NF . chess

Filed Under (Random.scribbles) by WildFire on 29-02-2004

It's Sunday. Don't expect work-related blogs from me. I'm just here organizing archived files, preparing them to be toasted and burned when i stumbled upon an old WEP chess game and memories with beloved Ziggurat were rekindled. When computers were 'taught' to play chess, it was a BIG DEAL already... well, at least for me. When they paired it with the great Kasparov, it was getting ambitious. Now these chess computers claim being on track to overtake humans in... guess what year... 2004. Now's the time to start raising the terror alarm to RED.

At least old Ziggurat resigned during our game earlier. Now that's an idea... superfast intelligent computers that can accurately predict if they'll lose or win at the start of the game judging from the human opponent's odor.

A fellow affiliate of the other site i created (pixelcatalyst.lair) and a co-member of depthcore, releases Shadowness V4 Eevo X. I know it's not foxpro-related, but as i said earlier, it's Sunday.

NF . technological warfare

Filed Under (Random.links, SoftDev (non-VFP)) by WildFire on 29-02-2004

UHM... yes, software can do this. And this was what... twenty years ago. Just imagine what it can do these days.

Wired Magazine's The Complete Guide to Googlemania! Anything Google related is interesting... and in some ways, inspirational.

NF . Steve Jobs on Rolling Stone

Filed Under (Random.links) by WildFire on 29-02-2004

I can fill this space with words about Steve Jobs but that won't be necessary. I'll just scribble the words Apple, PowerMac G5, PowerBooks, iBooks, Pixar, iPod, iTunes and this interview from Rolling Stone.

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Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 29-02-2004

As my friend protozoa calls it, 'infowarp of the night'... Code Guru.

Also this afternoon, after my regular sleep on the office table, i was reading a sample chapter from that Hacker's Guide to Visual Foxpro 6.0 book, which is one of the FoxPro books included in my 'things-to-acquire' list. The section i was reading was indeed a 'hacker's guide'... 'hack' in it's original term. It explains beyond the normal description of fields and goes into the inner workings of certain database-related objects. It is _indeed_ a must have book.

You can download more sample chapters at Hentzenwerke Developer's Studio Apartment. Will Hentzen, the publisher of those books, is one of the most respected person in the Visual Foxpro community. Quite sad to think that he is leaving Visual Foxpro behind.

workLOGS . 24 dreaded foxpro questions

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 28-02-2004

I was reviewing The 24 Dreaded Questions for Visual Foxpro once again this morning and i realized that even if i am using Visual Foxpro for five years now and Clipper 5.2/'87 for three years before that, there are still a number of questions i cannot answer. Of course, i could experiment right now and have answers to these things but i'd rather leave them as it is until i'll stumble upon them while using Visual Foxpro. Besides, the quest for learning is best done when the virtue of rushing things is eradicated from one's system.

If there's one question in that article which will be left unanswered for a long time, that would be the one that deals on VFP DEBUGGER. I have used debuggers for old Turbo Pascal and C/C++ programs, Clipper's CLD.exe and even Visual Basic 3.0's debugger during college days... but i have yet to use the one VFP has.

No... it's not the nightmares they cause at night that make me refrain from using it... nor the superstitious belief that debuggers are discontinued alien technologies for drilling holes in human brains, but rather, it was this former officemate of ours who would make of fun of us when he sees us using Clipper's CLD debugger. We have much respect for this linux-lovin' person that it is still fine for us even if he stands in our side taunting us as we pound those keys, solving pressured problems for clients behind the cashier waiting for us to recompile our programs so that they can check things which can be done the next day.


Filed Under (Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 28-02-2004

Listening to the music produced by a certain U2 concert DVD in the background while working on this IUMS project made me wanna shift careers. You know... be a rocker instead of a 'coder'. (I'm not even giving you a link to U2's site. You have to be living on a different world for the past three decades for you not to know this band.)

Seriously, i'm back to 'real' coding-related stuff this day after spending more than a week doing foxpro-related researches, downloading reference materials from the 'net and at the same time finishing this site. IUMS stands for Internet Usage Monitoring System, created for three clients, while one school is already using it in two of their internet laboratories. More info on this project will be given in the days to come.

Also... a report template was created this afternoon using VFP's default Report Designer. But before that, i get to do what i like doing with databases, creating algorithms that transfer records to another database with a different 'information format'. Too make it simple (and clearer), that means the data entered on a certain USAGE.dbf (LONG LIVE the DBF format!) are being calculated and stored on a different database but this time concentrating on the totals... the total of HS/GS/COLLEGE students accessing the internet per month/day/year categorized by gender... odor... and so on. This would also include Faculty and NTS internet usage and the ratio of the lecture-related visits as compared to their 'accidental porn clicking'.

Now there... i'm starting to include the work-related logs on this site. But of course, foxpro-related links will always be posted. Like an introduction to ShellExecute() perhaps?

downloads .

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 27-02-2004

... and at two in the morning, i stumbled upon this Public Foxpro FTP Site which contains lots of Foxpro related tools and examples, service packs from version 3.0 to 8.0 and a directory named 'WHY_FOXPRO' which contains multimedia files and presentations and a number of articles which probably tells why FoxPro rocks. But i think we know that part already. (",)

download .

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 26-02-2004

I downloaded these RAS/G2 Crafted VFP Developer Tools from Rick Schummer's site last night. These tools are also available at along with HackCX Pro and ViewEditor Pro. I still have to test implement it... maybe after i'm done with my IUMS project.

security . microsoft and amd

Filed Under (Random.links) by WildFire on 26-02-2004

Microsoft's Bill Gates predicts that the traditional password-based protection is headed for extinction because it cannot 'meet the challenge' of security. Hmmm... is he's really referring to the password-based security or Windows OS? I wonder what teaming up with AMD can really do. But i do agree, human-related factors are indeed a weakness, well at least in terms of security.

Looks like Microsoft is indeed serious about security these days.


Filed Under (Random.links, SoftDev (non-VFP), by WildFire on 25-02-2004 is 70% GOOD and 30% Evil. While both 'WildFire' and 'foxpro.catalyst' is 99% GOOD / 1% Evil. Check Gematriculator for yourself. Have fun.

This User Interface != Usable Interface article by Sriram Krishnan points out an important issue that some, if not most, programmers seem to neglect.


Filed Under (work.BLOG) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

W32.NETSKY.B is bugging this inbox of mine lately. And worse i'm receiving this generic warnings from other servers that i'm sending them. I've scanned my computer already and like that previous Novarg worm, it contains nothing. It seems that worms these days are getting wiser... that e-mail sender masking is one of their clever feature. Anyway SYMANTEC offers a stand-alone removal tool... even if you don't have NAV installed on your PCs. I'm sure other anti-virus softwares do have their tools for this one.

THOUGHTS . ironic

Filed Under (Random.scribbles, science/TECH) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

As time moves forward and humanity seems to get 'older' that wisdom is having a hard time catching up with humanity already... it seems that humans care less and less about humans but gives more focus on moral responsibility towards robotic dogs. Quite sad.

website .

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

What is

" is an e-mail notification system that scans the entire Microsoft Knowledge Base every night, and e-mails you when updates or additions are made to the technologies, you subscribe to."

Check it out:

discussion . Fox Final version

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

What if MS announced that the last upgrade of Visual Foxpro will be in 2005? Great discussion going there... and i strongly believe it doesn't matter that much. More thoughts on this topic later. Visual Foxpro 8.0's extended support will expire on March 31, 2010 not 2005. You can check the other Developer Tools Product Lifecycle dates in that link too.

Besides Europa (VF9) is coming late this year... and we expect it not only to include more features, but to extend Foxpro's Product Lifecycle as well.

snippet . loader that prevents sharing violation

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

Have you ever find yourself wanting to overwrite the main .exe file of your database program but can't do so because someone else in the network is using it and you get that windows sharing violation error..? Probably yes. Normally you would call each of the users and ask them to quit. Just imagine the hassle it would give. Magnify the problem with the amount of users accessing your program.

Now here's a nifty loader solution to that problem as presented by Mike Lewis.

THOUGHTS . scentdome

Filed Under (Random.links) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

Whoa... i was joking about this principle of converting scents to 0s and 1s when i was studying in college... and now they're making it.

download . ms listview

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 25-02-2004

Early this day, I was tinkering with this ListView Control sample demonstration. It's just a 142KB file but you'll learn some new tricks from it.

download . west-wind html help builder

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 24-02-2004

From the creators of WEBConnection, the engine with a 'fat' customer list, comes HTML Help Builder for your application and components documentation.

reference . wiki.chm

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 24-02-2004

Now i don't have to click countless HTML links and save them on my hard drive one by one, i'll just look forward for a free Fox.wikis offline version in CHM/HTML format this 1st of March 2004. Savvy, eh?

There are wiki offline mirror sites but these files are quite 'old' (06/03/2000) already.