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The January/February (15.1) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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VB6 DLL Class to Xojo by Eugene Dakin
If you have Windows software that depends on VB6 DLLs, here's how you can convert them to Xojo and continue to use them.

Interview: Mark Franken by Marc Zeedar
Are you curious how one becomes a Xojo-using Emmy-winning sound editor? Marc was, so he asked Mark a few questions and got his life story. (With pictures!)

Xojo Pi Lab by Mattias Sandström
Mattias tells about a fascinating project he took on involving Xojo, Raspberry Pi, and a Web App for a technical school in Sweden.

Working with Bitmasks by JC Cruz
If you didn't take computer science courses, you may be fuzzy on the use of bitmasks. Jose explains how to work with them.

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Year 15
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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February 20, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Workshop zum MBS FileMaker Plugin @ Denkform
For our German speaking clients we have a workshop day: In Zusammenarbeit mit der DenkForm GmbH bieten wir eine Schulung zum MBS Plugin an. Am 2. März 2017 (und 7. Dezember 2017) können Sie in Hofheim am Taunus an einer eintägigen Sc... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Dash help archives for Xojo and FileMaker
For browsing help files, the Dash application is very useful on Mac and iOS. Here you can click to launch Dash and install our plugin help: MBS Xojo Plugin and MBS FileMaker Plugin You can download the archives manually on our website: FileMaker ... [More]
February 15, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Worldwide first curl conference in Germany, March 2017
On the weekend of March 18-19, 2017, the first ever curl conference is taking place is Nuremberg, Germany. Users, developers, binding authors, application authors, curl maintainers, libcurl hackers and other people with a curl interest are welcome!... [More]
February 14, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Dialogs with more buttons in FileMaker
Today I presented my MBS Plugin and showed with a lot of other things my Dialog functions. Someone asked how many buttons we can have and they had the wish to show more than three: So for next plugin version, we can have up to 10 buttons. Mac and W... [More]
February 10, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.1pr2
New in this prerelease of the 17.1 plugins: Updated DynaPDF to version The LoadLibrary function on EyeOne4ProMBS class now better reports errors on Windows. Improved WinNotificationMBS to handle events for painting better, so we draw bac... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr2
New in this prerelease of the 7.1 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Updated DynaPDF to version Added DPI support to various functions returning images. Updated SQLite to 3.17.0 prerelease version. Fixed a problem in Audit which caused a crash if no F... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Macwelt TV Folgen rund um Xojo
Vor fast zehn Jahren habe ich für die Macwelt ein paar Videos gemacht für Macwelt TV zu REALbasic: Die Anleitungen funktionieren wunderbar mit dem aktuellen Xojo. Natürlich sieht Xojo etwas anders aus als REALbasic früher:Alle ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker Custom function to query a value from other table or file
Today I have a custom function for FileMaker for you. It allows you to query any value in your databases by referring to the record by a field and it's value. This can avoid complex relations if you just run a little query: // Custom Function Qu... [More]
February 08, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MDI Window Background in Xojo
Recently we had the question whether we can draw into a MDI parent window. The answer for all your Xojo or Real Studio projects is yes: We can catch the paint event with our WinNotificationMBS and draw something nice there. For example a fixed co... [More]
February 07, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: AES 256 CBC on iOS for Xojo
Today I made an example for a client to show how to do AES 256bit CBC encryption on iOS using CommonCrypto library and the MBS Xojo Encryption Kit. Our Encryption Kit wraps the CommonCrypto framework from Apple which is available for iOS (2.0 or ne... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Connect to MySQL and run a query
With MBS Plugins you can connect to various databases from Xojo and FileMaker. As you may know we support Centura SQLBase, DB2, Firebird, Informix, InterBase, MariaDB, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, ODBC, Oracle Database Serv... [More]
February 06, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
English MBS Plugin training in Netherlands
The people from FileMaker Developers Nederland organize regularly FileMaker meetings in Netherlands. They asked me to offer some insight into the MBS Plugin, so we invite to an MBS Event for Saturday 11th March 2017 to de Schakel, Utrecht:Wat zou Fi... [More]
February 05, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 17.1pr1
New in this prerelease of the 17.1 plugins: Updated DynaPDF to version Added NSTableDataSourceMBS sortDescriptorsDidChange event. Added orderOut and orderFront to NSMediaLibraryBrowserControllerMBS class. Added LibraryLoaded property to ... [More]
February 04, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr1
New in this prerelease of the 7.1 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Updated DynaPDF to version Disabled syntax colorizing for secure text fields. Added AVPlayer functions. Added QTMovie.ReleaseAll. Added XML.Import.SetBaseFields and XML.Import.SetExt... [More]
February 03, 2017
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Running command lines tools on Windows
The last days, I spend some time on a class for Windows to run a process with access to the stdin/stdout/stderr channels. I know the Xojo Shell class can do that, but I wanted a bit more Windows specific commands here. So we got a new WindowsProcess... [More]
February 02, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Remote Debugging Enhancement Idea
Remote Debugging in Xojo is perhaps one of my favorite features in Xojo because it lets me work in the environment of my choice (macOS) and run it on any Windows, Linux, or even another Mac on my network, or … Continue reading →... [More]
January 09, 2017
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Consulting Red Flags
The one absolute truth about consulting is that if you’re not working you’re not making any money.  The corollary to this truth is that you are either 100% busy or 100% not busy.  This is especially true if you are … Continue reading →... [More]
December 29, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
MBS Xojo Developer Conference 2017
Xojo isn’t having their annual conference as they’ve decided to switch back to spring events. Since they last did one in October of 2016 they are not doing one in 2017. It makes me sad that I won’t see my … Continue reading →... [More]
December 28, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
BKS Shorts 1.8.0
BKeeney Software has released version 1.8 of our reporting classes and tool for Xojo. Thanks for using BKS Shorts, the premier reporting tool for Xojo projects. We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received over the course of the year. ̷... [More]
December 22, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Windows Printing Broken in Xojo R4
We’ve done a lot more testing with Shorts and R4.1 this week.  Wow.  Where to begin.  I guess the first thing to say is if you need to print in Windows stick with Xojo Release 3 for now.  R4, with … Continue reading →... [More]
December 12, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2016 R4.1
Xojo 2016 R4.1 was released today.  The 4.1 release mostly contains Windows fixes related to the switch in drawing engines.  Gone is GDI Plus and Direct2D is now used instead. GDI Plus wasn’t only deprecated but removed so that is a … Continue ... [More]
December 06, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2016 R4 (The Xojo IDE I Always Needed)
Xojo 2016 Release 4 hit the web today.  In many respects this is the IDE that I wish had been released three and a half years ago as a few of the more insidious features bugs have been fixed.  And, … Continue reading →... [More]
December 05, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Beta Program Incentives
I’ve been part of the beta program for over a decade.  Many cycles I bemoan the fact that I’ve found very little time to real testing before its released.  That’s bad and I suspect many of my fellow members of … Continue reading →... [More]
December 01, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
The Xojo Community is Awesome
Have I told you how much I love the Xojo community?  I’ve been part of it for fifteen years and I’ve met hundreds of Xojo developers at developers conferences and probably exchanged emails with thousands more.  I am amazed at … Continue reading... [More]
November 25, 2016
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
FTC 3.1.7
Today we released version 3.1.7 of Formatted Text Control (FTC), our word processor control for Xojo.  This is a maintenance release and is recommend for all users.  It is a free update for all version 3 license holders. License holders should …... [More]

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