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Microsoft is the Anti-Apple

This week Microsoft posted a series of videos on YouTube clearly mocking Apple’s creative process. One of the actors is obviously supposed to be Jonathan Ive. Some have said the other bears a resemblance to Steve Jobs and that if that’s who they were mocking, it’s in poor taste. While Microsoft is no stranger to poor taste, I think they were mocking Tim Cook, not Steve Jobs.

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Secure Web App Login Screens

More and more customers are using Xojo to create applications that may contain private end-user information. This means that it’s becoming increasingly important that your web applications be protected with an SSL certificate and some kind of authentication to make sure the user is who they claim to be.

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Progress Report: iOS Support in Xojo

Update: Xojo iOS was released in Xojo 2014r3. Download Xojo today and try it today or give us 5 minutes and watch how easy it is get started with Xojo iOS!

We are continuing to work hard on support for building iOS apps with Xojo. We believe Xojo will provide the easiest and fastest way to build applications for iPhone and iPad. Our focus so far has been on the underlying framework. The video below includes a demo of an iOS app we created in Xojo. I showed a small part of this app at the Xojo Developer’s Conference earlier this year.

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The beginning of the end of software patents?

Last week, the country of New Zealand (or “Middle Earth” for Lord of the Rings fans like me) joined the EU in passing legislation banning software patents. They did this because it’s becoming impossible for software developers to innovate without finding themselves violating someone’s patent. This drives up the cost of software development and drives down innovation.

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PostgreSQL SSL Connection

 

Your Xojo apps can connect to many different databases, including PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and ODBC. Learn more about connecting to different database servers here.

We get all sorts of questions about connecting your apps to specific databases. Recently, a developer  asked about connecting his app to the PostgreSQL database using SSL for a secure connection. In Xojo this is simple.

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Linux and Overlay Scrollbars

Linux, especially Ubuntu, has quickly evolved, introducing core UI changes such as the global menu bar (akin to OS X’s single menubar system) as well as Overlay Scrollbars. Overlay Scrollbars were meant to reduce the amount of clutter needed around content areas by showing up only when hovered over, and always outside the content area. If you’re developing any kind of serious application on Linux, especially if you are targeting Ubuntu, you want to be able to detect whether or not the system supports Overlay Scrollbars.

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