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Friday, 26. July 2013

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Delphi: do not do “if (not DirectoryExists(path)) then ForceDirectories(path))”

The Wiert Corner – During code reviews, I often see people do things like this: if (not DirectoryExists(Path)) then ForceDirectories(Path)) or this: if (not TDirectory.Exists(Path)) then TDirectory.CreateDirectory((Path)) Half a year ago, I wrote about .NET/C#: do not do “if (!Directory.Exists(path)) ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 13:00
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Using the FM Messaging System for In-process Publish and Subscribe on Windows, OSX and iOS.

Malcolm Groves – Using FireMonkey's built in messaging system with custom, application-specific messages to de-couple complex systems.
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LLVM: An emerging industry standard

JT @ Embarcadero – I was reading, with great interest, an article on Wired today about LLVM.  The author correctly points out that most of his readership will probably not have heard of this technology but he posits it is incredibly important in the world they do know, iOS and Android, and how it is the last bastion ...

Thursday, 25. July 2013

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Directions to iPhone, Windows & OS X

The PodCast at Delphi.org – I was thinking about the Delphi Mobile Roadmap and got the idea of making some Highway signs to illustrate that theme. Mostly for fun. Feel free to share this image with others who may be looking for direction to reach iPhone, iPad, Windows and OS X from a single tool.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 19:32
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Embarcadero SummerSchool 2013 Lesson 4 Q&A

The Wiert Corner – Replay video’s can be viewed through streaming.embarcadero.com (where you can also find the other series, downloads, etc). The SummerSchool 2013 replay videos are at streaming.embarcadero.com/summerschool2013 The Q&A from today’s session on “Accessing local storage” ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 12:42
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Reminder to Self: Messagepack / BSON / ProtocolBuffers

The Wiert Corner – Need to find/create a Delphi compatible version of Messagepack or BSON. –jeroen via Serializing and deserializing (packing/unpacking) to a file and/or memorystream with MessagePack in C# ». Filed under: .NET, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 07:00
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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('http://google.com'); is wget http://google.com Unfortunately though wget is not installed ...
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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 Delphi.org – 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 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 10:00

Tuesday, 23. July 2013

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David I to Discuss Mobile & Mac at the 2013 ISVCon

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – The 2013 Independent Software Vendor Conference (ISVCon), scheduled for September 27-29, 2013 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, has released information about the panel discussions and seminars that will be presented. Designed to deliver the latest marketing ideas to small software ...
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Podcast: Red Ant Games Talks with Jim McKeeth at Delphi.org

Pascal Game Development – Jason McMillen and Paul Nichols representing Red Ant Games talk with Jim McKeeth on his Podcast at Delphi.org about their current projects including working with Oxygene for Java,
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Also on the Tablet Show

The PodCast at Delphi.org – As an interesting turn of events I was interviewed on The Tablet Show a couple weeks ago. The Tablet Show is all about developing for tablet devices, and is by the same people who make .NET Rocks. The show is live today as episode 94. This show was recorded when I was still a Delphi MVP, before I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jim@delphi.org @ 03:45
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RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder promos still available

Sip from the Firehose – We have three special product promotions available for RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder developers. Two promotions are ongoing and there is a new one as well. This is your chance to update your developer tools and receive some cool additional tools, styles, support and maintenance. NEW! 6 Months ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David Intersimone @ 03:37

Monday, 22. July 2013

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53 – Subject 33 & Android Game Development

The PodCast at Delphi.org – Taking with Jason McMillen & Paul Nicholls of Pascal Game Development talking about Subject 33 and Android game development. Subject 33 is being developed with RemObjects Software’s Oxygene for Java and they are specifically targeting the new Ouya platform as well as Android in general.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jim@delphi.org @ 19:07
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