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March 2016

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Testers wanted for “ADAPT”, replacement for the LKSL

OTAPI – I’m currently looking for testers wishing to take a look at the rapidly-evolving “ADAPT” library, which is a full replacement for Simon’s “LaKraven Studios Standard Library” or “LKSL”. ADAPT is a ground-up rewrite, but in very-much the same spirit as ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Daniel Jackson @ 2016-03-15 15:03

February 2016

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Raspberry Pi 2 guide UPDATED!

OTAPI – Same Guide, Updated Information Having observed a lot of comments on the original guide noting that certain things no longer work (such as building the Trunk of both FreePascal and Lazarus), I have taken it upon myself to personally solve, test, and confirm solutions to those problems. Accordingly, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Daniel Jackson @ 2016-02-02 12:03

January 2016

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Carrying The Torch

OTAPI – Hi there, My name is Daniel Jackson. I am a close personal friend of the much-missed founder of the OTAPI blog (Simon), and a long-time developer (not just in Delphi/Pascal, but across a great many languages and platforms). I have been asked to “carry the torch” of the OTAPI blog, along ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Daniel Jackson @ 2016-01-26 18:12

May 2015

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Scalable Systems [Part One] – Introduction to Scalable Systems

OTAPI – Foreword This article is written with the presumption of little-to-no prior knowledge of the subject on the part of the reader. Those experienced in the subject may find much of the information to be rather basic, and may even become frustrated with the approach I’ve taken in its authorship. I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-05-21 03:21
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AGE (Another Game Engine) is going Open Source

OTAPI – What is AGE? Some Highlights AGE is a (currently) 2.5D video game engine whose name is a simple acronym for Another Game Engine. AGE isn’t designed solely for single-player, arcade-style games… it has a complete multiplayer architecture, including a cross-platform Dedicated Server ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-05-06 15:48

March 2015

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OTAPI is changing servers!

OTAPI – This is a quick notice that from 19:00 London time on 12th March 2015, this website (and related services) will be unavailable for an unknown period. This is because we are relocating the entire infrastructure to a new (superior) server. Once the relocation begins, this website will display a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-03-12 12:54

February 2015

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Delphi Week – Where My Delphi Life Began

OTAPI – David Millington posted the following couple of questions on Google+: What is your Delphi story? How did it lead you to where you are now? What are you memories of Delphi over the past twenty years it’s been around? In the spirit of Delphi Week, I figured these questions justify this small (it ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-02-13 15:52
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Raspberry Pi 2, FreePascal, Lazarus and Delphi

OTAPI – In this article, we’re going to take a look at the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, as well as how to acquire, build and install the very latest FreePascal compiler on and for the device, then the very latest Lazarus IDE to run on the device directly. These instructions will be step-by-step, assuming ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-02-10 02:22

January 2015

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Open Source Spotlight – DelphiAST (Abstract Syntax Tree)

OTAPI – In this series of articles, we take a look at useful Open Source Delphi projects and their value (both as-intended, and – where appropriate – beyond). Today we’re taking a look at DelphiAST, by Roman Yankovsky (note: website is in Russian). What is DelphiAST? DelphiAST is a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2015-01-14 02:12

December 2014

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Plugin Spotlight – Delphi Dev Shell Tools

OTAPI – In this article, we’re going to take a look at the infinitely-useful Delphi Dev Shell Tools by Rodrigo Ruz. What is “Delphi Dev Shell Tools”? Delphi Dev Shell Tools (referred to here-forth as “DDST”) is a truly remarkable Windows Shell Extension specifically for Delphi ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-12-23 14:59
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TLKCenteredList – An Array with Negative Indexes!

OTAPI – Have you ever wanted (or, more likely, needed) to assign items to the left-hand side of an Array, and had to deal with the nuisance of shifting all elements to the right in order to squeeze the new item in (a process with the annoying exponential performance degradation of O(n))? Well, the LKSL ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-12-11 22:30
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Plugin Spotlight – Bookmarks 1.2 Released!

OTAPI – Following up on my (very) recent spotlight feature on David Millington‘s Bookmarks plugin, I’m pleased to see that David has released Bookmarks 1.2, an update providing bug fixes and new (useful) features. Updating (for existing users) Pretty simple, really. Just download the updated ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-12-05 22:58
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Plugin Spotlight – MonkeyMixer (VCL and FMX in the same project)

OTAPI – In this article, we’re going to take a look at the MonkeyMixer IDE Plugin from LaKraven Studios Ltd (that’s us, in case you didn’t know). What is “MonkeyMixer”? MonkeyMixer is an IDE extension for Delphi XE2 to XE7 (and beyond) enabling you to use both VCL and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-12-04 21:16
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Plugin Spotlight – Bookmarks by Parnassus

OTAPI – In this article, we’re going to take a look at a wonderful RAD Studio IDE Plugin from David Millington called “Bookmarks”. What is “Bookmarks”? Bookmarks is a radical re-imagining of the way we navigate between important areas in our code. While the RAD Studio IDE has ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-12-02 23:17

November 2014

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App Tethering (Part 3) – Resource Updates and Temporary Resources

OTAPI – This article contains a viable solution to a critical flaw in App Tethering, which now means that you can reliably and safely iterate through all currently-connected Remote Profiles to read Remote Resources, and execute Remote Actions. Previously… In the second part of this series of articles, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon J Stuart @ 2014-11-22 22:28
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