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Thursday, 26. September 2013

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Developer Tablets (US): Google/Asus Nexus 7 $119 to $139

Michael Swindell – Google/Asus are flushing out their 1st gen Nexus tablet inventory. These are great quad core tablets for Delphi developers. Many of our team members use these same tablets. They are factory refurbished first gen Nexus 7 fast quad core tablets (2nd gen was released recently) running Android 4.1 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Swindell @ 20:56
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RAD Studio XE5 Easter Egg

Lars Fosdal – I am the curious kind, so a armed with experience from earlier versions and the will to do a little experimentation, I brought up this photo: Within RAD Studio XE5, do Help|About Hold down the Alt-key and type TEAM Double-click in the scrolling list of names Click to enlarge - I can see ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars Fosdal @ 17:53
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On Learning Programming and Math at Coursera

Craig Stuntz's Weblog – Coursera, Udacity, MIT Open Courseware, and other such sites are useful to me because they decouple the desire to learn college-level material from the expense and regulations of earning (another) diploma. The latter isn’t compelling to me today, but the former certainly is. I’ve now ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Craig Stuntz @ 17:48
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Always Review Your Code

TURBU Tech – I got a request at work yesterday to look at an issue one of our clients was having.  A certain service didn’t seem to be doing anything at all, with no failure messages in the server logs.  After asking a few questions and checking out the log, I determined that the initialization code for ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 13:30
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Just filed Mercurial Bug 4043 – HG 2.7.x cannot convert a local file based SVN repository with db format 6 (works fine with db format 4)

The Wiert Corner – Converting SVN repositories to HG isn’t always as straight forward as you want to. GExperts and GExperts-Formatter succeeded a while ago, but DSharp (a very nice library by Stefan Glienke) failed at first. It so happens that in the mean time, I switched VM’s to Delphi XE5 with a fresh ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 13:04
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Boosting Work Classes with a mini Object Pool

DelphiTools – Work and processing classes are typically short-lived, created to perform one form of processing or another then freed. They can be simple collections, handle I/O of one kind of another, perform computations, pattern matching, etc. When they’re used for simple workloads, their short-lived ...
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Nostalgia. Is it just a thing of the past?

Brian Long – I was put onto this treasure trove of old scanned manuals the other day: http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/borland. It contains a huge directory hierarchy of PDF scans of old product manuals from all sorts of vendors. And that’s scans of the whole manuals, not just the front covers. ...
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Wednesday, 25. September 2013

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Blackberry is Still Ahead of Microsoft

The PodCast at Delphi.org – When talking about Delphi XE5′s support for Android and iOS, someone usually asks if we plan to support Windows Phone, but never asks (that I’ve heard) if we plan to support Blackberry. In the news we keep hearing how Blackberry is struggling and losing market share, while Microsoft is ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 23:27
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Embarcadero email subscription system now lets you customize what you receive

Sip from the Firehose – For all of you who receive emails from us, you now have the ability to customize what you receive and don’t receive from us.  Prior to this enhancement, all you could choose was to subscribe to and unsubscribe from everything.  With the new system you can choose what types of communication you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David Intersimone @ 20:10
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Strange Loop Crossword

Craig Stuntz's Weblog – I wrote a 15*15, NYT-style crossword puzzle for Strange Loop. On the NYT difficulty scale, it’s roughly a Wednesday-level puzzle. However, it was written for Strange Loop and thus does presume familiarity with functional programming and math, and has a few "inside jokes." You can find the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Craig Stuntz @ 17:17
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Delphi XE5 Android Wallpaper

The PodCast at Delphi.org – I had this great Delphi XE5 Android wallpaper forwarded to me from one of our partners in the Czech Republic. It is 1920 by 1080 and 510 KB as a JPEG or a whopping 10 MB as a PNG.  
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 03:55
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Latest EMBT Offer

TPersistent.com – I just received an email offer from EMBT to upgrade to XE5 for Android development with a generous 10% off.  The email contained a “Shop online at https://store.embarcadero.com and use coupon code SPECIAL10 at checkout.” near the botton, so just for giggles I clicked on the link.  It ...
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Tuesday, 24. September 2013

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Parallels 9 and VM’s on External Drives

Te Waka o Delphi – Not a Delphi or even Pascal related post on this occasion, but an experience that may interest any developer running Windows in a VM on a Mac. I have been using Parallels desktop virtualisation solution to run Windows on my iMac since the day I got it (or I should say “them”, since I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 23:37
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TMS Pack for FireMonkey now supports XE5 and Android

The PodCast at Delphi.org – Very exciting to see an update from TMS for their TMS Pack for FireMonkey with support for XE5 and Android (as well as iOS, OS X and Windows). Their pack includes a great diverse collection of controls for both mobile and desktop apps.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 18:05
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Assorted Delphi XE5 Links

Marco's Tech Blog – There has been a flurry of blog posts around Delphi for Android over the past week, while I was on the road. I'd love to have the time to mention each of them and comment on some, giving my perspective. But if I wait to have time, those blog posts will get old. So here is a rather assorted ...
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