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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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October 16, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Big SQLite Cache for 64-bit in Xojo
Whenever you open a SQLite database in your application, please remember to first send this command via SQL Execute: PRAGMA cache_size = 20000 this will increase the cache. Default is 2000 pages and with a page size of 1024 bytes that's only 2 MB ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr2
New in this prerelease of the 7.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added App.GetProcessPath and App.GetProcessName for Linux. Fixed bug with SQLite Prepare command with extra spaces in SQL commands. Added RSA.DecryptPrivateKey and RSA.EncryptPrivateKey functi... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr2
New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Fixed leaked file handle in MimeEmailMBS constructor. Improved SpotLightFileInfoMBS to support newer interface and query with newer Spotlight plugins. Can now return HTML preview for emails. Fixed bug w... [More]
October 15, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Reise in die Schweiz zu FileMaker und Xojo Entwickler Treffen
Wieder mal bin ich in der Schweiz, u.a. zum FileMaker Experience Event am 21. November in Meilen. Wer Interesse hat an einem Termin mit mir für Softwareentwicklung, Schulungen, Entwicklungshilfe, Plugin Empfehlungen, assistierte Fehlersuche, Code-R... [More]
October 14, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Conference discount offer
As usual with every conference we offer licenses at a discount to conference attendees: 20% on everything. You can find the coupon code on our flyers at the booth. The coupon code is valid till end of October and can be used with the Share-It web st... [More]
October 12, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Plugin Stand bei der FMK 2017
Falls Sie eine Frage haben zum MBS FileMaker Plugin haben oder sich einmal darüber informieren möchten, so kommen Sie bitte am Stand vorbei: Man sieht sich! ... [More]
October 10, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker Pro, Server and Go in version 16.0.3
FileMaker Inc. just released a new version of their products: See details for FileMaker Server 16.0.3, FileMaker Go 16.0.3 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.3. Fixes include the problems with lost scripts when committing a record after a reconnect. And of co... [More]
October 09, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Detect PrinterSetup data format
As you may know Xojo 2016r4 to 2017r2 made a move to use DirectDraw for printing. Xojo 2016r3 and older use DEVMODE structure to describe the printer setup in the ANSI version. Xojo 2016r4 and newer use the unicode version. You run into problems if ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Arrived in Salzburg
Arrived in Salzburg for German FileMaker Konferenz: See you all there! ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Plugin Reorganization Summary
With last release we reorganized the Xojo plugins a little bit. First, we renamed a few plugins Plugin PartRenamed to Cocoa➜MacCocoa CocoaBase➜MacBase CocoaControls➜MacControls CocoaExtras➜MacExtras MacOSXCF➜Mac... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2018
We just got announcement for the FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2018. This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 7th to 9th June 2018 in Berlin, Germany. As the conference is in english, this is your chance to meet pe... [More]
October 03, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo Forum now with 18000 members
The Xojo forum has been growing over the last years. Since June 2013, the new forum is growing with content and it got huge. The old Real Studio forum had 7542 members and 45738 topics and needed twelve years for that. But the new Xojo forum got o... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Click on a container to set points in FileMaker
Here is a nice example database to show how to make clicks on a PDF: So first we render PDF to an image using DynaPDF functions. Than user can click on image inside a container to set a point. We draw the point with our GraphicsMagick functions in... [More]
October 02, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Shorts 2.0.5
Today we released BKeeney Shorts 2.0.5.  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]
October 01, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr1
New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Added ReplaceICCProfileEx, ReplaceImage and ReplaceImageEx to DynaPDFMBS class. Updated DynaPDF to version version Updated XL Plugin for ARM 32-bit to use LibXl 3.8.1, too. Fixed TagLibFileRef... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr1
New in this prerelease of the 7.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added DynaPDF.ReplaceImage function. Fixed bug with DynaPDF.GetImage function complaining about non decompressed image. Added DynaPDF.GetReplaceICCProfileData and DynaPDF.SetReplaceICCProfileD... [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]
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]

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