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Issue 19.1


A Whopping Upgrade

Thoughts from the Publisher

Issue: 19.1 (January/February 2021)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: When xDev publisher Marc Zeedar was a kid he used to create magazines just for fun. Now he's doing it for a living!
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While most people are going to think of 2020 as a down year, it really had some spectacular results in it. Apple, in particular, hit the ball out of the park on several fronts—from new devices to the fantastic M1 system-on-a-chip, it didn't let a pandemic slow it down.

Xojo has also done well, providing us with the great Christmas present of 2020r2, which has got to be the biggest upgrade in Xojo history (in terms of compelling features, not lines of code). So many new things were released, including compiling for Apple Silicon, that we can't even fit everything into this issue of xDev—even if it is our longest ever!

In This Issue

We kick off our 19th year of publication (wow) with an issue packed with coverage of the latest Xojo additions. Curious about Apple Silicon? We've got you covered. I've got an overview of using Xojo on the new CPU and a review of Apple's new MacBook Air.

Then we've got an article about Workers, Xojo's new technique for writing code that takes advantage of multiple cores.

I also write about some of Xojo's new graphics features in Beginner's Corner, demonstrating how to work with gradients with my new app, GradientMaker. It's a visual gradient designer that will generate Xojo gradient code for you!

In other features, Justin Elliott is back to continue his Git series. This time he goes in-depth into using Xojo with Git.

And Markus Winter has more MapKit, going into more detail on how to customize annotation views.

In our regular columns, Paul highlights some of the changes with Xojo 2020r2, and "Best of the Web" features links to articles about M1, app-making, and COBOL. Yes, COBOl! Enjoy.

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