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May 2016

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The Lengths we will go to for a Bug Fix

TPersistent.com – For anyone using the Win64 Debugger in DX Seattle, you have probably experienced this little gem: Debugger is Buggered This seems to happen more frequently with multi-threaded applications, and unfortunately is not the only issue with the debugger.  Being unable to step into interfaced method calls ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-05-25 19:30
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Not The Ideal Idera Experience

TPersistent.com – My DX Seattle installation starting throwing access violations whenever a form was loaded into the IDE last week.  I had started to install Berlin on the same machine, so I wasn’t sure if that or some other installation had triggered this situation.  Having to bounce the IDE every 5 minutes ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-05-19 20:15
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A Case for YAGNI?

TPersistent.com – I have worked with Delphi for a long time now (since D1), and am embarrassed to say that for the first time today, something occurred to me I have never thought of before.  I was waiting for DX Seattle to finish compiling a rather large project, or more accurately link it.  I was threading some ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-05-06 18:12
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The Parsing Problem

TPersistent.com – One of the major stumbling blocks Delphi tool developers have to overcome is the parsing problem.  Any add-in that allows re-factoring of code at any level must first parse it accurately enough to provide the additional functionality.  While Visual Studio has a VSIP (Visual Studio Integration ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-05-02 22:17

April 2016

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Temporary Outage

TPersistent.com – You may have noticed that my blog has been off line for a while now.  Took me a couple weeks to find the time to rebuild my machine after a hard disk failure.  It’s still not 100%.  Images are not appearing with the blog articles for some reason.  I hope to have that resolved this weekend.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-04-22 21:14

January 2016

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DX Seattle is Unstable with CnWizards 1.0.9.803

TPersistent.com – I installed the latest CnPack’s Wizards 1.09.89 a couple days ago and DX Seattle suddenly seemed much slower, sometimes pausing for several seconds before presenting an hour glass and coming back to life.  A few times Windows actually detected it as not responding and prompted if I wanted to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2016-01-15 20:59

December 2015

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Installers Lie

TPersistent.com – At work I have an SSD which is only 220 GB so it is almost full almost all of the time.  Gone are the days of lean software deployments, and I am a hoarder when it comes to information.  As a result, I was attempting to install DX Seattle on my SSD and Install Aware told me I had sufficient space ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-12-16 21:59
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A Pleasant Development

TPersistent.com – I recently upgraded to DX Seattle which contains the long awaited (7+ releases) resolution for the “Out of Memory” issue.  I was pleased to see that DX Seattle is now Large Memory Address aware, in addition to using memory more efficiently according to Marco Cantu. So far, after ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-12-15 20:30

May 2015

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You ARE Paying for Bug Fixes - Do you like it?

TPersistent.com – I got notified today again about the IDE memory consumption issue (RSP-9568) I continually encounter even in XE4, although it seems to be more severe in later versions.  The Atlassian graph is very telling.  It seems EMBT is not even treading water, let alone making progress addressing quality ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-05-08 03:04

April 2015

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A Response to Nik Hodges - You will pay for bugs and like it!

TPersistent.com – I tried to post a comment on Nik’s blog, but for some reason I never got the email for verification of my address so I thought I would respond here. I find it very interesting that a former EMBT employee still with close ties, would write such a post.  I understand how he drew some of his ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Larry Hengen @ 2015-04-24 19:50

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
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