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Saturday, 21. December 2013

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InfoPower grid for FireMonkey – free with XE5

Delphi Haven – In case anyone interested in FMX isn’t aware, Woll2Woll’s InfoPower grid for FireMonkey can be got free with XE5. OK, no source, but it’s much, much better than the standard offering: If you want to see the Android targeting in action, Woll2Woll have a demo on Google Play ...
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What am I missing out on if I'm not using Distributed Version Control?

Delphi Code Monkey – As requested, I'm posting my thoughts about Centralized version control versus Distributed version control. Centralized version control was, in its day, a wonderful thing.   It is dated now, and for many teams, the benefits of moving to a distributed version control system could be ...
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Wrapping Up 2013 - Finish Your Year in Style with RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder XE5

Delphi Insider – Wrapping Up 2013: Finish Your Year in StyleRAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder Developers,As we approach the end of the year, developers are scrambling to complete projects before they disappear for the holidays. RAD Studio XE5, Delphi XE5 and C++Builder XE5 can help speed up your development and ...
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Friday, 20. December 2013

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System.ByteStrings support for XE5 Update 2

Andy's Blog – XE5 Update 2 broke the Android System.ByteStrings.o file. So I recompiled it with XE5 Update 2 and now you can use the Byte-Strings (UTF8String, AnsiString, RawByteString, ShortString) also with XE5 Update 2. The unit System.ByteStrings reintroduces: ShortString AnsiString AnsiChar PAnsiChar ...
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Two lines of code to add QR, UPC, EAN code scanning in iOS Delphi applications

TMS Software Blog – For an internal project, we looked at integrating QR code scanning in an iOS application. As we didn't feel like reinventing the wheel and deal with the complexities of deciphering a QR code, we searched for existing code and after trying out several solutions, found ZBar to be one of the most solid ...
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Numerics 0.55 released

The Programming Works – Numerics 0.55 is available for download The main improvements are: 1) Explicit DLL load is supported by the function function LoadNumerics(const Name: string = ''): TF_RESULT; and this is now the recommended method to load the dll because it enables error handling: if LoadNumerics() < 0 then ...
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Numerics 0.55 released

The Programming Works – Numerics 0.55 is available for download The main improvements are: 1) Explicit DLL load is supported by the function function LoadNumerics(const Name: string = ''): TF_RESULT; and this is now the recommended method to load the dll because it enables error handling: if LoadNumerics() < 0 then ...
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Book Review: "Coding in Delphi" : A new Delphi book by Nick Hodges

Delphi Code Monkey – Right now you can only get it by buying Delphi XE5.  I just finished reading it, and I love it.  I think that the title needs to be understood with the word "Modern" put in there somewhere. Maybe "Coding in a Modern Delphi Style" would fit the content well.  The title is fine, but I'm ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 03:58
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Five Code Upgrade Snares and How to Avoid Them

Delphi Code Monkey – Here are five upgrade snares that have slowed progress or even stalled attempts by well meaning competent developers who have tried to migrate large code-bases up to new Delphi versions.   1. The "I must not rewrite anything" snare.The person who can not decide that something needs to be fixed ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 01:01

Thursday, 19. December 2013

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UI Design - What Not To Do

TPersistent.com – I would never claim to be a good UI designer.  What I know of design is from personal use.  One principle that applies to both code and UI design is that consistency is king.  I often look to widely used commercial software as models for UI design. Of course, one of the software packages I use most ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 21:20
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No time to rest: Endless possibilities with REST for VCL and FM

JT @ Embarcadero – REST is awesome. There I said it. And, like many of you, I’ve lived through several generations of remoting technologies over the years. What I like most about REST is its simplicity and inherent flexibility AND the fact that everyone is exposing their services this way AND it’s ...
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If you write database applications in Delphi…

Delphi Haven – … you may want to contribute to the following thread on the Embarcadero forums: https://forums.embarcadero.com/thread.jspa?messageID=620961&tstart=0#620961 Quote: Hello All At moment the DB RTL team is working on Data.DB.pas improvements. This is a good moment to bring our attention to ...
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Delphi XE2 Update 2 got released last week, end-of-year Delphi XE5 offer, #CodingInDelphi book

The Wiert Corner – Just around the start of the Delphi XE5 end-of-year special offer (more details below), Delphi XE5 Update 2 was released. It adds C++ Builder for iOS support, and fixes many bugs. What I like most is that the majority of XE2 Update 2 bugfixes are not FireMonkey related. It indicates the Delphi team ...
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Delphi XE3/XE4: removing empty .VLB files; XE5 update 2 and special offers are out. #codingindelphi

The Wiert Corner – Even when not using Visual Live Binding, Delphi generates empty .VLB files in both Delphi XE3 (virtually always) and Delphi XE4 (most of the time). Visual Live Binding is one way of binding data to UI in FireMonkey and can also be used in VCL, but does not have to (Alister Christie made a nice video ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jeroen Pluimers @ 14:32
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Borland Fun Facts: Matt Pietrek worked there too!

The Wiert Corner – Another episode in the Missed Schedule series that was originally scheduled for 20131201: Until I read the comments at Monitoring the Monitor, I only knew the early days of Matt Pietrek‘s work at NuMega and as co-author of one of the first Undocumented Windows books (another one appeared about ...
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