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MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr8


New in this prerelease of the 20.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr8


New in this prerelease of version 10.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Using DebugBar in Xojo for IE HTMLViewer


We found DebugBar, an extension for Internet Explorer and it still works in Windows 10, so we worked on an integration into Xojo as DebugBar doesn't do that as is.

For next MBS Xojo Plugins we add the new ShowDebugBar function for IEWebBrowserMBS class. Our plugin will look for the HTMLViewer in the window, then create a new window and host there the DebugBar component. Looks like this:



We have four tabs there. The first one allows you to inspect the DOM and you can use the green picker to select an element on the web site. If you move the mouse over one of the elements in the DOM tree, the element highlights on the website. You can also inspect styles and modify all in the text field below.
The HTTPs tab currently doesn't work, so check the Script tab, where you can see all JavaScripts, adjust them and execute some JavaScript right in the window.

There are a few issues and we'll see if we can resolve a few with the developers from DebugBar to make this as useful as possible for you. And they certainly appreciate if you buy a DebugBar license.

See   DebugBar website   Download   Features   Order

Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Using DebugBar in FileMaker for IE WebViewer


We heard the cries for an inspector for Windows and looked around for help. Recently we found Firebug, but that only works if you install it on the same domain. Our search continued and we found DebugBar, an extension for Internet Explorer and it still works in Windows 10, so we worked on an integration into FileMaker as DebugBar doesn't do that as is.

For MBS FileMaker Plugin 10.3 we add the new WebView.ShowDebugBar function. Our plugin will look for the web view in the FileMaker window, then create a new window and host there the DebugBar component. Looks like this:



We have four tabs there. The first one allows you to inspect the DOM and you can use the green picker to select an element on the web site. If you move the mouse over one of the elements in the DOM tree, the element highlights on the website. You can also inspect styles and modify all in the text field below.

The HTTPs tab currently doesn't work, so check the Script tab, where you can see all JavaScripts, adjust them and execute some JavaScript right in the window. See screenshot below:



There are a few issues and we'll see if we can resolve a few with the developers from DebugBar to make this as useful as possible for you. And they certainly appreciate if you buy a DebugBar license.

See   DebugBar website   Download   Features   Order

Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Xojo Developer Magazine 18.4


The July/August (18.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Introducing PowerXS (Part 1) by Marc Zeedar
Marc unveils his new framework cloning tool for XojoScripts that he was going to speak about at XOJO.CONNECT this year.

OOP Listbox (Part 2) by Markus Winter
Markus continues creating his object-oriented Listbox.

On the Scene Again (Part 3) by Stefanie Juchmes
More SceneKit, this time exploring solving and animating a popular brain teaser.

Porting a Mac App to iOS by Tom Baumgartner
How hard is it to port your Mac app to iOS? Tom recently did it and shows what it took.

MapKit (Part 5) by Markus Winter
Markus continues in his quest to draw maps with Xojo, this time going deeper into finding and displaying addresses.

PLUS: WWDC 2020, Xojo on Android, Web 2.0, Drag and Drop, Best of the Web, and more!

Mehrwertsteuersenkung


Vorübergehend bis zum Jahresende wurde in Deutschland die MWSt. von 19% auf 16% gesenkt.

Wenn Sie eine MBS Plugin Lizenz kaufen und aus Deutschland kommen, aber nicht vorsteuerabzugsberechtigt sind, können Sie ca. 2.5% sparen beim Einkaufspreis.

Für alle Geschäftskunden ändert sich effektiv nichts, weil Sie die Steuer ja verrechnet bekommen beim Vorsteuerabzug.

[English] VAT rate in Germany changed temporarily from 19% to 16%. While we appreciate a tax reduction, it's a hassle to implement for everyone with a shop, doesn't save much money for tax payers, but creates a big hole in the budget for the government.

FileMaker records to XML or JSON


Sometimes you need to query FileMaker records as XML or JSON data and include related records. This can be tricky to do in pure FileMaker scripts and calculations, but via MBS FileMaker Plugin we can provide help. Our FM.SQL.Execute function can use SQL to fetch records. The FM.SQL.CSV, FM.SQL.JSONRecord and FM.SQL.JSONRecords functions can help to pack those in comma/tab separated text or JSON. New for next plugin version are FM.SQL.XMLRecord and FM.SQL.XMLRecords functions to do for XML what we had for JSON already. 


Below we have a sample script to use FM.SQL.XMLRecords to get records from two tables and insert the related records in the right position in the XML with our XML.SetPathXML function.


# SQL XML in file Contacts


# Run query to fetch some records

Set Variable [ $sql1 ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.Execute"; ""; "SELECT \"PrimaryKey\", \"First Name\", \"Last Name\", \"Company\", \"Title\" FROM Contacts") ] 

# get them as XML

Set Variable [ $xml ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.XMLRecords"; $sql1; "people"; "person"; "ID¶First¶Last¶Company¶Title"; 2+1) ] 

# 

# loop over records to look for related record

Set Variable [ $count ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.RowCount"; $sql1 ) ] 

Set Variable [ $index ; Value: 0 ] 

If [ $index ≤ $count ] 

Loop

# get primary key from result

Set Variable [ $key ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.Field"; $sql1; $index; 0 ) ] 

# Run query for related records

Set Variable [ $sql2 ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.Execute"; ""; "SELECT Type, Number FROM \"Phone Numbers\" WHERE ForeignKey = ?"; $key) ] 

# get them as XML

Set Variable [ $xml2 ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.XMLRecords"; $sql2; "phones"; "phone"; "Type¶Number"; 2+1) ] 

# Now insert them in the person node as new child phones

Set Variable [ $xml ; Value: MBS( "XML.SetPathXML"; $xml; "people.person[" & $index &"].phones"; 0; $xml2 ) ] 

# don't forget to release memory

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.Release"; $sql2) ] 

# 

# next

Set Variable [ $index ; Value: $index + 1 ] 

Exit Loop If [ $index ≥ $count ] 

End Loop

End If

# 

# don't forget to release memory

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "FM.SQL.Release"; $sql1) ] 

# Output the XML with format & color

Set Field [ Contacts::XML ; MBS("XML.Colorize"; MBS("XML.Format"; $xml)) ] 


We hope this helps people interested in XML exports. Same technique can be used with our JSON functions to build similar JSON structures.


PS: Script text copied with color using our copy button in Script Workspace.


Using WolfSSL and custom CURL functions


The fine people at WolfSSL have a few impressive products around SSL, Encryption and SSH with an emphasis on the performance and on a small footprint. Since CURL already offers multiple SSL backends, we could build our plugins using wolfSSL.

CURL is doing well and we are using it now for over 10 years in our plugins for various tasks including HTTP, FTP, SFTP and email via IMAP or SMTP protocols. See the state of CURL video where Daniel explains the progress.

Compared to the OpenSSL library we use currently for most things, wolfSSL has a lot to offer:
  • If you are concerned about memory usage, check wolfSSL as it uses less memory.
  • When you need a cross platform SSL library, it offers latest TLS 1.3 with DTLS 1.2.
  • They include hardware support for encryption, so if you have acceleration hardware in your computer, they can use it.
  • While wolfSSL has its own interface, they also have a compatibility interface matching OpenSSL, so a transition would be easy.
  • You may benefit from additional progressive ciphers such as ChaCha20, Curve25519, NTRU, and Blake2b.
  • wolfSSL can be used for free with the GPL license option or used with commercial license and they offer paid support.
If you have a need for use of wolfSSL, please let us know. We can offer to use CURL functions using wolfSSL as SLL backend for your projects in Xojo and FileMaker.

Together with wolfSSL, we can offer customization to CURL library itself. We corodinate with Daniel Stenberg from wolfSSL to get changes made for you in CURL and then integrate those into our plugin functionality to get you the features you need the most.

See also wolfSSL vs. OpenSSL and CURL at wolfSSL.

Please contact us if you are interested in some special CURL modifications or use of wolfSSL and related products in FileMaker or Xojo.

Using Sharing Services in MacOS with FileMaker


With next MBS FileMaker Plugin (already in 10.3pr7 to try), you are able to trigger the sharing services in macOS from FileMaker. You can pass images, URLs, styled text and native file paths to various services. Not just one value, but several, e.g.

  • Send text and image to Messages
  • Send files, text, images, URLs, subject and recipients to Apple Mail
  • Send pictures to Photos application
  • Send text and URLs to reminders or notes applications
  • Send files via AirDrop to other users
  • Send URLs to reader list in Safari
  • Send PDF to Books application
  • Send picture to make it the desktop background

More services are available, for example when you install other applications.

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Xojo like properties with parameters in C++


Xojo has a very unique feature: the assigns keyword. You use it to have two methods (getter and setter) with parameters work like a property. e.g. in the dictionary, you have those methods:

Value(Key as Variant) as Variant

and

Value(Key as Variant, assigns Value as Variant)

The first is a normal method returning the result. But the second one has an extra parameter, which is then filled with an assign operation. You write something like d.value(1) = 2, where the 2 is internally put as a parameter and internally calls Value(1,2).

To replicate this in C++, we got a way to replicate this by using a temporary object and two blocks for getter and setter. So the value() function in C++ returns the IntPropertyAssign object, which knows how to get or set the value. Then we can either assign a value, which calls to the operator= and calls setter. If you query the value, it calls through to the getter. (more)

Inside Delegates


You may have used a delegate in Xojo before. Technically a delegate is an object encapsulating a function pointer and if needed a reference to the object reference for a non-global method. As delegates are objects, you can store delegates in a dictionary or array and reference them later by name or index.

Although delegates are objects and they point to a class definition for a "Delegate" class, there is no such class known to the Xojo compiler. You can't use isA with Delegate or extend Delegate via extends or a plugin class extension. The only way to detect if an object or variant is a delegate object is to use introspection and check the full name there:

Dim aDelegate As ADelegate = AddressOf someFunction
Dim i As Introspection.TypeInfo = Introspection.GetType(aDelegate)

When you create a delegate, Xojo allocates an object for you. If you pass in a global method, it just reference the function pointer. But for a method from an object, the object is also referenced. Such a reference may be weak if you use weakAddressOf operator in Xojo. There is no built-in way to get the weak status or the target object, but there are feedback cases and we may be able to do something via plugin.

If you assign the delegate to the Ptr, you get the internal function pointer. This pointer doesn't point to the object, but to the actual Xojo function to be called through the Invoke method. If you assign one delegate to another delegate, that will work as long as the parameters are the same for both types.

We'd love to see Xojo Inc. add some properties to the Delegate class like "Target as Object", where you can see the target object. For weak delegates, a weak property may be great to see the status. And of course the target should become nil if the weak reference got invalid. Currently we can only handle that with catching NilObjectException when invoking them and then set delegate to nil to clear it. More great properties may be the parameters as string as well as a the delegate name itself.

To mitigate the issue for us, we add three functions GetDelegateParametersMBS, GetDelegateTargetMBS and GetDelegateWeakMBS. All take a variant with a delegate. They check whether this may be a delegate and if those, return you the parameter string, the target object or the weak flag. They do work in current and older Xojo version on macOS, Windows and Linux as we see, but may break with a future Xojo update. For weak references, the target is nil when the reference is broken.

See also a few feedback cases worth to support:
20844: Show more delegate information in the debugger
23305: Let Delegates to have properties to retrieve its content
26060: Detect weak status of a weak delegate

Firebug as Web Inspector for FileMaker on Windows


Did you know the old Firebug (ceased in 2017) can still be used in a web viewer in FileMaker on Windows?

We got it to work here for some development:



Allows to open a console, do some inspection in DOM tree and CSS rules. It even allows you to select object in the html page with mouse to inspect. And can optionally run in a separate window.

But sadly it is long outdated, so may not know latest JavaScript tricks or have some bugs. And doesn't work with more than 1x resolution of screen as far as I see. But otherwise may be a help here to debug JavaScript with IE 11 within FileMaker's web viewer. For installation in FileMaker, you can run the JavaScript to initialize via WebView.RunJavaScript via our plugin.

Vier Monate bis zur Deutschen FileMaker Konferenz 2020 in Malbun


Noch vier Monate bis zur FileMaker Konferenz 2020 in Malbun (Liechtenstein).

Vom 28. bis 31. Oktober findet die elfte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz im JUFA Hotel in Malbun, Liechtenstein statt. Ursprünglich geplant für Juni muss die Veranstaltung leider in den Oktober verschoben werden. Wir hoffen dennoch auf tolles Wetter, viele Interessante Teilnehmer und Gespräche. Eventuell könnte das die einzige Konferenz rund um FileMaker in diesem Jahr werden, die vor Ort stattfindet.

Ein MBS Schulungstag ist für den Mittwoch vorher geplant. Bei Interesse kann man sich gerne bei uns anmelden. Die Ankündigung liegt hier: MBS Workshop



Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2020 rund 120 Entwickler, Anwender, IT-Fachleute und Entscheidungsträger aus Wirtschaft, Bildung und Verwaltung. Rund um über 20 Fachvorträge und Workshops wird es viel Zeit zum Vernetzen in den gemeinsamen Pausen und beim Abendprogramm geben.

Für den Deutschsprachigen Raum ist diese Konferenz das Treffen des Jahres. Hier finden Sie vom Anfänger bis zum Profi Kontakte zu anderen Entwicklern. Lernen Sie was es neues gibt, nehmen Sie Impulse mit für die eigene Arbeit und erfahren Sie mehr zu FileMaker von deutschsprachigen Experten!
Bitte planen Sie wenigstens einen extra Tag ein für ihren Besuch in Liechtenstein, damit Sie die Natur in dem schönen Tal geniessen können. Den Aufstieg auf den Sareis können Sie bequem zu Fuß vom Hotel aus starten und die Turnastraße hinauf spazieren bis zum Restaurant am Gipfel. Oder alternativ die Seilbahn nehmen.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr7


New in this prerelease of version 10.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • MBS FileMaker Plugin compiles for Apple Silicon, so we are ready.
  • Added Hex and Base64 as text encodings, so lots of functions can take those and decode/encode automatically.
  • Rewrote Font.Activate and Font.Deactivate for newer macOS versions.
  • Changed stored license handling for iOS to now show expired dialog when an old license is stored in preferences file.
  • Added script name comment to copied scripts.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr7


New in this prerelease of the 20.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel


Wir haben die Artikel zum MBS Plugin aus dem FileMaker Magazin gesammelt hier online gestellt: FileMaker Magazin Artikel.

Wir empfehlen allen FileMaker Anwender ein Abo vom Magazin und den Kauf der alten Ausgaben.
Das FileMaker Magazin ist eine exzellente Quelle von Informationen, Anleitungen und Profitips.


Windows Photos Acquire


For next MBS Xojo Plugins we add classes for Windows Photos Acquire API on Windows 7 and newer. Our new WinPhotoAcquireMBS class lets you open a source and acquire the pictures from it, e.g. import from digital camera to local folder.

Please use WinPhotoAcquireDeviceSelectionDialogMBS class to ask the user to pick a device. That may be a WIA, STI, File System, WPD, STI or TWAIN device as long as Windows has drivers for it. The dialog looks like the screenshot on the right.



Next you can use WinPhotoAcquireOptionsDialogMBS class to show the dialog to do settings. The user may just pick settings and save them for next time. There is also WinPhotoAcquireSettingsMBS class to manually configure them and define some parameters like the file name template.



The source may provide pictures dynamically without importing via WinPhotoAcquireSourceMBS class. Check there for the items() and inspect them. Each WinPhotoAcquireItemMBS object may give you the name, thumbnail and you can request the data.

You can acquire pictures with or without progress dialog. If you request without dialog, you can still use WinPhotoProgressDialogMBS class to show progress. Via WinPhotoAcquireProgressCallBackMBS you receive updates from Acquire method on how processing is going, e.g. when a transfer starts, ends and how the progress is made. You can return true in Cancelled event to cancel it at any time.

Those new classes accomplish the ImageCapture class for MacOS and the WIA classes for Windows to access cameras and scanners.

MBS Workshop in Malbun bei der FileMaker Konferenz


In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verein FM Konferenz bieten wir eine Schulung zum MBS Plugin an. Am 28. Oktober 2020 können Sie in Malbun, Liechtenstein an einer eintägigen Schulung teilnehmen. Lernen Sie die über 6000 Funktionen einmal näher kennen und wie Sie sie effektiv einsetzen. Sammeln Sie Ideen und verbessern Sie ihre FileMaker Lösungen durch den Einsatz unseres Plugins.

Das Monkeybread Software Plugin für FileMaker stellt eine vielseitige Erweiterung der eigenen Datenbank dar. Der Kurs bietet nicht nur einen tiefgreifenden Überblick in die Benutzung und Entwicklung, sondern bietet auch die Chance das Plugin günstiger zu erstehen.
  • Einführung in das MBS Plugin
  • Überblick über die Funktionsbereiche
  • Neues im MBS Plugin dieses Jahr und in der dann aktuellen Version
  • Rundgang durch ausgewählte Beispiele
  • Gemeinsames Implementieren von Plugin Funktionen in eine Datenbank.
    • Upload/Download mit CURL auf einen HTTP/FTP Server
    • Ausfüllen eines Formulars auf einer Webseite
    • Bilder bearbeiten
    • PDF Verarbeitung
    • Druckerfunktionen
    • Barcodes und Zahlungsscheine
    • Einbinden von Webservices with JSON/XML für REST/SOAP.
    • Senden und Empfangen von Emails.
  • Fragen und Antworten
Die Teilnahme kostet 200 CHF inkl. Verpflegung und MWSt.. Trainer ist der Plugin Entwickler und Monkeybread Software Geschäftsführer Christian Schmitz persönlich. Beginn gegen 9 Uhr und Ende gegen 16 Uhr.

Anmeldung bei Monkeybread Software.

Am Abend vorher treffen wir uns zum gemütlichen Beisammensein im Restaurant vom Konferenzhotel. Im Anschluss an die Schulung können Sie gleich rüber zum Apero gehen und die anderen Teilnehmer kennen lernen. Wegen Covid-19 besteht die Möglichkeit, dass Veranstaltungen ausfallen müssen. Das wird sich eventuell erst kurzfristig entscheiden. Aktuell ist Liechtenstein Covid-19 frei und die Grenzen sind offen. Wir bitten um baldige Anmeldung und können für unsere Schulungen eine kostenlose Stornierung anbieten.

Bei Fragen und Themenwünschen melden Sie sich bitte direkt bei uns.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr6


New in this prerelease of the 20.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr6


New in this prerelease of version 10.3 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Older blog entries:

2020-06-25 MBS and OmegaBundle 2020
2020-06-24 Apple Silicon
2020-06-21 Search shortcut for Script Workspace
2020-06-21 Ten months till Xojo.Connect 2021 in London
2020-06-20 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr5
2020-06-20 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr5
2020-06-20 Moved to macOS Catalina
2020-06-19 ChartDirector PDF Output
2020-06-17 Convert office documents to PDF with LibreOffice
2020-06-17 Set initial file for FileMaker 19 by script
2020-06-16 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr4
2020-06-16 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr4
2020-06-16 Omegabundle for Xojo 2020
2020-06-16 Claris Partner Connect
2020-06-15 Drawing with DirectDraw in Xojo
2020-06-15 MBS FileMaker Plugin Presentation
2020-06-12 Xojo reports with backgrounds on PDF
2020-06-12 Swiss QR-Codes for invoices as vector graphics
2020-06-12 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 20.3pr3
2020-06-12 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.3pr3

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