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March 2014

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When You Say Nothing At All…

Te Waka o Delphi – This is another one of those posts that has a bit of a double meaning in the same title. First, there is the matter of a useful hint/warning that I think could be emitted by a Pascal compiler. The other is what I have been up to in recent months that I have been so […]
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jolyon Direnko-Smith @ 2014-03-09 21:26
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“The Operation Could Not Be Completed” – Solved!

Te Waka o Delphi – For a while now I had been frustrated by Visual Studio‘s sudden decision to be un-cooperative when saving new projects, but have finally solved the problem! Or at least, that manifestation of the problem that was afflicting me. The issue I was experiencing was baffling. Following these steps: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2014-03-05 23:38

December 2013

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Old XML Bug in Delphi Causes New Problems

Te Waka o Delphi – A post came up in recent days on the NZ DUG mailing list, about a problem with the LoadXMLData() function on Android. The problem subsequently was found to also exist on Win32. And indeed, the cause was found to go back at least as far as Delphi 2006. So why did it only come up […]
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-12-06 03:09
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What is Hydrogene ? Asked and Answered

Te Waka o Delphi – Over the past few weeks there has been some speculation as to what the mysterious “Hydrogene” that RemObjects have been working on may or may not be. Well, that particular feline has slipped it’s captors and escaped the bag. I’m not aware of any official announcement and I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-12-03 07:29

November 2013

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DUnit Compatibility in Smoketest

Te Waka o Delphi – To address some odd concerns about differences between DUnit and Smoketest, I thought it would be useful to demonstrate how it is entirely within the gift of a Smoketest user to create their own “comfort” layer, to make using Smoketest more similar to the DUnit framework if they wish ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-25 01:09
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Smoketest – Performance Case Visualisations

Te Waka o Delphi – This post is a peek behind the curtain of the next major update to Smoketest which I hope to have completed shortly: Performance Case visualisations. Smoketest has always had two types of test case that you could implement by deriving from two distinct base classes: TTestCase is the base class for ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-22 02:49
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Smoketest – Interfaces vs Inheritance

Te Waka o Delphi – A couple of commenters on my previous post have taken issue with my use of interfaces to form contracts between test cases and the test framework, rather than using simple virtual methods and inheritance as found in DUnit. I thought it would be interesting to illustrate why I went down this route. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-21 20:38
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Smoketest – Set Me Up / Tear Me Down

Te Waka o Delphi – In a previous post I demonstrated how the default “pretty name” for a Smoketest test case (derived from the test case classname) can be over-ridden by a test developer by implementing a specific interface (INameCase) on the test case class itself. There are some other interfaces that can ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-20 09:39
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Smoketest – Some Differences With DUnit

Te Waka o Delphi – Writing tests in Smoketest is intended to enable a test developer to write tests in a way that describe themselves, without requiring the test developer to add this “narrative” themselves. To see this in action, I thought I would compare some simple DUnit tests with the equivalent using ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-19 05:43
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Bonjour JSON

Te Waka o Delphi – I know, you wait 5 years for a library then three come along at once! As well as Smoketest I also want to mention a couple of other libraries that have been published alongside it. They are wholly unrelated to Smoketest itself, so I decided to just quickly mention them in this separate post. The ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-14 20:02
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Smoketest 1.0 – Release and Be Damned!

Te Waka o Delphi – As I have been promising for some time (quite literally year, I am ashamed to admit) I am finally unclenching and releasing the Smoketest framework into the wild, ready or not. The code is published and will continue to be updated in a github repository. Documentation is still a little scant at the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-14 07:33
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A True Work of ART

Te Waka o Delphi – For the past two years Google have been working on something for Android that could herald a sea change on the platform. ART. Essentially, ART is a new runtime which incorporates AOT (Ahead Of Time) compilation, essentially taking JIT to the next level by compiling an application in full at the time ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-08 05:37
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Setting The Record Straight

Te Waka o Delphi – Alexander to complained that my blog had become “really, but REALLY boring” recently. I was surprised because I thought I had been posting a lot of interesting, technical material lately and I wondered why Alexander seemed to think I was spending most – if not all – of my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-08 01:35
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Creation Stories

Te Waka o Delphi – In the beginning there was The Word a HWND. But not all gifts of creation can be relied upon, as I just learned. Or rather, remembered. As regular readers will know, I am currently polishing up my Smoketest framework for release (don’t worry, this post won’t take long and then I can get ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-07 08:14
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Extending Smoketest (Part 2) – Great(er) Expectations

Te Waka o Delphi – In my previous post on Smoketest I showed how you can extend the inspections framework to work with complex types in your code. As promised, I shall now show how you can do much the same thing to extend the framework with entirely new tests. For a custom inspector an interface and a class are ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Deltics @ 2013-11-07 04:39
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