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January 2010

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Will Apple accept Google NaCl on iPhone, iPod, iPad?

Compas Pascal – Apple did it again - they released a great product called the iPad. However, the main reasons that people buy these products, is that it is good quality and they do things better than the competitors. However, in order to protect the business model of Apple, and in order to ensure a good overall ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-01-30 11:52
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VMware converter review

Compas Pascal – Recently I upgraded to a newer laptop, and considered to virtualize my old laptop, because there are so many settings for software development, that are not easily copied. This includes search paths that depend on the drive configuration, installation of tools (cygwin etc.), and many other things. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-01-23 13:43
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ANSI in the Win32 API is not about the character set ANSI

Compas Pascal – One of the most frequent misunderstandings that I have seen about the Unicode migration of Delphi, is that many consider the Ansistring of Delphi 2007 and older, and all the Ansi functions in the APIs, to be about the ANSI character set. If you live in USA or any other country that uses ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-01-23 12:16
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English - the superlanguage

Compas Pascal – My first programming language (ND80) saved all identifiers by reference in order to save RAM, which was scarce. Using the swap instruction, it was possible to replace any identifier with another, so basically, the entire, programming language could be translated to Danish, my native language. Sounds ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-01-16 13:20

December 2009

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Snake game: when programming isn't compatible with modern theories

Compas Pascal – I saw a question about how to create a snake game "like on the Nokia mobile phones". The answers differed a lot from each other - but few talked objects (OOP). The general consensus was that the snake should be represented as a double-linked list, linked using pointers. The first time that I saw ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-26 12:00
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Unicode technical paper from Cary Jensen

Compas Pascal – Cary Jensen has produced a White Paper about migrating to Delphi 2009, with real stories from real migrations. View it here or download it here. The paper is the result of his call for migration stories, earlier, and a lot of people contributed with examples, including me. Besides being a good paper ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-23 15:07
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Kylix comeback or something better?

Compas Pascal – Heise.de reports, that the Qt toolkit is currently being ported to Google's Native Client (NaCl). Qt was known as the GUI framework for Kylix on Linux, and once Qt has been ported, it seems like a very easy thing to make Kylix able to compile GUI apps for Google NaCl, providing a development kit ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-22 21:20
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Call for learning about bits and Bytes

Compas Pascal – I still often encounter people with a Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or whatever, who are not used to think bits and bytes. The world of computing is huge, and I fully understand that the universities need to filter and carefully select what topics they should teach ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-18 17:51
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When to use record instead of classes

Compas Pascal – The original use or the record construct in ObjectPascal was to group different values in a way, that can be used in arrays, parameters etc. Classes have taken over this job, but the record construct is still sometimes important. For instance: type TTest= class a,b,c:integer; end; ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-10 12:18
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Why there is no app store on Windows

Compas Pascal – How long does it take to install Microsoft Office? Well, first you have to order it, and then you have to wait for it to arrive by mail, on a physical medium. Ever wondered why there is no app store on Windows? Steve Ballmer explains it in an article on CNET: "nobody has any trouble getting apps" ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-12-07 10:17

November 2009

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MSIE market share below 13%, the problem of not upgrading

Compas Pascal – MSIE is still by far the biggest browser on a world scale, but segmentation adds another picture: * In some market segments, MSIE 6.0 is still used on more than 80% of all PCs. * Some websites have MSIE below 50% (like W3Schools or some Delphi developer sites). Users seem to upgrade their ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-11-29 10:48
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Google Wave is a software development platform

Compas Pascal – Google Wave has been reviewed in multiple places, but mostly by looking at the usefulness of the GUI tool that Google has made available. Instead, this post will focus on it's ability to compete with alternatives. Google originally launched it as "e-mail as it would have been if we designed it ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-11-27 19:28
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The power of app stores and usability

Compas Pascal – I use Vopium to reduce my phone bill when making international calls and calling back home from other countries. Very nice product, huge savings, no subscription fee, works seamlessly when making calls, and easy to install from their homepage. However, the obvious is to install such tools from the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-11-21 13:42
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Std. cookie use outlawed in EU

Compas Pascal – EU has investigated internet technology, and discovered that http-cookies are an invasion of privacy. Therefore, a new directive has been made, that forces consent before using cookies. To many programmers, this seems idiotic - cookies have worked well for 15 years, and continue to do so, and many ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-11-16 14:15
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The case for Domain Specific Languages

Compas Pascal – Instead of wondering why Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) make sense, let's try to look at the number of people doing programming. According to various sources, there could be about: * 9 million programmers in the world * 0.5 million professional programmers in USA+Canada * 25,000 self-employed ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2009-11-01 10:17
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