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The September/October (15.5) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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Improve WeakRef Performanceby Thomas Tempelmann You can avoid circular references by using weakRefs, but that causes performance problems. What's the solution?

The Case of the Broken Upgradeby Mattias Sandstrom When a software upgrade breaks things that were working fine, finding the cause requires real detective work.

Toucheby Marc Zeedar With the latest version of MacOS Sierra, Xojo apps that use the Macbook Pro's Touch Bar are finally possible. Marc demonstrates how to make them.

Sharing Data for Health, Part 3by JC Cruz Jose explores using XML to export health data from his project.

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Year 15
Issue 15.4 ("Xojo in Germany") Issue 15.5 ("Touch Bar")
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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September 23, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Bind database fields with fields array in Xojo
The last days for a project in Xojo we had a different idea for prepared statements to avoid using wrong indices. As you may know the MBS SQL Plugin allows you to use field names in the Bind statement to avoid messing up with indexes for named par... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr8
New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Changed script ID display to show ? if two scripts have same name and we don't know which ID is right. Added iOSApp functions to get notification on low memory, going to background, coming to ... [More]
September 21, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr8
New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins: Improved RawSocketMBS.CalcChecksum and added new example project. Updated to LibXL 3.8.1. Enabled XML for GraphicsMagick for Mac as it's needed for SVG. Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/p... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr7
New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Improved GMImage.Annotate to work in 5 different modes depending on what parameters you pass. Optionally make settings panels for popover, button bar and buttons resizable and black. Optional... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo Training in Germany and Europe with me
I just returned from a three day training in a big cooperation. One of them visited my training day at the Berlin conference and was so happy that they hired me for three days in their office Well, if you like to get a Xojo training on site, let m... [More]
September 20, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2017 R2.1 and Updated Roadmap
I’ve had a hellacious travel schedule the past six months so I apologize that I’ve not been up to snuff on Xojo news. Last week Xojo 2017 Release 2.1 was made public and earlier this week Xojo CEO, Geoff Perlman, … Continue reading →... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Field Picker in FileMaker resizable and in black
Take a look on this screenshot: Another nice idea for people with big databases where the names of the fields can be really long. You can enable resize and/or black color in the preferences dialog for MBS Plugin. All options can be toggles on/off... [More]
September 19, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Showing Script IDs in FileMaker Script Workspace
The MBS Plugin can soon show the script IDs in the Script Workspace: As you trigger scripts via ID, it may be convenient to see the IDs right in the tab. Coming soon in the next 7.4 prerelease. Or email for a copy to test today. Update: We'll move... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
New Windows Framework for Xojo coming
Have you read the blog post The Short-Term Xojo Roadmap from Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc.? Looks like they feel sorry to change the priorities on a few projects. Xcode 9 requires them to use 64-bit debugger for iOS apps. So be aware not to insta... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Plugin now showing field and table IDs in database design dialog
Take a close look on this FileMaker dialog: Of course you can toggle this off in preferences dialog and the checkboxes allow you to enable it only if you want to see them. But if enabled, the plugin tries to query all the field and table IDs and sh... [More]
September 17, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr6
New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins: Fixed bug with CURL's GetInfoCookieList function. Fixed plugin options for CURL to pass empty C string for empty Xojo string. This helps with OptionCookieFile = "" to use in memory cookie engine. Added S... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr6
New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added XML.GetPathValue, XML.DeletePath and XML.SetPathValue functions. Updated to LibXL 3.8.1. Added ImageView commands to show picture (GIF with animation) on the layout. Added Copy Table Sel... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Bluetooth Vulnerability BlueBorne Impacts Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux Devices
Have you seen the details on the Blueborne attack? armis.com/blueborne/ Any device unless patched can simply be taken over via bluetooth by just being in range of a hacker! If someone places a bot to hack all devices in range automatically in a sub... [More]
September 16, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Playing with CoreML in FileMaker
For the release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, we are working on supporting CoreML framework in FileMaker and Xojo. Here is my test database to detect : While macOS 10.13 is not ready for a few weeks, we can already download the beta versions of mac... [More]
September 15, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Problems with killing Xojo threads with plugin calls.
While you can kill a thread in Xojo, you may think twice before doing it. The kill command usually raises a ThreadEndException on the thread which with normal exception handling exists all methods and returns to the run event, which on exit ends the... [More]
September 14, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Image view for FileMaker via MBS Plugin
For next MBS FileMaker Plugin release we add an image view control for macOS and iOS: So you can show an animated GIF images on the layout independent of container fields! Of course other images work, too. And you can hide/show as needed, change s... [More]
August 22, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2017 Release 2
Last week Xojo 2017 Release 2 hit the download servers. This release has the usual mix of new, changes, and bug fixes. At first blush it doesn’t seem like there is a lot to mention but there is, but I’ll … Continue reading →... [More]
August 03, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Software Development is Fluid
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]
July 19, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Shorts 2.0.4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]

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