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News from the MBS Xojo Plugins Version 24.3

In this article Stefanie introduces you to the new functionalities from the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 24.3

Python

I would like to introduce you to the highlight of this release right at the beginning. You can now use Python code in your application with the help of the MBS Xojo Plugins. This programming language, which appeared in the 90s, is one of the most popular of its kind and is used by many developers. We are therefore pleased to be able to open up this world to you in this release. Our new PythonMBS class can load a local Python library and evaluate expressions or run scripts. Get and set variables in Python to exchange data in memory. The Python code can optionally call back to Xojo code with custom functions

We discuss this topic in more detail in our blog article Using Python in Xojo. Take a look at this article and take a dip into the world of Python with Xojo.

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MBS Xojo Conference - Using URLConnection to Export to PDF across all platforms

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the eight video with David Cox presenting about using URLConnection to Export to PDF across all platforms:

Providing PDF reports from HTML within your applications is easy for Desktop and Web apps, but nearly impossible with Mobile apps. Including additional software to do the conversion makes your app larger and more likely to be rejected by App Stores. Instead, create a RESTful Web server to take your HTML via a URLConnection and place the result into a database as a solution that works consistently for Desktop, Web and Mobile apps.

More videos will follow into the playlist.


Omegabundle for Xojo 2024 Now Available

Get the top developer tools and third party components for the Xojo cross-platform development platform at a huge savings.

Omegabundle for Xojo 2024 is a collection of the most useful tool sets, add-ons, digital books and components for use with Xojo Inc’s Xojo development environment. If purchased separately and not including any additional offers, the total cost would be over $4066. Omegabundle for Xojo 2024 costs $399.99, a $100 limited time discount off of the regular $499.99 price.

Xojo is an award-winning, cross-platform development tool for the Desktop (macOS, 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.

Included Products

  • Einhugur Plugin Pack for Xojo (UPDATED). e-CryptIt Engine for Xojo and all 39 libraries and plugins, including plugins to work with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

  • Ohanaware App Wrapper (UPDATED). Prepare your application for the Mac App Store or Web Distribution (macOS only app)

  • GrafittiSuite Desktop Edition (UPDATED). 69 (up from 66 from 2023!) incredible user interface controls for Xojo that add value and improve the professional appeal of your Xojo applications.

  • xDev Library (NEW) Xojo Database Collection Book + 19 new digital articles

  • MBS Complete Plugins for Xojo (UPDATED). 47 plugins that extend Xojo with capabilities you want and need to build professional, native OS applications

  • MBS SQL Plugin for Xojo (UPDATED). The alternative database interface to Xojo. Connect to 14 different database systems, use more without relaying on ODBC.

  • MBS SQLite Extension for Xojo (UPDATED). Adds significant additional functions and support of Regular Expressions in working with SQLite databases.

  • Paradigma Software Valentina Studio Pro (UPDATED). Ultimate reports designer, database administration and forms creation tool that runs on all three operating systems - Windows, macOS, Linux. Select one OS version.

  • Paradigma Software ValentinaDB ADK for Xojo (UPDATED). Embed the ultra-fast, object-relational Valentina database into your applications and deploy royalty free - Windows, macOS, Linux, including Raspberry PI! Also works with local SQLite files and as a client to Valentina Server.

  • Paradigma Software Valentina Reports ADK for Xojo (UPDATED). Generate visually rich reports as graphics, web pages or PDF from your Xojo applications on Windows, macOS, Linux including Raspberry PI! Also works with local SQLite files and as a client to Valentina Server.

  • Paradigma Software Valentina Server Unlimited (UPDATED). 4-in-1 Reports Server, Forms Server along with two database servers: one built on object-relational Valentina Database and the other on SQLite. Report and forms serving works with MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server and the included Valentina and SQLite servers

  • xDev Magazine (UPDATED). Get back issues and a year’s subscription to xDev Magazine, the professional’s magazine for developing with Xojo.

You can learn more Omegabundle for Xojo 2024 from the Omegabundle website.. Please allow up to 3-5 business days for all components to be supplied by participating vendors. If you are ready to purchase, order now from the Paradigma Software store.


MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 24.3

Nickenich, Germany - (July 9th, 2024) -- Monkeybread Software today is pleased to announce MBS Xojo Plugins 24.3 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 3000 classes and 82,000 documented features, and the versatile plugins have gained more new functions:

Use Python scripts in your Xojo application. Our new PythonMBS class can load a local Python library and evaluate expressions or run scripts. Get and set variables in Python to exchange data in memory. The Python code can optionally call back to Xojo code with custom functions.

We improved NSLocaleMBS class for macOS and iOS to provide more information with properties. Use localizedString functions to get localized names for these identifiers and use the DidChange notification with NSNotificationObserverMBS class to get a callback if locale changes.

In DynaPDF you can now keep annotations from flattening if DynaPDF doesn't recognize them. The FindText method in DynaPDFParserMBS class can now skip sorting with the new SearchAsIs flag. You can enable an image cache for DynaPDF and change line annotation's coordinates.

Our CURL plugin got enhanced to better handle MQTT connections. We got a new example to show you how to do MQTT connections. The debug log for CURL connections shows the URL for the request for helping you to debug the scripts.

For Windows we added WindowsDeviceWatcherMBS class to watch for devices connecting. The WindowsDeviceInformationMBS class provides details. This helps with our BLE classes for Windows to better find devices.

The low level compression classes for bzip and zlib (ZLibDecompressMBS, ZLibCompressMBS, BZip2DecompressMBS and BZip2CompressMBS classes) got new constructors to take output buffer as ptr and buffer size as integer, so you can use them with MemoryBlocks. The SetInput methods now take ptr, too.

The new UIDeviceMBS class provides details about the iOS device. Query orientation, system version, model and orientation. The XMLValidatorMBS class can now convert XML to canonical format. The isValidJSON function in JSONMBS class can validate whether some text is valid JSON.

Use the new DarwinHostVMStatisticsMBS class to query memory statistics for virtual memory on macOS and iOS. Use the Duplex property with NSPrintInfoMBS class to switch duplex on or off. And check the isSequoia function in SystemInformationMBS module to detect the next macOS version.

Finally we updated CubeSQL library to version 5.9, CURL to 8.8.0, DynaPDF to 4.0.89.256, the plugin SDK for Xojo 2024r2, SQLAPI to 5.3.2, SQLite to 3.46.0 and updated to Xcode to version 15.4.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.


MBS Xojo Conference - Xojo Performance

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the seventh video with Christian Schmitz presenting about Xojo Performance:

Let's check out what got faster in Xojo 2023r4. Let's measure the changes, look for slow functions and improve projects.

More videos will follow into the playlist.


MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr7

New in this prerelease of the 24.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

You can subscribe to our Xojo mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


Using Python in Xojo

For MBS Xojo Plugins version 24.3 we add a new Python plugin part. The MBS Xojo Python Plugin and the new PythonMBS class allows you to evaluate Python code in Xojo and run scripts. This enables you to integrate existing Python code and use it in Xojo within your application. That may be a quick calculation to calculate a checksum, process some text, JSON or XML data or to utilize an existing script by running it within your application. Python comes with hundreds of available modules that you can import and use.

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MBS Xojo Conference - Web Development

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the sixth video with Ricardo Cruz presenting about Web Development:

Design tips for building applications with Xojo Web

More videos will follow into the playlist.


xDev Magazine 22.4

The July/August (22.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Apple Intelligence by Marc Zeedar
At Apple's developer conference (WWDC) this June, the company announced their ambitious move into AI -- which they call Apple Intelligence. What is it and how will it effect Xojo developers?

A Household Light Controller (Rasp Pi Part 8) by Eugene Dakin
Eugene continues his series on fun projects with Xojo and Raspberry Pi, this time demonstrating how to use your Pi to control your household lights!

Spy On Your Variables by Marc Zeedar
Marc's design pattern series continues with the Observer pattern, which gives you a way to spy on your variables and take action when their value changes.

Comments on Comments by Tim Dietrich
Tim shares his thoughts on commenting code.

Plus: Topics such as how to use ChatGPT to correct your grammar, Mac text recognition, Xojo multitasking, an interview with Marc Zeedar, and more!

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr6

New in this prerelease of the 24.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

You can subscribe to our Xojo mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


Get a trial license key

We got trial keys about 6 years ago added to 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. The key later expires and you are back to demo mode or you order a license to get a permanent license.

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 so far we issued over 1800 trial keys to various people.

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 the license's expiration date.

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

Useful array and variant functions

We got quite a few utility functions in MBS Xojo Plugins for you to enjoy in your projects.

GetVariantTypeMBS

Let's say you have a variant containing something. Usually you use VarType() or Variant.Type to query the type.

GetVariantTypeMBS(va as variant) as Integer

The GetVariantTypeMBS function does the same, but has an extra code path for UInt32 and UInt64. While Xojo's functions don't distinguish between signed and unsigned integers, the MBS Plugin can do.

Variant containsVariant.TypeGetVariantTypeMBS
Int3222
UInt322102
Int6433
UInt643103

All other types would be same return values.

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Xojo 2024r2

Today Xojo Inc. released the new version of Xojo, their second release for this year. Let's check what is new.

Release notes - Download

Control Sets for web projects

Better late than never, but this makes it easier to convert older Web 1 projects using control sets to Web 2. And of course you can use array indexes directly instead of putting controls in your own array property. A control set allows you to access an set of controls by the same name and the index.

See also What’s New in Xojo Web in 2024r2 (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr5

New in this prerelease of the 24.3 plugins:
  • Added AddRow() variant to SQLDatabaseMBS with returning insert id.
  • Fixed ArcShape for DynaPDFMBS to not close the Arc line.
  • Updated CubeSQL library to version 5.9.
  • Added isSequoia function to SystemInformationMBS module.
  • Deprecated isMavericks, isElCapitan, isYosemite and isSierra functions in SystemInformationMBS module.
  • Deprecated MacROMBootVersion, MacBoardID, MacVRAMSize and MacHasHardwareAcceleratedCoreImage functions in SystemInformationMBS module.
  • Added isValidJSON function for JSONMBS class.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.89.256.
  • Added SearchAsIs flag for DynaPDF.Parser.FindText function.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

You can subscribe to our Xojo mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


MBS Xojo Conference - Cross platform development using Convert to Method Pair

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the fifth video with David Cox presenting about Cross-platform development using Convert to Method Pair:

If you have a massively multi-platform project you quickly discover that placing code in 12 locations (in Objects, Methods and Classes for Desktop, Web, iOS and Android) becomes nearly impossible to manage. Using Convert to Method Pair allows you to place all your source code into one external Class per Window/Container/Page/Screen making your applications work consistently and making debugging much easier.

More videos will follow into the playlist.


MQTT in Xojo

Recently a client asked about whether we can do MQTT to subscribe to a topic and receive messages or even send messages.

MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is a lightweight messaging protocol designed for devices with limited resources and for low-bandwidth, high-latency, or unreliable networks. It operates on a publish/subscribe model which allows for efficient distribution of information to many receivers.

RabbitMQ

A quick search here found the RabbitMQ classes we have. They allow you to connect to the a server running the open source message broker software RabbitMQ. You can use our plugin to use a lot of things there and they have a MQTT plugin, so you can connect your MQTT stuff with the RabbitMQ server.

See MBS Xojo RabbitMQ Plugin, the example files and blog posts about it.

CURL

We also discovered that we have MQTT capabilities built-in to the CURL library. Just use an URL with "mqtt://" followed by IP or domain name of the server. In the path of the URL goes the subject to subscribe or post to. If you like, set a user name and password. Let us show you with some example code.

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MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr4

New in this prerelease of the 24.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

You can subscribe to our Xojo mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


MBS Xojo Conference - Managing exceptions like a pro

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the forth video with Jérémie Leroy presenting about Managing exceptions like a pro:

Detecting bugs and fixing them is very important as a developer. Managing exceptions can take a lot of time to implement. This session will present Sentry.io using an open-source set of classes written in Xojo.

Watch on YouTube. More videos will follow into the playlist.


MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr3

New in this prerelease of the 24.3 plugins:
  • Added CanonicalXML function to XMLValidatorMBS class.
  • Improved error messages for exceptions raised in OpenSSLMBS module to contain more details.
  • Added quotationEndDelimiter, quotationBeginDelimiter, alternateQuotationBeginDelimiter, alternateQuotationEndDelimiter to NSLocaleMBS class.
  • Added calendarIdentifier, localeIdentifier, languageIdentifier, collatorIdentifier, regionCode to NSLocaleMBS class.
  • Added NSCurrentLocaleDidChangeNotification function for NSLocaleMBS class to use with NSNotificationObserverMBS class.
  • Added localizedStringForVariantCode, localizedStringForScriptCode, localizedStringForLocaleIdentifier, localizedStringForLanguageCode, localizedStringForCurrencyCode, localizedStringForCountryCode, localizedStringForCollatorIdentifier, localizedStringForCollationIdentifier, localizedStringForCalendarIdentifier, localeWithLocaleIdentifier to NSLocaleMBS class.
  • Added PythonHome, ProgramName, ProgramFullPath, Prefix, Path and ExecPrefix properties to PythonMBS class.
  • Changed CURL debug messages to include the full URL you requested for review. We include a warning, if URL has no scheme.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.88.252.
  • Added kKeepUnsupportedAnnots constant for DynaPDFMBS class.
  • Added SetLineAnnotPoints and EnableImageCache functions to DynaPDFMBS class.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

You can subscribe to our Xojo mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


MBS Xojo Conference - Mobile Development

We recorded the presentations at the MBS Xojo Conference in April 2024 and here is the third video with Javier Menendez presenting about Mobile Development:

Getting the most out of Mobile Development with Xojo

Watch on YouTube. More videos will follow into the playlist.


Older blog entries:

2024-06-10 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr2
2024-06-04 MBS Xojo Conference - New features in MBS Plugins
2024-06-03 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.3pr1
2024-05-28 MBS Xojo Conference - Xojo Update
2024-05-23 News from the MBS Xojo Plugins Version 24.2
2024-05-14 MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 24.2
2024-05-13 Xojo May Sale
2024-05-10 MBS Xojo Conference Recap
2024-05-08 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.2pr5
2024-05-07 Preemptive vs. cooperative threads in Xojo
2024-05-06 Picking picture on macOS
2024-05-04 xDev Magazine 22.3 Issue
2024-05-03 Cross platform code in Xojo
2024-05-02 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.2pr4
2024-04-24 MBS Xojo Conference starts
2024-04-18 MBS Xojo Conference Update
2024-04-17 Recent additions to the CURL project from me
2024-04-16 Send text message in iOS Xojo App
2024-04-16 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 24.2pr3
2024-04-15 Conditional Formatting in Excel exports from Xojo

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