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In recent months we've had more and more ProMatrix developers with old pre-VPME 9.0 apps telling us that their customers are switching to Windows 7 and the developers' old apps won't run in Windows 7. Apparently, the customers of these ProMatrix developers didn't switch to Vista (which was common), but are now switching to Windows 7 and the compatibility problems are only being found now. So, it is definitely time to resurrect a discussion of this issue and its solutions.

Accordingly, we created a Visual FoxPro - Windows 7 Compatibility discussion page. The purpose of the discussion is to describe the potential problem and to suggest possible solutions for VPM developers who need to update their VPM applications to VFP 9.0.

Important: If you have applications you created in pre-VFP 9.0 versions of Visual FoxPro and pre-VPME 9.0 versions of Visual ProMatrix, you must read this discussion.

VPME to SQL Toolkit

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On March 23, 2011, we reported that we were working on a VPME to MS SQL Server Toolkit for release this spring. Well, spring ends today. So, we thought a news update was in order.

As a result of our March 23 post, we received a lot of feedback from ProMatrix users asking if we were also going to provide a VPME to MySQL Toolkit.

We had planned to eventually turn to MySQL, but given the interest in MySQL, we have decided to give a MySQL Toolkit a boost in priority.

Read more: VPME to SQL Toolkit

We're Experienced

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During April, 2011, our AcePoll asked web visitors to tell us how much FoxPro experience they had.

79% of those who responded to our poll indicated they had more than 5 years of FoxPro experience. 63% indicated 10 or more years of FoxPro experience.

Consequently, it's safe to conclude that most ProMatrix people have a lot of FoxPro experience. Since FoxPro has been around since the 1980's, it shouldn't be a surprise that FoxPro users are experienced.

Our new AcePoll starting on 6/20/2011 and continuing through 7/31/2011 asks for your client-server plans for VPME. Be sure to stop by our home page and participate in our poll.

Now, you can carry the VPM Enterprise 9.1 Training Videos with you in your pocket wherever you go. Whether you're in the car, on a plane or in a waiting room, you can learn to use VPME 9.1 to the fullest.

We are pleased to announce that VPM Enterprise 9.1 Mobile Training Videos are now available for download from the ProMatrix web. We converted the VPME 9.1 Training Videos to MP4 files optimized for playback on mobile video devices such as iPhones, iPods, Blackberries, Android phones, Zunes, etc.

What may be best is that the complete set of 41 video lessons - over 25 hours - can be on your mobile device for only $49.

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Last week a VPME 9.1 user who has the VPME 9.1 Training Videos asked how he could convert the videos to run on his iPod. He had tried several video converters but hadn't found any that worked.

The user's question piqued my interest and I did some research. To make a long story short, after trying numerous video converters, I found a free product that works. It's Any Video Converter.

While knowing that AVC will do the job may be all you need to know, there's more to this story. If you want to learn more and hear a little bit about the history of ProMatrix training videos, read on.

Read more: Converting VPME 9.1 Training Videos to Run on Mobile Devices

This video describes the basic steps to create a Visual FoxPro application with VPM Enterprise 9.1. In just a few seconds, VPME creates a starter application for you that would take an experienced VFP developer several years to create from scratch. VPME then leads you through the steps to finish the application and to put it into production.

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As you probably know, there are no better tools for creating front-ends to MS SQL Server than Visual FoxPro 9.0 and VPME 9.1.

In the last few years, we have been assisting VPME 9.1 users in converting VPME 9.1 applications to use SQL Server data. In fact, there seems to be growing interest in using VPME 9.1 with SQL Server.

During our work in helping VPME 9.1 users make the conversion, we have learned a lot about how to perform the conversion and we have created conversion tools that make the conversion much easier. For example, we now have SQL Server versions of all the system databases that VPME 9.1 puts into an application. We also have remote view databases that allow a VPME 9.1 application to connect to the SQL Server system databases.

Read more: VPME to MS SQL Server Toolkit

ProMatrix On Facebook

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We're using Facebook and Twitter for quick news updates about ProMatrix and related news.

At the top of each page on the new ProMatrix web, you'll find links that automate linking ProMatrix to your FaceBook and Twitter accounts.

On June 14, 2010, we moved from our old nntp newsgroups to browser-based, or web, forums constructed with phpBB. You will find the ProMatrix Forums at http://forum.promatrix.net.

The ProMatrix Forums will soon be one year old, and they seem to be working well. We at ProMatrix like them. We no longer have to maintain our own server, and as a result, we no longer experience long outages.

We still have plans to provide an online or offline archive of the old ProMatix nntp newsgroups by mid-2011. Those newsgroups contain a treasure-trove of ProMatrix info that ProMatrix users would find valuable.