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February 2017

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Shameless Plug: uArm Swift

TURBU Tech – I just ran across this on IndieGoGo.  Everyone remember the cute lab robots from the first Iron Man movie?  Well, the people at uFactory are trying to actually build them.  (More or less.) They’re building robotic arms with modular, interchangeable tools on the end and multiple methods to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2017-02-15 14:05
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Generic TObjectList layout has changed

TURBU Tech – I ran across a really strange bug at work yesterday: Access Violation when performing a certain operation in the program. These are usually really simple.  Easy to reproduce, and the debugger takes you right to the problem, and there you are, confronted by a nil that someone forgot to initialize ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2017-02-15 14:05

February 2016

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I am officially sick of DVCS

TURBU Tech – We use Mercurial at work.  It’s nothing particularly new to me; I’ve been working with it ever since SDL, a major open-source graphics library that I’ve been using and contributing to for a long time now, changed over to a HG repository several years ago.  You’d think that ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2016-02-02 14:50

November 2015

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Dear Idera, please Don’t Clutter Up our build process anymore

TURBU Tech – I was compiling a new branch at work today, which used a different version of Delphi than the one I had been working on, and along the way I ran into tons of spurious File Not Found errors from the compiler.  The file was, in fact, right there where it should have been able to find it easily, but it ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2015-11-21 01:08

June 2015

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A new Industrial Revolution?

TURBU Tech – I’ve written before about the history of steel, how it’s been around for millennia, but was of limited use to civilization as a whole until the details of its manufacture were published.  It’s impossible to overstate what a pivotal moment in human history the publication of steel ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2015-06-24 19:41

March 2015

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What does the Google Code shutdown mean for other services?

TURBU Tech – My brother lives in Provo, Utah, one of the few cities in the country fortunate enough to have Google Fiber service.  And they are truly fortunate; he describes it as awesome and amazing, the kind of Internet service everyone should have.  But the thing is… it’s from Google. Don’t ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2015-03-27 00:23

February 2015

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Beware of Format Injection

TURBU Tech – So, first things first, I’ve moved on again.  And it was quite a move, all the way across the country to the Philadelphia area, home of the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteak, and the baseball team with possibly the least imaginative name in the history of professional sports.  (Original names ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2015-02-27 14:25

December 2014

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Making people’s lives better… in 4 years.

TURBU Tech – I don’t think anyone can argue that technology makes many aspects of our lives simpler and more convenient, but it often brings complications with it as well, as we all know.  But every once in a while, something comes along that just unambiguously makes things better.  Stuff like the vaccine, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-12-30 20:29
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Programming and (human) languages

TURBU Tech – StackOverflow just announced that they’re opening up yet another foreign language version of SO, this one in Japanese.  They’ve already done this in Portuguese, and now it appears they’re continuing on the same path.  When people point out that the “convenience” that ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-12-21 07:06

September 2014

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Introducing DFMJSON, the DFM parser and scriptable bulk editor

TURBU Tech – Yesterday at work, while tracking down a graphical glitch, I found that TPanel objects on many, many dialog boxes in our system (over 300 of them) had a certain property set incorrectly.  There are basically three ways to fix something like that: A loooooooong slog doing it all manually.  This can ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-09-17 04:55
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First look at XE7

TURBU Tech – So XE7 came out today.  I downloaded it and installed it, curious about some of the stuff I’d heard. So first, the installation experience.  I really have no idea why it’s so needlessly complicated, but in order to install Delphi with the Android support, you need to do the whole thing ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-09-02 21:14

August 2014

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Dear everyone: Please stop using $IFDEF VERXXX

TURBU Tech – I just checked out the source to a new project.  Not going to name names because what I’m discussing is a pretty universal problem.  This project had dependencies on several common Delphi open-source libraries, and it had a well-designed DPROJ file that got all the paths right and everything. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-08-28 19:28
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Finally some language-level improvements?

TURBU Tech – It would not be unfair to characterize the last few Delphi releases as All Mobile, All The Time.  And as cool as that is for mobile developers, those of us still working in VCL land have sort of felt like we’re getting the short end of the stick.  The last time anything significant was added ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-08-25 23:30
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So what was up with the forums?

TURBU Tech – Looks like the Embarcadero forums are back up now.  I know they’ve been down for a while, but has it really been more than a month?
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-08-25 23:08
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Static Typing Still Matters

TURBU Tech – I ran across a very interesting story yesterday.  Apparently genetic researchers are having some real trouble with their spreadsheets: important data is being wrongly interpreted by Excel as specific data formats and ends up getting mangled irreversibly, leading to data corruption.  For example, the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-08-01 17:43
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