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March 2020

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Developing from home

Stephen Ball – Working from home – webinar replay As software developers, on the whole, it’s relatively simple to switch to working from home, and many of us work from home regularly, or all the time. However, with a quarter of the world’s population already in lockdown, the circumstances are ...
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Musings from March – Inc Denmark and Poland

Stephen Ball – This month has seen an ever-changing global situation with the outbreak of the coronavirus. The first time but I can remember I had to radically change / cancel a live event due to circumstances out of our control. At the start of March we were keeping an eye on the news to see how the spread of the ...
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February 2020

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Delphi is turning 25!

Stephen Ball – This week, Delphi is turning 25, and as part of the celebrations, members of the community have been encouraged to share their stories about Delphi, what they love and how it has helped their careers. Delphi was originally launched on the 14th of February 1995, while I was still at 6th form College. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2020-02-11 14:05
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Creating PDF Reports in RAD Server

Stephen Ball – Creating PDF Reports in RAD Server Reporting is a critical aspect of any enterprise application, but the data and the programming components to create reports are not always available on all platforms? It took a little trial and error to work out the best path to create reports via RADServer using ...
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January 2020

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Creating and connecting to MSSQL Database on Azure with Delphi / C++Builder

Stephen Ball – Creating and connecting to MSSQL Database on Azure with Delphi / C++Builder I have been asked multiple times recently about connecting to a  Azure databases with Delphi and C++Builder. So….I decided to make a video! Which even shows how to use the data directly at design time in the RAD Studio ...
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Attributes for Documenting TEMSDataSetResource

Stephen Ball – Attributes for Documenting TEMSDataSetResource I recently blogged about a number of RAD Server topics, including using TEMSDataSetResource, (the component that enables a TDataSet to be expose as a RESTful resource, and manage all the List, Get, Put, Post, Delete methods – very cool!), how to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2020-01-19 17:05

December 2019

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Developing client applications using RESTful master-detail data

Stephen Ball – This is part 3 in my series of developing an REST server and client application. In my last two posts, we have created a REST server with a fully documented API using YAML , and exposed 3 datasets with master detail relationships over REST using zero lines of code.  If you have not read and watch ...
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Adding Tools into the IDE

Stephen Ball – Adding tools into the RAD Studio IDE. Now, this isn’t new! But, this week in Sweden, I spoke to a developer who has been using Delphi for years and didn’t know about this handy trick. As I am currently working over a series when I’m developing a RESTful backend and client, it makes ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2019-12-13 17:06
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Master Detail data in RAD Server using TEMSDataSetResource

Stephen Ball – Master Detail data in RAD Server The TEMSDataSetResource is a very powerful component that enables rapid development of full document REST API’s for TDataSet using RAD Server. Using TEMSDataSetResource, along with traditional master detail relationship configurations, it is possible to expose, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2019-12-04 14:05
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Embedding Swagger UI into RAD Server

Stephen Ball – This post is an update to the original post written previously showing Swagger UI being used with RAD Server, covering new features of RAD Server. Why Embed Swagger UI into RAD Server? Swagger UI (as previously discussed) is a great option for checking your documentation and working with the REST ...
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November 2019

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InterBase Temporary Tables

Stephen Ball – InterBase Temporary Tables This last week, InterBase 2020 has been released bringing the awesome Tablespaces feature into play. This new feature enables splitting the database into groups of tables (a Tablespace) that can then be put onto different physical disks (to aid performance) but also ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2019-11-25 15:05

August 2018

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Opening a PDF on Android with Delphi

Stephen Ball – Intents on Android using API 26 to open PDF documents. Recently, the Google Play store updated its requirements so the target API level of 26 was used to get new apps submitted. While this was reasonably easy to achieve through updating the AndroidManifest.Template, the change to the newer API ...
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June 2017

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RAD Server and Enterprise Connectors

Stephen Ball – Connected Systems Many years ago I was the lead developer for a software development company that was a market leader in the leisure industry. Back in the day, we were using Delphi 3 and then Delphi 5 to create the software. The software was a complete CRM that interfaced with access control ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2017-06-22 19:05
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Video: Adding InterBase 2017 ToGo to RAD Studio 10.2

Stephen Ball – InterBase 2017 is now available for installation directly into RAD Studio via GetIt for use in Delphi and C++Builder applications across Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and also for Linux. While a Linux InterBase Server Edition has been available for many years with InterBase, the introduction of the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2017-06-19 17:06

May 2017

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FireDAC Book – Using InterBase

Stephen Ball – New book – Delphi in Depth: FireDAC There has been a growing stream of Delphi books in the last year covering everything from cross-platform development with FireMonkey to coding best practices around OOP. The latest book to be released is by long time Delphi Author Cary Jensen, specifically ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Stephen Ball @ 2017-05-26 19:05
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