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Release Plan For 3.2 & New Approach To Demos

We will be releasing the latest version of Codename One in a couple of weeks
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Release Plan For 3.2 & New Approach To Demos

Codename One 3.2 is scheduled for Tuesday the 27th of October. In keeping with our successful 3.1 release we'll use a very short one week code freeze on the 20th of October at which point we will only commit crucial fixes with code review. I hope we can land quite a few new features for the release, the GUI builder is getting very close although its still a very rough product and will only be featured as a "technology preview" showing the direction we are heading rather than a final product.

New Approach To Demos

Up until now we always thought about demos as developers often do: "As a tool to show how to program using a set of features in the tool".
Recently, after working on my spouses Yoga Studio management app I came to the epiphany that this isn't the best way for mobile app demos. The main problem is that we can't upload these demos to app stores and show them running on a device. So with that in mind we are rethinking some future demos starting with a quick and dirty Solitaire Klondike demo that we made within a weekend and submitted to the store.

Check out the demo page where you can see the full code of what is now a production app that you can download via itunes and google play.
We have a couple of additional apps that we need to cleanup and submit including the Yoga Studio app that demonstrates a very common use case of a database driven app. We'll try to clean that up and prepare it for mass consumption/store submission.

In Other News

The performance enhancement for image tiling from Fabricio that we discussed last week finally landed after a lot of hard work debugging it by Fabricio and Steve. You should notice 9-piece images performing better on both iOS & Android.
We are moving to make Java 8 builds into the default build mode, we are pretty thrilled by the Java 8 support so far and want more newbies to be exposed to it. You would still have the checkbox for Java 8 mode when creating a new project (if you are running on JDK 8 or newer!) but now it will be checked by default.
We also added get/setGlobalResources methods to the Resources class. This really simplifies working with the new GUI builder since new GUI builder files will no longer be a part of a resource file you would need to pass them a resources object somehow. Initially we thought about passing it in the constructor but this seems tedious, with the global resources this should be much simpler.

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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