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May 2018

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Don't Just Code in Delphi, Think in Delphi

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I have always struggled with fully understanding the object oriented nature of Delphi. I still struggle with it today. For example, I have tried to read Nick Hodge's book "Coding in Delphi" three times and can't get past page 23. I'm currently on page 96 of Pawel Glowaki's book "Expert Delphi" ...
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April 2018

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What do you, me, Warren Buffet, and his pilot have in common?

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – Success. Each one of us; you, me, Buffett, his pilot all want success. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we each hunger for success. So, what separates the exceptionally successful people from the rest of us?Check out this story about Warren Buffet and his long-time pilot then you decide.Mike Flint ...
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March 2018

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Embarcadero Discontinues the Sale of Upgrade Products

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I received an email today informing me that as of April 1, 2018 Embarcadero will discontinue the sale of upgrade products for Rad Studio, Delphi and C++ Builder.My first reaction was "OMG here we go again." Bailey didn't do a very good job at explaining what this means to me, a non-subscription ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Riley @ 2018-03-06 04:05

January 2018

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Playing With Fire(Monkey)

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – If you are like me and have been apprehensive about using FireMonkey let me offer you a renewed sense of hope. It's unfortunate that this hopefulness comes as the Delphi community morns the loss of Pawel Glowacki. However, Pawel will continue to influence at least this Delphi programmer, perhaps ...
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I've Been Telling the Wrong Stories to Prospective Customers

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – This post has nothing to do with Delphi other than it's the software development tool I use. In November of last year I finally purchased Microsoft Office 365. A couple days later I received a promotional email introducing me to Microsoft Virtual Academy (https://mva.microsoft.com/). I visited ...
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December 2017

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The Lazarus Effect

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I haven't been focused on much software development lately, I've been working on some marketing material which I hope to have completed soon. Then I will get back to software development.Last night I was prodded by my friend Jeff Duntemann's post on Facebook regarding the release of Lazarus 1.8 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Riley @ 2017-12-10 14:00

August 2017

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Why My Next Software Product Will Be Windows VCL Only

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I started this blog back in 2009 as I slowly emerged from a severe case of burn-out. From that first day I've been consistently saying I'm working on an update to one of my software products. And I'm still saying that today. I'm like the Rip Van Winkle of Delphi programming. I basically dropped off ...
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Error: Cannot Restore Form State--No TRzRegIniFile Component Specified

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – It's been a while since I fired up Delphi, about three months. And you know, it's true what they say "If you don't use it you loose it". I love my Raize Components now called Konopka VCL Controls, they make a lot of things very easy. For example, automatically remembering the size and position of ...
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May 2017

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Program to an Interface and not an Implementation

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I have been struggling with trying to understand what it means to "Program to an interface and not an implementation." Nick Hodges said if he could teach new developers one thing it would be "program to an abstraction, not an implementation". This is the same thing. (https://goo.gl/GVbaoU)So I asked ...
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April 2017

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Gunny Meets Uncle Bob - Part 1

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – The last few days have been very interesting. It started when my friend Jon Aasenden posted a link to a you tube video called "SOLID Principles of Object Oriented & Agile Design" by some guy named Uncle Bob. This wasn't the first time I heard about Uncle Bob. Nick Hodges made a reference to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Riley @ 2017-04-20 13:57

March 2017

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Google, Mobile, and You. Are You Good?

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I put my Delphi development on hold a few months ago so I could work on creating a responsive website for my software. The hardest part for me was trying to find a layout I was happy with. I took a little inspiration from the Embarcadero Communty website. I settled on a Bootstrap 9 X 3 layout. And ...
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December 2016

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EMBT Webinar: Overcoming Monetization Challenges Using Licensing

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – Embarcadero Technologies is teaming up with the Association of Software Professionals to bring you Jessica Dewell of Red Direction.Calling all owners, founders, CEOs, and all leaders whose company has products for sale right now! You will receive actionable and immediately useful information to ...
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August 2016

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How to use the SET LOG MESSAGE Feature Within ElevateDB

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – The more I use ElevateDB the more impressed I get with this product. Last week I visited the ElevateDB support forum, most likely related to a syntax issue I was trying to resolve. As I read through some of the posts written by other users, I came across a very curious and interesting tidbit of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Riley @ 2016-08-13 02:41

April 2016

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A Better Way to Present and Organize Error Messages in Your Delphi Applications

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I'm in the process of totally redesigning an application I wrote 25 years ago. Today, I decided to look for a better way to present error messages to my customers. In the past I simply littered my code with bunch of technical speak ShowMessage('bla bla bla technical speak bla bla bla'); code ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Michael Riley @ 2016-04-24 18:32

February 2016

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Real World Justification for Purchasing Component Source Code

Cape Cod Gunny Does Delphi – I'm working on a database project using Delphi 10S Update 1. The database I'm using is ElevateDB, which is written with Delphi. I licensed the ElevateDB VCL Standard version without source code back in 2011 and maintain my annual subscription. I'm very happy with this product.I ran into an issue ...
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