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Month: May 2016

Methods Overloading: Computed Properties, Setters and Getters

Some years ago, Xojo introduced the ability to use Computed Properties, something that is present in other programming languages too and is based on the use of dedicated methods to assign and retrieve the property value itself. So, in other programming languages, the first of these dedicated methods (or functions), the Setter, is the one invoked every time we want to modify the value of the associated property, while the Getter method is the one used from our code to retrieve the associated value. The Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) concept found behind this feature is Method Overloading. Nevertheless, let’s make clear that Xojo Computed Properties are not methods. They aren’t! But they make our life as developers much easier compared with regular Properties.

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Windows App Requirements

Microsoft refactored their core app runtimes in 2015. They have made what they call a “Universal C Runtime” which has been distributed via Windows Update to all supported versions of Windows that stay up-to-date (which is the default behavior for Windows Update).

Starting with Xojo 2016r1, the Xojo Windows framework has been updated to use the latest Microsoft tools. This allows Xojo to stay up to date and allows the Windows support to be improved in future releases. This means that Xojo itself now uses the new Universal Runtime and your built apps now require it.

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Let Your OS X Desktop App React to Custom URIs

Have you ever wondered how the magic behind the “mailto://” or other similar Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) work? Whether from the web browser URL field or from Xojo via the ShowURL function, when URIs are executed the registered app opens showing the passed parameters (for example, in the Mail app for the ‘To’, ‘Subject’ and ‘Body’ fields).

Implementing this kind of behavior in your OS X apps is not rocket science! Follow these simple steps in order to register a custom URI from your app.

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Conditional Breakpoints

You can set breakpoints in your Xojo code that cause the debugger to appear when the line of code with the breakpoint is reached. This is incredibly handy to help understand and test your code.

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