Monday, August 28, 2006

ETNUG Gets Back in Gear


We took July off, but ETNUG is back on tomorrow evening.

This month, we are pleased to welcome John Kellar to present a session on "Tools, Tips and Best Practices in .NET."  John will also fill us in on DevLink, the FREE developer event he has organized.   Check it out at

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:00 pm

New Horizons Computer Learning Center
9111 Cross Park Drive
Building C Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37923

John is a developer and architect working as a senior consultant with Compuware Corporation. In addition to being Chairman of the devLink Technical Conference, he remains active in the development community as a Board member of the Nashville Visual Studio .NET User Group and speaker.  John has worked on applications in several markets including healthcare, government, financial services, data integration services and most recently consulting services. He was a charter member of the Little Rock .NET User Group and served two years as Vice-President. John also worked on organizing several developer conferences including Tech Expo 2005, Tech Expo 2006 and devLink 2006.

Tools, Tips and Best Practices in .NET

I received a copy of Wally's book to give away, and John is bringing an iPod Shuffle!

Please join us, and bring a friend!

 Monday, August 14, 2006

Speaking at AFDUG


I'll be speaking tomorrow, August 15, 2006, at the Asheville FoxPro Developer User Group on integration of Team Foundation Server and the Visual FoxPro IDE.

Meeting is at 6:00 PM at PowerChurch Software offices.


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 Thursday, July 27, 2006

"My Big Fat Greek Shredding"


My good friend Wade went to Greece recently. Here's a photo he sent. Mouse over the image to see the outcome. :-)

Uh oh!

 Monday, July 03, 2006

ORM and the Fox (Part 1)


I have been moving quickly between tasks since my return from Boston.  I'm finally taking some time off for the Independence Day holiday.  Floating in the pool, I keep finding the subject of Ted Neward's essay coming to mind.  It appears I still have something I want to say about ORM.  In this series of  posts, I hope to explain why Visual FoxPro has more mojo for resolving Object Relational Mapping issues than any other technology, of which I am aware.

At the speaker's dinner for the Atlanta Code Camp, I discussed LINQ with Charlie Arehart, and Wally.  I brought up the doomed Object Spaces project, and quoted Ted Neward's pithy line that "Object relational mapping is the Vietnam of computer science."  It is a good line.  It is also true, as much as a pithy metaphor can be true.

Now that Ted has expanded his metaphor, we can see the limitations of metaphor in general.  I recommend Jeff Atwood's analysis of Ted's essay.  I agree with everything Jeff has written there.  Primarily, I agree that Ted tried too hard to stretch his Vietnam analogy which distracted from his primary, quite sound, thesis that "there is no good solution to the object/relational mapping problem."  Full stop.

Despite any over-reaching in support of his Vietnam analogy,  I must state clearly that Ted Neward is possibly the most qualified person in the industry to make the criticisms he does of ORM.  Here's a short bio with his credentials.  Suffice it to say that he is not arguing from a position of ignorance.  Ted works with many technologies, and has seen the limitations of ORM manifested in different languages and platforms.

To continue with my love letter to Ted, he acknowledged something that few people in the industry are even aware of.  Visual FoxPro eases the dissonance between objects and relational data better than any other technology on the planet.  I first came to this realization upon reading this post by Joel Spolsky in 2004.  Joel identified the impedance mismatch between objects and relational data as a shortcoming in all modern programming languages.  Joel didn't bother listing VFP among "modern high-level programming languages."

I'm not going to bitch and moan about the low profile of VFP