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Black Friday Sales


After Thanks Giving in the USA a lot of companies do give some discounts. So currently you can benefit from this Xojo related offers:

All savings should be available from Friday to Monday.


Omegabundle Mini for Xojo Web 2017 Dev Tools Bundle Released


Get the best developer tools and third party components for the Xojo Web web application development for limited time. Ends 12/15/2017.


Omegbundle Mini for Xojo Web 2017 is a collection of 40+ of the most useful tool sets, add-ons and components for use with Xojo Inc's Xojo development environment. If purchased individually, the savings of the bundle is over $547. Omegabundle Mini for Xojo Web 2017 costs $199.

This is a very limited special offer available from November 24, 2017 (Black Friday) through December 15, 2017.

Xojo is an award-winning, cross-platform development tool for the Desktop (OS X, Windows, Linux), Web, iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Raspberry Pi. With Xojo, you can create native applications by using drag-and-drop to build your user interface and then one straight-forward programming language to enable the functionality. Xojo is powerful and modern, yet easy to use and learn. Download Xojo today and see for yourself.

Xojo Web lets you build your web app user interface with drag and drop. With built-in support for graphics, database servers, internet protocols and more, you can build anything. If you have been thinking about making the leap from desktop or mobile Xojo development to web, Omegabundle Mini for Xojo Web 2017 gives you all the best third party tools at one very good price!

Included Products
  • GraffitiSuite Web Edition. Over 40 controls and classes cover just about all your user interface needs for building Xojo Web applications. Regularly $199.
  • Monkeybread Web Starter Kit. Everything you need to begin creating your first Xojo Web app. Regularly $149.
  • LeRoy Software Web Bundle. Featuring Web Calendar View, Web Chart View, and four other controls. Regularly $199.
  • Valentina Studio Pro. The ultimate reports designer and professional database administration tool. Participants in Omegabundle for Xojo 2016 & 2017 can instead upgrade to UNIVERSAL. Regularly $199 or $239.
You can find additional information about Omegabundle Mini for Xojo Web 2017 from the Omegabundle website or order now through the Paradigma Online Store. Please allow up to three business days for all components to be supplied by email by participating vendors.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr9


New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Xojo Web Apps on FileMaker Cloud Server


Your client or you yourself may have a FileMaker Cloud server. Beside using it as a way to host FileMaker solutions you can actually do more with that server.

Data Files on FileMaker Cloud

Did you know you can put data files to be delivered by Apache web server into the /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot folder?
You may need to login via ssh and set permissions on the folder to be writeable for you. Just inside the httpsRoot folder, you can upload any file you like to offer for download:

/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot

In this folder you can upload PDF documents or video files and than link them in emails or a WebViewer.

As an example, you can use MBS Plugin functions in a script to write files into this folder:

MBS("Text.WriteTextFile"; "/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/test.txt"; "UTF-8")
Or
MBS( "Container.WriteFile"; "/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/test.pdf"; MyTable::MyContainer )

Now the files there are distributed by Apache Server to all users with the right URL, e.g.

https://yourname.filemaker-cloud.com/test.jpg

This can greatly reduce the load on your FileMaker server for distributing files as well as allow you to provide files to users without using a FileMaker connection. If needed your solution can also write an .htaccess file to provide a simple password protection to a folder.

Xojo Console Apps

You can build Xojo console apps for Linux 64-bit, upload them to the FileMaker Cloud Server and just run it via ssh. That is no problem and no additional libraries are needed, unless you use a declare or a plugin with dependencies. For example some MBS Plugins for LDAP or SQL connections need additional libraries.

Xojo Web App as Standalone

You can build Xojo Web Apps and run them on this servers in addition to your FileMaker Web Direct solution.
A stand alone server can run there and use a higher port number. To allow the service, you need to login and run the app as daemon, e.g. with a & operator. See Xojo’s deployment documentation for linux for details. For your AWS server, please check security group settings (external firewall) and add a rule to allow the port. Also login to your server via ssh and add a rule to the internal firewall:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=9001/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

This example open port 9001. For me port 9000 is blocked by some other service.
Now you can use your web app with an URL like http://yourname.filemaker-cloud.com:9001/ in a browser.

Xojo Web App with CGI

While stand alone can be more responsive by using web sockets and skipping apache + cgi as extra layers, you may prefer to use apache. The apache Webserver will do the SSL encryption and the CGI script will automatically launch the Xojo app on demand.

First, you need to install perl cgi module:

sudo yum install perl-CGI

And edit httpd.conf in /FileMakerData/HTTPConf to add another load module call:

LoadModule cgi_module /usr/lib64/httpd/modules/mod_cgi.so

Further down, you need to uncomment the AddHandler CGI line:

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi

Further down, we also need to allow ExecCGI for the folder, so you add this directory configuration:

<Directory "${HTTP_ROOT}/htdocs/httpsRoot">
Options +ExecCGI +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
AllowOverride All
</Directory>

Restart server here to apply changes. I didn’t figure out the command to restart just apache, but if you know, please post a comment.

Finally you can upload your Xojo web app to a subfolder in /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/ and start it. Permissions must be correct: directory writeable, config.cfg writable and cgi and app itself be executable. But otherwise it should just work as like any other web deployment.

Future

By having both FileMaker and Xojo apps on the same server, allows us to intermix both for building solutions. Using one server for both instead of two is a great cost saving. FileMaker 16 platform allows rapid database app design and provides REST Data interface as well as functions based on CURL to query services. With Xojo we can build custom services to run on the same machine and do things like pushing data from/to FileMaker. We’ll see what great solutions can be build by combining Xojo with FileMaker here in the future.

xDev Magazine and xDevLibrary's Huge Black Friday/CyberMonday Sale


We got notice about another sale for this week:

Thanksgiving is here and you get to save in our biggest sale of the year this weekend! Friday through Monday (November 24-27), take advantage of our generosity and get 20% off just about everything at our stores!

Just use coupon code CYBERMONDAY to get the discounted price during checkout.

For xDev Magazine, this means 20% off subscriptions, renewals, books, bundles, and more! The only limitation is the minimum order amount must be at least $25 and already-discounted bundles (such as the popular "Welcome to Xojo" bundle) are excluded.

XDevMag Store - Subscription Renewals

For xDevLibrary, you can save 20% on all digital books, articles, tutorials, and more -- everything offered on the store! Just use coupon code CYBERMONDAY to get the discounted price during checkout.

Xojo Developer Library

This is a once-a-year sale, but it only lasts through CyberMonday (Nov. 27, 2017). Hurry to take advantage of the great deals!

Big Xojo Sale For Black Friday


We got an announcement for the Black Friday sale at Xojo's store:

This Black Friday sale is THE biggest sale of the year for developers! Everything Xojo is 20% off for one weekend only!* That means new licenses, renewals and upgrades to Xojo Pro are ALL 20% off this Friday, November 24th through Monday, November 27th! In addition, all 3rd party products and the XDC Training videos are 20% off! Shop now!


Xojo licenses are available in the following options:

  • Xojo Pro - Get one license for Desktop, Web, iOS and Raspberry Pi, plus many extras like priority support and beta access. Also, your Xojo Pro license will work on up to 3 machines. Bonus, all current Xojo Pro users will automatically get access to Android when it is available.

  • Xojo Desktop - Develop and build apps for macOS, Windows and Linux.

  • Xojo Web - Build web apps that can run on Linux, Windows or macOS servers and support Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

  • Xojo iOS - Create native iPad and iPhone apps.

  • Xojo Raspberry Pi - Build console (non-GUI) applications that can run on Raspberry Pi.

Interested in upgrading to Xojo Pro? You can check your upgrade price here and come back during the sale to save an additional 20%. While you are there, grab some of the powerful 3rd party products to help expand your development!

And please, don't forget to help spread the word - tell your friends about this sweet deal to get them started with Xojo! Visit Xojo.com on Friday for the biggest Xojo sale ever! 

Xojo offers a 90-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase you can get a full refund.

If your license is set to auto-renew during the sale, you don't need to do anything. Your auto-renewal will automatically process with the Black Friday discount.

PS: MBS Plugins are on sale on Xojo's store, too. But if you prefer to buy directly from us, we'd love to offer the same discount.


MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr8


New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Transparent Screensaver for macOS


Still my favorite screen saver. Have you tried it?

Nickenich, Germany - Monkeybread Software today is pleased to announce the release of Transparent Screensaver 2.4, an update to their popular screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences. With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iMessage Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected.

If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen. This is done in System Preferences - Security - General. By selecting "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver," password authentication will be necessary to leave screen saver mode. With Transparent Screensaver the user can continue to view the desktop and all open windows while the computer remains inaccessible to others, screen locked.

Feature Highlights:
  • Transparent screensaver dims screen
  • Screen may be locked in transparent screensaver mode
  • Screen may be monitored while computer is inaccessible in screen saver mode
  • Prevents burn-in, maintains privacy, and protects security
  • Simple to use and install utility
Version 2.4 makes Transparent Screensaver Retina compatible. The utility is self-installing after download, allows variable transparency from 0% to 100%, supports a variable screen update rate of 0 to 30 frames per second, and includes two additional screensavers: pure white and pure black. Although screen burn-in (permanent damage to a monitor from continuous display of a single image over many hours) is less of a problem with modern LCD screens than CRTs, Apple still provides an optional screensaver function when there has been no input for three hours or less. At 50% or less transparency, Transparent Screensaver provides both protection from burn-in and the ability to monitor a locked screen.

"MBS Transparent Screen Saver is an ideal solution to privacy, security, and burn-in issues in Mac OS X," stated MBS CEO Christian Schmitz. "It incorporates all the benefits of a screensaver, while preserving screen visibility."

System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later including macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • 242 KB
Pricing and Availability:
MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.4 for Mac OS X is currently available as shareware, which is free to test for 30 days. A license is available from MBS for 15 US Dollars, or 10 Euro. Review copies are available on request. This update is free for all registered users.

Batch Emailer Application for Xojo as a sample project


For over ten years I use my own email sending applications to send newsletter to a group of email addresses. I recently talked with other Xojo developers and maybe some of them like to use this application for their own needs. Please note that this app is developed over 10 years, most settings are hard coded and the app and code is not necessarily pretty.

But here are features:

You can copy & paste a list of emails addresses with tab separated name and possible info text to the text area on the left. Than you can put in plaintext in the textarea in the middle. There is a also a tab panel to include html if you want. But I send 99% of my emails with plain text only. You can pass a subject list in the textfield on the top. The debug checkbox allows you to send email to yourself to test. The paste button allows you to paste email text with subject line as first line to the fields.

On the right you have the log listbox with messages from sending. On bottom left you can add an attachment. You also enter on the bottom the sender email addresses. As you are Xojo developers, you can enter your defaults in the Xojo IDE of course. Send button starts sending emails. The delay checkbox allows you to send emails with a delay, so you are not marked as spam sender by too many emails per minute.

The application uses the MBS CURL Plugin to build emails and send them. We use the CURLSMultiMBS class to run several CURL connections in parallel and get emails send quickly. But we also use this multi interface to prepare thousands of emails and push them as needed to be sent.

Please modify send method (and other places) to match your needs. This includes putting your name everywhere, your smtp credentials and server, your email address, the recipient for debug sending and a few other things. The email can contain %name% for the name of the recipient as well as %text% for some extra text parameter in the email recipients list.

The application writes a few log files in the app folder for emails sent including all the CURL debug output. When email sending fails, you will see we reduce the recipient lines on the left to the ones failed. Usually we than try it again to see if they go through second time.

Download: massemailer.zip

Please try it, please modify it and let me know what you made from it!
I’ll include the example with MBS Plugins and if you have changes, I could include them.

Session ideas for next MBS Xojo Conference


During the London conference we got a few ideas for sessions:
  • Screen Layout best practice
  • Intuitive design of applications
  • Weak areas of Xojo and best practice to handle them
  • Xojo Versions, why you may use one version over the other for a project
  • GDPR, the new data protection rules in Europe and best practices
  • Brexit and how it affects your business as UK/EU developers
  • Tips to optimize projects for performance
  • Beginner Session to introduce Xojo to people new to the platform.
    (This could be put in a separate room and run in parallel to a advanced topic)
Maybe someone likes to volunteer and present about them?
Or you have more great ideas?

As I make conferences for the community, you are welcome to join and do great presentations. In Berlin I was quite happy to have so many presenters that I could reduce my own part to only one session. A thing that did not work for London, where I had to make three sessions myself to fill the schedule.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018. See you!

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr7


New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Xojo products overview from London Conference


ThumbnailAt the MBS Xojo Conference in London, I did a presentation about MBS Plugins, our Kits and what is new and changed in 2017.

Video is available here: MBS Xojo Products (English and 50:11 minutes)

Please watch and let me know if you have questions about MBS products.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018. Please join us there!

Upcoming changes for 2018 in MBS Plugins


For 2018 we change a few little things on the pricing/licenses.
  • For our FileMaker plugin we add a new tier 100 seats and move up the price for unlimited seats in a company. To secure old pricing, you can update in advance in 2017.
  • For updates we will only accept update order until 12 months after a license expired. We usually recommend to extend maintenance at the time the license expires. If you miss that 12 month deadline, you have to buy a new license. There may be a transition period where we remind all people with expired licenses to update.
  • We already implemented trial licenses and use those to give new users a way to try the plugin for a month without getting warnings about missing license keys. This allows better testing, especially on projects with server software.
  • For 2018 we plan to offer the option to get subscriptions for the plugin. Which simply means that Paypal or Share-It or we directly will automatically bill you for updates unless cancelled. Simply a way to make ordering easier and not miss to update in time. The license will be perpetual as usually and continue to work, even if you cancel the subscription.
  • Some clients already have maintenance contracts. They define what licenses get automatically issued and billed as well as what support service is included. If you like to get such a contract, you can contact us.
  • Plugin business is growing nicely over the years. For 2018 we may be finally at the point where we can add staff. So I am looking forward to get another C++ developer and maybe someone for writing tutorials. This may be a lot of work to make some processes available to be run by several people instead of just one or two, but I hope this will get sorted out quickly.
  • On the trip in the UK the main political topic has been Brexit. Nobody knows yet what the conditions for my sales to the UK will be in 2019 as well as how much value the pound will have. But to secure todays pricing, you can order MBS Plugin licenses and updates for up to 5 years in the future.
  • Due to changes in Xojo 2017r3, all Xojo customers must upgrade to 17.5 plugin (for 64-bit DLL fix).
  • All FileMaker users need to upgrade to recent plugin version if they plan to use next FileMaker version. While older versions may work, we fixed issues and I would hate if you waste time debugging them once again. FileMaker Cloud should only be used with 7.5 and forward (Linux linking problem got fixed).
As usually with 60000+ functions in Xojo and 5000+ functions in FileMaker, it is unlikely you may find a bug. But some fixes like the boolean return value issue on FileMaker may affect hundreds of functions. So please do yourself a favor and stay current. If you find a problem, please try the latest version to check if your problem was fixed already.

Greetings from MBS Xojo Conference in London


The MBS Xojo conference is running well currently and presentations run here all day. We had presentations from David Cox, Trisha Duke, John Dear, mMarc Zeedar and me.

Yesterday we had a training day for Xojo with a nice group. We looked into using dictionaries and threads, using helper tools with shell class, using controls for iOS, Web and Desktop projects and much more.
Later that evening we went to the Jimmy's restaurant for an excellent dinner.

If you are in London, interested in Xojo and you like to join dinner tonight, please send me a message.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018.
Please join us there!

Prefetching records from databases


When you do queries to a SQL database, you should know that in worst case, there ia a request over the network for fetching each record. So everytime you call MoveNext or FetchNext methods, the database driver may go and request the next record from the database server. This can be quite time consuming if you need 10000 rows and you do 10000 network roundtrips, each with a few milliseconds.

But you can ask our SQL functions to do prefetching and get more records in advance. For example you can use a prefetch size of 100 records. On the first record query, you get the network request to get 100 records. Than your 2nd to 99th query return immediately with data in practically no time.

The picture on the right side shows how long record fetching takes in milliseconds on a test application. The batch size is 10, so getting 10th, 20th and 30th record takes each 70ms, which all the records between take only a small amount of time.

In Xojo with SQLDatabaseMBS, SQLCommandMBS or SQLConnectionMBS class:

dim nBulkSize as Integer = 1000
c.Option(SQLCommandMBS.kOptionPreFetchRows) = str(nBulkSize)

Please note that this is a setting which applied on the database connection will propagate to all commands running on that connection.

In Xojo with JDBC using JavaDatabaseMBS class, you can use the JavaResultSetMBS.FetchSize or JavaStatementMBS.FetchSize properties to enable the same batch loading.

In FileMaker with MBS SQL functions, you can call

MBS( "SQL.SetConnectionOption"; $Connection; "PreFetchRows"; "100" )
or
MBS( "SQL.SetCommandOption"; $Command; "PreFetchRows"; "100" )

to do the same.

I hope this helps you for your network based database access. If you use SQLite, please do not forget to use a big cache.

This week Xojo Training and Conference in London


Monkeybread Software is pleased to host a little MBS Xojo Developer Conference. We meet once again in the nice Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon for a meeting day and a training day.

We have a Xojo training day on 9th November 2017. We talk a close look on Xojo and show you in little projects how to work with advanced Xojo language features, databases, sockets and threads. Please bring your own ideas and topic wishes to be added to schedule.

On 10th November 2017, we meet with Xojo developers from all over UK to talk about Xojo on our conference day. We have a few nice sessions in the pipeline for you. We will soon add more sessions, so keep an eye on the schedule. If you like to speak, please contact us soon.

If you like to join the events, please register with us. More than 20 people from 7 countries are already registered for this event and we also hope to see a lot of people for the dinner on the evenings. We still can add a few seats for training, conference or just the Thursday dinner. Interested?

If you like to attend a bigger conference, check out the MBS Xojo Conference planned for September 2018 in Munich.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr6


New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Transparent video playback in Xojo


For a normal movie player, you can use the MoviePlayer control in Xojo. But if you need something special like transparency, you can use MBS Plugin and the AV* classes:


The tricks used here are:
  • Fill window background with transparent color
  • Disable window shadow.
  • Set window to be non opaque.
  • Set player layer to be non opaque.
  • Set player layer to have no background color.
Only if all settings are right, the transparency works.
The example will be included in next prerelease. Or email for a copy today.

Trial license keys


For the next plugin version we added the possibility to create trial license keys for our FileMaker and Xojo plugins.

A trial key is only valid for a limit time and allows to test all features without demo limitations. Due to the time limitation of the key, you can use it for a few weeks and than it stops working.

We setup a form to request a license key:
Request Trial License Key

We may limit who can get a trial and filter out the requests looking like spam.
But otherwise I'd expect a lot of people would like a free trial. Please understand that trial keys are not intended for deployment of solutions as keys expire. Our regular keys don't expire and can be used forever with the plugin versions released before a given date.

You can also explicit register for newsletter, so you know about new releases and events.

Disable edge touch gestures in full screen windows


When you run a touch screen with Windows and make your Xojo app full screen, you may want to disable the edge gestures. Microsoft defines properties to be set for a window where you can use the option PKEY_EdgeGesture_DisableTouchWhenFullscreen to disable this.

dim w as new WindowsPropertiesMBS(self)
dim key as string = w.EdgeGestureDisableTouchWhenFullscreen

w.Value(key) = true


You may be able to set or query other properties if needed and of course query available keys.
New plugin will be available soon or ask for it via email.

Older blog entries:

2017-11-01 xDev Magazine Issue 15.6 Issue
2017-11-01 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr5
2017-10-30 Formatted Text Control 3.1.9
2017-10-27 The office application for a market garden shop in Xojo
2017-10-26 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr4
2017-10-24 Windows DLL Limits and Xojo 64-bit IDE
2017-10-23 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr3
2017-10-22 75th Country
2017-10-21 FileMaker Server Security and plugins
2017-10-20 Windows Touch Events
2017-10-20 Just four weeks till Xojo Training and Conference in London
2017-10-18 Xojo will get 64-bit IDE
2017-10-16 Big SQLite Cache for 64-bit in Xojo
2017-10-16 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr2
2017-10-15 Reise in die Schweiz zu FileMaker und Xojo Entwickler Treffen
2017-10-14 Conference discount offer
2017-10-09 Detect PrinterSetup data format
2017-10-09 Plugin Reorganization Summary
2017-10-09 FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2018
2017-10-03 Xojo Forum now with 18000 members

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