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Jump Right In! Just Code Challenge

I’m often asked by kids and adults how they can start coding and learn to make apps? You could start with the usual books or videos.

But maybe you want to jump right in. When I started programming that is exactly how I learned. I tried things to see what worked and what didn’t work. I also looked at and modified other programs I found.

You can learn to code if you just code.

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Identify Images Using IBM Watson’s Remote APIs

Some of the most interesting web services you can use with Xojo through remote API calls are related to Artificial Intelligence. There are many different APIs provided by the main players in the AI sector, but IBM’s Watson is by far the most well known.

I’m going to show you how to connect to IBM’s Watson services with REST APIs and how to use them with Xojo projects to identify images. This is just one example, of course, of the many ways to utilize Watson and AI in your Xojo apps.

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2018 Xojo Design Award Winners

During his Keynote, Geoff announced the winners of the 2018 Xojo Design Awards, honoring excellence in software design in the following categories: Best Developer Tool, Best Specialty App, Best Consumer App, Best Mobile App, Best Utility App and Best Cross-Platform App.

These apps represent the creativity, flexibility and diversity in the Xojo Community – support this year’s winners and the whole Xojo community by sharing and reviewing their apps on social media and app stores!

This year’s winners are:

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Make It Your Way: XojoThemes

As developers, we often like to have things set up and configured in our own way and our favorite IDE itself, Xojo, is certainly no exception. Xojo allows you to customize it in lots of way but today I want to talk about theming the IDE, or specifically the code editor.

Xojo has always had the ability to customize colors of tokens in the code editor. For example, you can open up Xojo’s Preferences and change the colors of keywords, strings, comments and much more, as well as the font and font size. Other than making things look pretty, there are practical reasons for doing all of this. You may find certain themes are easier on your eyes, especially as you age. Or you may want to have one color scheme for daytime, such as a light background with bright colors for the tokens, and a different color scheme for late night coding, such as a dark grey background with more subdued token colors.

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The Xojo Developer Conference just sold out, here’s how you can still join in…

Last week the 2018 Xojo Developer Conference sold out! We are very excited about the enthusiasm for this event, and for it being held in Denver. We received the most early registrations we have ever had for XDC, the final list includes attendees traveling from 12 countries. Registration for this year is higher than that of 2015 and 2016, and there is already a growing waiting list! You can be added to the waiting list here.

Even if you aren’t able to join us in Denver for XDC this year, there are still some ways you can stay in touch with attendees, hear major Xojo announcements and leverage the content from the conference.

 

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Take a Sanity Break: Check Out Xojo’s Office Pets

A wonderful perk of Xojo’s virtual office is getting to spend the day with our favorite people, and by people I mean pets.

Having a pet in your office provides a friendly, positive diversion, which is excellent for employee morale, pets can also increase productivity and their presence in the workplace has been proven to reduce stress. Pets help us working-from-home workaholics step away and take a sanity break. So take a minute and have some eyebleach on us. Meet the Xojo office pets!

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Do you need an iMac Pro for Development?

Of course you want an iMac Pro! But do you really need one for your development work? Most of the iMac Pro videos and reviews seem to focus on video and audio editing, which are certainly tasks that make use of the many cores that are available (8-18).

But software development is also a Pro task. What benefits does an iMac Pro bring to a software developer?

Typically most people will opt for a computer that probably has four cores such as found in the i5 and i7 series. These are used in the popular Macbook Pro and iMac models, for example. Four cores sure sounds like a lot so why would a developer need more?

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