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An Insider’s Top 10 Code-Free Tips To Being A Skilled Programmer

At Xojo we’re a company of programmers who work with programmers and after 21 years or so, we like to think we know our stuff. In honor of International Programmer’s Day today, we’d like to offer our experience in the form of a listicle. 😉

Whether you’re new to programming or an experienced developer, there are some things you’ll just never find in a reference manual. We’re passionate about writing good code and these are our 10 tips to be a better programmer.

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Design Patterns in Xojo: Observer, Part II

In previous blog entries we saw how easy it is to implement the Design Pattern Singleton and how we can find the Observer Design Pattern already implemented on several Xojo features by default, greatly simplifying our code and interaction between the objects. Now, as promised, it is time to put it all in practice, creating our own Notification Center: a class that will allow us to share the same unique instance for the entire App (Singleton), and that can use any object in order to register itself for receiving notifications by the observed Control, for one or more message (the notifications themselves).

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Design Patterns in Xojo: Observer, Part 1

In a previous post we saw how to implement the Singleton Design Pattern in our Xojo apps. Now, it is time to look at another useful Design Pattern you can use in your apps: the Observer Design Pattern. This one solves the kind of question “How can the ‘x’ controls be automatically notified every time there are changes on ‘y’?” Sound interesting? Let’s see how!

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In fact, this is the first of a two part series regarding the Observer Design Pattern. This one will focus on how easy is to implement using the interfaces already available in Xojo for UI controls like the PushButton, the BevelButton, and also for the Timer class. In Part 2, we will see how to implement the Observer Design Pattern from scratch, using our own Classes and Interfaces, so it will be easier to understand the mechanisms behind this Pattern and how to use it.

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Design Patterns in Xojo: Singleton

One of the best things that Xojo offers to programming newcomers is that they can simply jump-in and start to write code. In a matter of a few hours they’ll have a functional app! Nothing new here. (Or for not-so-newcomers, a fast way of creating a functional prototype from a idea).

CandyMachine.pngBut as these users advance in their Xojo skills, they probably will care about coding better and to embrace the OOP way of doing things. After all, Xojo is a modern programming language with Classes, Inheritance, Interfaces and a bunch of the usual OOP paradigms that have much to offer: reusability, better maintainability and a lot of flexibility.

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