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New Year

Thoughts from the Publisher

Issue: 22.1 (January/February 2024)
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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Happy New Year! Every year in tech promises new things. The funny thing is that it's often a while before what was new one year becomes useful or mainstream. By then the hype has calmed and it's hard to get people excited about it.

Like a few years ago Apple Silicon changed computing and now it's normal. In late 2022 ChatGPT set the world on fire, but we're still absorbing the changes "AI" is making in the world. Last year Android support was released for Xojo and I'm sure it'll get better and better in 2024.

In a month or two Apple will release their Vision Pro headset, which is exciting, but it could be a few years before it takes off (if it does). Maybe in 2026 we'll all be attending a Virtual XDC from home on our headsets.

Personally, I'm excited about the future. It's often hard to see what's happening when you're close up and in the middle of it, but with the perspective of time you can look back and go, "Wow. That really changed things."

In This Issue

In our cover feature, I write about mimicking my desk toy in Xojo with a falling sand simulation. I also benchmark the new Xojo release, and I continue my design patterns series with a look at the Decorator pattern.

Eugene continues his Raspberry Pi series, this time demonstrating how to retrieve GPIO information.

In our columns, we got "obvious" tips for beginners, how to handle exceptions, email parsing, and more. Enjoy!

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