From FoxCentral.Net: CoDe Magazine Focus: Visual FoxPro 8.0. “This special edition of CoDe Magazine focusing entirely on Visual FoxPro 8.0 which was significantly subsidized by Microsoft. This 72 page issue of CoDe Magazine contains detailed articles on Visual FoxPro 8.0 to complement upcoming technical whitepapers and content coming soon to the MSDN Library and the http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro Visual FoxPro Web site. The content is technical resources for developers who are evaluating or using Visual FoxPro 8.0. And all the articles are online at http://code-magazine.com/focus.”
Hmm. I was surprised when I heard that a “special edition” of CoDE magazine was being issued, and that it was subsidized by Microsoft. While I know the authors, editor and publisher personally, and have no doubt about their personal integrity, the idea of creating a magazine that looks like your regular edition but is in fact paid for by one of your largest advertisers has to bring out questions of journalistic conflict-of-interest. In addition, I find it strange that Microsoft chose this one magazine, and did not fund similar rollout editions of the competition, FoxTalk or FoxPro Advisor. I’m looking forward to the magazine and how they addressed these issues.