BKeeney Software has been doing Xojo development for a long time. Our clients span continents and industries and when we’ve needed something that doesn’t already exist we’ve created it. This is how ActiveRecord/ARGen and Shorts came into existence. In both of those cases we used them internally for quite a while before making them available for others. Some products, like Formatted Text Control, were purchased when the developer left the community and since we depended on the product we decided to keep up development on it.
The question of the day is this: What components does the Xojo developer community really need/want that we don’t have yet?
To me, the clear winner is a nice grid component. At one point I recommended the Einhugur StyleGrid and DataGrid controls but it was never updated for HiDPI and there are no plans to do so. As far as I know there aren’t really any good replacements for them. Add any suggestions to the comments below.
We use a ton of plugins but it makes no sense to have every plugin installed for every project. We also don’t update plugins unless we have a need so a minor update to a three year old application probably doesn’t need the latest plugin. Managing plugins across vendors is a real pain. Likewise managing Xojo versions for client projects is a chore because one project might be on Xojo 2015 R4.1 for some technical reason while another is at a newer version (but not the latest) and some projects are on the 2017 R2.1. While it’s not hard to manage all this it’s harder managing that across multiple developers. I’d love to have a utility to manage Xojo and its plugins by project. As far as I know there’s nothing out there that does all of this. Do I need to write this myself? And really, how many developers need this level of Xojo/plugin management?
What else do you need/want to make your Xojo development life easier?