CURL birthday and conference

Today CURL library and command line tool turns 21 years old. It's a long time in software business and a great success with curl on nearly every computer device on earth as it ships for example with MacOS, Google Chrome, Linux, Android and others.

Since January 2007 and the MBS Xojo Plugin 7.0, we do include CURL for up- and download via ftp/http.

Since January 2012 and the MBS FileMaker Plugin 2.5, we include CURL functions for FileMaker.

And as far as I see, FileMaker Inc. added CURL right to the database engine with version 11 of FileMaker, but only added CURL options for Insert From URL script step with version 16.

See blog post from Daniel Stenberg.

For end of March we have the CURL conference on the agenda in Prague. Please join it if you like to learn more about CURL. See wiki page.

Interested in a meeting for FileMaker or Xojo?
If you are in Prague and like to talk with me, please contact me soon.

SQLabs new website and products

Marco Bambini and his team worked hard on an update to their products CubeSQL Server, SQLiteManager and SQLiteDoctor.

During the past months we worked hard in order to renew the look and the functionalities of SQLabs and of all its products. We are extremely proud to announce a complete website renovation and products updates.

To celebrate the new updates we are offering a time limited, huge discount for all our products.

Read the details here.

MBS Xojo SQL Plugin and SQL Functions in MBS FileMaker Plugin supports CubeSQL Server and SQLite beside a dozen other database types.

Xojo Enterprise is now Xojo Pro Plus

Xojo Inc. changed the name of the license option called Enterprise to Xojo Pro Plus.

As you see, it includes Top Priority Support, so you get quicker answers from Xojo's support staff. Your messages and feedback cases should get priority to be read first. Fast Fixes are included, so your problems are not just read, but also bugs fixed and workarounds found to help your app to work. 2X Activations allows you to install Xojo on up to 6 computers or virtual machines. This is very handy to install Xojo Pro on Linux, MacOS and Windows VMs and activate Xojo there, so you can build and test easily on each machine.

Anyone who invests into Xojo Pro Plus licenses, should also consider to go to the Xojo Developer Conferences and talk directly to Xojo staff. Geoff Perlman will be at the conferences in Miami in May and in Cologne in October.

Track Line with Data Labels Retina

We like to show you this example project included with MBS Xojo ChartDirector Plugin. This example shows several features of ChartDirector and our plugin how to:
  • create a chart, here with lines.
  • use dates for an axis
  • use several data sets on a layer
  • use gradients for background color
  • handle mouse over for tracking
  • how to dynamically draw a layer on top fo the chart
  • how to do 2x resolution for support for HighDPI and Retina screens
  • how to handle fonts and show text on linux
  • how to format a label with custom font and formatting.
Check the example. You may need to enable HiDPI support option in shared build settings. Than you can build the project for Mac, Windows and Linux and it works nice in 32 and 64 bit.


MBS Edition of the Xojo Developer Magazine

In 2010 we collected a few MBS Plugin related articles into a special edition of the Xojo Developer Magazine (formally REALbasic Developer Magazine).

Third-Party Tools: Updater Kit
Christian demonstrates his MBS Updater Kit plugin which adds crossplatform self-updating capability to your REALbasic applications.
Easy Charts and Graphs (Part 1)
Christian shows how easy it is to create amazing charts and graphs using his ChartDirector plugin for REALbasic.
Easy Charts and Graphs (Part 2)
Christian shows how easy it is to create amazing charts and graphs using his ChartDirector plugin for REALbasic.
Making RB Plugins
Have you ever wondered how to make a plugin for REALbasic? Christian adapts his talk from the 2009 RB Summit and provides us with an overview of the process.
RB Summit 2009
In September Geoffrey attended the RB Summit in Boulder, Colorado, and he provides us with his report.

It's still a great way to read the articles about ChartDirector. We plan a few new articles this year, but this free PDF should be in everyone's Xojo library. Download here

One week left for special hotel rate for XDC 2019

Dana just reminded everyone that the hotel rate ends soon:

There is still time to plan your trip to Miami and we are seeing great prices on flights (Roundtrip from Boston: $124, Denver $130, Raleigh $179, Chicago $161, Austin $179, San Francisco $236, Salt Lake City $201, Portland $209, Atlanta $118, London $407, Barcelona $572, Paris $678, etc. ! Our hotel room block (and amazing room rate of $149) only lasts through Monday, March 25th, so book your hotel room ASAP.

May 1-3, 2019 | Miami, Florida | Marriott Biscayne Bay
Sessions | Networking | Fun

Watch our 2018 highlights video to hear from attendees what it's like!

XDC Home   Sessions List   Agenda  Register  

The hotel offers the same rooms regularly for about $269 per night, so the rate is very good!

If you like to attend a conference, there is a the bigger official Xojo Developer Conference in May 2019 in Miami and our European Xojo conference in Cologne in October 2019.

Xojo developer available for hire

We got notice from Norman, that he left Xojo Inc. and is now looking for new projects or jobs related to Xojo:

Norm Palardy, formerly Senior Developer at Xojo Inc., has become available if anyone is looking for additional resources to add to their development efforts.
After spending nearly 11 years at Xojo he is now seeking other opportunities to work with talented engineers and product specialists to make those designs come to life.

Anyone wishing to contact him can get in touch with him at npalardy at

You may have met at the various Xojo conferences, read his articles in the Xojo Developer Magazine and he is one of the top posters on the Xojo forums. He knows Xojo in-and-out and could certainly help to move a project forward.

MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 19.1

Nickenich, Germany - (March 12th, 2019) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS Xojo Plugins 19.1 for macOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin collection currently available for Xojo. MBS Xojo Plugins have been updated and now includes over 2400 classes and 64000 documented features, and the versatile plugins have gained more new functions:

As you may know we have an existing BigNumberMBS class which provides a 320-bit floating point number. The new LargeNumberMBS class adds an integer with up to 4128 bits in size. That is enough bits for 1200 digits. You can generate big prime numbers, use normal math operators and bitwise operations.

Our DirectShow classes for recording video on Windows got upgraded. We now have a DirectShowAMVideoCompressionMBS class to configure video compression settings. Several classes got a ShowPropertyDialog method to show the standard configure dialog, so you can setup streams, camera controls, and video compression.

For SceneKit we added 28 new classes to handle basic geometry in 3D scenes, add actions, constrains and materials. We got a few nice example projects to show you how to construct items in 3D space and display them to the user.

The older NSUserNotificationMBS class got deprecated, so we added UNNotificationMBS and related classes for notifications on MacOS 10.14 or newer. This includes actions in the notifications, so user can respond directly.

For GraphicsMagick we got a new class to convert images threaded: GMConvertMBS and GM16ConvertMBS classes have properties for which image to load, what effect to apply and where to save it. As this works with preemptive threads, you can do various image operations in parallel to batch process a lot of images. Similar CGImageSourceMBS.CreateThumbnailMT method can create thumbnails using MacOS frameworks threaded.

We upgraded NSSpellCheckerMBS class for MacOS. The new NSTextCheckingResultMBS class provides details on all the issues found. This includes both grammar and spelling errors.

The new TextConverterMBS class converts between various text encodings, we got new UTF-8 related functions for StringHandleMBS class, we upgraded StoreKit classes for MacOS 10.14 with new subscription methods. For Linux we got a new LinuxIconMBS module to query file icons. For Windows we can now query all hard linked files to a given file path and TimerMBS class got an enabled property.

For SQLErrorExceptionMBS we now provide the SQL string causing the error, JSONMBS class got a new delete item method and PictureMBS has a new FilePath property for the temporary file used for memory mapping. NSColorSpaceMBS class can now tell you the file for a colorspace, PDFDocumentMBS class can now write file with options and TiffPictureMBS can query scanlines scaled down.

Finally we updated CURL to version 7.64.0, DynaPDF to version, SQLAPI to version 4.2.5 and SQLite to version 3.27.1.

See release notes for a complete list of changes. (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.1pr7

New in this prerelease of the 19.1 plugins: Download:
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Extra sight seeing for our MBS Xojo Conference in Cologne

For the MBS Xojo Conference in Europe, we may have something special for people staying a bit longer. Especially our guests from the USA are probably coming for a week, so we organize an extra sight seeing special.

For 22nd October, we'll organize a guided private tour to the roof of the cathedral (or with bad weather to the underground or backstage parts). We can invite up to 15 people for the tour. Let us know if you are interested to join us.

Participants need to be 16 year old. They do have a cargo lift, but if it's not available or broken that day, we may need to take the 240 steps to walk up. Please sign up for the conference, make your hotel reservation and let us know whether you have time. Same evening we may go for dinner after the tour. Start time is probably around 15:30 o'clock at the hotel.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.1pr6

New in this prerelease of the 19.1 plugins:
  • Added AddMediaFile method to WordFileMBS class.
  • Added simulatesAskToBuyInSandbox property for SKPaymentMBS class.
  • Added restoreCompletedTransactionsWithApplicationUsername method to SKPaymentQueueMBS class.
  • Added downloadContentLength, downloadContentLengths, downloadContentVersion and subscriptionGroupIdentifier to SKProductMBS class.
  • Added TerminateForInvalidReceipt method to SKReceiptRefreshRequestMBS class.
  • Added appStoreReceiptURL, requestReview and StoreReviewAvailable to StoreKitMBS module.
  • Added new methods for UTF8 to StringHandleMBS class.
  • Added NSTextCheckingResultMBS class.
  • Added more methods to NSSpellCheckerMBS class.
  • Manually applied CURL fix: vauth/oauth2: Fix OAUTHBEARER token generation #3377
  • Removed manifest information from CURL plugin which stated a runtime DLL is needed, which was wrong.
  • Fixed option passing for MKMapSnapshotterMBS constructor.
  • Added more methods for LargeNumberMBS.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

xDev 17.2 Issue

The March/April (17.2) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Numbers Please! by Markus Winter
Creating a numbers-only textfield sounds easy, but as Markus demonstrates, it's trickier than it looks.

Dynamic DLL's by Eugene Dakin
If you're on Windows and need help managing DLL's, Eugene shows how to load them dynamically in your Xojo apps.

More Beyond JSON by Tim Dietrich
Last issue Tim showed how to create an API to generate barcodes. Now he's back to demonstrate an API for charts and graphs.

Alternating Row Colors for Dark Mode by Christian Schmitz
We've been making alternating row colors for our listboxes for years—but that was before Dark Mode. Suddenly it's a tricky problem, but Christian has the answer.

Rotating a Cube by Eugene Dakin
Some people think Xojo can't do graphics, but here's a great demo of a rotating 3D cube in pure Xojo code.

PLUS: Creating custom events, XDC 2019, new Xojo docs, Flashing windows on Windows, MarkdownDS, Best of the Web, and more!

Free tickets for students for MBS Xojo Conference in Cologne

Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce the European MBS Xojo Conference in metropolitan Cologne, Germany. We meet in the lovely Dorint Hotel in the center of Cologne. The hotel is in the city center and in walking distance to the main station. Beside our two conference days we have accompanying social programme with our dinner event and optional two training days. For the evenings we have casual get-together in the hotel bar or beer garden.

We like to offer young developers the possibility to meet the Xojo community, get in touch with other developers and maybe find first clients or an employer.

For the 2019 conference we decided to provide three conference tickets free of charge to three young developers so they have the chance to join our conference. Please apply until 24th April 2019 to get one of the tickets.

  • You speak english and you can follow the conference.
  • You are 25 years old or younger.
  • You have done your first Xojo projects and know Xojo a little bit.
  • You are sure you can cover your cost of travel, food and hotel room.
  • You have the required passport or Visa to travel to Cologne.
And it's perfectly okay for a parent to come to the conference and let their children apply for such a ticket. We had father and son combinations before as well as developer with trainee.

The schedule:

Oct 23rd: Xojo Training in English
Oct 24th: Conference, first day with dinner event
Oct 25th: Conference, second day
Oct 26th: Xojo Training in German

Registration is open. The early bird offer available till 24th April is just 499 Euro plus VAT. Attending the conference costs regularly 699 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Dorint Hotel as well as an accompanying social program.

Sessions are to be held in English. Our conference is conceived as a networking event for the Xojo community. The conference is an ideal opportunity for sharing your thoughts and your own development experience with fellow users and developers. If you like to hold a presentation, please contact us as soon as possible. Speaker receive discounted tickets.

More details on the conference website. For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Simple load balancer for Xojo Web app

Recently we implemented some web applications for a client. We use cgi deployment with a linux server running apache, so the apache can handle the SSL stuff. If you have 20 people on one instance, it may get a bit slow for each user. To improve performance, we installed the application several times on the web server. For this we build the app several times with different app names and different identifiers. So we have MyApp1, MyApp2, MyApp3 and MyApp4. All have an unique identifier like to 4. You can easily build that with a build script automatically.


Once you have all 4 copies of the app on the web server, you may need a little load balancing script. But first, each instance must be able to tell how many sessions it has, so we got a status query for the HandleSpecialURL event. The simple version looks like this:


EventHandler Function HandleSpecialURL(Request As WebRequest) As Boolean

#Pragma BackgroundTasks False

if Request.Path = "Status" then

Dim j As New JSONItem

Dim a As app = app

j.Value("MemoryUsed") = runtime.MemoryUsed

j.Value("ObjectCount") = runtime.ObjectCount

j.Value("SessionCount") = a.SessionCount

j.Value("Name") = a.ExecutableFile.Name

Request.Print j.ToString

return true

end if

End EventHandler


MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.1pr5

New in this prerelease of the 19.1 plugins: Download:
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.


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