Erik Gomez

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my daughter therese erika (2 years 10 months old) is in the hospital right now and is suffering from steven johnson's syndrone (sjs) an acute allergic reaction to an antibiotic that was prescribed for her urinary tract infection. looking at websites about sjs i know that she is suffering so much and is in great pain. this disease is very serious that could lead to many complications. i won't mention these here as even by just thinking about the complications brings me so much pain. i truly wish i could trade places with my daughter right now. i'm planning to be… Continue reading

around 3 months ago, i was tasked to look for manpower out-sourcing companies in the < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />philippines. in the course of my search i found two websites listing an it services company whose contact person's name sounds familiar. after sometime i realized that the contact person of the said it services company was an old college friend, whom i last saw in april of 1989. imagine, after 16 years, i was able to get in-touch with her. luckily one of the sites listed her maiden name and the other the contact information, if not then i could have not known that it… Continue reading

i was reading craig boyd's visual foxpro community action and decided to heed to his call. i'm now preparing some materials on microsoft visual foxpro that i would like to discuss with computer students in my high school alma mater, don bosco technical institute in victorias city, philippines. i will be having my annual vacation late december 2005 (before the christmas) until mid-january 2006. this will give me some time to visit my high school alma mater. you see don bosco technical institute has a rather unique high school curriculum where-in students in the 3rd and 4th year… Continue reading

i've been messing around with python and the dabo framework for sometime now to realize that python is a great open source programming language and dabo is surely a very strong and well written data-driven framework. since the authors have strong backgroud and extensive experience in visual foxpro, the dabo framework have a touch of visual foxpro in it that will make it attractive to visual foxpro developers. but don't get me wrong, i'm still climbing the python/dabo learning curve and will not abandon visual foxpro. but with python/dabo your app will run in… Continue reading

when i first started out using the net and got my first free email account, i used www.yahoo.com as it was the more famous web portal offering free web-baed email service. at that time it also offered free pop mail access your yahoo.com email account but decided to terminate it sometime later. it was a good thing to have (pop mail access) as you can check to your emails from virtually any email client. well, yahoo still offers free pop mail access in its different country domains (i.e. yahoo.com.sg) but not from yahoo.com. anyway, while searching the net for some… Continue reading

recently as i was working on an email management application using mysql server, vfp8 and some email components from adminsystem, a need to better distinguish the different status of emails (read, replied, forwarded, acknowledged, flagged and so on) arose. so vfp grid's numerous property regarding forecolor and backcolor (static or dynamic) where put to good use. i got the inspiration from mozilla's thunderbird email client. below is the test program i used and later improved and adapted in my email management application. dynamiccurrentcontrol was used to show different icons for the different email status. by the way, you… Continue reading

a few months back, i was asked to consolidate all the graphics related files (jpg, bmp, gif ad etc.)  for a certain vfp project. so i proceeded to transfer all graphics file into one folder. at the same time forms where transferred to a new folder as well. i know that if you just set the correct path with the set path command all will be well when you open the project for the first time. but as it happened the path was not set up correctly when the project was opened vfp, thus most of the forms lost it's reference to… Continue reading

early this week (04 april, monday) my folks (mom and dad) called to inform me that they are fetching my wife and kid today to go to this famous mountain resort called the  mambukal mountain resort. my folks live in victorias city, so they will be travelling for about 61 kilometers to the resort. this place's great.  mambukal resort lies 1,200 feet above sea level and serves as a gateway to the mt. kanlaon volcano. well, surely they will be having loads of fun there, while i'll be stuck here infront of my pc doing what else...… Continue reading

some of you (especially those @ http://philfoxdev.foxite.com/) must have remembered me complaining that i can't read my mails from yahoo and hotmail and even had problems posting at www.foxite.com and logging in at http://philfoxdev.foxite.com/. well recently i decided to change my lan cable with a store bought one, the sales person claimed that this one's better and blah blah (”,) and viola all of my previous problems had vanished. well i guess my old lan cable (the one running from my 4 port router to my pc) has degraded over time or maybe had breaks in the wire(s) inside.… Continue reading

i received a feedback from eric about my neat trick post. it concerns about the cast() function that was introduced in vfp9. so here it is :

select *, cast("" as memo) as yourmemofield from ...

thanks is in order for eric