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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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Questions of the Week XXI

August is finally over and we can get back to our more usual brisk pace of progress!
The xcode migration which was one of the biggest pains to go thru is also mostly behind us and we can now turn our gaze to improving Codename One and its general usage experience.

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Accordion Control & Xcode Migration Update

In the coming update we have a new API to expand/collapse an Accordion component programmatically similar to the Tree component.

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KitchenSink II

I try all things, I achieve what I can.
Opening with a Moby-Dick quote seems rather appropriate for taking on the kitchen sink demo. It often seemed like a task that is too big and unsurmountable as we were working our way thru it. In fact the version that we are releasing now has far less features and abilities than our original whiteboard...

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Java 8 & API 23 defaults

One of the biggest changes we made in the past couple of years was the introduction of Java 8 language support features and making it the default target. We are now ready for the next step...

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