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September 2013

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I’m Speaking at EKON 17

Nick Hodges – Hey, I’d be delighted if you came to see me speak at the EKON 17 conference in Frankfurt Germany the first week in November. I’ll be giving two regular talks on Unit Testing and Dependency Injection, as well as an all day tutorial on advanced programming topics such as Generics, Anonymous ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-09-05 16:07

August 2013

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The Delphi Unit Test Project

Nick Hodges – In a previous post, I humbly suggested that Embarcadero publish their unit tests for Delphi.  I still think it is a good idea, but I understand if they don’t do it.  They do have a lot to do. So I thought – after suggestions from folks that read the post, including Ken Cochran – that it ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-08-17 20:02

July 2013

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Produce More, Consume Less: A year and a half later

Nick Hodges – On January 1, 2012 – a year and a half ago – I wrote the this post called “Produce More, Consume Less”.  In it I discussed a bunch of stuff that I wanted to do in the coming year.  I thought it might be fun to review and see how I am doing on those things: Write a substantive post on my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-07-28 20:31
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In Which I Argue That Embarcadero Should Open Source Their Unit Tests

Nick Hodges – All good developers write unit tests.  The Delphi team is no different.  The team has a suite of unit tests for the RTL and a very, very large set of tests for the compiler.  The tests for the RTL are, to a large degree, DUnit based.  The compiler tests are a bit different, as ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-07-27 17:27

June 2013

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Service Locator is Indeed an Anti-pattern

Nick Hodges – As you know, I love Dependency Injection.  I wrote a whole series of articles on it using the Spring for Delphi framework, and in my previous position instituted its pervasive use in the large project there. I’m scheming to integrate it into the legacy app I work on now.  I bought and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-06-06 01:20

May 2013

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THMTLWriter and XE4

Nick Hodges – I’m happy to say two things: I’m still alive.  I can’t believe that it has been over two months since I posted. I have been working on my book, but it is sure slow going.  Writing is hard, as my wife says. THTMLWriter works great with Delphi XE4. I’d be delighted to hear from you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-05-18 13:55

March 2013

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Flotsam and Jetsam #81

Nick Hodges – Embarcadero has revealed their plans for AnyDAC – and it is called FireDAC after all.  Marco blogged about it and has all the links.  Looks like all XE Enterprise developers get it as an upgrade/add-on, and Pro users can buy it for $399.  I upgraded this site to BlogEngine.net ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-03-01 21:36

February 2013

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Want to Help With My Book?

Nick Hodges – As you hopefully know, I’m working on a book.  I’m slowly but steadily making progress.  I’m at the point where I need some help.  I’ve gotten the first few chapters in a state that I feel ready to actually let someone else read them. So if you are feeling generous, want to feel my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-27 03:08
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Delphi and the Factory Pattern: Factory Methods

Nick Hodges – I’m currently reading “Head First Design Patterns”, and am finding it very useful and educational.  One problem, though – it’s all in Java.  So I thought that as part of the exercises, I’d translate the code to Delphi.  And also as part of my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-25 01:16
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Fun Code of the Week #7

Nick Hodges – It’s all a big circle. First, I posted a fun little way to handle the cursor in this Fun Code of the Week. The first comment on that post was from my friend Tapper who said “What, no interface?” Then, I post this about hints revealing errors with cursor handling as part of the demo. And from ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-24 14:08
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Even Hints Can Reveal Errors

Nick Hodges – Introduction I hope that you all know that when you do a full build on your Delphi project, you should never allow hints and warnings to remain in your code.  Warnings, in particular, are an indication that something is going on that you almost certainly don’t want to be going on.  But ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-23 20:00
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Flotsam and Jetsam #80

Nick Hodges – Despite all my slaving over a hot keyboard, bringing you a never ending supply of intellectually stimulating and hopelessly useful content, in the entire history of this website, no one has ever donated to me via PayPal.  And there is a reason for that – the stupid donate button doesn’t ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-22 14:04
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Review of the Mobile Preview Webinar

Nick Hodges – I watched the RAD Studio Mobile Preview Webinar today.  Anders O, JT Thomas, Marco, and Sarina DuPont did a very nice job presenting the product, including some pretty cool demos.  Here are my thoughts in my ever-present bullet form.  Everything here is from notes I took during the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-21 22:53
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Delphi and the Factory Pattern: Simple Factory

Nick Hodges – I’m currently reading “Head First Design Patterns”, and am finding it very useful and educational.  One problem, though – it’s all in Java.  So I thought that as part of the exercises, I’d translate the code to Delphi.  And also as part of my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-17 12:54
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Flotsam and Jetsam #79

Nick Hodges – Today is Delphi’s 18th Birthday.  I'll always wear it as a badge of honor that I was there at the launch at SD ‘95 in the Moscone Center.  Quite a privilege.  Thanks to everyone who has made Delphi such a great tool to use. I am signed up for the RAD Studio Mobile Preview ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nick@nickhodges.com @ 2013-02-14 20:30
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