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Modern, Visual Basic For Your Mac

Did you love Visual Basic? A lot of us did, but it’s 2021 and technology is ever-changing. As you look at the modern alternatives, consider Xojo. For over 20 years, Xojo has been the spiritual successor to VB, a rapid, cross-platform programming language and integrated development environment (IDE). Often called “VB for the Mac”, Xojo is more powerful than VB6 and more approachable than VB.NET. Two factors that are increasingly important because modern coders are everywhere, not just in the technology department.

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ContainerControl: Composed User Interface Components

Xojo’s Library offers a good amount of UI controls ready to use: buttons, input text controls, lists, popup menus, progress bars, panels, labels, a control to play movies, etc. However, sometimes we need to display exactly the same combination of controls, using the same layout, in several windows of an app. What’s the best approach in these cases?

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Creating your own ComboBox Subclass with Sorted Menu Items

The Xojo ComboBox desktop control is a powerful one. It combines the capabilities of a TextField with the PopupMenu. That means that you can choose from the available options in the associated menu or you can type another value in the ComboBox text field. What about getting the ComboBox to do things not included in the class?

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Use Multiple CPU Cores with Worker

A Worker provides a way for you to have code that runs on multiple CPU cores. A Worker achieves this by running its code in a Console app. One or more of these console apps are started based on your Worker settings. Since these run as Console apps, the OS treats them as separate processes and spreads them out amongst available CPU cores.

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