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The May/June (15.3) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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Binary Serialization by Sam Rowlands
How to convert data objects into binary files and back again.

To Proxy or Not To Proxy... by Mark Strickland
Mark shares how he used the NGINX web server to solve his Xojo web app problem.

Beginner's Guide to Xojo by Marc Zeedar
New to Xojo? Here's the ultimate guide, a broad overview with the critical details you need to know to start using Xojo like a pro.

Sharing Data for Health, Part 1 by JC Cruz
Once you've got a health app created, you may need to share that data with other applications and services. Here's how you do that.

The Problem With Abandonware by Marc Zeedar
iOS is becoming a field of abandoned apps and Apple's forced move to 64-bit is only going to make the situation worse.

Plus: Xojo 2017 Release 1, Best Backup Practices, InnoSetup, and more.

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Year 15
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 28, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
JavaScript callback in HTMLViewer on Mac
Did you know you can register you own javascrpt callbacks for a HTMLViewer on Mac?   The WebScriptCallbackMBS class helps to handle such methods calls in JavaScript and redirects them to an event. In the Open event of the window,... [More]
June 26, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo meetings in Arizona
As you know I come to attend the FileMaker DevCon 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. As I stay a few extra days in Phoenix, we will have two Xojo developer meetings: 22nd July 2017 in a restaurant near Phoenix. 28th July 2017 in a restaurant near Tucson. I k... [More]
June 22, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Using MBS Plugin with FileMaker iOS SDK
As some new people play with FileMaker's iOS SDK and our MBS Plugin, here a few steps to give you an easier start: Get iOSAppSDKPackage_16.0.1.tbz on the iOS App SDK webpage from FileMaker's community benefits. Unpack the archive. Open Terminal, cd... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
OmegaBundle final extension
The OmegaBundle.net will finally end 4th July 2017. After two extensions it must come to an end and if you missed all the announcements, we finally need to say: sorry. Get your copy now on OmegaBundle.net. ... [More]
  (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]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
We used Claris FileMaker Pro 3
While cleaning up the attic I found this package. Which nicely proofs that we used to use FileMaker a long time ago. So somewhere 1996/1997 we bought Claris FileMaker Pro 3 and used it with a little database to track some inventory. I do remember s... [More]
June 21, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.3pr3
New in this prerelease of the 17.3 plugins: Fixed issue with ImageCapture on 32-bit Mac with missing setNeedsSpecialOrientationHandling selector. Updated DisplayMBS class for 64-bit Mac. Added new file types to AVFoundationMBS class. Added new file... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.3pr3
New in this prerelease of the 7.3 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added SQL.InsertOrUpdateRecords function. Added GMImage.FontTypeMetrics function. Added SocialRequest and Social functions for iOS. Fixed RemoteControl.ClickMouse to not move mouse on Mac for... [More]
June 20, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
XojoTalk podcast 2^5
The XojoTalk podcast just got it's pow(2,5)th episode. So go and listen to it! Shoving Phones In Their Pockets with Geoff Perlman That's A Lot Of Tens with Bob Keeney Developer of Long Standing with Eric Gibbon Grizzled Veterans&... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Image Picker for FileMaker iOS SDK apps with MBS Plugin
Another function set for iOS is done: ImagePicker. It allows you to pick photos from the saved camera roll, the photo library and take a new picture via camera. You can control a lot of settings, e.g. whether to allow editing or which camera (front... [More]
June 15, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Virtual Xojo User Group - June 2017 Meeting Is Today
Just a reminder that the June VXUG meeting is today (June 15th) at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Today's presenters include: Dana Brown, Xojo's Director of Marketing, who will give us an update on XDC 2018. Tim Dietrich, who will demonstrate Aloe, a Xojo c... [More]
June 13, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Frühbucherrabatt bis Samstag für die FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg
In gerade mal vier Monaten startet die FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg. So langsam füllt sich die Konferenz und noch ein paar Tage gibt es den Frühbucherrabatt. (bis 17.6.) Vom 12. bis 14. Oktober 2017 treffen sich wieder ca. 200 Teilnehmer im Pitt... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Playing with CoreML in Xojo
Thanks to the 64-bit debugger in Xojo 2017, we can now easily try 64-bit applications and that's a must as Apple's latest frameworks don't support 32-bit anymore. So yesterday and today I worked on a test project including a Xojo plugin for CoreML f... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
OmegaBundle 2017 ends on weekend
The OmegaBundle for Xojo including MBS Plugins is ending on the weekend: If you plan to buy the bundle, please do it soon. ... [More]
June 12, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Social Postings using MBS Plugin in FileMaker iOS SDK app
While working on the MailComposer and MessageComposer functions, I also quickly added the SocialComposer functions for posting to Facebook, Twitter, SinaWeibo and TencentWeibo. Screenshots are in German, but whatever localization you use, the dia... [More]
June 11, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Plugin wishes for macOS 10.13 and iOS 11?
You may all be watching videos from WWDC and learn what's coming soon for macOS and iOS. Now the are a lot of new APIs, but I'd like to know from you what you'd like to see in our plugins for Xojo and FileMaker. Usually we provide lower level wrappe... [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
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May 26, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Is Xojo the Right Development Tool
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May 04, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
MBS Berlin Developers Conference Keynote
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April 28, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
BKS Shorts Version 2.0
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April 25, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2017 Release 1.1
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
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April 06, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Berlin Xojo Developer Conference
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March 28, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2017 Release 1
The road to 64-bit took another step forward today with the release of Xojo 2017 R1.  This important release let’s you do 64-bit Remote Debugging for some targets with some important caveats.  It also adds the ability to Remote Debug … Continue... [More]

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