Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 13, 2018: Tamar E. Granor: "You Mean I Have to Write About It, Too?"

We’ll start meeting again next Tuesday, March 13 (and then meet on the second Tuesday of May, July, September and November). As usual, the meeting will begin at 7 PM, but bring some dinner and come as early as 6:30 PM. 

Group member and author Tamar E. Granor will present a workshop titled “You Mean I Have to Write About It, Too?”

Abstract: Many software developers would prefer never to have to write in a natural language; they're much happier with programming languages. But the ability to communicate in writing is actually an essential skill for successful software development. Developers need to be able to write specifications and developer documentation, as well as to clearly ask questions of their customers and to answer customer questions. In some cases, developers are responsible for end-user documentation, too.

In this session, we'll see how to produce documents that say what you need to say in an accessible way, whether you're writing a user manual or an email. We'll look at all stages of the writing process, from organization to writing to editing to proofing. Come prepared to write and edit both your own and that of a peer. Please bring something on which to write and something to write with.

Bio: Tamar E. Granor, Ph.D., is the owner of Tomorrow's Solutions, LLC. She has developed and enhanced numerous Visual FoxPro applications for businesses and other organizations.

Tamar is author or co-author of more than a dozen books including the award winning Hacker's Guide to Visual FoxPro and Microsoft Office Automation with Visual FoxPro. Her most recent books are VFPX: Open Source Treasure for the VFP Developer and Making Sense of Sedna and SP2.

Tamar served as Editor of FoxPro Advisor magazine from 1994 to 2000 and was Technical Editor from 2000 to 2008. She served as co-author of the popular Advisor Answers column from 1993 to 2008. She has also written for FoxTalk and CoDe; she currently writes for FoxRockX.

Tamar is one of the organizers of the annual Southwest Fox conference and founder of the Philadelphia Visual FoxPro User Group. In 2007, she received the Visual FoxPro Community Lifetime Achievement Award. She received Microsoft Support's Most Valuable Professional award annually from the program's inception in 1993 through 2010. Tamar speaks frequently about Visual FoxPro at conferences and user groups in North America and Europe.

If you have something to present to the group, please contact Jim Connolly, jconnolly@jtca.com.