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August 2009

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Now I’m excited!

The Doric Temple – I’ve just read about attributes and RTTI in Delphi 2010. As someone who has used RTTI extensively and looked at reflection in .NET enviously, I can say I’m really looking forward to playing with the new RTTI model. As for attributes, I’m sure a whole new array of interesting ways of doing certain ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-17 17:08
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Productivity versus Excitement

The Doric Temple – Many of the commentators in my two recent posts pointed out that the IDE additions and fixes in the forthcoming Delphi 2010 will increase productivity. I have no doubt about that. There’s one in particular I can see saving me quite a bit of time, and that’s the uses units. I use that little tool all ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-12 13:49
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Delphi Love

The Doric Temple – I was rather surprised at the comments to my last post. Some were pretty heated. Delphi developers are extremely protective of their baby, but I knew that already. I didn’t actually think my post was that provocative, but perhaps it was. A good number commented that what has been released so far ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-10 12:23
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Delphi 2010

The Doric Temple – I know I’m supposed to get excited and all that, but I’m not. Improvements to the IDE, no matter how useful or needed just don’t do it for me. I guess it’s analogous to an accountant getting excited at improvements to his favourite calculator. (although I guess accountancy is so boring that a few ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-08-08 15:51

July 2009

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Delphi Generics

The Doric Temple – Generics was or is one of the flagship features of Delphi 2009. Probably up there with unicode. Unfortunately, I don’t think the time was been put into the feature that it deserves. It feels like a badly implemented third party component. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of communication ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-07-29 11:06

May 2009

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Consumer Protection

The Doric Temple – The European Commission is proposing wants to make developers, liable for their own code. When they say developers, I guess they mean the actual company that releases the software, rather than the individual developer. I have mixed feelings about this. As a developer, this would mean a fundamental ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-05-10 09:37
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Quality?

The Doric Temple – I’ve been using Delphi 2009 for about a month now, and for the most part I’m happy. Unfortunately that’s only because when you’ve been disappointed so many times, you’re grateful when you get an IDE that doesn’t crash every 5 minutes. Seriously though, so far so good. (one thing is driving me nuts ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-05-03 00:15

April 2009

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Generics in Delphi 2009

The Doric Temple – I've now had Delphi 2009 installed on my machine for about a month, and have been refactoring some code to take full advantage of Generics and Anonymous methods. I really like generics, but am beginning to feel really uncomfortable with the Delphi implementation. It just doesn't feel 100% stable. I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-04-18 01:28
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Component ITunes

The Doric Temple – Delphi’s strength has always been the VCL, and it’s extensibility. You always got a lot out of the box, but the knowledge that whatever you wanted to do, there was a component somewhere out there that would do it for you was an incentive to use Delphi. I could, and did spend days on the Delphi Super ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-04-03 01:27

March 2009

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When did the internet become so essential?

The Doric Temple – Next week I’m going into hospital for a knee operation. I’m not worried about the pain, or the months of rehabilitation afterwards. I’m worried about how I’m going to live five days without an internet connection. I’d gladly exchange painkillers for a wifi connection. When we get the occasional ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-28 09:01
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Catch 22

The Doric Temple – I’ve just read Marco Cantu’s comments about a few of my posts. (I’m honoured Marco!). The crux of Marco’s comments is that Delphi developers fall in to two distinct camps. Those who want Unicode and those who don’t. Therefore Codegear had to make a choice on whether to make it easy for camp 1 or ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-27 22:52
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Google is NOT the internet. Is it?

The Doric Temple – As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working late nights on my wife’s website, and I’ve been having a few browser problems. I kind of expected those, and have got round some of the problems, and fixed others. What I didn’t expect was my users not finding the site. As beta testers, I used some ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-24 23:59
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Misunderstood. Who me?

The Doric Temple – My last post generated exactly the type of comments I expected it to. In fact I could have written them myself as I knew what was coming. Here’s a sample, and my reaction to them. The US are only 5% of the world population. That means that 95% of all Delphi users need Unicode. I never said I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-24 00:42
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Breaking Existing Code

The Doric Temple – We finally decided last week to have a go and try and move one of our applications from Delphi 2006 to Delphi 2009. Most of our other applications had been moved to Delphi 2007, this one, due to unfortunate timing, remained with Delphi 2006. I say try, because we are wary of the changes, and if it’s ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-23 00:53
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Shiny Chrome

The Doric Temple – I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been setting up a website for my wife. Nothing special, just some static html. God, do I hate HTML. It’s so illogical! It’s not real programming. I also made the mistake of assuming that modern browser’s are now more or less all compatible. It’s only my second ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? noreply@blogger.com @ 2009-03-18 00:12
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