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Update: The sale has ended. It was valid from March 12 – March 18, 2012.

Hentzenwerke Publishing is having a major sale this week on all of their in-stock printed books.

The sale price each day is good from midnight to midnight, Central time.  If you’re not sure how your local time matches up with Central, you can check it here.

This is a great chance to get your hands on the premier Visual FoxPro books available.

Here’s the price list for the weeklong sale:

Monday, March 12: $10 each
Tuesday, March 13: $11 each
Wednesday, March 14: $12 each
Thursday, March 15: $13 each
Friday, March 16: $14 each
Sat/Sun, March 17-18, $15 each

Visit www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/zcatalog.htm for details.

A VFP Book Wish-List

Now that we know VFP 9 SP2 (and Sedna) will be the final production version of Visual FoxPro, I’d like to toss out a couple of thoughts on things I’d love to see from Hentzenwerke Publishing.

1. Hacker’s Guide to Visual FoxPro 9.0

The Hacker’s Guides (VFP6 and VFP7) have always been a great reference for VFP developers, and I think a VFP 9 update would be the “definitive” Hacker’s Guide.

2. GigaFox

We’ve got KiloFox and MegaFox. I’d love to see a GigaFox, updated for VFP 9, Sedna, Vista, etc.

3. Internet Apps with VFP 9.0

No doubt I would probably still have zero Fox-related apps on the web today had it not been for the original Internet Apps book. But it is certainly dated. An update for ASP.NET would be invaluable to many of us. Maybe even a new section (or book) on non-IIS development, too.

Those are my big three, so to speak, and I would personally guarantee they’d sell at least one copy of each (I have space reserved for them on my Hentzenwerke Bookshelf).

This post originally appeared on the Foxite Weblogs site.

MegaFox… Still Relevant… Still Awesome!!!

I’ve been stuck lately in what feels like a never-ending project. Doing a lot COM work with VFP, and at times I seem to be spending more time scratching my head than coding.

This evening, I decided to stroll through my library of VFP books, and I decided to take another look at MegaFox: 1002 Things You Wanted To Know About Extending Visual FoxPro, written by Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, and Rick Schummer.

Another read through Chapter 14: VFP and COM was just what I needed to get the juices flowing again. For the first time in a couple of weeks, I’m actually looking forward to working on the aforementioned never-ending project! Then I moved on to Chapter 15: Designing for Extensibility. The discussion of design patterns was a real eye-opener — again… Seems like I’ve “read“ about design patterns many times, but actually implementing them? Well, sort of.

Although the book came out around VFP 7.0, it is still very relevant today. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and buy a copy. If you have already bought and read it, read it again. Many pearls of wisdom inside.

Thank you Marcia, Andy, and Rick for an excellent VFP resource!