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Questions of the Week XII

June just ended and we are starting the final stretch to get 3.5 ready, there is a lot on our table right now so most of the work in the coming month will probably focus on stabilizing the GUI builder and fixing the remaining issues for 3.5.

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Charts Demo Revisited

The charts demo is one of the most elaborate/messy demos we have as it was derived/ported from an aChartEngine demo. Since the Codename One charts are themselves a derivative of aChartEngine this makes a lot of sense but the demo is a bit big and hard to follow.

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ToastBar Messages

The ToastBar was one of those API's I didn't know I needed and yet I became addicted to it...
Ever since Steve came out with the ToastBar I constantly catch myself typing Display.show only to delete that to use the ToastBar. It's both really easy to use and more consistent with modern mobile UI design.

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Comparing PhoneGap/Cordova and Codename One

Last time around we compared Codename One to Xamarin and this time around I'd like to compare Codename One to what is probably the market leader: PhoneGap/Cordova. If Xamain is big then Cordova is huge, it is so prevalent that it is often the default assumption when people mention cross platform today.

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Synchronous InfiniteContainer

InfiniteContainer and InfiniteScrollAdapter revolutionized the way we think about Codename One. Up until their introduction we advocated lists for large sets of components and this is no longer the case.

However, InfiniteContainer has a controversial feature even within out team. It violates the EDT on purpose...

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Unleading & Mutating Accordion

We covered the new Accordion component last week and just started using it in a demo for which it was very suitable. As we were working with it we discovered that it was missing some core methods to remove an Accordion entry or change it's title. But worse, was the fact that a delete button in the title wouldn't work!
The crux of the issue is in the fact that lead component doesn't support excluding a specific component within the hierarchy from it's behavior so we set about to fix that...

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Questions of the Week XI

We just released an updated set of plugins with many bug fixes and enhancement mostly revolving around the new settings UI but also a lot of the functionality required for proper Windows UWP support...

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Clock Demo

We've been working very hard on updating a very ambitious demo for this week but alas it still isn't ready... In the meantime we decided to modernize the clock demo which is an important demo that is missing from the IDE's for some reason which is a shame because it's probably our only low level graphics focused demo...

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Parse Update, Faster Windows Desktop & UWP Guide

Chidiebere Okwudire of SMash ICT Solutions just released version 3.0 of the parse4cn1 library. The biggest feature of which is support for the open source Parse server which should work with some of the parse alternatives that popped up to fill the void left by Facebook.

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Background Fetch

Background fetch allows an app to periodically "fetch" information from the network while the app is in the background. This is scheduled by the native platform, where apps that support background fetch will be started up (in the background), and their performBackgroundFetch method will be invoked.

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