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The November/December (18.6) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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Writing Better Code by Christian Schmitz
This is a great collection of programming tips, from how to write comments, limiting the scope of variables, handling errors, advice on method length, and much more.

OOP Listbox (Part 4) by Markus Winter
What Markus had planned to write changed when the folks at Xojo surprised him with a new listbox feature: customizable headers. Now he updates his project.

Get Ready for Git by Justin Elliott
Using a version control system can be intimidating, but in this guide for Xojo developers, Justin takes you step-by-step into the world of Git and makes it painless.

MapKit (Part 7) by Markus Winter
This time Markus shows us how to use customized annotation views in Apple's MapKit in Xojo.

Toolbar Quick Tip by Markus Winter
Did you know that if you create a subclass a Toolbar you can no longer add buttons to it in the IDE? Fortunately, Markus found a solution to this odd problem.

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Year 18
Issue 18.6 ("Git") Issue 18.5 ("OOP Listbox") Issue 18.4 ("Mac to iOS")
Issue 18.3 ("Machine Learning") Issue 18.2 ("Listbox Drawing") Issue 18.1 ("SceneKit")
 
Year 17
Issue 17.6 ("Xojo in Cologne") Issue 17.5 ("Numbers") Issue 17.4 ("100th Issue")
Issue 17.3 ("XDC 2019") Issue 17.2 ("Barchart API") Issue 17.1 ("iOS Success")
 
Year 16
Issue 16.6 ("Munich 2018") Issue 16.5 ("Spreadsheet Databases") Issue 16.4 ("Mojave")
Issue 16.3 ("XDC 2018") Issue 16.2 ("StockScripter") Issue 16.1 ("London 2017")
 
Year 15
Issue 15.6 ("Green Screen Saver") Issue 15.5 ("Touch Bar") 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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June 12, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo reports with backgrounds on PDF
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Did you know that you can use our DynaPDF graphics class integration in our MBS Xojo DynaPDF Plugin with the Xojo's report engine and output your reports as PDF files? And while you are using DynaPDF, enjoy all the other features like importing exi... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Swiss QR-Codes for invoices as vector graphics
16:36:00
As you may know the MBS FileMaker Plugin can create Swiss QR-Codes for invoices (ISO 20022) with our Barcode functions. We have an older example which generates QR Codes for Invoices in Switzerland as picture and place them in a container field to p... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr3
14:43:00
New in this prerelease of the 20.3 plugins: Added DirectDrawGraphicsMBS class. Added new constructor for CGContextMBS class accepting graphics object. Updated SQL Plugin to SQLAPI version 5.1. Added IsInput and IsOutput properties to SQLParamMBS c... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr3
14:15:00
New in this prerelease of version 10.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added WebView.CreateWithControl and WebView.SetFrameWithControl functions. Added AVRecorder.AddPreviewWithControl function. Rewrote control placement for MacOS and iOS controls fo... [More]
June 10, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker 19 improves layering of controls
10:05:00
Did you notice the layering improvements in FileMaker 19? Compared to older versions, the new FileMaker version now uses individual controls for layer elements. That allows the OS to do hardware acceleration and FileMaker may only need to redraw ... [More]
June 09, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Watch Xojo Conference videos on Youtube
11:27:00
While staying at home, I enjoyed watching some videos for sessions from past Xojo conferences It's great to hear those familiar voices and see some of my fellow Xojo developers on screen. Watching again I find new details I missed when I watched th... [More]
June 08, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr2
12:43:00
New in this prerelease of the 20.3 plugins: Rewrote ScreenshotRectMBS for MacOS to work better. Changed DynaPDFMBS class to use Helvetica 12pt as fallback font if you write text to a new page without setting font. Updated LCMS to version 2.10. Fix... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr2
11:58:00
New in this prerelease of version 10.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added gmt parameter for Time.UnixTimeStamp function. Added GMImage.GetZPL function. Updated LCMS to version 2.10. Tuned the syntax coloring rules for dark mode. You may need to us... [More]
June 07, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo Meeting in Atlanta
16:54:00
For already nine years the Xojo group in Atlanta meets regularly every month. The last two meetings where cancelled due to Covid-19, but they are back for June! The Xojo Atlanta group is meeting 9th June 2020. Usually the meeting is in the Las Pa... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
How FileMaker.PerformScript triggers scripts
11:01:00
At dotfmp we had a small extra session with Russell Watson, Peter Wagemans, Andries Heylen and Shin talking about building a new JavaScript thing to make using FileMaker.PerformScript easier. You know a few developers came up with code around File... [More]
June 05, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Working with Webkit Message Handlers in FileMaker
12:15:00
You may know that we added our script message handler functions in version 8.0 about two years ago. The feature was brand new in WebKit and you could use our WebView.AddScriptMessageHandler function to install a callback in the web viewer. Fast for... [More]
June 04, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Dash help archives for FileMaker 19
14:49:00
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  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker 19 - Exklusives Online Launch Event bei der Denkform
11:09:00
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  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo's seventh birthday
07:42:00
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June 02, 2020
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin Presentation
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October 31, 2009
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
RBScript opensource site
21:17:00
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October 01, 2009
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Obfuscating
19:47:00
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July 26, 2009
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
How can I help improve RB?
07:41:00
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February 08, 2009
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Editfields that update each other
20:51:00
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January 31, 2009
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Open Source projects on Google Code
22:54:00
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May 08, 2008
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Telling the truth
06:25:00
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April 22, 2008
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Feedback changes
07:32:00
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April 02, 2008
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Yuma
17:09:00
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March 23, 2008
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Self and Me
07:10:00
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March 16, 2008
  (Blog: Steve Garman)
Threads - Cooperative and Preemptive
07:45:00
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