Text input is a very special case. Besides mixing the native and Java code we also need to deal with the appearance of the virtual keyboard which doesn't act consistently across platforms. This creates many complex edge cases that are just as problematic on native OS platforms as they are in Codename One.Read More
Storage is one of the big subjects we can delve into and never come out. Even without going into offshoots such as parsing, networking etc. it's still a pretty huge subject. We tried to simplify a lot of these problems by splitting file system from storage in Codename One but this often caused a different type of confusion.Read More
You might have noticed that I haven't been committing as much code recently. It's because I've been working on 3 new online Codename One courses. One of my main goals with the bootcamp was to improve my video skills and modernize course materials. I'm well on my way with both and created pretty exhaustive materials so far.Read More
A common request over the past couple of years has been to add a text field that supports a clear button in the end, we used to have a common answer on how this can be implemented but we didn't have an actual implementation builtin despite this being a relatively common request.Read More
One of my favorite things about Mac OS is something subtle that took me a while to notice: it doesn't ask stupid questions. If you delete a file on a Mac it goes to the trashcan immediately, no question. Even though other OS's copied the trashcan concept they didn't embrace it in the same way, most of them still ask whether you are sure about this action even though the action is reversible.Read More
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is an XML based image format that represents an image as vectors instead of pixels (raster). An SVG file is represented by the set of lines & shapes that make it and can thus be rendered at any resolution without quality degradation due to scaling. It has some other neat tricks up its sleeve but I'm only going to discuss that specific feature today.Read More
A developer recently asked me why
Display is called
Display when it has such a broad purpose?
The reason is historic with roots in Codename One's origin back in 2007, when we formed the company Chen advocated for a rename of that class and I disagreed. In retrospect I was wrong, the name doesn't work.
Image masking allows us to adapt an image which we acquired from an external source to fit our design e.g. if we want to show an image cropped to a circle we could apply a mask to it in order to get an intelligent crop. This is a very powerful tool as a designer can supply a hardcoded mask image and build some pretty complex shapes that include an alpha channel as well (making it superior to shape clipping).Read More
Theming allows us to adapt the look of an application in a similar way to CSS while styling allows us to do so within the code. In this tutorial I cover only a small fraction of the subject matter but after going thru it you should have a decent understanding of the forces at play and the tools you can use.Read More