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January 2015

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Some links to Delphi Unit Testing history

The Wiert Corner – Unit testing has been here for a long time, and so has Unit Testing in Delphi. Below a summary of historic links together with some notes on how the state of affairs changed over the years. Charlie Calvert I’ll start with one of the first large Delphi Unit Testing articles was a paper by ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-29 05:00
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Hmmm. Castalia for Delphi: Castalia for Delphi is not currently available. Thank you for your interest. – via Uwe Raabe – G+

The Wiert Corner – Thanks Uwe Raabe for sharing This sounds interesting: http://www.twodesk.com/castalia/thanks.html </rumours on> As the page then read: Castalia for Delphi Castalia for Delphi is not currently available. Thank you for your interest. … Copyright © 2013 Jacob Thurman –jeroen ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-27 11:00
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RosettaCode: cool way to improve your coding skills

The Wiert Corner – Wow: I feel like having lived under a stone for 8 years, as RosettaCode has been alive since it was founded in 2007 by Mike Mol. The idea is that you solve a task and learn from that, or learn by seeing how others have solved tasks or draft tasks. So in a sense it is similar to the Rosetta stone: it ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-22 05:00
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A few nice G+ threads on Castalia and Usertility being acquired by Embarcadero, and Jacob Thurman staying active on them

The Wiert Corner – Uwe Raabe was the first one to suggest that it might just be so that Castalia got acquired by Embarcadero. In the thread rumoured Usertility might as well been, or that Jacob Thurman might be responsible for IDE stability. So today Uwe Raabe confirmed it (in a private post) by pointing to an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-21 19:38
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Favorite Documents extension for Visual Studio 2010 and up

The Wiert Corner – This used to be a great Delphi-only feature that I missed in Visual Studio, but I found the downloadable free extension Favorite Documents extension. It is a by Sergey Vlasov, who has a whole bunch of free and paid Visual Studio add-ins, extensions and tools. –jeroenFiled under: Delphi, Delphi ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-20 05:00
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Delphi: ZEROBASEDSTRINGS and maintaining cross-version Delphi libraries

The Wiert Corner – One of the features that bites me over and over again is the ZEROBASEDSTRINGS that got introduced in Delphi XE3 and is by default ON in mobile compilers and OFF in Desktop compilers. Back then, Mark Edington showed a small example of the effects: and then explained: The XE3 RTL source code has been ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-14 05:00
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Search engines for the Embarcadero/CodeGear/Borland newsgroups

The Wiert Corner – Even though 15 years ago they proudly announced to have archived 20 years of usenet, it is virtually impossible to find usenet groups through groups.google.com, and they certainly do not archive the groups at forums.embarcadero.com (formerly forums.embarcadero.com and forums.borland.com). So I found ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-08 05:00
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Just in case I ever need it again: jed-software.com » Blog Archive » FastMM4 Gui – Source Code.

The Wiert Corner – Just in case I need the FastMM4 Gui – Source Code ever again. –jeroen via: fastmm – Delphi XE3 – FastMM4 FullDebugMode doesn’t work – Stack Overflow. jed-software.com » Blog Archive » FastMM4 Gui – Source Code. Filed under: Delphi, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-07 05:00
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Nick Hodges: Man, the chapter on Multi-threading is going to be seriously hard to write.…

The Wiert Corner – A very nice thread around multi-threading in Delphi is evolving at Google Plus: Nick Hodges: Man, the chapter on Multi-threading is going to be seriously hard to write.…. –jeroen (I also tagged it XE8, as by the time such a book arrives, that Delphi version has most likely come out given the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-05 15:55
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Blast from the Past: `TThread` got introduced in Delphi 2

The Wiert Corner – Thanks Nick Hodges for asking, and Uwe Raabe for answering: Yep! Delphi 2 had TThread while Delphi 1 did not. It resulted in an interesting thread including topics like cooperative multi-tasking and named pipes under DOS by using Turbo Pascal. Boy, I remember the \pipe\ days and releasing a time ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-03 12:08
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Delphi XE7: The new Tasks / Parallel Computing Library. Like any library, it is not a magic bullet!

The Wiert Corner – In Delphi XE7, Embarcadero introduced a new Parallel Computing Library. Programmers – human as they are – see this as a silver bullet, thinking using such a library will take away all your performance issues without having to know about solving race conditions. Boy are they wrong. The ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2015-01-01 05:00

December 2014

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Delphi memory managers – via Tommi Prami G+

The Wiert Corner – There is a nice Delphi memory thread at G+ initiated by Tommi Prami for which I added some links to the memory managers: FastMM (No signs of the Version 5) ScaleMM – Interesting (two versions) SynScaleMM – Fork of the previous SapMM – Just found out about this, but tries to tackle ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-12-30 11:00
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Episode 215: Gang of Four – 20 Years Later : Software Engineering Radio

The Wiert Corner – If you are into serious software development, then this is a 75 minute PodCast you must listen to: Episode 215: Gang of Four – 20 Years Later : Software Engineering Radio. Abstract Johannes Thönes talks with Erich Gamma, Ralph Johnson and Richard Helm from the Gang of Four about the 20th anniversary ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-12-23 11:00
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Delphi Cookbook for USD 5 (or EUR 4.80); actually: get any Packt eBook or video for that price – #packt5dollar

The Wiert Corner – Earlie this month, I wrote a review about Delphi Cookbook. Well: as of last thursday, you can get that for USD 5 (or EUR 4.80, so better get yourself a USA account: just ensure your address is in the USA). Heck: until januari 6th, you can get any eBook or Video on Packt for USD 5. Note there is even ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-12-20 21:08
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Embarcadero is working on two 64bit iOS compilers – via: Just got another reminder from Apple about 64 bit IOS requirements

The Wiert Corner – Interesting comment by Marco Cantu: R&D at Embarcadero is working on a 64bit iOS compiler, oh well actually 2 of them, also C++. We’ll support 64bit and “universal binaries” (bundling both 32 and 64 bit binaries) requested by Apple.The Feb 1st requirement is only for new apps, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2014-12-18 19:30
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