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March 2010

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The Delphi Overflow Doc Wiki Initiative

The Doric Temple – A couple of days ago, I was reading Jim Mckeeth’s blog post about setting up a Delphi documentation wiki. Now while I admire Jim’s drive and determination about anything Delphi, and I like his idea, there’s one sentence I don’t agree with. ”At first I was thinking Embarcadero could hire a tech ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-03-30 01:12
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Silverlight back from the dead.

The Doric Temple – Microsoft have probably just saved Silverlight. Their recent announcement of the Windows Phone 7 Series, and more importantly the development platform for that phone (Silverlight of course) means Silverlight is important now. I was always pretty sure WPF would become the defacto standard for desktop ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-03-21 01:08
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More Attributes

The Doric Temple – Just got a comment from Mason Wheeler, that he prefers to use attributes to indicate a property to NOT serialise , rather than those properties to serialise. I quite like this idea, as it’s true that if you have quite a few properties to serialise, your class may get rather messy. My only problem ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-03-06 18:08
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Attributes

The Doric Temple – Last time, I demonstrated how I would like to decorate my class using attributes to declare the table and column names I eventually will use to persist the class. Here are the the declarations of the two attributes I used. PersistentClassAttribute = class sealed(TCustomAttribute) strict private ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-03-06 14:05
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On ORMs

The Doric Temple – I’ve always had a soft spot for ORMs (Object Relational Mappers). Whilst opinion is divided on their use, I just love them. I’ve actually written a few, because I’ve never found exactly the right one for me. Currently in the Delphi world, there are a few open source ones, and some commercial ones, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-03-06 00:13

January 2010

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The Ribbon Control Update

The Doric Temple – A little update to my previous post. Most of the problems I have encountered can easily be fixed by viewing the form as text, and then going back to the visual form. It’s almost usable. Still a pity though.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-01-22 19:55
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The Ribbon Control

The Doric Temple – Now I’m not a major fan of Microsoft’s ribbon control, and our clients have for the most part stuck with Windows XP, and Office 2003, so there has been no real call for it in our applications. However, with the advent of Windows 7, we are getting more and more calls for our application to look more ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-01-22 14:54
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Upgrading to Delphi 2010

The Doric Temple – While the next major release of the application I work on will no doubt be written in C# (unless we get a 64-bit Delphi, then I have something to argue my case with), for the short-term, we will continue using Delphi. To that end, I like to keep up with the latest version (not always sure that’s a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-01-21 13:58
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C# Native Compiler

The Doric Temple – I was wondering the other day about all the (failed) attempts by Borland/Inprise/Borland/Codegear/Embarcadero (that list there says a lot just by itself) at diversifying their native Delphi compiler. You had Kylix (Delphi for Linux), Delphi for .NET, and C# Builder. All of them not really what you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-01-17 00:41
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Delphi is Dying

The Doric Temple – Don’t you just hate those Delphi is Dying blog posts? I do? We have been bombarded by messages of doom since about Delphi 4. “Delphi is dying” they scream. “No it’s not”, we counter. “It’s alive and kicking”. The problem is, I think they finally may just be right. Now I’m a big fan of Delphi, I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2010-01-15 10:17

December 2009

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Is Embarcadero working on a Garbage Collector for Delphi?

The Doric Temple – Or is Barry Kelly (Compiler Guy at Embarcadero) just doing some bedtime reading? If he’s not working on this, I hope he’s working on the 64-bit compiler! Actually, I think he’s refactoring c to c++ code! Jokes aside, I don’t care how many road-maps we get from Embarcadero, or reassurances of the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-12-14 20:02

September 2009

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Delphi Community Edition

The Doric Temple – I’ve just read Jolyon Smith’s post on a Delphi Community Edition. All good stuff, and something I have been clamouring for, for quite a while. The thing is, I don’t think it will happen. Embarcadero are in the business of making money, not giving things away. Incidentally, I think they’d probably ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-09-21 21:31
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Customer Care

The Doric Temple – I was browsing Delphi tagged questions in stackoverflow yesterday, when I encountered this question. It’s all about generics in Delphi 2009. Whether they are actually usable. Here are a few clips from the answers :   I'm using generics extensively in Delphi 2009, and I can say it's not easy ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-09-10 10:06

August 2009

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W32/Induc-A are you worried?

The Doric Temple – Over the last few days there have been a flurry of posts about this virus. I’m not going to repeat what it is or what it does, as I’m sure any self respecting Delphi developer has read the same posts that I have. Are Embarcadero worried about this development? If not, they should be! (To be fair, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-21 13:26
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Time for new project type?

The Doric Temple – I’m not a web developer. While I did do some classic ASP earlier in my career, it’s mostly been about classic (Delphi) Win32 applications for me. So recently I thought I’d have a look at ASP.NET. At the same time, I thought I’d also have a look at ASP.NET MVC since that seems to be the in thing at ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-21 00:44
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