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Reports Revisited by Ulrich Bogun and Martin Trippensee
Xojo's built-in reporting gets flack for not being full-featured, but it's more powerful than you think. Ulrich and Martin have figured out a way to hack it for better reports!

An Excel Database by Paul Budd
Should you use Excel as a database? Probably not. But you can, and there are times (like when you aren't in control of the decisions), that it's useful to be able to use SQL to query a spreadsheet.

Give Yourself to the Dark Side, Part V by Sam Rowlands
Sam's article a few issues ago on "Dark Mode" sliders was derailed by Apple's changes with MacOS Mojave, so he's back to revise his methods.

Refactoring a Controller Module, Part 2 by JC Cruz
Jose continues his explanation on how to refactor a controller module to support other models without breaking existing code.

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Year 16
Issue 16.5 ("Spreadsheet Databases")
Issue 16.4 ("Mojave")
Issue 16.3 ("XDC 2018") Issue 16.2 ("StockScripter") Issue 16.1 ("London 2017")
 
Year 15
Issue 15.6 ("Green Screen Saver") Issue 15.5 ("Touch Bar") Issue 15.4 ("Xojo in Germany")
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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September 20, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Storing files for download on FileMaker Server with download URLs
18:03:00
As you may know the FileMaker Server comes with a copy of apache web server software. You can use the apache web server to host and deliver files for download. So if you copy a file to /Library/FileMaker Server/HTTPServer/htdocs/ folder on your ser... [More]
September 19, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Missing LSSupportsOpeningDocumentsInPlace for iOS Apps
10:16:00
If you recently submitted a FileMaker iOS app to the App Store, you may have got the following message from Apple: Invalid Document Configuration - Document Based Apps should support either the Document Browser (UISupportsDocumentBrowser = YES) or i... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Xojo job offer in France
10:06:00
Our client BillJobs near Paris is looking for a Xojo developer in France: Développeur logiciel en CDI (H/F) Missions : Vous connaissez les langages de programmation XOJO ou VBA, vous maîtrisez le langage SQL, vous connaissez les langa... [More]
September 18, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Ein Monat bis zur FileMaker Konferenz 2018 in Malbun
15:19:00
Nur noch einen Monat bis zur FileMaker Konferenz 2018 in Malbun (Liechtenstein) und zur MBS FileMaker Plugin Schulung am Mittwoch vorher. Vom 17. bis 20. Oktober diesen Jahres findet die neunte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Malbun, Liecht... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Meetings at Consumer Electronics Show CES 2019 in Las Vegas?
12:45:00
For 2019, I have the chance to visit the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January. Years ago I visited the Cebit here in Germany, but the CES will be bigger and show more hot new stuff. I hope to see a lot of innovative things to insp... [More]
September 17, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.4pr9
20:11:00
New in this prerelease of version 8.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Improved CoreML.AddImageParameter function to auto scale image to required size. Fixed JSON.ToHTML to return text with CR as line ending. Updated SQLite to version 3.25.0. Updated ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr9
20:06:00
New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins: Fixed bug in NSColorMBS with alpha channel from Xojo color. Updated SQLite to version 3.25.0. Added GetEXIFOrientation and SetEXIFOrientation to GMImageMBS class. Added Listen, Accept and Close methods t... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Using Emojis in FileMaker
19:45:00
As you may know, FileMaker uses Unicode text with 16bit, so Character() function doesn't work with the bigger codes for getting emojis like 128512. As an example you can go to the Full Emoji List and pick a smily. e.g. first one has unicode code po... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
DbgView for watching trace messages live on FileMaker Server
11:25:00
The little DebugView application from Microsoft can be very useful to see the debug messages from various applications. If you run it as admin on Windows and set the option in the menu to capture global Win32 messages, it will show the debug message... [More]
September 16, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Use Machine Learning for detecting porn images
13:20:00
Today at the Macoun conference, I visited the session about CoreML and for a nudity scanner. This included the pointer to the following CoreML model to detect nudity in pictures. That's great, if you get pictures from users and you want to know whet... [More]
September 14, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Plugin Keynote 2018
09:27:00
At the MBS Xojo Conference 2018 in Munich, I presented the keynote about MBS Plugins to show what's new from us this year. As the recording is not perfect, I recorded it again for you: If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. ... [More]
September 13, 2018
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.4pr8
15:28:00
New in this prerelease of version 8.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added new mode to Text.EncodeToHTML to encode all characters. Added GMImage.InvertChannel function. Fixed a problem with PrintDialog.SetCopies. Added Font.CalculateTextFits functi... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr8
14:54:00
New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins: Started SceneKit plugin part with new SCNControlMBS control and new SCNGeometryMBS, SCNNodeMBS, SCNSceneMBS and SCNViewMBS classes. Fixed a crash with calling Register function with invalid license key. ... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
FileMaker iOS SDK and MBS Plugin Video
11:19:00
In our new video, we show you how to embed the MBS Filemaker Plugin 8.4 into the app made with FileMaker iOS SDK 17.0.3: The steps I did in the video are: Get MBS Plugin for iOS SDK from the 8.4 download.Get FileMaker iOS SDK from the community d... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Videos from MBS Xojo Conference
10:30:00
The good news is: We have videos this time. The bad news: The camera was not the best one and not properly configured, so we have something to improve for next conference. Still you can watch the videos and all attendees should have an email with t... [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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