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Questions of the Week XXVII

This has been a REALLY busy week. We had to release an emergency plugin update during the week to workaround a critical issue in the previous plugin update. This was pretty hard!
To make things extra difficult we had two huge blog posts that I've worked on launching, the code itself wasn't such a big deal as is all the hassle around them e.g. appstore submissions are never fun especially when traveling...

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MSUIKit Template Inspired Changes

There was much left unsaid about the template UI that I did earlier in the week. It was doable and reasonably easy but I still had some pitfalls. I was able to circumvent them easily but I'm not so sure these would have been easy for other developers out there. As a result we decided to simplify some use cases in Codename One as a result.

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How to: Port Native Android App to iOS (iPhone) Guide

We get contacted quite a bit about the prospect of porting applications that were already written using the Android API. In this quick tutorial we will walk you thru the paces of converting a simple Android application to a Codename One application. We will also start with some basic tips covering the differences between Android and Codename One development.

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Template - Mobile Material Screens UI Kit (Cross Platform PSD)

Generating a template from a PSD isn't hard but it isn't a trivial task either, in this recurring segment I will try to generate good looking Codename One templates from freely available PSD files. Since this requires some effort I don't think I'll be able to keep this as a weekly segment but I'll try to post such a template once every two or three weeks. If you know of a free PSD that you'd like to see as a Codename One app point me at it in the comments and I might integrate it in a future post!

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Tip: Disable Google Play Services

Google Play Services is a proprietary set of tools that Google licenses to vendors under limited conditions. In recent years more and more features go into Google Play Services making it harder to build an app without it.

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Questions of the Week XXVI

As you may recall most of us are on vacation and the few of us who are not have to work even harder than usual to keep things chugging along. I'm in India for October (not on vacation) which slows down my work even further outside of my "home base".

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Further Refined Cross Platform Mobile GUI Builder

Chen has been working quite a bit on the new GUI Builder and made some significant changes both to it's look and functionality. These changes are wide reaching covering the appearance, functionality and stability of the GUI Builder.

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UWP Update

We've mentioned the progress we made with the Universal Windows Platform support in the past. This support is moving at a very fast pace...
By now we support SQLite as well as Media, Capture and a slew of other features that weren't available for the initial beta. At this rate we think that 3.6 can actually include a production version of the UWP port!

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Pushing Back 3.6

As we discussed before October will be relatively slow, this means that our original plan of a December release for 3.6 will be challenging and produce a sub-par release. In the interest of making 3.6 a more significant release we decided to postpone it to January 16th 2017.

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Questions of the Week XXV

We released an update a day early to deal with some regressions we had related to minor method signature changes triggered by an overhaul of pre-released versions. Other than that this week has been a bit uneventful in terms of our work.

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