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April 2014

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Blog #18 - ADUG 2014 Interviews

LearnDelphi.TV – While at the 2014 ADUG Symposium in Brisbane, I interviewed a number of attendees and found out what they use Delphi for.  Watch the video on YouTube.  It runs to about 12 minutes.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2014-04-09 10:10

February 2014

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Movie #96 - Exit

LearnDelphi.TV – In this video we take a look at a couple of features of the Delphi exit statement.  These are the fact that you can specify a parameter to the exit statement, and that finally blocks are always obeyed even when you call exit.  It's two minutes long.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2014-02-03 06:09

October 2013

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Movie #97 - Common Delphi Coding Anti-Patterns

LearnDelphi.TV – During this session you'll either be thinking "I do that" (and hopefully you'll stop) or "I remember doing that" (while cringing at the memory). There are certain coding patterns that all Delphi programmers seem to use at some stage - some of them sub-optimal, some weird, and some just plain wrong. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-10-22 05:20
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Movie #96 - Escaping the Try...Finally...Free Nest

LearnDelphi.TV – We all want to do the right thing with memory management and make sure we tidy up after ourselves. However as our code gets buried in successive layers of object allocation, try, finally, free "nests" it all becomes a bit onerous -- and, well, resembling a pterodactyl nest. In this session, we look ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-10-22 05:16

September 2013

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Movie #95 - Margins and Padding Confusion

LearnDelphi.TV – In this YouTube video I take a look at the fact that depending on what version of Delphi and if you are using FireMonkey or the VCL, the definitions of Margins and Padding on controls are different.  Up until Delphi XE4, the usage of Margins and Padding in FireMonkey was reversed to that of the VCL, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-09-12 05:13

August 2013

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MVP Interview #1 - Jim McKeeth

LearnDelphi.TV – This is the first in a series of interviews with Embarcadero MVPs, and who better to interview first than the man who is going to be taking the MVP program to the next level - Jim McKeeth.  While we attempted to stay on the topic of Delphi programming, we did digress somewhat.  Watch the video on ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-08-06 09:17

July 2013

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Movie #94 - Begin instead of Initialization

LearnDelphi.TV – In this 4 minute video we look at the initialization and finalization sections of Delphi units, and how you can use begin instead of initialization - which may cause you some grief in some instances.  Watch the video.  In the video I also mention CnPack, which has some highly useful utilities.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-07-17 04:42

April 2013

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Movie #93 - Fish Facts for iOS

LearnDelphi.TV – In this video I write my first iOS application, the classic Fish Facts application - soon to be available in the App Store (or not).  We do this with the recently released Delphi XE4.  Watch it on YouTube.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-04-24 10:52
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Blog #17 - ADUG 2013 Interviews

LearnDelphi.TV – While I was at the recent Australian Delphi User Group (ADUG) Symposium 2013, I recorded a few interviews with the attendees during the breaks at the Sydney event, watch to find out what people are doing with Delphi in Down Under.  Watch it on YouTube, it's 10 minutes long.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-04-03 07:51

March 2013

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Blog #16 - ADUG Symposium 2013

LearnDelphi.TV – The Australian Delphi User Group are holding their Annual Symposium and I'm speaking.  It is being held in Melbourne (Thursday) and Sydney (Friday) the 21st and 22nd of March 2013.  Here is a brief 30 second snippit of my talk - if you want to see the whole thing then you had better register on the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? learndelphi@christie.net.nz @ 2013-03-15 11:47

February 2013

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Movie #92 - Renaming Component Events

LearnDelphi.TV – In this video we take a quick look at form inheritance, and why renaming component events can cause you problems.  The video is 7 minutes long.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-02-21 06:32
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Movie #91 - Assigning to an Items Property

LearnDelphi.TV – "If you assign a stringlist to a combobox items property using ':=', you still have to free the stringlist." This tweet by Nick Hodges is probably very obvious to any seasoned Delphi developer, however I think it's far from obvious to someone new to Delphi. In this video we take a look why we need ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-02-13 00:23
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Movie #90 - Code Fonts

LearnDelphi.TV – In this video we take a look at changing the default font for the code editor in the IDE (Courier New), to something better.  After a bit of research online I give a few recommendations as to what font to use, watch this video on YouTube to find out.  The video is 5 minutes long.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-02-05 00:58

January 2013

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Movie #89 - Implementing Interfaces Shortcuts

LearnDelphi.TV – In this video we take a look at some shortcuts to implementing interfaces on classes in Delphi.  Knowing these shortcuts will save you a bunch of typing (and hence improve productivity).  I produced this video in a response to a post by Nick Hodges (always a fan of his posts), in it he indicates ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-01-27 20:24
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Movie #88 - OnCreateItemClass

LearnDelphi.TV – The OnCreateItemClass event was introduced to TListView a few versions of Delphi ago, you've probably never noticed it but it's a big improvement on using the Data property on a TListItem - If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you need to watch my video on OnCreateItemClass here.  It is ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? alister@learndelphi.tv @ 2013-01-22 21:54
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