Showing Script IDs in FileMaker Script Workspace

The MBS Plugin can soon show the script IDs in the Script Workspace:

As you trigger scripts via ID, it may be convenient to see the IDs right in the tab.
Coming soon in the next 7.4 prerelease. Or email for a copy to test today.

New Windows Framework for Xojo coming

Have you read the blog post The Short-Term Xojo Roadmap from Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc.?

Looks like they feel sorry to change the priorities on a few projects. Xcode 9 requires them to use 64-bit debugger for iOS apps. So be aware not to install Xcode 9 too soon!
While they work with all engineers on 64-bit features, the Android, InterOps and the Xojo Library project type will be delayed.

Good thing is the work on the new/improved Windows framework makes progress and Geoff announced it in the blog post! There have been rumors about this and maybe it was mention before at conferences as one of the side projects they do. Details are to be seen. This could be anything from using layered drawing on Windows, embedding some .net controls, switching to .net framework for the GUI or even using Windows Presentation Foundation for this. FileMaker uses WPF as far as I know. I remember we talked about that some time ago and how plugins may be affected.

For the MBS Plugins, well, we have to see what Xojo Inc. delivers. It may be that all functions related to windows and controls on Windows will no longer work. If we still get a normal windows handle for the windows, some things may work. It may be a lot of work, to change plugins and declares, but getting rid of flickering, should be worth it!

MBS Plugin now showing field and table IDs in database design dialog

Take a close look on this FileMaker dialog:

Of course you can toggle this off in preferences dialog and the checkboxes allow you to enable it only if you want to see them.
But if enabled, the plugin tries to query all the field and table IDs and show them in a new column. We use a checkbox to enable it as the query to get table/field information from FileMaker can take a few seconds on big databases.

If you like to test, email me for a copy. macOS only.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr6

New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins:
  • Fixed bug with CURL's GetInfoCookieList function.
  • Fixed plugin options for CURL to pass empty C string for empty Xojo string. This helps with OptionCookieFile = "" to use in memory cookie engine.
  • Added StdInMBS.Echo property.
  • Added RegistryKeyMBS.DeleteTree and RegistryKeyMBS.CopyTree functions.
  • Added classes for CoreML.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr6

New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Bluetooth Vulnerability BlueBorne Impacts Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux Devices

Have you seen the details on the Blueborne attack?

Any device unless patched can simply be taken over via bluetooth by just being in range of a hacker!
If someone places a bot to hack all devices in range automatically in a subway station, they can get thousands of devices taken over and have a huge bot army.

This is one of the bugs, which renders all unpatched devices to be no longer used. So any Android and Windows without security patch installed, and iOS before version 10 should no longer be used. And for Android it's unlikely, that your phone has currently the September security patch installed, if it's available for your phone at all!

Another solution is to disable bluetooth on all devices.

Playing with CoreML in FileMaker

For the release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, we are working on supporting CoreML framework in FileMaker and Xojo. Here is my test database to detect :

While macOS 10.13 is not ready for a few weeks, we can already download the beta versions of macOS and Xcode and play with it. You can use a model quite easy as you see in the Core ML presentation from WWDC 2017. With just a few lines in a script we load a model, setup source image and run it though the neural network to classify the picture. You can get sample models from Apple's Machine Learning website.

The plugin will be available later this month with the macOS release.

Problems with killing Xojo threads with plugin calls.

While you can kill a thread in Xojo, you may think twice before doing it.
The kill command usually raises a ThreadEndException on the thread which with normal exception handling exists all methods and returns to the run event, which on exit ends the threads. So with normal Xojo code this should often work fine.

Now things are different when one of my MT methods in the plugin run. Kill command causes problems there including crashes and runtime assertions. In my MT methods the plugin will run a loop and yield time to other Xojo threads. The actual work happens on a preemptive thread in parallel. The plugin doing the loop has currently no way to know you called kill, so it will continue until the work is done on the preemptive thread and return with the result. But yielding time may cause the ThreadEndException to be processed. The thread can be released from memory, objects destroyed and that pulls the rug out from under the plugins feet. The plugin continues trying to get the work done and this causes major problems for some client.

The better way usually is to define a cancel flag on the thread class and set it to true, when thread should be considered killed. In the thread, you could regularly check the flag and exit code immediately when it's true. This way you can exit safely and do clean up which may not happen when using kill, e.g. delete temp files.

For the future, the new thread class has no kill method.

Here a list of MBS Plugin functions with preemptive threading:

Image view for FileMaker via MBS Plugin

For next MBS FileMaker Plugin release we add an image view control for macOS and iOS:

So you can show an animated GIF images on the layout independent of container fields!
Of course other images work, too. And you can hide/show as needed, change size and close the control as needed.
Like to try? Well, contact us for a new plugin. Documentation

PS: Now available in 7.4pr6 to test.

Session List for Xojo Developer Conference 2018 posted

The session list is online with the first 26 sessions.
A few more will follow once they are ready:

This includes sessions about what is new Xojo in April including Android, Web Framework 2.0, Compiler changes and not yet released features. A few sessions talk about best practice like SQLite, project management, HTML5, REST APIs and object orientated programming. Interesting is always to learn from experience of other developers with their projects like the Baseball Team Stats application from Paul Lefebvre. As Xojo targets a lot of platforms, the sessions include all platforms from iOS and Android, Web and Desktop with Linux, macOS and Windows.

Just three weeks to register and get the early bird rate: Save $200 when you register by October 1st.

xDev Magazine Raffle winners

The raffle for a free Xojo Developer Magazine subscription ended.

What raffle?
Well, please read the last sentence in blog post.

Congratulations on the winners: Lewis, Markus and Mattias.

As three people commented and I couldn't decide on which random number generator to use, I spontaneously decided to give each one a subscription!

Happy programmers day to everyone!

Sponsoring FileMaker conferences

I recently noticed that I had not yet signed up to sponsor the FileMaker conferences in Leiden and Rouen.
So now I changed that and you can find my logo on the list of sponsors. So you can now join those conferences:, FM Conférence 2017 in Rouen, 18-20 October, FM Summit 2017 in Leiden, 9-11 October

We also sponsor FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg and FileMaker DevCon in Madrid.

TextInputCanvas for GTK3 and 64-bit

As you may know there is an open source project called TextInputCanvas. It provides some better text input events to Xojo apps using custom text control like the Formatted Text Control.

Recently Xojo 2017r2 was released which uses GTK in version 3.0 on Linux. Previous versions used GTK 2.

You can load a copy on my plugin download page.

This plugin is build with my plugin build system, so it has MBS in the name and includes libraries for Mac, Windows and Linux including ARM, so you can use it in all projects. If you find a bug related to the GTK3 or 64-bit port, please tell me.

A speciality of MBS Plugins with GTK is, that we built plugins to link dynamically to GTK and use either GTK 2 or GTK 3 depending on the Xojo version. This should help to have just one set of plugins to work with Xojo 2013 up to 2017r2.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.4pr5

New in this prerelease of the 7.4 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.4pr5

New in this prerelease of the 17.4 plugins:
  • Updated CoreLocation, Contacts and FSEvents for future.
  • Added more CoreImage Filter classes for the future.
  • Added new CoreImage Barcode classes for the future.
  • Changed Linux plugins to include build number in SONAME field so OS can distinguish different versions better.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Updated NSSpellCheckerMBS class for 64-bit.
  • Added more methods for UDPSockets to RAWSocketMBS class.
  • Fixed crash with WindowsClipboardMBS and Xojo 2015, introduced in pr3.
  • Changed CURL functions to explicit flush output files after Perform finished.
  • Added CGEventTapMBS class to catch events low-level on macOS.
  • Added CGEventMBS class.
  • Updated SFPasswordAssistantMBS for 64-bit.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin Schulung auf Deutsch bei der FMK 2017

Noch einen Monat bis zur FileMaker Konferenz und damit zur MBS FileMaker Schulung auf Deutsch in Salzburg.
Schon angemeldet für die Konferenz und die Schulung?

Wir bieten auch dieses Jahr am Tag vor der FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg, am Mittwoch, den 11. Oktober 2017 von ca. 9 bis 17 Uhr eine Schulung rund um das MBS FileMaker Plugin an.
  • Neues im MBS Plugin.
  • Rundgang durch Beispiele
  • MBS Plugin verwenden mit FileMaker Cloud
  • MBS Plugin verwenden mit FileMaker iOS SDK
  • Erweiterungen im Skript Workspace
  • Beliebte Pluginfunktionen
    • FTP/SFTP Up/Download
    • Webservices einbinden
    • Bildbearbeitung
    • Barcodes generieren und erkennen
    • Arbeiten mit dem Webviewer
    • SQL Anfragen in FIleMaker oder an andere Datenbanksysteme
  • Zeit für Fragen
Anmeldung bei mir. Kosten 99 Euro + MWSt. inkl. Mittagessen und Kaffeepausen.
Bitte Umsatzsteuer ID angeben bei Anmeldung, Bezahlen.

Oder melden Sie sich bei der Denkform an für den MBS Workshop am 7. Dezember 2017 in Hofheim (Taunus).

FileMaker DevCon 2018 to be announced in October

On a thread in the FileMaker community, there is a posting that location and date is to be announced in October.

We speculated a bit about the conference location and date. Well, date is set to be mostly in end of July. Location is a bit more difficult. The hotel needs to have plenty of space. A few really big conference rooms to sit people for the keynote, the sessions and to serve food. The keynote this year had around 1200 people in one room and 1600 at the conference in total. The hotel also needs to have rooms for those people to sleep, so a 1000+ room hotel is a good choice.

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort had 950 rooms, but there were also people in the Canyon Villas with a few hundred extra rooms. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort has 1000 rooms, but no nearby other hotel.

As we see FileMaker Inc. loves the Marriott hotel chain as they picked them the last years. Looking on what hotels Marriott operates in the southern USA big enough to host the event, there are just a few choices beside the hotels we already visited.

My bet is the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. Just a few minutes from the Dallas - Fort Worth airport, with 1500+ rooms and a huge meeting space. Big enough to even add a few more attendees to grow the event.
What is your guess?

Xojo Stammtisch in Braunschweig oder Wolfsburg?

Da ich diesen Monat nach Wolfsburg muss, würde ich gerne wieder mal einen Xojo Stammtisch organisieren:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Stammtisch im September in Braunschweig oder Wolfsburg?

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über Xojo Neuigkeiten, Konferenzen und die täglichen Probleme bei der Softwareentwicklung unterhalten.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Wir treffen uns am 18. September in Braunschweig!

Dash help archives for Xojo and FileMaker

For browsing help files, the Dash application is very useful on Mac and iOS.

Here you can click to launch Dash and install our plugin help:
MBS Xojo Plugin and MBS FileMaker Plugin

You can download the archives manually on our website:
FileMaker and Xojo (Real Studio).

You can also add Xojo documentation itself to your dash set, see download in preferences dialog.
For FileMaker you find the docsets for v15 here: FileMaker Dash Docsets

Feedback is welcome.

Xojo Developer Conference 2018

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April 25 - 27, 2018
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With 20 speakers and 32 educational sessions, XDC is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! We'll have content for those who are just getting their feet wet, to topics for the most advanced Xojo developer, this conference promises to have something for everyone.

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Sessions will be announced soon, topics will include the following and more:

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Got a new cabinet. Cube loves it!

We got a new cabinet and it's a nice place for my little Apple Museum: An original Apple Cube with 450 MHz from year 2000.

It still runs well with Mac OS X 10.4.11, can be remotely managed via screen sharing and used to be my testing computer for PPC applications. But since I dropped my PPC support this year, it may now stay on the cabinet and wait till we need it. There is always a chance you get an old document where the software is no longer available to convert them to a newer format.

The Apple mouse pad there is even older. Over 20 years a give away from one of the Apple Expos here in Germany!

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel

For our German speaking users:

Wir haben die Artikel zum MBS Plugin aus dem FileMaker Magazin gesammelt hier online gestellt: FileMaker Magazin Artikel:

Wir empfehlen allen FileMaker Anwender ein Abo vom Magazin und den Kauf der alten Ausgaben. Das FileMaker Magazin ist eine excellente Quelle von Informationen, Anleitungen und Profitips.

One year till European MBS Xojo Conference in Munich

Just one year left till the European MBS Xojo Conference 2018 in Munich.

Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce the MBS Xojo Conference in metropolitan Munich, Germany. We meet in the lovely Maritim Hotel in the center of Munich. The hotel is near the main station and in walking distance to the city center. 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.

As date and location is set, we are now looking for interested speakers to join our conference. If you have an interesting topic, feel free to propose a session. We look for sessions to present applications made in Xojo, best practice, looking deeper on a Xojo features or presenting a product for Xojo developers.

The schedule:

Sep 5th: Xojo Training in English
Sep 6th: Conference, first day with dinner event
Sep 7th: Conference, second day
Sep 8th: Xojo Training in German

Registration is open. The early bird offer available till 6th January is just 399 Euro plus VAT. For the first 20 people we offer tickets for just 349 Euro plus VAT. Attending the conference costs regularly 699 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Maritim 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.

See also conference in London this November and XDC 2018 in Denver next year.

FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main

Der nächste FileMaker Stammtisch in Rhein-Main findet morgen am Donnerstag, den 7. September 2017 in Hofheim-Wallau statt.

ca. 19 bis 23 Uhr im Ristorante BELLA BARI - Hessenstraße 1 - 65719 Wallau.

Themen diesmal FileMaker Konferenz in USA, kommende FileMaker Konferenz in Salzburg und gerne auch Fragen an mich zum MBS Plugin.

Gerne könnt ihr eure FileMaker Lösungen mitbringen und bei Probleme und Fragen direkt vorführen. Eventuell hat jemand in der Runde ja eine Lösung für euch.

Denkform Webseite

xDev Magazine Issue 15.5

The September/October (15.5) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:
  • Improve WeakRef Performance by Thomas Tempelmann
    You can avoid circular references by using weakRefs, but that causes performance problems. What's the solution?
  • The Case of the Broken Upgrade by Mattias Sandstrom
    When a software upgrade breaks things that were working fine, finding the cause requires real detective work.
  • Touche by Marc Zeedar
    With the latest version of MacOS Sierra, Xojo apps that use the Macbook Pro's Touch Bar are finally possible. Marc demonstrates how to make them.
  • Sharing Data for Health, Part 3 by JC Cruz
    Jose explores using XML to export health data from his project.
  • Plus: Xojo 2017r2, custom code formatting, pg_dump, SQLBuilder and ActiveRecord, and more!
Not yet subscribed? Comment here this week for the chance to win a free six month subscription!

High Sierra Tester

For the 9th time I made a Tester app for for novice users to check if their Mac can run the next macOS version.

You can download and try it here:

The application does check a few parameters of your Mac to help you learn whether High Sierra will probably work on your Mac.
Be aware that the application is in German, but still it shows red, green or yellow icons for various parameters.

Your Mac must of course meet the minimum requirements from Apple and a few technologies only work if you have required hardware. e.g. HEVC decoding with hardware acceleration needs CPUs supporting it. External graphics adapters need Thunderbolt 3 port and APFS a SSD disk. I hope you see a lot of lights being green.

The application can also identify 32-bit kernel extensions which don't work any more.
Also we can find PPC applications (no longer supported for years) and also warn about 32-bit software, which may need an update for macOS 10.14.

Let me know what you think about it. I hope it helps you to decide whether installing macOS High Sierra makes sense.

See also: Macwelt Artikel

Xojo Training and Meeting Events in London, UK

Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce 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. Stephane Pinel will give his keynote and talk about what's new and coming in Xojo. Christian Schmitz from Monkeybread Software will update us on the latest plugin news. 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 are already planning to join this event and we also hope to see a lot of people for the dinner on the evenings.

Also we would be happy to meet you on the big Xojo Developer Conference in Denver with over 100 attendees. Your chance to meet all the people from he forums and mailing lists!


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