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Facebook, Better Input & Improving Community Support

Facebook has changed the rules yet again, this time related t...

Facebook, Better Input & Improving Community Support

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Facebook has changed the rules yet again, this time related to logging in to Facebook from 3rd party applications. Up until now we used the web based OAuth approach for logging into Facebook since that allowed us to keep the same implementation across Android, iOS, Blackberry etc. without changing anything. However, the new Facebook 2 factor authentication is a very complex process and Facebook really went overboard with a very elaborate mobile API.

So we had no choice but to integrate the native Facebook SDK when necessary (you will not "pay for it" if you don't use it). This is currently in beta so the API is very likely to change which is why we are not docume nting it yet by writing a proper tutorial. This isn't essential yet since the current Facebook API is still working and well documented. If you would like to take a look its within the social package, we would appreciate feedback, ideas and use cases.

On a different issue the just released version of the plugin addresses some issues with text input in the simulator (and Java SE port) related to this issue . The crux of the issue lies in the usage of the highly broken AWT text field. Up until now we wanted to transition to the Swing text field but had serious flickering issues. I was finally able to resolve these issues in the latest version which will hopefully improve the simulators behavior in this regard.
We also made some changes to reduce the flickering of the native Webkit when interacting with JavaFX, this is a huge step towards producing a robust desktop app port in the future.

We had a lot of complaints and issues with the Google groups support forums, this is a huge problem but in the past most other solutions were either high maintenance or SPAM magnets. While we will probably keep and support the Google groups until Google actually kills the product (which might be next week with those guys) we are considering a Facebook group as a secondary support option.
However, we will only do that if there is community interest in this so if you would like a Facebook group and promise to join then just vote below. 

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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