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Permanent SideMenu, getAllStyles, Scrollbar & more

We've been so busy recently that changes and features keep piling up with no end...

Permanent Sidemenu

It was always possible to create a permanent side menu but up until now it wasn't trivial. For Tablets/Desktops the side menu UI is perfect, but the folding aspect of it isn't as great. We have more space so we'd like to keep it open all the time.

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Building Cloud-powered Native Mobile Apps with Parse.com and Codename One

A couple of weeks ago I created a simple social network app as part of the Codename One webinar. This app provided functionality similar to the Facebook app.

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Jetbrains Is Totally Right With Its Subscription Model

JetBrains recently announced that they are moving to a subscription service and people freaked. As an entrepreneur and a guy who spent a lot of time in big companies (e.g. Sun/Oracle) I totally applaud JetBrains for the move and think they did the right thing!

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New Push Servers

We are starting the complete overhaul of our push implementation that will allow us to deliver improved push related fixes/features and provide more reliability to the push service. When we designed our push offering initially it was focused around the limitations of Google App Engine which we are finally phasing out. The new servers are no longer constrained by this can scale far more easily and efficiently for all requirements.

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Java Mobile Development Webinar 2: The Sequel

On Thursday morning we rolled the cameras for chapter 2 of our exciting new webinar series. This time around there were far fewer (though not zero) technical issues, and we were able to share a productive hour of mobile app development in the company of our fellow coders.

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Deprecations, Simplified cn1lib installs & Theme Layering

We decided to discontinue support for building without a certificate, this support was added initially because generating an iOS certificate was so difficult and we wanted developers to see that "it works" before committing to the expense. However, this process is wrought with bugs that are often hard to trace back and error prone. Added to that is the fact that we now have the new certificate wizard which makes the process simpler thus removing the final blocker (no need for a Mac).
We will block this functionality in the build servers by next week and thru the plugin after that.

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Javascript, Grow up and Get Threaded

The concept of threads in the Javascript community is a controversial one. The founders and leaders are dogmatically against threads, and have been from very early on.

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StartApp integration

When StartApp first launched a few years ago, they were a unique innovative new monetization channel to make money on Android.

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SFU Mobile Development Workshop

A few weeks ago, in cooperation with Simon Fraser University's School for Interactive Arts and Technology COOP office, I held a java mobile development workshop. This was a bit of an experiment to find out whether there was interest - plus it got me out of the code dungeon for a few hours :). As it turns out, SFU students do indeed have an appetite for learning, or for mobile development, or both. The workshop "sold" out within days of the initial email announcement.

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Building A Chat App With Codename One Part 5

The chat UI is what we've been working at and in todays post we are going to build exactly that!
Even better... We'll integrate with Pubnub to make the app almost fully functional as a rudimentary chat app, which is pretty spectacular. In this section we'll cover UI, storage (externalization), Pubnub & its JSON API... We'll also use `InteractionDialog` to show notifications of incoming messages...
Before we get started you will need to login to pubnub.com and sign up for an account where you will get two ID's necessary when subscribing and pushing.

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