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EXE Apps: Making system calls

When we came up with our implementation of EXE files, we realized it would be great if there was a mechanism for making system calls. Let’s see how this is done.

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Some thoughts on hosting services…

This is a guest post by long term NS BASIC user, Lee Church. He nails the reality of hosting services. When you are ready to deploy your app to the world, you’ll need one. Some thoughts about hosting services and … Continue reading

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Responsive Design: Centering a button vertically

Vertical and horizontal centering is hard. Here, from CommitStrip.com: Here’s a good resource with suggestions on vertical and horizontal centering: https://css-tricks.com/centering-css-complete-guide/ Let’s work through an example.

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Responsive Design: Rotating Your Device

When designing an app for mobile devices, you need to consider what happens if the device is rotated. You can just put up a message asked the user to rotate back, or you can design your app so it looks … Continue reading

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AppStudio 5: Using a local copy of jqWidgets

If you use any of the jqWidgets samples, you’ll notice the files for jqWidgets get loaded directly from jqwidgets.com. This makes sure that our samples are always using the latest versions of the files, and means we don’t have to … Continue reading

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Make your own Windows apps!

AppStudio 5 lets you create native Windows apps from your projects. It’s dead simple: Choose ‘Make Windows Executable (exe)’ from the Run menu, and your Project.exe file is ready a few seconds later. Now you can distribute your apps to … Continue reading

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Container, Part 2: Putting controls inside

In our last blog post, we looked at how the new AppStudio 5 Container control could be used to create your own controls. Today, we discuss how the Container can be used to group controls. There are a few reason … Continue reading

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Container, Part 1: Make your own control

One of the new controls in AppStudio 5 is the Container. It has a couple of uses: you can create your own controls with it, or you can use it as a container for other controls. We’ll deal with the … Continue reading

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Simulate an Actual Device for Testing

Want to test how your app will look without have to download to a device? Recent enhancements to Chrome make this possible. Now it’s easy to watch the affect of different screen sizes and rotation on your app – all … Continue reading

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Including Files with your App

The Project Explorer is the table of contents for your app. Whenever you add a Form or a Control to a Form, it gets added to the Project Explorer. You can include files in your app by dragging them into … Continue reading

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