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December 2014

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Delphi Cookbook review

The Delphi Disciple – A few people have reviewed this book already but for various personal and work commitments, reasons, I've been unable to review the book until now. It's been many years since a really innovative Delphi book came out that was worth taking a look at. Delphi Product Manager +Marco Cantù's annual book ...
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October 2014

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Delphi development update

The Delphi Disciple – Hi everyone, I can't believe it's been over a year since my last posting. My last post was having a moan about the cost of Delphi XE5, coming from XE4. Well, as many pointed out to me, the Software Assurance plan was the way to go and I'm now happily running on Delphi XE7 and enjoying being on the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2014-10-17 16:04

September 2013

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The rising cost of being a Delphi developer

The Delphi Disciple – If you review my previous postings over the past few years, you'll notice that I'm overwhelmingly positive about Delphi, Embarcadero and the quality of the software I can release because of them. I subscribe to Delphi Feeds, as any self respecting Delphi developer should, and I read a lot of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-09-18 19:55

April 2013

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Initial thoughts on Delphi XE4 - iOS development

The Delphi Disciple – So the main thrust of my blog entries in the past few years have been about how I've wanted to make the leap from Delphi 6 to the latest version, currently Delphi XE3. As you may have read so far, we're now there and it has brought us so many benefits that I have promised I'll post about later. In ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-04-17 14:13

March 2013

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Migration to XE3: Almost there

The Delphi Disciple – Two months back, when I was replacing all of data layer components in Delphi 6, in preparation for the move to Delphi XE3, I never imagined that part would actually be the most time consuming. I am writing today having fully completed the software migration over to XE3. (There are still some ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-03-27 11:30
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Migration to XE3: ADO complete

The Delphi Disciple – If you've been following this (often tortuous) path of how we are going to migrate our 14 year old software from Delphi 6 to XE3, you'll know that our only real stumbling block was the fact we were using the now defunct ODBCExpress database component set. We needed to move to a different tool that ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-03-05 11:10

February 2013

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18 Years of Delphi

The Delphi Disciple – As many other Delphi bloggers have already written about, today marks the 18th anniversary of the release of Delphi 1.  This is a significant achievement given the years of speculation about Delphi's demise, and it certainly has been through some rough times. However, it genuinely feels like good ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-02-14 11:46

January 2013

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Delphi 6 to XE3: SOAP and IP*Works SSL

The Delphi Disciple – Although we have not officially begun the migration phase yet from Delphi 6 to XE3, I have started installing our third-party component packs to ensure they are all working. One of our products requires communication with the HMRC, the UK's tax man (equivalent of the IRS in the United States). This ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-01-31 15:30
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Migration from Delphi 6 to Delphi XE3

The Delphi Disciple – Welcome back! It's been 2 and a half years since I last posted on this blog. Although it is partly down to the usual "too much work" and "kids keep me busy", it's largely because even after all this time, I'm still on Delphi 6(!), and so had nothing new to report. That's right, we never managed to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2013-01-09 17:36

November 2010

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Using CDO to write to Exchange from a Windows Service

The Delphi Disciple – Not strictly a Delphi-post this one, but still a programming issue nonetheless. We have several Windows Services that have the ability to add an entry to people's Outlook Calendars or Task Lists. This cannot be done using Outlook Automation, because that requires Outlook to be accessible to run ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-11-16 16:35

September 2010

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Open Letter to Digital Metaphors

The Delphi Disciple – I am currently rewriting our standard Crystal Reports (over 250) in ReportBuilder, so that we can standardise on one report writer. I have been so impressed by ReportBuilder during this development process that I felt compelled to write to Digital Metaphors and let them know. I just wanted to drop ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-09-06 19:06

August 2010

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Still alive and still on Delphi 6

The Delphi Disciple – I hadn't realised that my last post was January, 6 months has just disappeared. 6 being the magic number, in that we still have not found the time to stop development on our products in order to migrate up to Delphi 2009 that we bought a while back. Since then, Delphi 2010 passed me by without a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-08-13 17:09

January 2010

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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1 (v) revisited

The Delphi Disciple – Well that was judicious timing (for once)! Just as we decided to take the plunge and do away with ODBCExpress in favour of dbGo, I had an email from Pieter Myburgh at Korbitec. In it, he stated that the management had rejected the proposal to make ODBCExpress open-source and instead have "end-of- ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-01-26 16:02
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The curious case of dead Delphi

The Delphi Disciple – You don't have to look very far for people asking the question "Is Delphi Dead?". StackOverflow had a recent question on it, and Delphi developer JamieI recently created a website to answer the question succinctly.OK, so it was a darling of the 90s and these days it isn't as high profile as it used ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-01-21 10:37
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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1 (v)

The Delphi Disciple – A new year and time to make a decision about how we are going to move our ten year old codebase from Delphi 6 up to Delphi 2009. If you've followed my other posts in this "road to Delphi 2009" thread then you'll know that I hit a stumbling block when migrating a third-party component, ODBCExpress. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2010-01-19 15:43
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