West Wind Technologies
West Wind Client Tools 7.14 released
West Wind Technologies has released version 7.14 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 component, 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. Version 7.14 is a maintenance release that fixes a few small issues, and adds a few small enhancement features to various libraries. The Client Tools are available as a shareware version for download to check out the product. As always, registered users of version 7.x can upgrade for free.
User Security Manager for Web Connection 1.10 released
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, account creation, validate and management, password recovery, a user menu widget and an administrative user management interface. This release updates for the latest Web Connection version and improves the integration script to add the functionality to an existing application.
Html Help Builder 5.25 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.25. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy tools based on Markdown to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder's Web based templates make it easy to create great looking online documentation while you can focus on creating your content. Version 5.24 is a maintenance release with focus on editor performance improvements especially with larger documents. This release also fixes an annoying bug with key based paste operations which should now be reliable and also much faster. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
West Wind Web Connection 7.12 released
West Wind Web Connection 7.12 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 API Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.12 adds a new .NET Core local development Web server that doesn't require IIS or IIS Express installed. It includes built-in LiveReload functionality and can also run behind an IIS Web server providing and end to end Web Server solution that's low impact on the development machine. Using this server has been integrated into the Console Wizards for project setup and deployment configuration. This continues updating project build and launch integration to make it easier to develop, deploy and manage Web Connection applications. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
Markdown Monster 1.22 has been released
West Wind Technologies has released Markdown Monster 1.22 of its popular Markdown Editor, Viewer and Weblog Publishing tool. Markdown is an easy to use, text based writing format for creating HTML content, and MM makes it easy to create Markdown content in a productive writing environment with tons of out of your way tooling support. MM can create HTML and PDF output and can publish Markdown directly to your Weblog. v1.22 includes a new CLI for performing Markdown conversions from the command line, support for site relative root paths for 'projects' and documentation, close tab to the right and a host of other improvements. Markdown Monster is free to try and registered users can always upgrade minor versions for free.
West Wind Html Help Builder 5.24 released
West Wind Technologies has released Help Builder 5.24. Help Builder creates online and offline documentation with easy tools based on Markdown to quickly create content and publish output to the Web, PDF, MS Word or CHM files. Help Builder's Web based templates make it easy to create great looking online documentation while you can focus on creating your content. Version 5.24 is a maintenance release with focus on editor performance improvements especially with larger documents. This release fixes a few preview refresh issues and improves overall performance of the application. There are also many small UI improvements including a new bookmark form, a new Time To Read section in topic templates, updates to the bookmarks side bar in render topics and more. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users of V5.x can update for free.
Web Connection 7,10 Released
West Wind Web Connection 7.10 is a feature update 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 API Services using FoxPro, so you can continue to use what you already know to build Web applications. Version 7.10 adds a new .NET Core local development Web server that doesn't require IIS or IIS Express installed. It also includes built-in LiveReload functionality and can also run behind an IIS Web server providing and end to end Web Server solution that's low impact on the development machine. There's also enhanced project creation and launching support, geared to make it easier to get started locally. wwDotnetBridge gains the ability to call `async/await` functions in .NET asynchronously. As always, Web Connection is available as shareware and registered users of v7 are eligible for free upgrades.
In Depth Deploying West Wind Web Connection Applications Article
Publishing Web applications is never easy, but in recent versions of Web Connection the process has been streamlined and automated substantially and this post covers the entire process from setting up a new Virtual Machine, configuring the machine, setting up IIS, packaging and uploading your application, configuring the Application and Web Site, and then running the application in file mode and COM mode. It also describes how to install a TLS certificate for free, and update the running application with changes both for Web and Code content. Although focus is on Web Connection, there's lots of general content regarding machine and IIS setup that is useful for non-Web Connection developers. This article is an update to the Southwest Fox 2019 session presented earlier this year.