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Questions of the Week XXIII

This has been a busy week with new features and some interesting announcements. We are releasing a plugin update today with a lot of fixes especially to the GUI builder which should be far more stable.

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Why we don't Support the Full Java API

This is something we run into every week. A new Codename One user writes asks why "feature X" from Java isn't supported. In this post I'd like to explain the "bigger picture" or why less is more...

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Floating Button

The material design floating action button is a powerful tool for promoting an action within your application. Quite a few Codename One developers implemented with own interpretation of this UI element and with the coming update we will have an official implementation.

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Round Border

Circles and completely round border sides are problematic for multi-resolutions. You need to draw them dynamically and can't use image borders which can't be tiled/cut to fit round designs. Up until now we recommended using background images or changing the design entirely but now we have a new option: RoundBorder.

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Different Icons

When we designed the icon for the new Kitchen Sink demo we tried to use material design principals. We thought it would look reasonable on iOS but it looked awful. So we decided to adapt the design and create a separate yet similar icon for iOS.

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Questions of the Week XXII

We made a lot of changes to Codename One over the past week but eventually decided to postpone the plugin update to next week so we can do more work on the GUI builder. We have quite a few new features and fixes lined up for next week already.

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New Peer & GUI Builder Tree

If you relied on the android.newPeer build hint it will no longer be available starting with this update. When you build for 3.5 you will still get the old behavior if you define that hint but otherwise it will be ignored. This is a precursor step to merging the newPeer branch into the main branch. It's an important step to help us move forward with one code base!

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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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