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The July/August (15.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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Shrink Your Apps by Mattias Sandström
Mattias with some techniques to make your built apps smaller.

Windows Fast Listbox Updating by Eugene Dakin
If you want your listboxes updated quickly, you can run into flickering on Windows. Eugene shows how to solve that with some handy routines.

Berlin, Here I Come by Marc Zeedar
Marc went overseas for the first time in years for the MBS Xojo Conference in Germany in May. Here's what happened, with gobs of photos.

Sharing Data for Health, Part 2 by Jc Cruz
Jose concludes the data sharing project he started last issue.

Optimizing Xojo Apps by Christian Schmitz
Xojo is great at handling many technical details for you, but some of that management costs performance. Christian shows how to avoid the slowdowns with these tips.

Plus: Xojo and WWDC, initializing controls, pg_dump, and more!

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Year 15
Issue 15.4 ("Xojo in Germany")
Issue 15.3 ("Beginner's Guide") Issue 15.2 ("Power Tricks") Issue 15.1 ("Xojo Pi Lab")
 
Year 14
Issue 14.6 ("XDC 2016") Issue 14.5 ("Keyboard Shortcuts") Issue 14.4 ("NSTableView")
Issue 14.3 ("Sunroom") Issue 14.2 ("Cocoa Fonts") Issue 14.1 ("Barcodes")
 
Year 13
Issue 13.6 ("Stay Out of Jail") Issue 13.5 ("Text Messaging") Issue 13.4 ("El Capitan")
Issue 13.3 ("XDC 2015") Issue 13.2 ("Control Animation") Issue 13.1 ("iOS First Look")
 
Year 12
Issue 12.6 ("Cheap Web App Hosting") Issue 12.5 ("Yosemite") Issue 12.4 ("Game Center")
Issue 12.3 ("XDC 2014") Issue 12.2 ("Inefficiencies") Issue 12.1 ("Smart Localization")
Year 11
Issue 11.6 ("Apple About Box") Issue 11.5 ("Weeds") Issue 11.4 ("Blackjack")
Issue 11.3 ("XDC") Issue 11.2 ("PDF") Issue 11.1 ("PDF")
Year 10
Issue 10.6 ("Retina") Issue 10.5 ("Real World 2012") Issue 10.4 ("Extreme Programming")
Issue 10.3 ("Hashes") Issue 10.2 ("Assumption Approach") Issue 10.1 ("Reporting")

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August 15, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo 2017 Release 2
13:21:00
Xojo Inc. released today Xojo 2017 Release 2. You can download it on their website. This update adds more than 250 improvements, with a focus on 64-bit enhancements, Linux GTK+ 3 and HiDPI, and iOS Launch Screen support.. Xojo 2017 Release 2 featu... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Zwei Monate bis zur FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg
12:38:00
In gerade mal zwei Monaten startet die FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg. So langsam füllt sich die Konferenz und inzwischen steht auch das Programm. Vom 12. bis 14. Oktober 2017 treffen sich wieder ca. 200 Teilnehmer im Pitter in Salzburg. Die deuts... [More]
August 14, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr2
18:00:00
New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins: Updated CURL Library to 7.55.1. Added convenience properties Name, Model, Manufacturer and DisplayName for MidiObjectMBS class. Improved GTK classes for future. Modernized GetInfoCertInfo for newer CURL v... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr2
17:34:00
New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added ScriptWorkspace functions to work with the script workspace and list scripts, current tab and open script by name. This could be useful for tools using DDR and wanting to show the scrip... [More]
August 12, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
URL scheme handling in Xojo
00:23:00
Handling URL schemes in both Mac and Windows can be tricky. For Mac you need to define plist entry to declare the URL scheme and later handle the AppleEvent. For Windows it is more difficult. First you edit registry to declare your URL scheme. Than ... [More]
August 09, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker consultants with MBS Knowledge
11:22:00
Quite a couple of FileMaker users and developers ask for help on implementing MBS Plugin functions in FileMaker solutions. So I'd like to start with a list of MBS aware consultants for FileMaker projects: CompanyDeveloperWebsiteLocation cross solu... [More]
August 06, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Special Complete Upgrade offer for MBS Xojo Plugins
22:54:00
For next plugin release 17.4, we will have some reorganization in the plugins. Some smaller plugins get merged, some older stuff dropped and some parts move to other plugins. There may some change needed for people who don't have the Complete licens... [More]
August 04, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker Meeting in Braunschweig
22:36:00
If you live near Braunschweig or Hannover area in Germany, you are welcome to join the FileMaker meeting in Braunschweig and meet me there: Am Mittwoch, 9. August 2017 findet der nächste FileMaker Stammtisch für die Region Braunschweig statt. Für i... [More]
August 03, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Software Development is Fluid
20:59:54
Software development is fluid. Some bug fixes and feature requests that seem simple are often not so simple, or, take a lot longer than originally thought. Some that seem like they’re hard are not, or, take practically no time at … Continue rea... [More]
August 02, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
DevCon Offer still available
21:15:00
Everyone who attended the FileMaker DevCon 2017 in Phoenix can still use the coupon code to get 20% off the plugin licenses. We extend the coupon code for another two weeks. The discount is a thank you to the attendees for joining the conference. P... [More]
August 01, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr1
19:37:00
New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins: Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.12.32. Fixed memory leak in XL Plugin for Windows (leak of GDI handles). Added RAWSocketMBS class. Changed DynaPDFMBS.HighlightPattern to create highlight annotations inste... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr1
16:01:00
New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added AVAsset.TrackInfo function. Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.12.32. Changed PrintDialog.Enable to call PrintDialog.Install for you if needed. Changed Encryption functions to better handle... [More]
July 31, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MySQL with SSL in MBS Xojo SQL Plugin
20:36:00
Today an example on how to connect to MySQL via MBS SQL Plugin in Xojo: dim con as new SQLConnectionMBS try // Specify SSL key file Dim keyFile As FolderItem #If TargetMacOS Then // pick from inside budnle keyFile = App.ExecutableFile.Pare... [More]
July 29, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Good bye Phoenix!
20:21:00
Leaving soon from Phoenix airport. I enjoyed a great week in Phoenix with the FileMaker DevCon and seeing so many developers: I look forward to come back in one of the next years. There is still plenty left to see. The picture above is from Dobb... [More]
July 27, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker Excellent Awards
07:18:00
I was pleased to see my logo once again on the nominee list: Thanks for suggesting me! ... [More]
July 25, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Push Notifications for FileMaker iOS SDK
06:24:00
Use the MBS FileMaker Plugin for FileMaker iOS SDK to receive push notifications. First on opening the solution, register for receiving them and query the device token. This device token is needed to send push notifications to the device from your s... [More]
July 19, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Shorts 2.0.4
22:15:36
Today we released BKeeney Shorts 2.0.4.  This is a free update to all version 2.0.x users. Shorts is the premier reporting tool for Xojo applications.  Shorts allows a Xojo developer to embed a report designer inside in an application, view reports i... [More]
June 22, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Automating Xojo Database Development with ARGen
19:35:12
Database applications are relatively easy with Xojo. The native Database, DatabaseRecord, and Recordset classes make it easy to connect, add, edit, and delete data in your console, desktop, and web applications. What we’ve found over the years isn’t ... [More]
June 08, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Shorts 2.0.3
15:16:47
Today we released BKeeney Shorts 2.0.3.  This is a free update to all version 2.0.x users. Shorts is the premier reporting tool for Xojo applications.  Shorts allows a Xojo developer to embed a report designer inside in an application, view reports i... [More]
June 06, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
BKS WebSplitter 1.0.1
19:50:13
BKeeney Software Releases Version 1.0.1 of WebSplitter for Xojo BKeeney Software is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0.1 of their WebSplitter for Xojo Web. The WebSplitter control is a browser-side draggable interface splitter for the Xoj... [More]
May 26, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Is Xojo the Right Development Tool
17:35:58
Quite often prospective clients, and developers thinking of learning Xojo, ask my opinion of Xojo.  They are about to embark on a journey spending tens of thousands of dollars on a cross-platform tool and they want to know if Xojo … Continue re... [More]
May 04, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
MBS Berlin Developers Conference Keynote
09:51:39
Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc gave his keynote address at the Berlin Xojo Developers Conference today.  The conference is hosted by Monkeybread Software.  In his hour long talk, he discussed the future of Xojo and, in particular, what’s scheduled fo... [More]
April 28, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
BKS Shorts Version 2.0
14:57:54
BKeeney Software (Lenexa, KS) has released version 2.0 of it’s Xojo reporting tool, BKS Shorts, today. Shorts is the premier reporting tool for Xojo desktop and web applications and comes with an integrated Designer and Viewer components to make it &... [More]
April 25, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2017 Release 1.1
13:48:54
Xojo 2017 Release 1.1 hit the web today.  This dot release contains some very important Windows framework bug fixes related to printing and is recommended for all users.  There are a few other changes as well. For those that are … Continue read... [More]
April 10, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Discoverability in Xojo
19:10:28
Xojo has a big API and it’s impossible to know everything. This is made even more impossible since Xojo gets updated three to four times a year and, in the past couple of years, they’ve added two new targets (iOS … Continue reading →... [More]

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