Thursday, 25. July 2013

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TTransparentCanvas: changing the background color of glowing text

The Itinerant Developer – You have probably already seen how to use DrawThemeTextEx on Vista and above to draw text with a white blurry 'glow' effect behind it. It's commonly used when drawing on glass, to ensure that text has enough background contrast to be easily readable. But the API only draws a white glow. What if you ...

Wednesday, 24. July 2013

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Getting wget on a Mac

Olaf Monien – wget is a standard tool for issuing HTTP requests from a command line. Even with having Indy’s TIdHttp on a Mac now, it might be handy for some tests or scripts to use wget. The equivalent of IdHttp.get(''); is wget Unfortunately though wget is not installed ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Olaf Monien @ 22:29
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INI Files on iOS

Stephen Ball – I am currently recording part of tomorrows iOS Summer School and showing how to access and use INI Files on an iOS device. INI Files are great and have been around for a long time. Even though the fashion at times has been to switch to XML files as they can handle more complex structures, INIFiles, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 18:21
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Why Some Mobile Apps are So Slow

The PodCast at – If you haven’t read the lengthy article on Why Mobile Web Apps are So Slow I recommend you check it out. It appears to be well researched, citing lots of tests, sources, benchmarks and authorities. My takeaway is that JavaScript is garbage collected, and garbage collection introduces overhead ...
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