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The September/October (12.5) issue of xDev Magazine is now available!

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In-App Notifications by Sam Rowlands
Using a timer to update user-interfaces is a good idea. But Sam's got a better one: ager! borrowing from a Obj-C technique, he's created an in-app notification system so your objects can talk to each other and be notified when they need to be updated.

Writing Apps for Game Center: Part 2 by Tom Baumgartner
In Part 2, Tom explains how to request a match in real-time games.

Inside HandleSpecialURL by Christian Schmitz
Web Edition provides a full web server that can handle custom URLs via the HandleSpecialURL event. Christian demonstrates how to use this to create your own REST-like API.

Yosemite Ready? by Sam Rowlands
Mac OS X Yosemite is coming this fall. Are you ready for it? Sam provides some tips and techniques to get your Xojo app ready now.

Plus columns on object-oriented programming (SimpleDraw demo app), coding styles, database design, Xojo tips, meet a Xojo game developer, Regex conditionals, and much more.

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Issue 12.5 ("Yosemite")

Issue 12.4 ("Game Center")

Issue 12.3 ("XDC 2014")

Issue 12.2 ("Inefficiencies")

Issue 12.1 ("Smart Localization")

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")

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 16, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Developer Conference starts soon
23:17:00
Tomorrow our training day starts and in evening we meet in beer garden (see picture) and you are welcome to join! Later we go for dinner in the hotel restaurant. If you like to attend, please register soon. We already have participants from 11 coun... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
[ANN] MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo / Real Studio plug-ins in version 14.3
15:06:00
NICKENICH, Germany (September 16th, 2014) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 14.3 of the MBS plug-in for Xojo and Real Studio. The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the Xojo (Real Studio) development env... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin 4.3 for OS X/Windows - More than 2700 Functions In One Plugin
13:55:00
Nickenich, Germany - (September 16th, 2014) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 4.3 for Mac OS X or Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for Fil... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo Meeting in Hamburg, Germany
12:01:00
Interested in a Xojo meeting in Hamburg? I'll be there in two weeks and would like to offer a dinner meeting. Which date would you prefer? 30th September, 1st to 3rd October?Survey to find date ... [More]
September 14, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.3pr11
11:58:00
New in this prerelease of the 14.3 plugins: Changed PictureMBS constructor so you can pass nil for temp folderitem for mac and linux and get an automatically temp file. Added UDPSocketMBS class. Updated DynaPDF to version 3.0.35.100. Added CGBitmap... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.3pr11
10:10:00
New in this prerelease of the 4.3 plugins: Updated DynaPDF to version 3.0.35.100. Added DynaPDF.GetEmbeddedFileCount, DynaPDF.GetEmbeddedFileAsContainer and DynaPDF.GetEmbeddedFile. Added Socket.AvailableBytes function. Changed DialogModifications.... [More]
September 11, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Double comparison
10:34:00
Just run into the problem this week that double comparison often works, but also fails unexpected in an application. This remembers again to use comparison with tolerance for double variables. Like here with abs() and a 0.01 tolerance: dim d as Dou... [More]
September 10, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Start your Mac with pressed Shift Key
10:43:00
Just a little thing you can do every few months: Press Shift key to start your Mac in safe mode. Than restart to get back to normal. When doing that Mac OS X will do some cleanup and empty some folders with temporary files apps forgot to delete. Fr... [More]
September 09, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.3pr10
23:28:00
New in this prerelease of the 14.3 plugins: Rewrote DynaPDFMBS.RenderPagePicture function. Added CURLEmailMBS class. Added AUPlayerMBS.MaximumFramesPerSlice property. Added FromSetupString and SetupString methods to WindowsDeviceModeMBS class. Adde... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.3pr10
20:41:00
New in this prerelease of the 4.3 plugins: Added Text.TextToHTML function. Added GMImage.ReplaceColor function. Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder. ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Updating PrinterSetup.SetupString on Windows
14:37:00
Same as for Mac is also possible on Windows: dim p as new PrinterSetup // setup something call p.PageSetupDialog // now we have nice setupstring dim ss as string = p.SetupString // parse it in device mode dim d as WindowsDeviceModeMBS = WindowsDe... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Updating PrinterSetup.SetupString on Mac OS X
13:19:00
With next plugins, we can use new NSPrintInfoMBS methods to directly convert SetupString from PrinterSetup class into NSPrintInfoMBS object. So we can change paper format, printer selection and a couple of other properties: // start with a printer ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
PDF printing via PDFKit
11:26:00
With next plugin prerelease, you can print PDF using PDFKit directly in Xojo: // select a PDF dim f as FolderItem = GetOpenFolderItem("") if f = nil then Return // open PDF dim doc as new PDFDocumentMBS(f) // define some print setting vi... [More]
September 08, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Registration Now Open for XDC 2015
22:26:00
Registration is now open for the 2015 Xojo Developer Conference (XDC), taking place in Austin, Texas April 29 - May 1, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel. XDC includes over 30 technical sessions presented by the company's development staff and leading users... [More]
September 06, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Developer Conference in two weeks
11:22:00
Just two weeks left until the conference starts. If you like to attend, please register soon. We already have participants from 10 countries and the hotel will soon run out of available rooms. On the weekend of conference, there is the 38. SCH&Aum... [More]
June 14, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
We've Moved
15:12:00
The new Xojo blog is live! Join us now at http://www.xojo.com/blog to learn the latest and greatest about Xojo, cross-platform development, and technology.... [More]
June 06, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Save the Date for XDC 2014!
07:35:00
Save the date for the 2014 Xojo Developer's Conference, to be held March 26-28 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas!  More information coming soon. ... [More]
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Real Studio is now Xojo!
07:29:00
We have some big announcements! 2013 Release 1 is now available for download and is definitely our biggest release ever! Our IDE has had a major makeover, giving it a very sleek and modern look and making it faster and much more intuitive t... [More]
May 16, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Using Twilio to answer phone calls
06:00:00
In a previous post, I wrote about how to use Twilio to send an SMS message. This time, I'm going to show you how you can use Twilio in conjunction with a web app to answer phone calls made to your Twilio phone number.First, you will want to have a Tw... [More]
May 15, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Calling a SOAP web service
16:21:00
SOAP web services, although not as common as they once were, are still readily available on the web. And they can be incredibly easy to use with your apps.Here is a quick example of how you would use a SOAP web service to get the conversion rate betw... [More]
May 14, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Connecting to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server
17:00:00
Some of the most common questions I get from new users relate to using databases with Real Studio. We've got lots of tips and tricks on how to connect in our Documentation and videos too.  In addition to having it's own RealSQLDatabase for ... [More]
May 10, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Using Twilio to send an SMS message
13:43:00
I've been asked from time to time if it is possible to send an SMS message from your application. SMS stands for Short Message Service and is also commonly referred to as a Text Message or just a Text. SMS messages can contain up to 160 characte... [More]
April 30, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Coming Soon - New Pricing (Recap)
07:52:00
As we approach the June 4th Xojo ship date, we are receiving an increasing amount of questions about the new pricing.  It has been a while since we posted the information so here's a recap:Starting with 2013 Release 1, the IDE itself will be fre... [More]
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Why native controls are important
07:40:00
9to5Mac is reporting that iOS 7 will sport a new user interface. It's said to be flatter and simpler. If this is true, it almost certainly means that controls will have a new look as well. This reminds me of when Apple shipped Mac OS X with its new A... [More]
April 29, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Best computer for cross-platform development
12:57:00
Today The Telegraph has a post about a study showing the MacBook Pro is the best computer for running Windows. I've heard this before and don't doubt it for a moment. Apple makes the best computers in terms of quality. They are certainly not the chea... [More]

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