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New Getting Started Video - Eclipse Version

We finally uploaded the last of the 3 hello world videos covering Eclipse, which now joins the ranks of the NetBeans and IntelliJ/IDEA videos.
Check out the Eclipse version here...

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Questions Of The Week III

We're releasing new plugins today in for the 3.4 release, if there are major regressions we'll push out new versions for the release itself but if they are stable they will be the actual release versions. We had a great week on stackoverflow as well with many excellent questions. As usual this post isn't exhaustive and doesn't cover all the questions asked, but it should provide a sense of the top discussions of the week.

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Comparing QT and Codename One

We get a lot of requests to compare Codename One to other technologies and while we do have a comparison page it is somewhat static. Doing a comparison within a blog post does have the advantage of focusing on one technology and allowing comments. In this segment we'll compare the venerable QT to Codename One.

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Issue Submission Guidelines

One of the best things in running an open source project is the high quality issues, we don't always respond immediately and sometimes things get lost under our piles of work but we do appreciate the time you take to file issues.

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Code Freeze for 3.4

Today we are going into code freeze for Codename One 3.4 which is due one week from now, because of the fast release cycle we don't need more than a week of code freeze to stabilize our current release.
The code freeze applies only to the Codename One libraries and ports as those are the parts that will be inherent to the release.

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Should we use Gradients?

With the latest version of the Android port we fixed a long running bug in gradient drawing on Android. Gradients should now work correctly and will also be performant potentially even faster than images on Android. Our standing recommendation is to avoid gradients as they pose a memory/performance penalty on most platforms and so this change raises the question of using gradients back into the forefront.

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Featured App - JAT Communication

The jat app is very similar to whatsapp in some regards but is more oriented towards group communication than SMS replacement. Over the past couple of weeks we picked it up as a great communication tool in our team. It uses push notifications to notify and activates accounts via SMS. This makes it very convenient for someone like myself who moves between devices constantly.

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Questions Of The Week II

This week felt slow as we were going thru it but as I was preparing this installment I was reminded just how much activity we had in stackoverflow this week

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Open File & Rendering

As part of our continuing effort to squash bugs for the 3.4 release date we hit two major issues, the first of which is a long time RFE to fix PDF viewing on iOS and Android to work consistently. This also applies to any file opening in iOS/Android which should now be trivial with the Display.execute method. Just use that method on any file within your home directory in FileSystemStorage and it should launch the native app to view that file.

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