posted Feb. 7, 2019
West Wind Technologies has released a new major version of its client side toolkit for Visual FoxPro. The Client Tools provide a host of Internet functionality to FoxPro applications including SMTP email, FTP and SFTP, and a rich HTTP client. There are also many utility classes including JSON and XML Serializers, a simple business object layer, SQL Server data access wrapper, a powerful .NET bridge to access just about all .NET components without COM registration, PDF rendering, a REST Service client and more. 7.0 introduces a new wwDynamic class, switches the remaining VCX classes to PRG classes, adds a host of wwHttp enhancements and much more. A shareware version is available for download to check out the product. Version 7.0 is a major version upgrade and requires a paid upgrade for previous version users (with a 1 year free upgrade grace period).
posted Feb. 5, 2019
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.15 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use writing format for creating HTML content and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with intuitive tooling support. MM can also create HTML and PDF output or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.15 adds a new split editor view, supports editor margins and maxwidth for a more control over actual editing width, improved support for Mermaid Charts and MathML, along with a handful of small enhancements to improve usability. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
posted Jan. 24, 2019
West Wind Web Connection 7.02 is a maintenance release for the popular FoxPro Web development framework. Web Connection is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you know to build Web applications. Version 7.02 fixes a few small bugs after the major 7.0 release and adds a handful of improvements focused on easing the development workflow around working with, running and deploying applications. There are also a few enhancements to wwHttp, a new wwDynamic object class, and some pathing helpers to work around FoxPro's path casing limitations. Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7.x are eligible for free upgrades.
posted Dec. 18, 2018
This white paper contains my session notes for the Southwest Fox 2018 session Marking up the World with Markdown. This article provides an overview of what Markdown is and why it is useful for generic writing tasks as well as for integration into FoxPro or Web applications. Markdown is immensely popular these days as a text entry format and in this post you learn how you can easily use it from your own FoxPro and more importantly why you might want to use it in the first place.
posted Dec. 13, 2018
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.14 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use writing format for creating HTML content and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with intuitive tooling support. MM can also create HTML and PDF output or can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.14 is mostly a maintenance release that improves usability, stability and performance of the editor and support features, along with a handful of small enhancements to improve usability. Markdown Monster is free to try but requires a small registration fee for continued use.
posted Nov. 27, 2018
Need to add a full authentication system to your Web Connection application? User Security Manager is a drop in interface for West Wind Web Connection to provide user authentication, profile management, account validation, password recovery, a user menu widget and an administrative user management interface. The library is a drop in wwProcess class, along with a set of page templates that can be customized to your application's UI and feature set. Why reinvent the wheel when you can get a head start to one of the most common tasks that almost every Web application needs.
posted Nov. 20, 2018
West Wind Web Connection 7.0 is a major upgrade to the popular FoxPro Web development framework. It is a rich and mature tool for building HTML based Web applications and HTTP APIs and services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you know to build Web applications. Version 7.0's focus is on making it easier to create new projects, get started quickly and effectively manage, deploy and update your Web Connection applications by providing automated yet customizable tools to set up and manage your applications. There are also many functional improvements, performance enhancements as well as a number of security fixes. As always Web Connection is available as a shareware version to check out for free, with full versions and upgrades available for users of earlier versions.
posted Oct. 24, 2018
West Wind Technologies has released an update to West Wind Web Service Proxy Generator that addresses a few security and compatibility issues. The proxy generator is a tool to allow you to easily connect FoxPro to SOAP 1.x Web Services by generating a .NET based proxy that is directly callable from FoxPro, without requiring you to create intermediary .NET code. A Wizard facilitates importing of services and generating the .NET proxy and FoxPro wrapper class that can be used to call the service. This updates addresses more explicit support for TLS 1.2 in older clients, and updates security settings and automatically attempts to deal with .NET DLL blocking for internet installed applications.