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August 2012

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Reading Version Information from your EXE

Francois on Programming – Very often, you have to check some information contained in the VERSIONINFO section of your application and most of the examples you can find on the InterWebz are doing it by using this WinAPI routine: GetFileVersionInfo. It certainly works and can be used to get the VersionInfo from any file you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2012-08-20 23:04
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A little bit of zis, etc. #4

Francois on Programming – It’s been almost a year… I’ve been pretty busy and I have had some posts in the works for a long time that still needed some attention. I’ve decided it was time to clean the closet and get them out now even if they are more or less in draft mode, provided they can be useful ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2012-08-19 01:01
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Embedding and playing Sound/Music in a Delphi Application

Francois on Programming – Or The new old stuff… We had to make the application play specific sounds as a status indicator that doesn’t require the user to look at the screen. To avoid external dependencies, the idea is to embed some WAV files as resources in the executable. Now if you go and search online for some example, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2012-08-18 10:55

September 2011

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A little bit of zis, etc. #3

Francois on Programming – Back from the DelphiLive conference… A big thank you to Frank and Michael who made this a very nice event. There was a lot of excitement about the new XE2, from the attendees to the speakers to the Delphi team. The crowd was not huge, but there was a lot of energy and good vibes. Mason ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2011-09-16 10:19

August 2011

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A little bit of zis, etc. #2

Francois on Programming – I know, I’ve been not very much of a blogger lately… Delphi XE2 is announced and it surely looks like a very interesting release (and probably with some nasty bugs as well, we’ll see)… I take the bet it will up Delphi a bit in the TIOBE index if it creates the buzz I think ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2011-08-03 09:11

February 2011

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The Unfortunate Effect of WM_SETREDRAW

Francois on Programming – … or why simply replacing LockWindowUpdate by WM_SETREDRAW is not that straightforward. As you know, when you want to avoid flickering or multiple partial redraws of your Forms, during a flurry of updates for instance, even though it is very tempting, you must not use LockWindowUpdate. The ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2011-02-28 03:59
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When The Debugger Leaks…

Francois on Programming – … you may end up chasing memory leaks that don’t exist. I was at work investigating some bizarre behavior of our application when dealing with a big customer file and I had ReportMemoryLeaksOnShutdown turned on as it was very likely there was some memory leaked. So, I donned my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2011-02-06 22:19

December 2010

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A little bit of zis, etc.

Francois on Programming – I haven’t blogged in quite a while… I have been busy at work and at home. And now I’m with the family for an extended week-end in the mountains. So, this post will be more like a pot-pourri of little tidbits a la Nick Hodges. It’s kind of irritating when in Delphi’s ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-12-24 08:58

November 2010

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French Delphi Speech Session Downloadable

Francois on Programming – The zip of my CodeWay 4 session (in French) is now available for download here. FYI, the old CodeRage 4 session (in English) is also available from Embarcadero: “Speech Enabling Delphi Applications (zip)”
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-30 08:16
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FieldByName, FindField: too convenient to be honest

Francois on Programming – I don’t know about you, but I can’t count anymore the number of times I’ve seen this code pattern (in code snippets online as well as in production code): while not ADataSet.Eof do begin [...] ADataSet.FieldByName('MyFieldName1').SomePropertyOrMethod; ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-29 02:08
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French Delphi Speech Session Material

Francois on Programming – A big thanks to all who attended my session on Delphi Speech at CodeWay 4, the French online conference. As promised, I have uploaded the material used for the session: - powerpoint (FR): fgaillard.com/download/Speech_FR.ppt - source code (EN/FR): fgaillard.com/download/Speech_FR_Src.zip Note: the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-28 00:30
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My Delphi Speech Session in French

Francois on Programming – … is almost now. The agenda for CodeWay 4 has it at 17:00 Paris time. That’s 8am here in San Francisco and 11am in Quebec and on the East Coast. Here’s the menu: •Vue d’ensemble •Synthese •Dictee •Contrôle •RichEdit 4.1 •Delphi Prism
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-24 07:46
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Microsoft Speech Server 10.2 better than 10.1

Francois on Programming – As I indicated in this previous post, if you want Text-To-Speech in another language than English, you have to install Microsoft Speech Server. And I gave the link to install the v10.1 I had installed and planned to use for my French conference session. Well, it happened that when I wanted to do the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-24 07:17
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Early (!) Developer Solutions Conference Announcement

Francois on Programming – In the conference series, I just received a Facebook link for the coming Developer Solutions Conference in Las Vegas. They offer an early bird discount if you register before Nov 30. And the conference is in February. Now that’s surely an early bird chick egg of a registration .
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-20 06:17
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French Online Conference Next Week

Francois on Programming – As I announced it here, the 4th edition of CodeWay, the French Conference is taking place next week (Nov 22-26). You can get more information and register on http://embarcadero.arrowecs.fr/codeway4.php (page in French). I’m doing a session on Speech technology (Text-To-Speech and Speech ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Gaillard @ 2010-11-19 06:34
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