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Issue 17.3 ('XDC 2019')
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XDC 2019 Keynote

News from Miami

Issue: 17.3 (May/June 2019)
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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Xojo CEO Geoff Perlman kicked off XDC 2019 with his keynote address (see Figure 1), updating everyone on the state of Xojo. Basically, while much progress has been made, none of the exciting new features talked about in Denver last year are quite ready, so this keynote felt like a repeat.

Geoff talked about Android (much closer to being done), Web Framework 2.0 (same), and API 2.0 (almost done and will ship mostly at once instead of piecemeal). Even Flarum, the new software for the forums, isn't ready yet.

While not having new features to play with is frustrating to impatient Xojo users, it was good to hear about the progress that has been made. Android has been integrated into the IDE, apps run in the simulator and on hardware, and building even works. It's far enough along that a version of the XDC app was released for Android this year.

(A user gave me a demo and it was impressive. While it didn't have the same polished look as the iOS version, it seemed just as full-featured.)

All that's left for Android is to finish implementing the framework and port the debugger. Not small tasks, but it's good to see things happening.

On other fronts, Xojo seems to be doing well. Website/account creation is up 200% in the last year, and the development environment's demographics are skewing younger (see Figure 2). Impressively, the number of women using Xojo has almost doubled since 2017 (see Figure 3)!

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