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How do I test an interface? Should I even do that? | Software on a String

The Wiert Corner – Please someone add the Software on a String blog to DelphiFeeds (: Great article on testing implementations of interfaces in a generic way. With examples in NUnit and DUnit. How do I test an interface? Should I even do that? | Software on a String. And then Stefan Glienke made a great comment at ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-20 11:00
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Delphi prebuild/prelink/postbuild events

The Wiert Corner – Ever since the Delphi build engine got changed to MS Build in Delphi 2007, many people use Delphi build events. Their order is prebuild, prelink and postbuild (or maybe better spelled pre-build, pre-link and post-build). Before Delphi 2007, you had to fiddler with project groups and dependencies to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-20 05:00
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Delphi XE, Windows Theming, your DPR and the Project Options in the IDE

The Wiert Corner – A while ago I bumped into a funny problem with Delphi XE. I moved all the code from the .dpr in a Main unit (the IDE sometimes overwrites part of the DPR). This normally isn’t a problem, until Delphi re-generates the .RES file. The reason is that this .RES file can contain a manifest which ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-19 05:00
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Delphi Research list: TXMLDocument binding for OmniXML (via: Stack Overflow)

The Wiert Corner – This should not be difficult to do, just time consuming. So it is on my research list to see how time consuming: build a TXMLDocument binding for OmniXML. This is to urge less people to try to parse XML by hand like xml – Copy & Copy does not work correctly with stringlist – Stack ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-18 05:00
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JCL & JVCL – What are the Real Gems in these Tool Sets

The Wiert Corner – Steve Maughan posted a great question on G+ last week: JCL & JVCL – What are the Real Gems in these Tool Sets The resulting thread is full of people answering with their favorite JVCL and JCL gems. Recommended reading! –jeroen via JCL & JVCL – What are the Real Gems in ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-13 11:00
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BeSharp.net: PowerShell script to show the component packages (BPL) files for all installed Delphi (actually: BDS) versions.

The Wiert Corner – A while ago, I wrote a via PowerShell script to show the component packages (BPL) files for all installed Delphi (actually: BDS) versions. for a couple of reasons: I was creating installation instructions for getting new development machines set-up The new machines had to either have a minimum ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-13 05:00
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On my research list: Delphi, .RC and .RES files

The Wiert Corner – One of the things with Delphi and version control systems is that you’d rather have as few binary files in version control as possible. One of the binary files in virtually every Delphi project is the RES file. By default, it contains version information, and the icon for the project. The ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-12 05:00
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Delphi: removing “unused” units from uses lists cannot be fully automated (via: SO)

The Wiert Corner – One of the things a lot of Delphi users want is to be able to automagically remove unused units from their uses lists and projects. The short answer is: you can’t. The long answer starts with: you can’t fore a number of reasons. Similar reasonings hold for many other development ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-11 05:00
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Windows .RES/Resource editors

The Wiert Corner – While researching the manifest problem I will post about next week, I made a short list of free Windows Resource Editors: ResEdit Resource Editor – free resource editor for Win32. Resource Editor | MelanderBlog. (the download there is broken, but you can find it using Google; not maintained ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-07 05:00
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ITDevCon and EKON session materials on Delphi Unit Testing + Build Automation and Continuous Integration on-line

The Wiert Corner – The last couple of weeks I taught two sessions at both ITDevCon 2014 in Milano, Italy and EKON 2014 in Köln, Germany. The EKON materials are slightly more up to date and elaborate (sessions there were 75 minutes), so below are all the links. Notes: I’ve switched to Markdown for presenting as ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-06 11:00
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Delphi and Batch Files

The Wiert Corner – Two interesting links today about Delphi and Batch files. Using batch files to streamline your build process. This is a really long post explaining a system of batch files to facilitate continuous integration using Batch files and the Delphi commandline compiers. A workaround for calling batch ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-06 05:00
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Windows software developers – High DPI awareness: the developer Y2K (or is it EUR introduction) of our time.

The Wiert Corner – An interesting statement by Steve Maughan: Looking at how many High DPI awareness or lack of is the developers Y2K of our time. Looking at the trouble Windows and Windows applications in general have with High DPI (more in general: resolution independence). I think it rates even higher: as the EUR ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-05 17:43
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Delphi; Conditional defines in the .dpr: FastMM4 disappearing – via: G+ I’ve got an old problem, in which the IDE…

The Wiert Corner – Vin Colgin posted on G+: The kind of text that the Delphi IDE often removes in a .dpr file. FastMM4 and lines in the *.dpr I’ve got an old problem, in which the IDE will take the lines required out of the “uses” clause in the *.dpr. Something I’m sure we’re all aware ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-05 11:00
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Delphi; Reminder to self: “Parallel Programming Library” in XE7 is the end result of “Delphi Parallel Library” – Google Search. “Delphi Parallel Library” by Allen Bauer

The Wiert Corner – Like any long term project (Spring4D took about 5 years to release version 1.0 and still needs a lot of mobile polising) the “Delphi Parallel Library” took a long time to complete. It got incorporated as the “Parallel Programming Library” in Delphi XE7. Since the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-11-04 11:41
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Delphi, C#, VB.NET and SQL all have escapes to use reserved words as identifiers

The Wiert Corner – Normally you would not want to use a reserved word as an identifier. But sometimes it can be very convenient, for instance for a code generator that wraps remoting calls or does ORM. Both Delphi and C# have an escape for this: & prefix for Delphi. @ prefix for C#. [] embedding for VB.NET. ...
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