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What About Swift? by Marc Zeedar
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Inside ServerSocket by Christian Schmitz
Christian explains how to use the ServerSocket control in your own apps, to let you process your own network connections.

Writing OS X Apps for Game Center by Tom Baumgartner
Apple's Game Center provides developers with an API for connecting gamers. However, creating a Game Center app with Xojo requires extensive steps. Never fear: Tom's figured it out and will show you how to get started.

Mercurial and Xojo by Craig Boyd
Mercurial is a power version control system. Craig likes its command-line interface and shows how to use it with your Xojo projects.

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Issue 11.6 ("Apple About Box")

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August 27, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Toolbar functions for FileMaker on Mac
11:38:00
With plugin version 4.3 we introduce a couple of new toolbar functions. First we can install a background image. The Toolbar.InstallBackground function takes a picture from a container and installs the necessary functions to have a background pictu... [More]
August 26, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Weak Property pattern
22:37:00
Often we have to keep properties with references to other objects, but want to avoid circle references causing memory leaks. So we have to have a clear reference tree from root object to child objects. If we want a reference from child back to paren... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.3pr7
13:47:00
New in this prerelease of the 4.3 plugins: Changed JSON.GetObjectItemTree to also look into arrays. Please pass index in array as parameter. Added new toolbar functions to add your own toolbar items. Added new functions for Mac to configure the too... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.3pr7
12:56:00
New in this prerelease of the 14.3 plugins: Added JPEGData and PNGData to CGImageMBS class. Added MemoryBlock.ConvertRGB12BitTo8BitMBS. Added PDFDocumentMBS.appendPage. Fixed JSONMBS.Constructor. Now creates an empty JSON object. If you need an arr... [More]
August 25, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Thanks
11:19:00
Sascha Schneppmüller is very happy about our MBS Plugins and the support we provide, so he wrote a Thank you in his blog in German: schneppmueller.de/danke-an-mbs/ We appreciate this ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Second teaser
10:13:00
As you see I have currently a lot of fun working with the FileMaker toolbar. So for next MBS FileMaker Plugin we have some new functions. ... [More]
August 24, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
A Teaser
17:24:00
A little teaser to upcoming FileMaker plugin. What happened here? ... [More]
August 23, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
New Timer for Windows
21:47:00
If you use a normal Xojo Timer in your project, you can use periods down to around 16 ms. Even if you select 5 ms, you get about 16 ms. More than 60 action events per second are not possible. See this test project which measures what we get for a ti... [More]
August 22, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Code Signing FileMaker Runtimes
10:26:00
Everyone producing runtimes with FileMaker 13 for Mac OS X has a problem. You need to sign the app for Gate Keeper. If your runtime is not signed, the Finder will ask the user when launching the application after download to delete the app! To avoid... [More]
August 21, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Developer Conference in 4 weeks
19:52:00
Just four 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. We still have seats available for training in English ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Autohide scrollbar
09:56:00
If you put this code in a textarea's open event, you get a modern small auto hiding scroll bar: dim n as NSScrollViewMBS = me.NSScrollViewMBS n.scrollerStyle = NSScrollerMBS.NSScrollerStyleOverlay n.verticalScroller.controlSize = NSScrollerMBS.NS... [More]
August 20, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Compressing PDFs with PDFKit in FileMaker
20:34:00
With QuartzFilters we have the possibility to process PDF files while we create them and apply modifications. Beside color modifications like having only gray, sepia or b&w images in a PDF, we can use a filter to create a PDF file in PDF/X standard ... [More]
August 19, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.3pr6
19:33:00
New in this prerelease of the 14.3 plugins: Added XML parameter for WinSpeechMBS class, so text can embed xml commands to control voice. Fixed a bug with PictureMBS, clipping and VM mapped files. Added Audioformat parameter to SpeakFile method in W... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.3pr6
14:59:00
New in this prerelease of the 4.3 plugins: Changed QTMovie.OpenContainer and other functions to work with interactive containers containing M4V, MP3 and MOV files. Added parameter for CURL functions which set text options. You can pass a text encod... [More]
August 17, 2014
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Tip of the day: Windows Notifications
14:57:00
In 2012 we added to our plugins a WinNotificationMBS class. This class was designed to send and receive broadcast messages on Windows between running apps. This way a helper app can send status updates easily to main app. Without the need to setup I... [More]
August 15, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Naming Conventions
14:00:14
If you don’t have standard naming conventions in your Xojo (or any other language for that matter) project you need to start NOW.  I mean it.  Open your IDE of choice and start looking at your variable names.  Can you … Continue reading &... [More]
August 14, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2014 Release 2.1
02:31:16
Xojo 2014 Release 2.1 was released this week. This maintenance release is huge in several important ways. This is the last version of Xojo that will build Mac Carbon apps. The upcoming changes to the framework for iOS and 64bit (and … Continue ... [More]
  (Blog: Brad Rhine)
Juan Catorce Band plays this Friday!
00:56:19
via Instagram http://ift.tt/1psZhVR... [More]
August 07, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
PDF Classes 2.5.0 Beta 1
19:44:59
BKeeney Software has introduced the first public beta release of BKS PDF Classes for Xojo. The PDF Classes are 100% native Xojo classes that allow developers to create PDF documents via code in their Xojo applications. The classes work for … Co... [More]
July 28, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo vs Xamarin
20:53:30
Last week when I was the guest speaker on Xojo’s webinar on consulting, I fielded a question regarding Xamarin.  The basic gist of the question was if I felt that Xamarin was a threat to Xojo.  At the time I had … Continue reading →... [More]
July 18, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo Webinar: Xojo Consulting
19:03:35
For some time now Xojo has been doing webinars on various topics.  It’s a great way to learn about Xojo.  In addition to being live (where you can ask questions) they are recorded too.  As time goes on the webinar … Continue reading ͛... [More]
July 12, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo and the End of Carbon Support
16:13:13
In a blog post this week Xojo announced that they were dropping support for Carbon applications in Release 3 which is due in roughly 3 months. Furthermore, their reasoning for doing so was because the Carbon framework was causing interference with &#... [More]
July 02, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Xojo 2014 Release 2
15:08:33
Xojo 2014 Release 2 was released this week.  This release has around 200 bug fixes and enhancements, some new features, and some licensing changes.  A good portion of the changes and enhancements are in the Web framework which will make … Conti... [More]
June 30, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
You Have a Contract, Right?
14:49:14
Writing software for others can be a tricky profession.  The client often has totally unrealistic expectations on how software development works.  They give vague requirements (or none!) and expect you, the developer, to read their mind and produce a... [More]
June 23, 2014
  (Blog: Bob Keeney)
Be Paranoid About Your Data
16:31:23
Last week wasn’t a very good week.  Over the weekend the hard drive on my iMac failed and by failing Mac OS X said it couldn’t repair the drive so it came up read only mode.  So I did the sensible … Continue reading →... [More]

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