so finally, at thursday night, the conference would officially begin !
that was the first moment when i had the oportunity to meet all the participants together. it was really nice finally meeting all mu gurus and friends from the fox community with whom i've been exchanging messages in forums and in private for years!
in the first part of the session they provided some important information about how the conference works, etc.
then, it was my priviledge to see the vfpx administrators award going to jim nelson and francis faure for their contributions to the vfp community through their projects on vfpx, the pem editor and the vfp9 help file. both projects are essential, i use them all the time! specially for the case of jim nelson, i was truly pleased to see his work being recognized. thanks to vfpx, i had the oportunity to know jim. since the first steps of foxcharts, jim took an important part, providing lots of suggestions, fixes, introducing new features, and even creating a separate tool, to help people to use foxcharts with simplicity. foxcharts was too small for him, and he needed to fly by himself. and fortunately i had the oportunity to follow his steps from the beginning developing the fantastic tool that is pem editor. having the oportunity to meet jim in person was one of the highlights of the whole conference.
next, me and bernard were introduced to the audience as the 2010 ceil silver ambassadors. thanks a lot to all people who contributed to this fund, and invited me. it was a great priviledge and honor to be there with you. i have no words to express how happy i am for having the oportunity to attend swfox !
then, finally the pink panther, craig boyd came to the scene, whith a very funny and energetic speech, that you'd better see by yourself: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swfoxtv
apart from that some prizes were offered to some of the attendants, and we all left the main room very excited and enthusiasted for the great conference that had just begun ! most people stayed at the corridors, at the bar and pool talking. for me, it was time to sleep, after 2 long flights.