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January 2015

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A First Look at DevArt’s “new” EntityDAC

TPersistent.com – One of the newest ORM entries into the commercial market is EntityDAC from DevArt.  If you are a Delphi developer you have probably heard of DevArt, even if you haven’t actually used one of their products.  The company has been developing Delphi based technology since 1997 when they ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-01-14 03:19
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Get Awesomeness is Awesome

TPersistent.com – Get Awesomeness is a curated list of awesome Delphi frameworks, libraries, resources, and shiny things. Inspired by awesome-… stuff. It’s nice to have one stop shopping to open source frameworks of interest.  Certainly beats searching on source forge, Google code, GitHub and all the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-01-10 22:57
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New Hope for Solving IDE Out of Memory Issues

TPersistent.com – Last night I I was reading some of the latest articles on Jon lennart Aasenden’s blog about Quartex. For those of you not following Jon on Google+ he is the founder of the DelphiArmy and the author of the Smart Mobile Studio IDE.  Quartex is an IDE for multiple languages (including Object ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-01-10 20:36
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Encapsulate Your Data

TPersistent.com – What I always fail to understand is why developers (especially Delphi devs), tend to write programs using datasets with the normal RAD approach when all the benefits of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) are lost by doing so.  Datasets were used back when I wrote Clipper programs in 1992.  Clipper ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-01-03 22:24

September 2014

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Delphi Dead Code Elimination

TPersistent.com – Delphi’s compiler tool chain may automatically eliminate some dead code, but with an older or “mature” product there are bound to be lots of units that are no longer used but are still present as part of a project or referenced indirectly by some other unit. Having a good ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-09-03 08:57

August 2014

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Making Delphi 64 Bit/Large Address Aware

TPersistent.com – In the 18+ years Delphi has been out, some rather large applications having been built.  Between the number of units developers are using, the size of the component sets installed in the IDE and the transition to the Galileo IDE with .NET subsystems, Delphi now requires more memory than ever.  What ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-08-20 19:56
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Compiling the JWA and JWSCL

TPersistent.com – Recently I decided to try to incorporate Windows Job Objects into a project to artificially limit the amount of memory available to an application so I could test it’s behaviour under such circumstances.  Originally I had intended on using M$’s Application Verifier for that purpose, but ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-08-14 16:14

July 2014

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Using Object Pointers in a DataSet TField

TPersistent.com – I have seen code where an object pointer is stored in each row of a TDataSet, and referenced by code.  So skipping the question of the validity of such code, how do you support X86 and X64 bit code, especially if you use persistent TFields (use Delphi’s Form Designer RAD approach for the UI)? ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-07-25 22:44
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A Hint About Warnings

TPersistent.com – Compiler Hints and Warnings are an important indicator of the quality of the code you are compiling.  It dismays me that I have often seen a ton of compiler warnings on commercial components suites when I compile them.  It makes you question the care taken when writing the code. Compiler Hints and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-07-22 17:28
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Every Team needs a Goaltender

TPersistent.com – It’s been my experience that just like in sports where you have a goal tender, every development team needs a gate keeper or goal tender for their VCS to ensure nothing gets in that they don’t want.  The role of the gatekeeper in the team is not only to manage the promotion/demotion of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-07-22 15:58

June 2014

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EMBT gets a Swift Kick in the Assetts

TPersistent.com – In case you haven’t heard yet, Apple has created a new language meant to be more friendly than Objective C.  They call it Swift, and it is aptly named judging from the benchmarks which show it to be significantly faster than Objective C even though it uses the same run-time and is compiled ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-06-04 13:23

May 2014

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ReEnabling the GExperts Procedure List (Ctrl +G)

TPersistent.com – If you are like me, you use GExperts in your IDE.  IMHO much of the functionality GExperts offers should be part of the stock IDE.  Once you start using it, there is no going back.  Many thanks to Erik Berry and company for putting all this together and keeping it supported through so many releases ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-05-21 16:39

April 2014

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MSBuild MSB6003 Work Around

TPersistent.com – One of the QC items not fixed in the XE6 release is 98008, probably because it is still in the Reported state even though it was submitted August 23, 2011. I have previously blogged about the state of QC, so I won’t get into that issue again, suffice to say I hope the QPS initiative continues, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-04-16 22:36
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XE6 Released with some Interesting Features

TPersistent.com – I attended the webinar today announcing Delphi XE6. It’s been a long road for the EMBT dev team to provide both C++ and Object Pascal support for iOS, Android, OS X, and Windows in the same environment. Kudos to them for accomplishing that feat, and incorporating over 2000 bug fixes into the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-04-16 22:00
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Using CodeSite to Spot Peformance Optimization Opportunities

TPersistent.com – I have been using CodeSite for a long time now (since v2 days), but I am still continually impressed by the product and it’s capabilities.  If you want to do something with your log data, chances are CodeSite has you covered, you just need to figure out how it is implemented. Today, I wanted ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2014-04-14 21:10
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