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6/7th September 2018, Munich
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Upcoming Xcode changes

When a new version of MacOS and Xcode is coming, one of the first things to read are the release notes. As we support FileMaker and Xojo versions for 10+ years, we tend to have really old minimum system requirements.

As far as we were told, the new Xcode version doesn't build 64-bit code any more. Also Apple highly recommends us to move from libstdc++ to libc++, which implies a MacOS 10.9 minimum.

Now if we as developer of the MBS Plugins would move next year to MacOS 10.15, we would no longer be able to run 32-bit only applications ourselves. This includes all FileMaker versions before 14 and all Xojo versions before 2017r3.

With Xcode 10 on MacOS X 10.14 new plugins can only be 64-bit on MacOS. It may be possible to install Xcode 9 in parallel and keep it for building 32-bit for the next years like we did for years with old Xcode with PPC code.

So be warned that one of the next MBS Plugin releases may be 64-bit only on Mac. Older versions stay available, but if older Xcode 9 would no longer run, we would not be able to build 32-bit.

See also The status of 32-bit and 64-bit macOS apps on Xojo Blog. Xojo may itself only build 64-bit on Mac soon.

Xojo Developer Meeting for Dallas

Due to the FileMaker DevCon, we will come to Grapevine, Texas in August.
So let's organize a Xojo developer meeting! Anyone interested?

Currently we'd like to know if there is interest for a dinner meeting or more?

Please fill the survey.
Dates is around 1st to 11th August 2018 on one of the evenings.

For a dinner, we would just meet in a restaurant and chat. If we get a bigger group, maybe get a separate room and with a screen and projector, so you an show something if you like.

If you are interested in some private consulting or training, let me know and we can arrange an appointment.

PS: I'll also attend the FileMaker Dallas meeting on 3rd August 2018.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr7

New in this prerelease of the 18.3 plugins:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Updated plugin SDK for 2018r2.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr7

New in this prerelease of version 8.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr6

New in this prerelease of the 18.3 plugins:
  • Fixed auto commit issue for CubeSQL.
  • Fixed RegistryValueMBS.asLong32 setter for 64-bit.
  • Fixed CURLSMBS.SetupOAuth to pass parameter names in given case, no longer does lowercase.
  • Added Name property for AVAudioPlayerMBS class.
  • Fixed issue with AVFoundationMBS where the plugin would return the right Xojo object for a AV* object.
  • Added kAUTH_Bearer, OptionDisableUserNameInURL, OptionProxyTLS13Ciphers and OptionTLS13Ciphers to CURLSMBS class.
  • Updated CURL to version 7.61.0.
  • Added MountPathMBS function.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr6

New in this prerelease of version 8.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Conference in Munich starts in only eight weeks

Just eight weeks till the start of our European MBS Xojo Conference 2018.

Already fifty developers from twelve countries are signed up including Xojo CEO Geoff Perlman and Xojo Evangelist Paul Lefebvre. Reserve your ticket and your hotel room as soon as possible.
Our Hotel room contingent expires later this month, so please make sure you have a room booked.

The schedule:

Sep 4thDayoptional sight seeing tour
Sep 4thEveningoptional get-together with everyone arriving early
Sep 5thDayoptional Xojo training (English)
Sep 5thEveningoptional get-together with everyone arriving early
Sep 6th9:00 to 18:00First day of conference with keynotes
EveningDinner event in Augustiner Keller
Sep 7th9:00 to 18:00Second day of conference with more sessions
EveningOptional dinner together
Sep 8thDayoptional Xojo training (Deutsch/German)
Sep 8thEveningoptional dinner together

We all look forward to presentations about Android, the new Web Framework other news in the Xojo keynote.

Register here. 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.

PS: OmegaBundle includes a transferable coupon to save 100 Euro on the registration fee.

Video from MBS Presentation at DotFMP 2018

At the dotfmp conference in Berlin this year I presented a bit about MBS Plugin.

ThumbnailDotFMP 2018 Presentation


47:13 minutes

You can watch the presentation and a few questions. Enjoy!

If you like to see this live and bring your questions, you can join future conferences in London, Malbun and Gothenburg.

You can see more videos on our website including older presentations.

Omegabundle 2018 for Xojo ends soon

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The offer ends 30th July 2018.

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You can order Omegabundle for Xojo 2018 from the Omegabundle website. Please allow up to three business days for all components to be supplied by participating vendors.

As a bonus, you are also eligible for a discount coupon towards the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich, Germany on September 6th and 7th of 2018. Purchasers will receive details of the discount which amounts to 100 Euro + VAT discount (about $135 USD). (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr5

New in this prerelease of the 18.3 plugins:
  • Updated internal graphics functions for Xojo 2018r2.
  • Fixed Cocoa target for OverlayMBS to not use NSWindowStyleMaskNonactivatingPanel which causes a warning from AppKit.
  • Added InsertRecord and UpdateRecord methods to SQLDatabaseMBS class.
  • Added UpdateRecord method to SQLConnectionMBS class.
  • Added shared memory methods to FileMappingMBS class.
  • Added new WindowsGraphicsInfoMBS constructors which uses main screen, window or control.
  • Changed DynaPDFMBS.ImportPDFFile to close open page before importing to avoid error.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr5

New in this prerelease of version 8.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

New SQL Insert and Update functions for our Xojo Plugin

Writing prepared statements to update fields in a database or to make an insert can be challenge for some of our users. So we got an easier way for most inserts/updates, which may help you:

InsertRecord(TableName as String, Record as Dictionary)
UpdateRecord(TableName as String, Record as Dictionary, Keys as Dictionary)

Those functions are available both on SQLDatabaseMBS and SQLConnectionMBS classes. They allow you to pass table name and field values as dictionaries. The keys in the dictionaries must of course match the names of the database fields exactly. We create the SQL statement for you and run it with the given values bound to the parameters. For the update statement, you provide the primary keys in a dictionary to identify the records to update.

Especially for the primary keys, the pair syntax is quite useful: new dictionary("ID":2). This means you create a new dictionary by passing a pair with key and value to be inserted in the new dictionary.

Same code may look like this:

dim db as SQLDatabaseMBS // your database connection
dim d as new Dictionary

d.Value(kFieldPersonFirstName) = FirstName.text
d.Value(kFieldPersonLastName) = LastName.text

db.UpdateRecord(kTablePerson, d, new dictionary("ID":2))

if db.Error then
    MsgBox db.ErrorMessage
end if

As always, it's useful to put names of tables and fields into constants, so you may not type them incorrectly and the compiler catches mistyped constant names.

Sign up for European FileMaker Conferences 2018

Please join 500+ FileMaker developers at the European developer conferences this year:
Conference Name Language Location Date Registration
FM Summit Dutch Gent, Belgium 15 - 17 October Website
FileMaker Italian DevCon Italian Bologna, Italy 17 - 19 October Website
FileMaker Konferenz German Malbun, Liechtenstein 17 - 20 October Website
FileMaker Devcon Scandinavia English Gothenburg, Sweden 22 - 23 October Website
FileMaker UK Developer Event English London, United Kingdom 23 - 24 October Website
FM Conférence French La Rochelle, France 24 - 26 October Website
FileMaker Spanish DevCon Spanish Madrid, Spain 26 - 27 October


xDev Magazine Issue 16.4 Issue

The July/August (16.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Scripting PDFs by Marc Zeedar
Marc previously wrote separately about using XojoScript to retrieve stock prices and using the DocVerter web service to convert documents to PDF. Now he combines the two, demonstrating how to create PDFs via scripting. This includes full scripted picture support!

Apple's Dark Vision of the Future by Sam Rowlands
At this June's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple went all in with "Dark Mode" support in their upcoming Mac OS release, Mojave. This new feature completely changes how dark mode is supported, so read this article for the early details and see how you can enable dark mode support in your own Xojo applications.

Refactoring a Controller Module, Part 1 by JC Cruz
Earlier in this series, Jose created a controller module to manage his data models. This time he demonstrates how to refactor the controller module to support other models without breaking existing code.

PLUS: Learning to code, Just Code Challenge, Webinars, WWDC 2018,PITR, and more!

Twelve countries represented at our Xojo Conference

We got people signed up for MBS Xojo Developer Conference from elven countries now:

🇩🇪 🇳🇱 🇬🇧 🇨🇭 🇫🇷 🇦🇹 🇺🇸 🇪🇸 🇬🇭 🇩🇰 🇮🇹 & 🇬🇷

Who wants to join next?

See also Conference Website   Xojo Training   Ask the Experts Table   Sightseeing in Munich

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr4

New in this prerelease of the 18.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr4

New in this prerelease of version 8.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Bluetooth for Xojo

Over the years several Xojo developers asked for a Bluetooth plugin. As we got two projects this year with need for Bluetooth, the classic one and the LE one, we decided it may be worth starting a Xojo plugin for Bluetooth.

For Bluetooth Low Energy, we got CoreBluetooth classes for MacOS. You can enumerate devices, connect to them and read/write data and get notifications for updates. That works well with a heart monitor here to get the current BPM value to Xojo.
See CBPeripheralMBS class.

Next we got WindowsBlueToothLE classes for Windows. Again, you can see which devices are there, connect and get/set values and get notified for updates. For heart rate monitor, this class works well, too.
See WindowsBlueToothLEMBS class.

For the classic Bluetooth on MacOS, we got the IOBluetooth classes. This is only a subset from the Apple framework, but you can use IOBluetoothDeviceMBS class to control a device. The IOBluetoothRFCOMMChannelMBS class allows you to do a serial port via bluetooth, which is enough for our devices here.

To select a device, you can use the IOBluetoothUI classes. The IOBluetoothDeviceSelectorControllerMBS class provides a dialog or sheet to select a device while IOBluetoothServiceBrowserControllerMBS allows to pick a service on a device.

On Windows, you can use WindowsBlueTooth classes to find devices and configure them. The WindowsBlueToothSelectDeviceDialogMBS class provides a dialog for the user to pick a device.

Once you got the device ID and the port, you can use the WindowsBlueToothSocketMBS class to connect and transfer data. This class work like a normal socket in Xojo, but targets bluetooth. You can get an event for incoming data and even accept connections.

If you come to our Xojo conference, we can present you details on the new plugin and show some examples, maybe even a live demo.

Coming soon in next prerelease.

App is not optimized for your Mac

When you run one of our Xojo examples, you may see this message:

The examples are all set to build for 32-bit which triggers this warning.
You can remove the warning, by switching build settings to 64-bit.

Eventually we will change all 2000+ example projects to 64-bit, but maybe not this year.
Maybe we can get Arbed to batch switch the setting?

Older blog entries:

2018-06-23 Eleven countries represented at our Xojo Conference
2018-06-22 FileMaker Konferenz 2018 in Malbun
2018-06-22 Omegabundle 2018 for Xojo
2018-06-21 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr3
2018-06-21 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr3
2018-06-20 MBS Stammtisch in Hamburg
2018-06-20 SSH tunnel in Xojo
2018-06-19 Ask the Experts at MBS Xojo Conference in Munich
2018-06-18 Putting an end to the Server Busy Dialog in Xojo and FileMaker
2018-06-18 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr2
2018-06-18 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.3pr2
2018-06-15 Convert office documents to PDF with LibreOffice
2018-06-15 Crossplatform connection to Microsoft SQL Server in Xojo
2018-06-13 Plugin wishes for macOS 10.14 and iOS 12
2018-06-09 Configure Toolbar Menu with MBS FileMaker Plugin
2018-06-09 Disable tab panel item in Xojo
2018-06-09 Tips for FileMaker Data Migration Tool
2018-06-06 Last early bird tickets for MBS Xojo Conference in Munich
2018-06-06 Import images from cameras on MacOS with FileMaker
2018-06-05 Plugin wishes for macOS 10.14 and iOS 12?


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