64-Bit builds will be out of beta. This means that XojoScript will be 64-bit capable as well. This also means that 64 bit builds for Windows will include application icons and version info.
Remote Debugging will be available for the Raspberry Pi. This should make using and developing on the Raspberry Pi that much better.
Remote debugging will also be available for 64 bit! This should make the transition to 64-bit much faster at this point. I know that we are holding off moving to 64-bit builds because of the lack of remote debugging.
String and Join functions that are pretty slow in 64 bit builds will now be considerably faster. Again, really good news for some developers that have experienced this.
Second and Third Quarters:
New projects will be 64-bit by default. 32-bit builds are NOT going away. What is going away is 32-bit versions of the IDE and while nearly all Mac OS X and Linux OS’s are already 64-bit this might cause some pain for Windows users that will have to update to 64-bit.
The new Xojo framework will come to Console, Web, Desktop and Mobile. (Technically speaking mobile is already using the new framework.)
New plugin format: Currently plugins in Xojo are written in C/C++ and are only supported for console, desktop and web application. Developers will be now be able to create plugins in Xojo that will include resources, windows, etc. that are not possible in the current format. The advantage of this is that it will allow anyone with a Xojo Pro license to create plugins and could (potentially) dramatically increase the availability of 3rd party controls.
These plugins are compiled into an intermediate format that is not human readable. Presumably this format is something that can’t be reversed by the average developer.
This new plugin format will become the preferred format but the old style format will be supported for the foreseeable future. It will be supported for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Linux ARM, and for iOS. This last item is a high want by many Xojo developers.
Interops is a new feature to take the place of Declares in Xojo. Declares are great but there’s no autocomplete and there’s absolutely no data type checking. Interops should make this much easier.
More news coming up!