Filed Under (Random.scribbles, Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 15-12-2005

Andrew reacts and posted a link to this tool . (Software tools and applications, and software in general should be included in the list of humanity's greatest inventions, don't you think?)

A couple of client visits and a kiddie party after posting that blog, I can't seem to recall very well the reasoning behind those thoughts. Probably I was also thinking fast instead of deep. (Using .or. instead of .and.)

Or probably I had encountered too many humans already who are too adept at using their thought faculties to think of excuses at the snap of a finger. The narrow minded ones with that this-can't-be-done attitude. Firing up one too many excuse before even attempting.

[VFP.zealot.shield.enable = .T.]

Include the VFP-is-dead barkers, who without thinking lash out at VFP before trying it out or actually using it.

[VFP.zealot.shield.enable = .F.]

Anyway... will work first and blog later. I've been out of the office for two straight days already... [",]

December 2005 Letter

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 12-12-2005

Ken Levy's Fox half-life factor... er... Letter from the Editor (December 2005) released.

Along with the Visual FoxPro 9.0 Service Pack 1.

VFP SP2 is coming up, SednaX and the updated XSource.zip.

Who said we were an endangered species again..?

We're on a roll today.

Andrew MacNeill: How misinformation feeds FoxPro myths

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 12-12-2005

Andrew MacNeill: How misinformation feeds FoxPro myths.

"It's not about the product - it's about the DESIGN!!!"

Indeed... indeed.

The problem with Visual FoxPro (or any RAD tool for that matter) is because they're easy to use, some irresponsible programmers fire up wizards and tools to create applications without proper planning.

PLAN... plan plan... things on paper. Create solutions that will cater not just to the immediate need for this month, or this year... but to the future.

I usually spend two weeks (and sometimes even more) in the planning phase which includes the creation of the database structures and overall flow.

And in more than one instance, I've even brought some folded papers in my wallet so I can retrieve things easily if ever an idea or a possible problem pops into my mind.

Back in my previous workplace, we even brainstorm on things like this. Every programmer shares his input while the others fire up possible scenarios and problems.

As for the misinformation part, the world holds too much consultants and IT specialists already, who for the sake of discussion, let's say are powered with the latest processor chips in their brains.

They think fast.

Too fast.

In this field of software development, thinking deeply is much preferred.

UIC 100

Filed Under (Random.scribbles, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 08-12-2005

MY previous workplace/battleGROUND celebrates its Centennial Jubilee Celebration today.

Happy 100th year to the University of the Immaculate Conception.

I have quite a number of 'BLOG-able' work experiences from that place. One of these days, I'll post some of them.

ParcelDesktop 2005.1208

Filed Under (alien.invasion, GFX) by WildFire on 08-12-2005

For more than a year, my screen background is a plain blue wallpaper sans the image. Pretty ironic, I know, for someone who has maintained a wallpaper site for six years now.

But when I saw this image inside the filtered Renderosity.com Galleries, I just couldn't help but click the 'Set as wallpaper' option.

Click to ENLARGE 1600x1200

'Silent Spring' is the title of the artwork created by an artist that goes by the czarnyrobert handle. You can view more of his artworks in this Renderosity Gallery and his official site.

Now I know I have been talking a little too much about aliens in this blog, but I am very much aware that this one is digitally rendered.

I am tempted though, to post 'real' pictures of aliens (besides the photos you have seen here) but these 412EP and 430-like helicopters hovering above my bunker is preventing me from uploading matters of sensitive content.

Besides, the world is not yet ready for these pictures.

Not yet.

Andy Kramek: Handling NULL values in VFP

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 06-12-2005

Andy Kramek: Handling NULL values in VFP.

Mary Jo Foley: FoxPro Not an Endangered Species

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 05-12-2005

Mary Jo Foley: FoxPro Not an Endangered Species.

The aliens love you, Mary Jo!

Learning VFP 102

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 02-12-2005

Learning VFP 102: Scope and more.

The FoxPro Show 034.

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

Filed Under (alien.invasion, Random.links) by WildFire on 01-12-2005

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body (... and delay the alien invasion).

014 Prevent near-sightedness!

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles -- like the eyes -- into relaxing as well.

That one I need.

The Beauty of Simplicity

Filed Under (Random.links, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 01-12-2005

The Beauty of Simplicity.

Make it pure... less is more.

Same holds true with the interface of your forms and... your codes.