Kevin Ragsdale: Visual FoxPro 9.0

Post Conference Wrap-Up (Advisor DevCon)

For what it’s worth, I thought Advisor did a nice job with the FoxPro track. They provided an excellent set of topics and speakers (well, at least 4 out of the 5 were excellent, I didn’t feel excellent about my sessions).

Without a doubt, the best part of the conference was spending time with Doug, Rick, Tamar, and the few attendees I met in person.

I saw a few mentions on the internet that the FoxPro track had only 35 people. While this is true, it should be noted that the FoxPro track had the most attendance of all the tracks.

Why was the overall attendance so low? Location? Maybe. I hear that any conference in Vegas outsells Anaheim. Time of year? Could be. Why go to DisneyLand if the kids are still in school? Cost? Well "- the cost of Advisor DevCon always kept me away, and let’s face it — travel/training budgets do seem to be lower than they used to be.

I was very surprised during the keynote at the number of people who were hearing THE ANNOUNCEMENT for the first time. Also, the very few number of hands that were raised when asked if you read blogs. And even more surprised that most attendees had never heard of the Southwest Fox and FoxForward conferences.

My overall impression is there are a ton of Visual FoxPro developers out there that do not experience much of the wealth of online information that is available to us.

Now for the hard part:

How do we reach the no-so-much-online community?

Any thoughts?