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TIP: Using Git for Codename One Projects

I wrote in the past about importing a Codename One demo from github but I left the whole working with git as an open subject. Mostly because I considered it a bit out of scope for the discussion. I have a section in the free online course about the anatomy of a Codename One application which I completely forgot to upload until I wrote this!

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Survey Results, Kotlin, Updates and News

It's been a hectic month getting the academy up and orchestrating the release. I have a mixed bag of updates and announcements we need to make. Specifically covering the surveys for the next academy app, the Kotlin survey, the coming update to 3.7.2 and future milestones.

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GUI Builder Improvements

With version 3.7, we have revamped the GUI builder with a designer that allows you to position your elements precisely where you want them. The experience should be closer to what you find in graphical design applications like Photoshop rather than the more rigid "drop in the slot" approach in previous versions of the GUI builder. There are caveats to be aware of with this approach, but overall, it should empower you to build beautiful UIs with greater ease than before.

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Codename One 3.7 is Live

Codename One 3.7, the "Write Once Run Anywhere" mobile solution for Java developers is now live!
This exciting new release brings with it a surprising new overhaul of the Codename One GUI builder which now includes support to "auto-layout" allowing developers to place components with the ease of Photoshop or Illustrator..

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Launching the Codename One Academy

On the eve of the release of Codename One 3.7 we are excited to announce the new Codename One Academy which will change the way people learn Codename One. We've invested a lot of effort in creating a smooth learning experience and we're launching with 3 live courses.

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How does it Work?

You know that feeling before going on stage to talk or perform. It's a knot in your stomach but also an exhilarating sense of excitement about what's to come... I've got that fidgety feeling of "can't wait to get it out" and yet I feel there is so much more to do.

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Getting from Good to Great

Thanks for all the great feedback on my last post, I got some wonderful app suggestions from some of you and some interesting questions. Overall, there were more than 100 comments and emails so I apologize if I took too long to answer some of you. I already mentioned the focus of these coming courses is to let you create apps in a more practical form: "cook book" style.
But while I talked a bit about the narrative and the course I didn't explain exactly how or why this will work effectively.

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Code Freeze for 3.7

3.7 is almost here... Later today we will enter the week long code freeze where only critical issues are fixed. We'll publish the plugin release candidate for 3.7 soon and it will include some interesting new things that I haven't discussed at all!

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That's a Great Looking App

I talk to a lot of mobile developers or those who are starting out in the field and by far the number one problem is getting a refined sublime app. There are too many difficulties and pitfalls along the way and the end result is often "sub par" in terms of the UI you want to achieve.
We too bare responsibility for that. We focus too much on the technology and too little on making "gorgeous" easy. I want you to join me in changing that narrative...

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Tutorial: Networking and Webservices

Networking in Codename One includes so many different options and some very complex capabilities. This tutorial doesn't cover all the options but it tries to clarify the logic of why we have both URL and ConnectionRequest. It also explains the socket API types and which one makes sense in which situation.

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