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Questions of the Week 44

This weeks release adds support for JavaScript push but I'd recommend you don't use it in production yet... The main issue is that we might change the way JavaScript push keys are generated so it might be better to put this on hold or only experiment with this for now. Regardless it's a pretty big change to the push server so we have the old version standing by and might revert it if things get hairy.

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Security Section

We've had a lot of security related posts in the past few months as we refined many edge cases with some customers. These posts are difficult to comb thru as they are all over the place and it's hard to get a glance of "what's available".

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Push on JavaScript

Up until now push notification in Codename One only worked for Android & iOS devices. This is about to change this weekend when the JavaScript port should (almost) seamlessly start working with push!
This is pretty cool as push to the web is a pain with every browser taking a somewhat different route but with Codename One this will "mostly" work.

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TIP: Lightweight Rich Text View

A very common request is support for rich text in Codename One, this is hard to do in a generic/performant cross platform way but can be done as I explained in my answer here. This is pretty common though so it might be worth it doing this in a generic way.

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Questions of the Week 43

Surprisingly the big VM update we had last week didn't trigger any major regressions but we did break some versioned build behavior with the string obfuscation feature. Todays update is far more tame and should mostly include minor bug fixes and not to many new/disruptive features.

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ToastBar Actions & URLImage Caching

I wrote on the Friday post about a few cool pull requests from Diamond but I didn't provide a usage example for that API. Probably the best usage example is gmail style undo. If you are not a gmail user then the gmail app essentially never prompts for confirmation!

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Obfuscated Constants

One of the first things a hacker will do when compromising an app is look at it. E.g. if I want to exploit a bank's login UI I would look at the label next to the login and then search for it in the decompiled code. So if the UI has the String "enter user name and password" I can search for that.

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ParparVM Optimizations: Java on iOS now 2.8x Faster

TLDR: ParparVM is now up to 2.8x faster, and produces binaries that are 15%-20% smaller than before.

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TIP: Use iOS CocoaPods Dependencies in Native Code

Last week I talked about using gradle dependencies to build native code, this week I'll talk about the iOS equivalent: CocoaPods. We've discussed CocoaPods before but this bares repeating especially in the context of a specific cn1lib like intercom.

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