BANano 4.50 released and Anywhere Software drops a bomb!

“A very exiting week it is” would Yoda say.

The latest version of BANano introduces the BANanoServer.b4xlib library, which is an easy to use wrapper around jServer, the same B4J lib ABMaterial uses. One can now use BANano to make stand-alone Web sites, but also interfaces for e.g. IoT and Raspberry Pi (when using the BANanoServer lib: as this is a normal B4J app, it can use all B4J libs on the server side) and build complex Web Apps.

NOTE: BANano still works without the BANAnoServer Library as it did before in case you want to use another backend like PHP, but only having to program in one language has huge advantages and is what RAD is al about. :)

When you will look at the code of BANanoServer, ABM users will recognize the powerful Caching system, Root, Websocket support and HTTP/2 filters. In BANano, all that code is removed from your own projects view (but still accessible as it is an open source .b4xlib).

Some ‘easy-to-use’ methods to communicate between the browser and the server are added (to call methods from each other and to exchange files).

More info and download BANano for free here: BANano Download

But the biggest news this week must have been the BOMB Erel from Anywhere Software dropped: B4A, the tool to make native Android apps, is from now on free to use for everyone!

From his announcement a couple of weeks ago:

I’m very proud in the continuing progress of B4X tools. I’m also very proud to be part of this amazing developers community.

In the last couple of years, I have a growing feeling that B4X tools do not realize their potential. While there are all kinds of development tools, B4X offers a unique set of features: simple, powerful, mature, great community, RAD, native, cross platform and more.
B4X tools are an excellent choice for a wide range of real-world use cases.

So, the question is how to make B4X more popular? Obviously, it is not a simple nor a short-term task.
A clear growth barrier is the fact that unlike most development tools today, B4A and B4i are not free. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago.

The big announcement today is that B4A will become free in a few weeks. The framework – set of internal libraries, will be open sourced.

We will accept contributions for B4A like currently done with B4J.
We’ve also secured funds from a US investor who shares my vision of making B4X a popular development tool. These resources will allow us to further expand.

Two huge points were raised here: for one, the tool that started it all (B4A) to make native Android apps, is now 100% free (download it here)! It is clear that nowadays paying for a development platform is so 2009. Some development vendors may exist for 20+ years, but haven’t grown accordingly and seem to be stuck in overprotecting their (outdated?) technology.  Clearly, Erel is not one of them and is thinking on how to expand his tools into the next decade.

But the second part may be even more exciting: a private US investor has shown interest in the potential of B4X and shares Erel view of the future.  This opens a whole new world to the development tool and allows to think a lot bigger. He can expand his team not only with new developers, but even more important, surround himself with professionals to market his brand and let the world know of the big impact his technology can have on any software developer.

Just read up on the forum (100K+ members) and one quickly realizes the brought spectrum of apps that can be written with B4X. It is used by big corporations like NASA, IBM and Bosch to name a few, but also by small companies and citizen developers. I for one use it daily in my day job at OneTwo and we feel so secure with the tools we use it as the foundation of all our software.  Very rarely one comes across a tool where the developers are so close to its users and actually listens to their concerns and wishes.  I remember having found a bug (yeah, you really have to go deep to find one) and after reporting it to the Anywhere Software team, 10 minutes(!) later, an update was released.  This has never been seen and blocked me zero time in my own development.

I am a big fan of the B4X suite. It allowed me to write ABMaterial and BANano, two libraries to make modern Websites and Webapps.  Something I can’t see me do in any other tool, at least not with such ease and speed. And it is fun, really fun to work with too. 🙂

So I think Yoda would concur: ‘The future, bright it is!’

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[B4X] BANano 3.09 Released

CHANGES:

1. NEW: BANano .b4xlib libraries

The big change is the introduction of being able to make and use BANano libraries in the B4X .b4xlib format.
This has a couple of profound advantages over normal .jar libraries for BANano:

a. Because the libraries are compiled at the same time as the app, BANano can remove classes that are not used in the app. This works best for libraries that use Custom Views.

E.g. suppose you made a big library with a lot of components like DatePickers, Grids, etc. If you don’t use a certain component, then that code is not included in your final app. This can reduce the size of the generated app considerably.

I think the way BANano generates a build (very modular) is now paying off big time.
But, this really depends on how modular the library builder has written his library.

e.g. if a class is used in a method in a module, but this method is never called in your app, all the classes (and the DependsOnAsset, see 6) will still be included.

b. As all the assets are included in the .b4xlib, you don’t have to worry about adding them in your app anymore: they are copied and included automatically. This means less clutter in your Files tab and no more .AddCSSFile or .AddJavascriptFile that are just needed for a library. You just have to worry about the assets you use in your app.

c. No more need to make a library in two steps (BuildAsLibrary + Compile to Library)

As a Library Builder, there is nothing special you have to do in B4X, except using:

BANano.BuildAsB4Xlib("1.01")

I’ve tried it on all the libs and projects I have and it looks like it works, but maybe there are still some problems in it. I had to make a lot of changes to the core of BANano to make this possible, so the chance exists.

In short: TAKE A BACKUP! :)

2. NEW: The generated .js files are in Build (release) modus a lot smaller (tests showed sometimes 50% smaller)

3. CHANGE: UseServiceWorker is now by default false. You will have to set it to True if you want to use a Service worker.

4. NEW: MinifyOnline now also minifies CSS files

5. NEW: MergeAllCSSFiles and MergeAllJavascript files: will create one CSS and one JS file by mergin them.

6. NEW: DependsOnAsset

When creating e.g. a Custom View, you can set if it Depends on certain CSS, Javascript or other asset files.
For CSS and Javascript, you must still use the AddCSSFile & AddJavascriptFile in AppStart.

7. Because the Transpiler gets more and more options, I created a new object BANano.TranspilerOptions that hosts those options.

The old ones are marked DEPRECIATED (they still work, but will eventually be removed). A warning is shown.

8. NEW options: ShowWarningsDeadCode & RemoveDeadCode

Only works in Build

Shows a warning in the log if the transpiler suspects some code is dead (never used).
This is handy, especially in the final stage of development to remove code (or comment out) that is never used.

Methods with a _ in their name are always considerd to be needed.

You can then use the RemoveDeadCode property to prevent GENERATING dead javascript code.

9. Added the Fetch API: see here

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[B4X] BANano 2.38 released

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CHANGES:

1. Fix for CallInlinePHPWait which was missing the CallAjaxWait method

2. Fix for Bit functions where the first param was ignored

3. New BANanoURL, a wrapper around the URL object

4. Shortcut for URL’s CreateObjectURL() and RevokeObjectURL() on the BANano object

5. New BANanoLibrary BANanoMediaRecorder which allows WebCam/Microphone/Screen recording

see for more info: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-capture-webcam-microphone-screen.104504

6. Other small transpiler fixes

Download: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-website-app-wpa-library-with-abstract-designer-support.99740/

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Young Africans learn IoT programming with B4X

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Some young and interested African tech enthusiasts completed their first IoT course using the free B4X tools from Anywhere Software, congratulations!

In a hackathon event in celebration with International Arduino Day 2019, a deep overview as seminar on B4X products and specifically utilizing B4R with famous micro controllers and technologies was organized.

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[B4X] BANano new UI library

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Great new BANanoLibrary by Kiffy: BANanoKendoUI

Unlike other RAD Web tools, with B4J and BANano, you are not limited to UI frameworks like bootstrap. Just use the one you like!

More info: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-kendo-ui-core-wrapper.103257/

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[B4X] BANano 2.25 released

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CHANGES:

1. GetViewFromLayoutArray() and GetAllViewsFromLayoutArray() has now an extra first parameter to allow adding the B4J class where the layout was loaded.

2. New params to config the paths for a build:

  • SCRIPTS_FOLDER
  • ASSETS_FOLDER
  • STYLES_FOLDER

3. BANanoSkeletonCSS added some properties.  You will need to copy the new Library to your Additional Libraries folder if you have already used it.   The CSS file was also changed.

4. New example Website with multiple pages.  I made two versions, one using a Router, one without a Router.

IMPORTANT: they need to run on a real server (or e.g. the Chrome Server plugin!)

It is a real world example I wrote for a friend of mine who owns a B&B.

Demonstrates:

  •  multi-pages
  •  multilingual supports
  •  browsers Back/Forward buttons support.
  •  floating navigation bar

It is ridiculous how little programming I had to do to make his site. Finished the whole thing in a morning. 🙂

Both examples are heavily commented.

5. The following JavaScript DOM objects have been wrapped:

  • BANanoWindow
  • BANanoHistory
  • BANanoLocation
  • BANanoGeoLocation/BANanoGeoPosition (https only)
  • BANanoConsole
  • BANanoNavigator
  • BANanoScreen

Some are used in the examples in (4)

6. BANanoObject has been extended with:

  • AddEventListener
  • ClientLeft/Top/Width/Height
  • OffsetLeft/Top/Width/Height
  • ScrollLeft/Top/Width/Height

7. Other transpiler fixes.

Download: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-a-sneak-peek-into-a-progressive-web-app-library.99740/#post-627764

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[B4X] BANano 2.19 released


CHANGES:

1. Fix for bug in release mode for #if CSS commenting out all generated Javascript after it.

2. Support for #ExcludeFromLibrary. Modules having this tag set to true will not be compiled into the BANano library.

3. Fix for bug ‘OR’ between two String functions:

e.g. previously failed:

Dim myString As String = "Foo"
If myString.ToLowerCase.Contains("foo") Or myString.ToLowerCase.Contains("bar") Then
   Log("!")
End If

4. Fix for List AddAll(), AddAllTo()

5. BANanoObject.Initialize2() second param can now also be an Array. This makes it possible to do this:

In Javascript:

var myGraph = new Dygraph(div, data);

BANano:

DygraphObject.Initialize2("Dygraph", Array(div, data))

6. Support for BANanoPromise. See this tutorial: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-working-with-promises.102413/

7. 3 shortcut methods on the BANanoElement:

.GetField
.SetField
.RunMethod

All three are BANanoObject methods, now also available on BANanoElement as shortcuts.

So you can now do:

Dim UploadedFiles() As String = BANano.GetElement("#fu").GetField("files").Result

instead of having to do (both still work):

Dim UploadedFiles() As String = BANano.GetElement("#fu").ToObject.GetField("files").Result

I hope this will help confused users who do not always understand when to switch from BANanoElement to BANanoObject.

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https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-progressive-web-app-library.99740/#post-627764
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