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September 2013

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Embarcadero bets on Blackberry, dismiss Windows Phone

sandon.it – In his post Blackberry is Still Ahead of Microsoft, Jim McKeeth uses US numbers only to try to demonstrate that Embarcadero should never support Windows Phone, up to the point to say that Blackberry is ahead of it. read more
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2013-09-26 21:02

August 2013

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Why learning the sysadmin job may make you a better developer

sandon.it – Many developers learnt first to code on isolated machines - DOS ones if they are old enough - or within simple networks. DOS was a single process, single thread environment, almost always on isolated machines. Maybe a modem to connect to a BBS, LAN were much rarer. That meant ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2013-08-22 00:08
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Embarcadero and IT security, still an oxymoron

sandon.it – If you try to post a comment to Jim McKeeth The Podcast at Delphi.org  blog while you're behind a company proxy, you get this error: Your comment has been blocked because the blog owner has set their spam filter to not allow comments from users behind proxies. read more
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2013-08-20 15:48

August 2011

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FireMonkey, or another failure monkey?

sandon.it – It's now confirmed and made public that FireMonkey (let aside its ill-fated name, for now) will be the Delphi cross-platform GUI framework. FireMonkey, aka KsDev VgScene/DXScene is a vector based GUI framework. So it looks after two attempts failed to build a cross platform library first on Qt (CLX) ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2011-08-05 15:33

February 2011

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Innosetup script to manage services

sandon.it – An InnoSetup 5.x library to control services. It gives access to the Service Control Manager functions to query/start/stop/install/uninstall services, and implements some higher level functions (simpleXXXX) to perform standard tasks easily. NB: this version won't work with the Unicode version of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2011-02-25 14:06

December 2010

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1000 widgets in 8 months...

sandon.it – A friend of mine pointed me to this post by Nick Hodges. I wonder if it is a hint about what happened at Embarcadero with Delphi XE. It should have been the Windows, Mac and Linux cross compiler, with a new CLX (the 1000 widgets?), which instead just before release turned out to be just an interim ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2010-12-15 10:45

June 2010

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It's a matter of mindset

sandon.it – When I wrote the QC entry about Datasnap 2010 HTTP client missing proxy support, I marked it as a bug. It was later changed by a sysop to an "enhancement request". That simple change shows why Delphi is in the actual state. It's a problem of mindset. Embarcadero people still lack the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2010-06-26 23:08
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Why Datasnap 2010 is a toy library

sandon.it – To this StackOverflow question, I simply answered to forget D2010 Datasnap because IMHO it is only half-backed and lacks several needed features and is not flexible. Two people commented my answer was not helpful, and wrote Datasnap is absolutely flexible (later one comment was withdrawn). ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2010-06-15 21:01

January 2010

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Dr. Bob "discovers" Datasnap 2010 security is nonexistent

sandon.it – I've complained a lot about the security (or better, lack of) of Datasnap 2010. The usual answer was that I was wrong, and anyway filters could be used to implement it. Now Bob Swart - who wrote the Delphi 2010 Datasnap white paper - filed two QC entries about Datasnap security. The first asking ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2010-01-24 23:50

November 2009

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Delphi the chauvinist

sandon.it – In the "global" market of today, with the Internet enabling you to sell you software everywhere in the world, you may think great care would be given to localization tools. Delphi ones reached a barely usable state in Delphi 7, and you may think BorCodeDero could only improve it since ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-11-19 18:06

October 2009

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Delphi@Embarcadero: in the wrong hands?

sandon.it – Lately I started to ask myself if all the cheerings about Embarcadero being the right home for Delphi were wrong. I do not mind they killed the CodeGear brand, I never believed in it. And being Italian, I have no problem to spell Embarcadero. I just feel almost nothing is changed from Borland ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-10-13 17:41

September 2009

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Delphi "Greed" Edition

sandon.it – In the last year often pop up articles, blog or forum posts (like this), asking for a very low cost of free edition of Delphi. Most of them build up a business case for the use they would made of it, although noone tries to build a business case for Embarcadero to demonstrate releasing a free ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-09-23 22:06

August 2009

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Debugging Delphi applications with ProcessExplorer or WinDbg

sandon.it – In these days I was working on tracking down a bug causing a service of ours to stop processing data. It didn't happen often, and was not simple to reproduce - it may take hours or days to appear, and was easir to see it on test/production machine than on my own development PC. Inspecting a system ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-08-19 12:50

May 2009

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DCOM callbacks and "Simple file sharing"

sandon.it – In the past days I hit another DCOM issue: callbacks do not work if "Simple file sharing" is enabled (Settings → Control Panel → Folder Options → View). That's because the full name of that option is "Simple file sharing and ForceGuest". When enabled, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-05-05 23:27

March 2009

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DCOM, Delphi and Windows short filenames

sandon.it – While trying to undestand why a Delphi DCOM server was properly instantiated while set up to run as "launching user", but hung when run using "this user", I found out - comparing the setup on a machine where it works and one where it doesn't - that if the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? ldsandon @ 2009-03-02 21:28
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