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Issue 15.3 ('Xojo Beginner's Guide')
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Beginner's Guide to Xojo

A walkthrough of basic Xojo concepts

Issue: 15.3 (May/June 2017)
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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For someone who has been using Xojo since its REALbasic days, it can be difficult to think like a novice. We take so many things about Xojo for granted—the way the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) works, how to build a user interface, where you put your code, what that code looks like, and so on—that it's easy to forget how foreign everything can seem to the newbie.

I've noticed some extremely basic questions on the Forums and it occurred to me that an overview guide to Xojo would be handy.

So this is a guide for first-time Xojo users. Since iOS and Web are specialized, I'm going focus on desktop apps. I will try to address the top confusing things and give you a gentle nudge in the right direction. I won't be teaching coding—that's a massive topic that requires whole books—but I'll show you the Xojo Way.

For the rest of you, read on—a refresher of the basics never hurt anyone. And if you have suggestions, corrections, or addendums, feel free to let me know or start a topic on the Xojo Forum to discuss the article.

Installing Xojo

We'll start with the most obvious thing—one that's often overlooked by pros since we tend to upgrade existing installations rather than install Xojo from scratch—how to install Xojo.

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