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Rating Widget

The two key factors to improve any product are: get help from your biggest fans and learn from your detractors. Obviously there is a lot of nuance to that wide reaching advice...
Rating widgets embody this advice. They prompt a user for a rating. If it's good we ask him to review the app in the appstore and thus bring more users. If it's bad we ask him to tell us why!

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3 Image Tools for App Marketing

Every now and again developers ask us how we do the graphics for our posts/promotions and up until recently the answer was "photoshop". While knowing photoshop is still very worthwhile we still like these 3 tools that provide great shortcuts to creating both screenshots and art.

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First UWP App and the Way Forward

The UWP (Universal Windows Platform) port is finally stable enough to get an app into the Microsoft store. Steve published out Solitaire demo into the Microsoft appstore and it passed thru the whole process. You can download it, install it on your device and try it.

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Questions of the Week XXI

August is finally over and we can get back to our more usual brisk pace of progress!
The xcode migration which was one of the biggest pains to go thru is also mostly behind us and we can now turn our gaze to improving Codename One and its general usage experience.

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Accordion Control & Xcode Migration Update

In the coming update we have a new API to expand/collapse an Accordion component programmatically similar to the Tree component.

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KitchenSink II

I try all things, I achieve what I can.
Opening with a Moby-Dick quote seems rather appropriate for taking on the kitchen sink demo. It often seemed like a task that is too big and unsurmountable as we were working our way thru it. In fact the version that we are releasing now has far less features and abilities than our original whiteboard...

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Java 8 & API 23 defaults

One of the biggest changes we made in the past couple of years was the introduction of Java 8 language support features and making it the default target. We are now ready for the next step...

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In the Shadow

Diamond asked us about an easy way to do dropshadows in Codename One to which I answered that it's pretty easy thanks to our Gaussian blur support...

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Questions of the Week XX

We will make another attempt to migrate to the new xcode 7.x build servers this Sunday. This might introduce some disruptions to your iOS builds but those should be fixable.

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Performance True Story

We had almost everything ready for the release of the kitchen sink demo this week until one of our fixes broke the build and we couldn't get everything out in time. It's disappointing but this means one more week to refine the demo.

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