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Featured App - yHomework

We're all pretty jaded when it comes to software but when I first saw yHomework I was completely floored by it!

Where was this tool when I was in junior high?

If you haven't seen yHomework in action I suggest you give it a try right now on your Android or iOS device.

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Zip and Toast

One of the often requested features in Codename One is zip support, we had some issues with it until a couple of years back we added tar and later gzip support. But people still asked for standard zip file support which was missing.

I'm working on a tool that I hope to share next week that needs zip to work, initially I wanted to do this natively as zip works on most native OS's but one of the true benefits of the tool is if we can get it to work in the JavaScript port live on the web...

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Toolbar Back & Easier Material Icons

When we initially launched Codename One it was pretty hard to imagine todays apps. Menus and back navigation were miles apart when comparing Android 2.x and iOS 4.x... So we created a very elaborate set of abstractions (command behavior) that served as a set of patch framework we could live with for a while.

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Chrome Demo

This week we chose to modernize the very outdated Chrome Demo. This demo is one of our early demos developed during the iOS 4.x era. We licensed it's original design fromapp design vault and created a Codename One version of that original template. While the guys in app design vault modernized most of their templates to iOS 7 flat design they didn't do this for the Chrome demo.

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Marshmallow Permissions in the Simulator and Native Code

We talked about the new Android 6 (Marshmallow) permissions in Codename One last week and so far we've been pretty happy with the result. We had some build regressions on the older Ant based build path but those were fixed shortly after and it's been smooth sailing since then. As part of the transition to the new permissions system we added two features to the simulator and the AndroidNativeUtil class.

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Questions of the Week V

It has been a very busy week around here with a lot going on. We've just sent out the Friday release update and we are gearing up for some other interesting things... These weekly question posts are really convenient as they help us center on what's truly important - user support.

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Comparing Xamarin and Codename One

Last time around we compared Codename One to QT and this time around I'd like to compare Codename One to the 800 pound gorilla Xamarin. Xamarin is an amazing product that I contrasted with Codename One in the past but this is worth repeating.

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Featured App - Pumpop

Pumpop is a social networking app in the spirit of tinder that is available globally and installed on many devices all over the world. One of its major draws is it's portability which will soon extend to Windows Phone as well.

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Camera Demo

With the 3.4 release we discussed the process of modernizing the demos and the first one we picked for this task is the camera demo which is probably the easiest one of all the demos...
The demo is trivial and doesn't really demonstrate anything other than capturing and showing an image captured from the camera/retrieved from the gallery but this is where it gets interesting. It even works in the JavaScript port so you can even run this in the browser and it works as you'd expect!

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Java 8 Switch, New Preferences & Demo Structure

With the 3.4 release we discussed the process of modernizing the demos and also mention that we would continue the trend of building Codename One on top of itself. We now have a rough outline of what we are going to do possibly starting with the next plugin update.

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