The Xojo Future
XDC Kicks Off
Issue: 13.3 (May/June 2015)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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XDC 2015 kicked off on Wednesday, April 29 with a keynote address from Xojo President Geoff Perlman (see Figure 1). As always, he gave us a recap of the state of Xojo and talked about the future of the product.
One significant detail was the announcement that this year, for the first time, all the XDC sessions were being recorded. Conference attendees will (eventually) have access to all the videos for free. There are plans to make the recordings available to others, but the cost and availability has yet to be determined.
Another interesting item was the fact that 24% of those at XDC 2015 were attending for the first time. That's a great sign of growth and new interest in Xojo.
I also enjoyed the look at how Xojo (the company) was able to use Xojo (the development tool) to create an XDC iOS app for those of us attending the conference. This app includes the schedule, maps, and allows the opportunity for rating sessions and giving speakers feedback (see Figure 2). Xojo also created a Passbook pass and wrote an iOS app that used the iPhone camera to scan barcodes, easing the registration process, as well as technology like notifications and iBeacon (see Figure 3). An additional early-morning session was added to the schedule for Greg O'Lone to explain how he accomplished the Passbook magic.
Geoff talked briefly about the success of the new Xojo forum which, after just two years, has nearly double the users and 2.5x post per day of the old system.
He then moved on to talk about Xojo Cloud, specifically highlighting the security aspects of hosting your web apps with Xojo. In the past year there have been 360 million scans against the system without a single breach. While that doesn't guarantee that it's foolproof, it is impressive. I thought Geoff was smart to point out that hackers aren't just interested in stealing your data—they also like to get access to your machine to use it for nefarious purposes, such as a spambot. Xojo web apps don't even have any open ports unless you explicitly do that via Xojo, meaning that even if a hacker were to gain access, he can't open any ports.
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