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May 2017

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Some interesting Delphi posts by Stefan Glienke – Spring4D maintainer

The Wiert Corner – One of the Delphi programmers I keep an eye on is [WayBack] Stefan Glienke, the maintainer of the great Spring4D Delphi framework at spring4d.org. His blog posts come in bursts, though his G+ posts are spreaded a bit more evenly. Some of his recent posts and references: [WayBack] Delphi-PRAXiS ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-23 19:05
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What to change after a fresh Delphi (RAD Studio) installation…

The Wiert Corner – Reminder to self: document what I change, and borrow some from this interesting thread: Just curious, what do you change after installing Studio? During all these (21!) years, the only thing I change is the editor keyboard settings to… – David Berneda – Google+ –jeroenFiled under: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-23 07:04
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Wow, this parses in Delphi: `property Foo: string index 0 string read GetFoo;`

The Wiert Corner – Quite a few interesting entries got posted after I published this compiler glitch: Wow, this parses: property Foo: string index 0 string read GetFoo; Note the extra “string”. Found this in an old piece of code so it must have been uncaught by the compiler for quite a while. – ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-18 13:04
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Anders Hejlsberg on Modern Compiler Construction | Seth Juarez | Channel 9

The Wiert Corner – One of those “must watch” videos if you are remotely or more interested in how compilers influence our day to day coding activities. The Red Dragon Book, first edition: Compilers. Principles, Techniques and Tools. It starts out with referring to the Dragon Book (well, actually the first ...
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Delphi Corner Weblog: New: Velthuis.AutoConsole unit – helps against the “optimised” Embarcadero FastMM fork.

The Wiert Corner – Brilliant: if it is a console program and it was started any other way (from the Windows Explorer, from the Delphi IDE with or without debugger, from another non-console program), then, before the console window can close, it will display: Press any key... Source: Delphi Corner Weblog: New: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-17 13:04
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If you were using Managed / IManaged in Spring4D, be aware they got renamed to Shared / IShared

The Wiert Corner – Sometimes changes are breaking. In this case it’s a Spring4D change: https://bitbucket.org/sglienke/spring4d/commits/a7c9bc92f30f7b5ec71b4905c1f0d97339b3c807 It renames Managed / IManaged to Shared / IShared and introduces compatibility with weak references. Together they are the Spring4D ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-17 07:05
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On the design of the Delphi TStream classes – why aren’t they decomposed better?

The Wiert Corner – Ever since I started using Delphi more than 2 decades ago, I wondered about the design of the TStream classes, especially as “stream16.zip” by Duncan Murdoch from the DOS Turbo Pascal era (which I copied in the below gist) showed how to perform composition using streams. Even though by ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-16 07:04
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Applications that scale badely on High-DPI Displays: How to Stop the Madness – via: SQLServerCentral

The Wiert Corner – Many applications still scale badly on High-DPI displays: dialogs way too small, icons you need a microscope for, etc. SSMS in High-DPI Displays: How to Stop the Madness – SQLServerCentral explains a great trick that works for many applications, for intance: SQL Server Management Studio ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-10 07:04
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The Delphi Pipe – twm’s blog

The Wiert Corner – The Delphi Pipe got revived: The Delphi Pipe is an RSS feed that combines other RSS feeds from various Delphi blogs. Source: [WayBack] The Delphi Pipe – twm’s blog Of course there are also [WayBack] DelphiFeeds (which seems unmaintained, but a truckload of people have it in their RSS reader) ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-09 19:04
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So how does a guy like myself get involved in contributing to GExperts?

The Wiert Corner – Interesting question with some nice hints in the comments there: [WayBack] So how does a guy like myself get involved in contributing to GExperts?I don’t have a lot a lot of time (or money), but I do have a desire to help. – Joe C. Hecht – Google+ –jeroenFiled under: Delphi, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-04 19:05
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Windows 10 Creators update and Delphi debugging don’t go well…

The Wiert Corner – Not sure what the cause and effect are, but various people are having issues running Delphi versions on Windows 10 Creators update. Debugging takes an exceptional long time to load the debuggee. According to Marco Cantu, it is not limited to Delphi: “It looks like a change in libraries code ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-05-02 19:05

April 2017

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FMX.Dialogs basically blocks mixing VCL with FMX…

The Wiert Corner – Nice find: Stefan Glienke+4 Look into the initialization block of FMX.Dialogs. The call to ActivateClassGroup(TFmxObject); turns off all the TRegGroups that don’t contain at least one type that inherits from TFmxObject which also happens to be the group that you register your form class to. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-04-27 13:04
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When BRCC32 throws `Fatal error Illegal macro definition in command line or defines page.` in a DUnitX project

The Wiert Corner – I had a Fatal error Illegal macro definition in command line or defines page. thrown by BRCC32.exe in one of my Delphi projects. As cgrc.exe could build the .rc file [source in Russian; WayBack], I reproduced it from the console with an Empty.rc file that has no content. That way I could rule out ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-04-19 13:05
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Jan Barendregt is Looking for programmers to maintain existing Excel add-in software

The Wiert Corner – Jan Barendregt is Looking for programmers to maintain existing Excel add-in software. The reason is no fun (cancer without curative treatment and prognosis till death likely months). Please follow-up on the forum if you can be of help: [WayBack] Embarcadero Discussion Forums: Looking for programmers ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2017-04-18 19:05
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Delphi and the joy of Compiler Intrinsics – I cant use “Length” as a TFunc…

The Wiert Corner – One of the reasons I favour using RTL based functionality over Delphi Intrinsic Routines like Length, Abs and others is that you cannot use compiler intrinsics in Generics. For instance Length is not compatible with TFunc<string, Integer> unless you declare it yourself like function ...
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