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December 2009

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The Register: Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?

The Delphi Disciple – The always excellent Tim Anderson, writing for the always excellent The Register, has put together a nice article on the relative success and failure of .NET as a platform and as a Java-killer.I've made it clear in the past that I'm no fan of .NET and I don't see any clear benefit to our industry by ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-12-18 12:49

November 2009

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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1 (iv)

The Delphi Disciple – So it has been a while since I last updated on my progress with the migration from Delphi 6 to Delphi 2009. There's a reason. I'm still on Delphi 6 and I've got nowhere fast with ODBCExpress!To be fair to its developer, Pieter Myburgh, it isn't his project anymore and he has been very good in ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-11-26 11:35

July 2009

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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1 (iii)

The Delphi Disciple – Still calling this Part 1 (Act 3) as I'm not actively pushing anything forward until I've overcome the ODBCExpress hurdle. I've had some positive steps forward with this.I have been in regular contact with Pieter Myburg, its original author. Even though he is no longer actively developing it, he has ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-07-09 11:56
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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1 (reprise)

The Delphi Disciple – So I haven't really got any further yet because I'm waiting to hear back from the author of ODBCExpress whether or not he will look to upgrade the packages for Delphi 2009. He's emailed to say he is "looking into it". From the newsgroup I can see I'm not the only one crossing my fingers.If he ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-07-01 19:52

June 2009

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The road to Delphi 2009 - Part 1

The Delphi Disciple – OK, so I started with the easy stuff. Installing third-party components.Raize Components - CheckTMS Component Pack - CheckReportBuilder Enterprise/Server - CheckOK, these were easy because they were designed for Delphi 2009.ODBCExpress - Oh. Well, according to its lead developer Pieter Myburg on ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-06-25 19:33
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Bit the bullet: Delphi 2009!

The Delphi Disciple – So, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Delphi upgrade, to D2009. The offer was too tempting and I have started to become frustrated with being left too far behind with Delphi 6.Thanks to one of the distributors in the UK, Grey Matter, we got the D2009 upgrade for 20% off. This was a promotion ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-06-24 00:21
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Upgrading a major project to Delphi 2009

The Delphi Disciple – Lars Dybdahl has posted an excellent summary of his experience converting older Delphi projects to Delphi 2009. Very relevant to me and many Delphi users, I'm sure:Compas Pascal: Upgrading a major project to Delphi 2009: "g"
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2009-06-01 16:59

December 2008

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CodeRage 3

The Delphi Disciple – CodeRage 3 seems to have gone pretty well judging by those who were involved with it. I'm pleased, it's good that CodeGear/Embarcadero does this because it shows that they're focusing their mind on the developers (and possibly trying to showcase for potential new customers). There will always be an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2008-12-10 17:33

August 2008

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Delphi 2009 Sneak Peek Videos

The Delphi Disciple – I've just watched Nick Hodges go through some of the VCL enhancements for Delphi 2009, and two things struck me. Firstly, I can't understand why the PasswordChar feature on TEdit was being demonstrated; I was running Delphi 6 side-by-side with the video, and was changing this property with the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2008-08-05 13:20

June 2008

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Code: Speed vs Aesthetics

The Delphi Disciple – In our drive to produce the fastest, most optimised code out there, sometimes we can leave ourselves with a sprawl of code that no one else is going to be able to follow - or quite possibly you may not be able to follow a few months down the line, even though you wrote it! I'm not talking about ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2008-06-03 16:47

January 2008

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Real-world tools #6: Raize Components

The Delphi Disciple – Despite the claims that I don't like to have reams of different component packs installed in Delphi, there is often a case that a particular component set just has that killer component that demands its use. I've been aware of Raize Components for years but never made the leap of using them because ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2008-01-24 12:27

September 2007

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Real-world tools #5: IP*Works! SSL

The Delphi Disciple – It's been a while and for that I apologise, although perhaps many of you are grateful that it's taken 2 months for me to post. Usual stuff, I know you're all up against the same things. Deadlines, massive development schedules, testing, meetings... you know, real-world stuff. I wanted to get back ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2007-09-20 18:31

July 2007

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"Do you have a .net version?"

The Delphi Disciple – A reasonably common question we get asked these days in tender documents or over the phone is "is your product written in .net?" or similarly "do you have a .net version of your software?". At this point I bite my tongue, take a breath and try to find out exactly why they've asked such a ridiculous ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2007-07-27 14:54
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Business Case for upgrading Delphi

The Delphi Disciple – On July 6th, Nick Hodges blogged about a new wiki page he has created entitled the Business Case for Delphi. This is a great idea (admittedly not his own) and for a moment I thought he had stolen my thunder on a topic I've been meaning to write about myself. However, Nick's topic is about why Delphi ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jason Sweby @ 2007-07-12 19:01
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The moving Microsoft standard

The Delphi Disciple – When I was first brought into my company to port the software from Unix to Windows, Windows 95 was the latest OS and Microsoft were very proud of it. Although I didn't read any official literature from them at the time, I was already aware from my own use of Windows that there were certain standards ...
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