP and MySQL: Case Study for Remote Data", and may be part of the keynote. Other speakers announced at this time include Menachem Bazian, Rick Borup, Craig Boyd, Steve Ellenoff, Mike Feltman, Toni Feltman, Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Walt Krzystek, Jody Meyer, Paul Mrozowski, Jim Nelson, Cathy Pountney, Alan Stevens, and Christof Wollenhaupt.

All the details can be found on the updated Southwest Fox Web site. Registration is already open.




Southwest Fox 2009 - Scholarship

(Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009)
White Light Computing gave a $300 scholarship to one lucky attendee for Southwest Fox each of the last three years, and we had so much fun with it that we decided to do it again for 2009. All the details can be found on the Southwest Fox 2009 - Scholarship page of the Web site.



Southwest Fox 2009 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2009)
(Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2009 being held in Mesa Arizona October 15-18, 2009. There are only three platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference last year exceeded our expectations, and this year will have some new surprises and excitement. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in late April, and registration opens on May 1, 2009.




Schummer Speaking at Southwest Fox 2008

(Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008)
The organizers of Southwest Fox announced the the speakers and topics for the Southwest Fox conference held October 16-19, 2008 in Mesa, Arizona. Rick Schummer will be presenting "Extending the Sedna Data Explorer", "Sedna Upsizing Wizard", and maybe part of the keynote. Other speakers announced at this time include Menachem Bazian, Rick Borup, Craig Boyd, Bo Durban, Mike Feltman, Toni Feltman, Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Andy Kramek, Andrew MacNeill, Barbara Peisch, Cathy Pountney, Alan Stevens, Rick Strahl, and Christof Wollenhaupt.

All the details can be found on the updated Southwest Fox Web site. Registration is already open.




White Light Computing Doubles Visual FoxPro Staff

(Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2008)
It is a great pleasure to announce Frank Perez has accepted an offer to work at White Light Computing as a Software Developer. Frank has a proven track record of success in the software development industry and brings more than 13 years of experience supporting and developing custom and vertical market solutions. He is experienced in all phases of software development with strengths in Visual FoxPro reporting, Stonefield Query, and has a passion for developer tools. Frank also has extensive experience with hardware and networking support.

In his role at White Light Computing, Frank will be working directly with our growing list of clients to collect business requirements, write specifications, architect and design, develop, test, deploy, and support our software solutions. He also will help release a couple more developer tools nearing completion.

His first day at White Light Computing is May 1, 2008.




Southwest Fox 2008 - Scholarship

(Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008)
White Light Computing gave a $300 scholarship to one lucky attendee for Southwest Fox each of the last two years, and we had so much fun with it that we decided to do it again for 2008. All the details can be found on the Southwest Fox 2008 - Scholarship page of the Web site.



Southwest Fox 2008 - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2008 being held in Mesa Arizona October 16-19, 2008. There are only three platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

The success of the conference last year exceeded our expectations, and this year will have some new surprises and excitement. Details on the sessions and the speakers will be posted in April, and registration opens on May 1, 2007.




Fox Is It Tour 2008 - Chicago

(Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Chicago FoxPro User/Developer Group (CFUDG) on May 13, 2008. This will be another stop on our "Fox Is It Tour 2008".



Fox Is It Tour 2008 - Grand Rapids

(Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group (GRAFUG) on April 12, 2008. This will be the first stop on his "Fox Is It Tour 2008". Presentation on VFP 9 SP2, also part of an application, and maybe something on Advantage Database Server



Southwest Fox 2007 - Scholarship

(Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007)
Last year White Light Computing gave a $300 scholarship to one lucky attendee for Southwest Fox, and we had so much fun with it that we decided to do it again for 2007. All the details can be found on the Southwest Fox 2007 Web site:





Schummer Speaking at Southwest Fox 2007

(Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007)
(Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2007)
The organizers of Southwest Fox announced the the speakers and topics for the Southwest Fox conference held October 18-21, 2007 in Mesa, Arizona. Rick Schummer will be presenting "VFPX Tools and Components - Live", "The SQL Server Developer Toolkit for the VFP Developer", and part of the keynote. Other speakers announced at this time include Marcia Akins, Rick Borup, Craig Boyd, Toni Feltman, Kevin Goff, Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Whil Hentzen, Michael Hogan, Andy Kramek, Cathy Pountney, Steve Sawyer, Alan Stevens, Rick Strahl, and Christof Wollenhaupt.

All the details can be found on the updated Southwest Fox Web site. Registration is already open.





Southwest Fox - Platinum Sponsorship

(Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2007)
White Light Computing is a platinum sponsor for Southwest Fox 2007 being held in Mesa Arizona October 18-21, 2007. There are only three platinum sponsors for the conference. White Light Computing gets this designation because Rick Schummer is organizing Southwest Fox this year, along with Doug Hennig from Stonefield Software, Inc., and Tamar Granor from Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC.

White Light Computing is very excited about this opportunity to continue the great traditions Southwest Fox brings to the Fox Community, along with some new ideas to make this the best Southwest Fox conference ever. Head over to the Web site for more details on the sessions, the speakers, the new location, and registration open on May 1, 2007.

Southwest Fox 2007, Mesa, AZ, October 18 - 21, 2007




Fox Is It Tour 2007 - Lansing

(Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Mid-Michigan Fox Users and Developers Group (MMFUDG) on April 17, 2007. This will be the another stop on his "Fox Is It Tour". Rick will be presenting his session titled "The Sedna Data Explorer - What is New".



Fox Is It Tour 2007 - Detroit

(Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007)
(Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2007)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Detroit Area FoxPro User Group (DAFUG) on April 19, 2007 April 5, 2007. This will be the another stop on his "Fox Is It Tour". Rick will be presenting his session titled "VFPX Tools and Components - Live".



Fox Is It Tour 2007 - Grand Rapids

(Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group (GRAFUG) on April 14, 2007. This will be the first stop on his "Fox Is It Tour". Topic to be determined.



First employee hired

(Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2007)
White Light Computing is expanding and last month hired Chris Schummer as a part-time employee. Chris specializes in Web site development and has been contracting to White Light Computing for the last couple of years.

There is no coincidence he shares the same last name as the President and Founder of White Light Computing. He is Rick's son, but that is not why we hired him. We hired him because he possesses the skills to be a top-notch Web Developer here at White Light, and was the best candidate for the job.

Chris is a junior at the University of Michigan and is working towards his Bachelors degree in Computer Science.




Southwest Fox Give-aways

(Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2006)
White Light Computing is a sponsor and will have a vendor booth at Southwest Fox 2006. We will be giving away three bundles of HackCX Professional and ViewEditor Professional during the conference, and will have a copies of Deploying Visual FoxPro Solutions and MegaFox: 1002 Things You Wanted To Know About Extending Visual FoxPro.



ViewEditor Professional v3.6 SP1 Released

(Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2006)
(Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2006)
White Light Computing is pleased to announce the official release of ViewEditor Professional v3.6 Service Pack 1! This release is free for registered developers.

List of the new/updated features in this release:
  • Include comments in view script (like the date/time it was generated and the view Comment property).
  • Added more documentation on setting up macro substitution view parameters with VFP 9 based on feedback from developers in the "Macro expansion and view clauses topic" in this Help file.
Bug Fixes:
  • The Inherit Table Properties feature triggered the error message "Not a character expression" when running the ViewEditor from the Stonefield Database Toolkit.
  • The Inherit Table Properties feature stopped inheriting field properties if one field has a bad UpdateName.
  • The Copy View Code feature was missing the Comment property for fields (it has been in the view properties).
  • The Copy View Code feature was using brackets for quoting character strings on DBSETPROP() values. This was a problem if you had bracketed strings for view and field properties such as Caption, RuleText, etc. The code now has brackets ([]) if you have single or double quotes, and double quotes if you have brackets in the strings. Single quotes are used if there are no brackets or single quotes in the string. If you are mixing and matching you may get unexpected results in the code.
  • Cleaned up view code with respect to DBSETPROP() in the generated code.
The current ViewEditor Help file is available for you to review if you want to learn more about this popular tool.




Schummer awarded MVP again

(Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2006)
(Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2006)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer was presented with his sixth consecutive Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. This award is recognition for his contribution to the supporting Visual FoxPro developers by answering questions on forums, presenting sessions at conferences, and writing articles and books. Microsoft recognizes select individuals who share their knowledge and are willing to help fellow developers and end users of Microsoft products. More information about the MVP program can be found at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/.



HackCX Professional Reviewed

(Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006)
(Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2006)
The latest version of HackCX Professional was reviewed in the Virtual FoxPro User Group (VFUG) September newsletter by Burt Rosen. The newseletter is available online at the VFUG Web site to all members. There is no cost to join and the newsletter has some great tips and articles each month is is published.

Here is what Burt had to say in the conclusion of the article: "I have worked with other hacking tools for VFP and this is by far the most comprehensive. Many of the problems you can fix with HackCX cannot be fixed any other way."

We naturally agree with this sentiment.




Schummer speaking at German DevCon 2006

(Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006)
(Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2006)
Rainer Becker has announced his selection of speakers for the 13th VFP DevCon Germany 2006 held November 9-11, 2006. Rick Schummer will be presenting for the second year in a row at this conference and is has four different sessions:
  1. Debugging Essentials
  2. Error Handling Best Practices
  3. Professional Developers Toolkit
  4. Using and Extending the Data Explorer
There will be some terrific speakers presenting English VFP sessions this year including: Marcia Akins, Craig Berntson, Y. Alan Griver, Doug Hennig, Venelina Jordanova, Andy Kramek, Beth Massi, and Lisa Slater Nicholls.

All the details can be found on the German DevCon Web site. There will be 70 sessions on Visual FoxPro 9.0, SQL Server and .NET.




Schummer Speaking at Southwest Fox 2006

(Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2006)
(Updated: Sunday, April 02, 2006)
Bob Kocher has announced the first wave of speakers and topics for the Southwest Fox conference held October 19-22, 2006 in Tempe, Arizona. Rick Schummer will be presenting "Fishing with a ProjectHook", "The Professional Developers Toolkit", and part of the keynote with Doug Hennig and Craig Boyd. The theme of the conference is FoxPro Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Other speakers announced at this time include Marcia Akins, Bill Anderson, Jim Booth, Craig Boyd, Mike Feltman, Toni Feltman, Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Claudio Lassala, Ken Levy, Andy Kramek, and Cathy Pountney.

All the details can be found on the updated Southwest Fox Web site. Registration is already open with Southwest Fox Alumni and user group discounts available.





Real World Fox 2006 Tour - Kansas City

(Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2006)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present "Best Practices for Error Handling and Reporting" and "The Professional Developer's Toolkit" at the Midwest FoxPro User Group (MWFPUG) on May 11, 2006. This will be another stop on our "Real World Fox 2006 Tour".



Real World Fox 2006 Tour - Mid-Michigan

(Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2006)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present "Using and Extending the VFP Data Explorer" and "Using CASE Tool Techniques" at the Mid-Michigan Fox User and Developer Group (MMFUDG) on March 21, 2006. This will be yet another stop on our "Real World Fox 2006 Tour".



Schummer speaking at Advisor DevCon 2006

(Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006)
"It's all about Integration!" is the theme for Advisor Devcon 2006 (August 27-31 in Phoenix) and Rick Schummer has been asked to present "Using and Extending the Visual FoxPro Data Explorer" and "Deployment in the Real World."
It looks like I will be in good company. The other speakers include Craig Boyd, Jim Duffy, Markus Egger, Toni Feltman, Cathi Gero, Tamar Granor, Alan Griver, Doug Hennig, Lisa Slater Nicholls, Colin Nicholls, and Cathy Pountney. More details will be posted soon on the Advisor Web site.




Schummer speaking at GLGDW 2006

(Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2006)
Whil Hentzen announced the list of speakers and topics for the Great Lakes Great Database Workshop conference held April 21-24, 2006 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rick Schummer will be presenting Best Practices for Error Handling and Reporting and participates on the panel discussion Best Practices for Development Environment Setup.

All the details can be found on the updated GLGDW 2006 Web site.





Real World Fox 2006 Tour - Grand Rapids

(Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2006)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group (GRAFUG) on April 8, 2006. This will be another stop on our "Real World Fox 2006 Tour". The session will be a rehearsal of the Best Practices for Error Handling and Reporting at GLGDW 2006.



ViewEditor v3.6 Released!

(Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005)
White Light Computing announces it has released ViewEditor Professional v3.6 as a free update to all registered ViewEditor customers. Full details offered in the update can be reviewed on the ViewEditor Professional What's New page. The full ViewEditor Help file can be downloaded for free by anyone on the Developer Tool Downloads page.



Schummer awarded MVP again

(Posted: Friday, October 07, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer was presented with his fifth consecutive Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. This award is recognition for his contribution to the supporting Visual FoxPro developers by answering questions on forums, presenting sessions at conferences, and writing articles, blogs and books. Microsoft recognizes select individuals who share their knowledge and are willing to help fellow developers and end users of Microsoft products. More information about the MVP program can be found at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/.



Roadshow stops in Grand Rapids

(Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group (GRAFUG) on October 8, 2005. This will be yet another stop on our "Deployment Fox 2005 World Tour". The session will be a rehearsal of the Using and Extending the VFP Data Explorer, which will be presented next week at Southwest Fox 2005. If time allows we will also discuss some of the lesser known things in VFP 9.



ViewEditor is reviewed

(Posted: Friday, September 09, 2005)
Burt Rosen of Software News and Views posted a review of our ViewEditor Professional. Burt notes:

"In summary, I give ViewEditor an A for features, an A- for documentation and an A+ for technical support. I highly recommend this product. At a $75.00 per developer license fee, it is well worth the money. I easily saved the cost of purchase in my first use of this software."

It is always nice when the review is positive, but even better when a customer is satisfied with the product.




ViewEditor v3.6 Enters Beta

(Posted: Monday, August 29, 2005)
White Light Computing announces ViewEditor Professional v3.6 entered beta today. A small team of dedicated developers are hard at work testing out all the new features (and several bug fixes) included the new version.

New features added so far:
 
  1. SQL code window is now a normal program editor window when you are using a VFP Resource file (FoxUser), otherwise it uses the same editor window it has used since this tool was first released (fixed size to start). This allows you to retain the size and fonts you specify for the program editor.
     
  2. You can specify Default SQL code when you first edit the SQL in the SQL program editor. This new code defaults to the null character string, but you can change the default code on the Configuration page.
     
  3. The Validate SQL setting is saved between sessions instead of defaulting to "on" each time you start the ViewEditor.
     
  4. The AllowSimultaneousFetch view property introduced in VFP 8 can be set on the View Properties page when running ViewEditor in VFP 8 or higher on remote views with shared connections.
     
  5. The list of views and tables (when opening a view, or when copying columns to clipboard) are now ordered based on the collation sequence you select. This defaults to Machine because this is what the lists were previous to this release, but you can change the collation on the Configuration page.
     
  6. The main ViewEditor window is now resizable when using VFP 9 or better.
     
  7. Table and view selection dialog retains the position and size between ViewEditor sessions.
     
  8. Minor user interface tweaks.
     
  9. Added FAQs, macro expansion and view clauses, and made some improvements on the DBC-Specific Options Help topics.
     
  10. New version of the Help file includes Favorites page (based on upgrade to West Wind HTML Help Builder 4.0).
     
We expect the beta to last a few weeks, but longer if necessary. The product will be shipped when it is ready, not a minute before.




HackCX Professional v4.7 Released

(Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2005)
White Light Computing announces it has released HackCX Professional v4.7 as a free update to all registered HackCX customers. Full details offered in the update can be reviewed on the HackCX Professional What's New page. The full HackCX Help file can be downloaded for free by anyone on the Developer Tool Downloads page.



Class Compare: Call for Beta Testers!

(Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2005)
Want to become an official White Light Computing Crash Test Dummy?

Head over to Rick Schummer's blog entry to find out all the details of this cool new freebie tool White Light Computing is almost ready to release into beta.




Updated Schedule for SoCal User Group Tour

(Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2005)
(Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2005)
The Southern California tour is all set now. Here is the session agenda:

Unfortunately because of a family commitment on Saturday I need to be back in town a day early so I will not be stopping by the El Zorro group in Phoenix on Friday September 16th and it looks like the Valley West FoxPro Developers Group is not meeting on Monday.




F1 Technologies Devcon

(Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005)
Toni and Mike Feltman announced today they are putting together their 9th F1 Technologies DevCon, September 26-28, 2005 in Toledo. Rick Schummer has been selected to present three sessions: Debugging VFE Style, a session on XCase, and another session on integrating developer tools into your VFE development.



HackCX Professional Videocast Posted

(Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005)
White Light Computing releases the first of hopefully many videocasts to help developers learn more about our developer tools and how to use them. The first video is an introduction to HackCX Professional and demonstrates the primary feature used by developers to hack a form to correct the class reference of a renamed object.

You can get to these resources off the Developer Resource page or head directly to the Videocasts page.




Roadshow Goes International - Germany

(Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2005)
Rainer Becker has announced his selection of speakers for the 12th VFP DevCon Germany 2005 held November 10-12, 2005. Rick Schummer will be presenting for the first time at this conference and for the first time outside of the USA. Sessions selection will be announced later. Other English speakers announced include Marcia Akins, Craig Bernston, Steven Black, Doug Hennig, Dan Jurden, Andy Kramek, Ken Levy, Colin and Lisa Slater Nicholls, Drew Speedie, and Rick Strahl.

All the details can be found on the German DevCon Web site. There will be 37 sessions on Visual FoxPro 9.0, eight more in the VFP 9 Workshop track, 11 on SQL Server 2005, six more on .NET, and six more general topics.




DBCX Metadata Compare Utility Updated - Again

(Posted: Monday, June 27, 2005)
White Light Computing announces the DBCX Metadata Compare Utility has been updated. Several changes were incorporated into this release based on user feedback.

  • Added functionality which evaluates which columns are missing from each of the files. This is particularly important when DBCX vendors update the metadata files and only one set of the files compared have the new columns.
  • Added new column details based on enhancements to the VFE metadata during the release of VFE 8 Beta 4.
  • Added new option to select the Visual FoxExpress SDT metadata for comparison. Previous versions automatically checked for both if you selected SDT and you would get a messagebox that one or the other was not found. They are mutually exclusive choices, but VFE developers have the option of using one or the other. So instead of trying to guess here, we allow the developer ultimate control. The message is still displayed when the files do not exist. To get rid of the message, disable the specific comparison.
  • Added column number to "Difference in fields in common records" for all metadata comparison.
  • Added WAIT WINDOWS showing the progress of the comparison and what metadata is being compared.
  • Changed the directory textboxes to select the text on entry.
  • Made the form a little taller to fit in the new VFE SDT checkbox and allow more of the ReadMe text to show.
  • Added error trapping and logging to a text file (MetadataCompareErrors.txt). This information might be handy for the support staff at White Light Computing to figure out the why, when things go wrong.
  • BUG FIX: If you compare metadata without the nStepValue and nNextValue and a set with this information, the program crashed. This usually occurs when you updated metadata based on VFP 8 and above. This not longer happens.
  • BUG FIX: If you select VFE and do not check Stonefield Database Toolkit, the comparison prompted a messagebox noting the SDT VFE files were not found even though SDT is not selected. This has been corrected by adding the new VFE SDT checkbox.
  • BUG FIX: If the metadata in the original set had more fields than the metadata in the current set, a syntax error was thrown. This was fixed
Many thanks to Mary Pilon and Randy Jean for their beta testing and important feedback.




DBCX Metadata Compare Utility Updated

(Posted: Sunday, June 05, 2005)
White Light Computing announces the DBCX Metadata Compare Utility has been updated. Several changes were incorporated into this release based on user feedback.

  • Added functionality to account for deleted records in the metadata. Record counts in the output is the total number of records from RECCOUNT() which includes deleted records. The results now include a count of the deleted records in the metadata table in the base result for the table.
  • Deleted records are shown in the output, but previous versions did not indicate if the data was deleted or live. A check mark at the beginning of the result indicates a live record, and an "X" tells you the record is deleted in the metadata.
  • If you run the comparison and output to the VFP report or report preview in VFP 9, the new Report Designer functionality is used instead of the legacy Report Designer.




Schummer speaking at SouthwestFox 2005

(Posted: Friday, April 01, 2005)
(Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2005)
Bob Kocher has announced the first wave of speakers and topics for the Southwest Fox conference held October 13-16, 2005 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Rick Schummer will be presenting "Using and Extending VFP's Data Explorer" and "Creating Help - Made Easy" (not "Integrating Adobe Acrobat with Visual FoxPro", change by the organizers). Other speakers announced at this time include Marcia Akins, Rick Borup, Doug Hennig, Andy Kramek, Cathy Pountney, Drew Speedie, and Rick Strahl.

All the details can be found on the updated Southwest Fox Web site. Each speaker will each be giving at least two different sessions twice. Discounted Early-bird registrations are being accepted on the Web site. Hotel information has been posted and information about Pre-Con session details will be available soon.




Schummer speaking in Kansas City

(Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a day full of sessions at the Midwest FoxPro User Group (MWFPUG) on May 12, 2005. This will be yet another stop on our "Deployment Fox 2005 World Tour".



Schummer speaking in Atlanta

(Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2005)
(Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present two sessions at the Atlanta FoxPro User Group (AFUG) on May 18, 2005. This will be yet another stop on our "Deployment Fox 2005 World Tour".



Booth at SouthwestFox 2005

(Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005)
White Light Computing will have a booth at the second annual Southwest Fox Conference in Tempe Arizona October 13th through the 16th, 2005! Come check out our newest offerings. Check out the new Web site (www.swfox.net) for the details on this excellent fall conference for Visual FoxPro developers.




Schummer starts blogging

(Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2005)
Rick Schummer has researched the blogging craze for more than a year to understand the advantages of this not-so-new approach to publishing ideas, thoughts, news, or whatever. After much thought and consideration, he has finally decided to jump into the blogosphere. You can read his postings (Shedding Some Light) on his personal site, RickSchummer.com.



What's New In Nine Books Ship

(Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2005)
(Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2005)
Hentzenwerke Publishing is now shipping paper copies of What's New In Nine: Visual FoxPro's Lastest Hits. You can order the book direct from Hentzenwerke Publishing or any online bookstores.



SoCal VFP User Group Tour

(Posted: Monday, February 21, 2005)
(Updated: Monday, August 08, 2005)
Rick Schummer will be visiting the three southern California Visual FoxPro developer groups September 13-15, 2005. Rick will be presenting several presentations. The itinerary is as follows:

If you are in the area, please stop in and say hello. Rick is hoping to accomplish two goals on this trip: spread knowledge of Visual FoxPro and experience a small earthquake!



White Light Computing's First Anniversary

(Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2005)
The shareholders of White Light Computing celebrated with family the first year anniversary of being incorporated. The business has surpassed all expections to this point thanks to our great customers, vendors, and technical partners. Thanks to everyone involved in making the last year fun and exciting.



What's New In Nine - Released!

(Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005)
Hentzenwerke Publishing announced the eBook for What's New In Nine: Visual FoxPro's Lastest Hits is released, and the paper version will be available on February 28th. Rick Schummer is a co-author on this book with Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Toni Feltman, and Jim Slater. This book has 372 pages with oodles of details concerning the latest release of Visual FoxPro and all the new features implemented by Microsoft. You can order the book direct from Hentzenwerke Publishing or any online bookstores.





Schummer speaking in Chicago, Illinois

(Posted: Tuesday, February 08, 2005)
(Updated: Saturday, February 12, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present a session at the Chicago FoxPro User/Developer Group (CFUDG) on May 10, 2005. This will be another stop on our "Deployment Fox 2005 World Tour".



Free developer tools posted

(Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005)
White Light Computing has several free developer tools now available on our Web site developed by our Lead Geek, Rick Schummer. Recent posts include:



Schummer speaking in Lansing, Michigan

(Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is scheduled to present Debugging Essentials session at the Mid-Michigan FoxPro User/Developer Group (MMFUDG) on February 15, 2005. This will be the official kickoff for the "Deployment Fox 2005 World Tour" sponsored by White Light Computing.



Schummer delivering October Foxcast

(Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is presenting his Debugging Essentials session at the October 2004 FoxCast Webinar, sponsored by the great folks at Vision Data Solutions. The whitepaper and slides can be downloaded from the Developer Resources page.



Schummer awarded MVP again

(Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer was presented with his fourth consecutive Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. This award is recognition for his contribution to the supporting Visual FoxPro developers by answering questions on forums, presenting sessions at conferences, and writing articles and books. Microsoft recognizes select individuals who share their knowledge and are willing to help fellow developers and end users of Microsoft products. More information about the MVP program can be found at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/.



What's New in Nine

(Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2004)
White Light Computing announces Rick Schummer is collaborating with Tamar Granor, Doug Hennig, Toni Feltman and Jim Slater on What's New In Nine: Visual FoxPro's Latest Hits from Hentzenwerke Publishing. This will be Rick's fourth book and is expected to be available when Visual FoxPro 9 is released. For more details see the Books menu option.



ViewEditor Pro v3.5 Released

(Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2004)
White Light Computing announces it has released ViewEditor Professional v3.5 as a free upgrade to all registered ViewEditor customers. Full details offered in the upgrade can be reviewed on the ViewEditor Professional page.



Booth at SouthwestFox 2004

(Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2004)
White Light Computing will have a booth at the inaugural Southwest Fox Conference in Tempe Arizona October 22nd through the 24th, 2004! Come check out our newest offerings.



Deploying Visual FoxPro Solutions

(Posted: Tuesday, June 01, 2004)
Rick Schummer co-authors his third book, Deploying Visual FoxPro Solutions (DeployFox) with Rick Borup and Jacci Adams. It is naturally available from Hentzenwerke Publishing and the printed copies are available! If you are looking for help planning and implementing your application, this is the book for you. You can order the book direct from Hentzenwerke Publishing or any online bookstores.





HackCX Pro v4.5 Released

(Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004)
White Light Computing announces it has released HackCX Professional v4.5 as a free upgrade to all registered HackCX customers. Full details offered in the upgrade can be reviewed on the HackCX Professional page.



Developer tools will be updated

(Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004)
White Light Computing announces it will be offering updates of HackCX Professional and ViewEditor Professional. These updates will be available around the end of May 2004 and will be the first release of these products branded by the new company. More details on what will be included in the release in the near future.



Developer tools available

(Posted: Saturday, May 01, 2004)
White Light Computing announces it will be offering the Visual FoxPro developer tools previous offered by Geeks and Gurus, Inc. This includes Rick Schummer's HackCX Professional and the ViewEditor created by Steve Sawyer. We will also be offering a new developer tool under development called the MenuDesigner Professional.



Open for business

(Posted: Saturday, May 01, 2004)
White Light Computing has fully dedicated staff working on providing customer solutions.



Domain established

(Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2004)
WhiteLightComputing.com domain is established.



Schummer speaking at DevEssentials 2005

(Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2004)
Rick Schummer selected as a speaker for the third year in a row at DevEssential Conference. Conference is June 4-7, 2004. Sessions include "Get More Productive with Visual FoxPro" and "Debugging Essentials".



Schummer speaking at SouthwestFox 2004

(Posted: Friday, February 27, 2004)
Rick Schummer selected as a speaker for inaugural Southwest Fox Conference. Conference is October 22-24, 2004. Sessions include "Get More Productive with Visual FoxPro" and "Creating and Using Real World Builders - Made Easy".



Incorporation is official

(Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004)
White Light Computing is officially in business as all official corporate paperwork is signed by the shareholders.




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