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December 2018

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CodeRage 2018 (redux)

Brian Long – This year at CodeRage 2018 I presented a session on Creative Delphi Debugging Techniques.Other than my speaking volume being a bit quiet, it generated a number of very nice comments about the subjects covered so I thought it might be useful to mention that it is available for on-demand viewing as ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2018-12-08 23:21
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RAD Studio 10.3 Rio’s Android Intent support (or current lack thereof)

Brian Long – Sometimes when a new product is released there are a few ‘teething issues’. That certainly seems to be the case with RAD Studio 10.3 Rio. Both Delphi and C++Builder are hitting a few problems on various fronts. Now, it is true that internally in the product there has been a lot of change in the IDE, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2018-12-08 21:56
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CodeRage 2018

Brian Long – Just when I thought conference season was over, CodeRage 2018 came rapidly into view!I like CodeRage – there’s always a good range of session subjects to choose from, and alwyas a range of good speakers to listen to.I’ve had sessions at a few CodeRage conferences over the years, CodeRage 7, CodeRage ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2018-12-02 16:59

November 2018

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RAD Studio 10.3 Rio supports Android runtime permissions

Brian Long – RAD Studio 10.3 Rio has just been released for General Availability, as you’ll have doubtless learned from the spree of blog posts on the subject. This is a great new release with a lot of bug fixes and some nice updates to product behaviour and features.One feature that seems to have not received ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2018-11-22 12:55

September 2018

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Conferences in Europe

Brian Long – Exciting times – conference season is upon us again and I’m excited to be heading off to a couple of them to talk to Delphi developers around Europe about subjects I’m passionate about.First off, and it’s nearly here, is the Barnsten Delphi Conference 2018 in Utrecht in the Netherlands on Tuesday, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2018-09-06 21:05

November 2017

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CodeRage XII session files – Directly Using The Android API

Brian Long – My CodeRage XII session on Directly Using the Android API has been aired on the Internet. If you saw it I hope it came across reasonably well and might prove useful to you in your endeavours with Android.As promised, the slides and samples are now available at this link. Do enjoy, now ˚◡˚
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-11-08 00:34
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CodeRage XII session

Brian Long – A whole 5 years ago (!) I did a session for CodeRage 7 on accessing the Android API. This was not long after RAD Studio XE5 introduced support for developing Android applications, and Delphi’s Android support was in its first stage.5 years on and CodeRage XII is starting today. I’ll be doing an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-11-07 10:48

October 2017

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‘What if?’ scenario analysis in the CPU window

Brian Long – Last Tuesday, 24th October I did some sessions at EKON 21, one of which was on Creative Debugging Techniques. During the session there was a section where I was trying to demonstrate an idea or technique that happened to fully involve the CPU window. Unfortunately a series of finger fumbles on my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-10-29 23:49
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Remote debugger recalcitrance

Brian Long – My development machine in my main week day job does not have some custom hardware that a nearby test machine does. It doesn’t make sense to load up the development environment onto the test machine for various reasons, so I am a fairly irregular user of remote debugging against my Win32 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-10-17 21:49
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Project corruption bug

Brian Long – Long ago there was an issue with the RAD Studio IDE (Delphi and C++Builder both). It meant that when changing certain project options or switching build configurations, the (XML format) project file would get saved with an extra errant (empty) XML element in it, causing subsequent compilations to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-10-16 21:53
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Delphi build/install/launch Android app from the command-line

Brian Long – Quite some while back I answered a question on Stack Overflow, which explained how to build a Delphi project from the command line and also how to deploy it. The context of the question was Andriod developmentIn the case of an Android application deploying it has absolutely nothing to do with ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-10-14 17:51
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EKON 21

Brian Long – I’m delighted to say that later this month I’ll be over in Cologne speaking at EKON 21, which runs from 23rd to 25th October, 2017 and is being held in Cologne in Germany.  I’m doing three Delphi-related talks on some of my favourite subjects: creative debugging, Android API usage and IDE ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2017-10-14 17:12

November 2016

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Debug logging in FireMonkey – CodeRage XI Lightning Talks

Brian Long – During CodeRage XI I had a couple of Lightning Talks broadcast on a subject I’ve been intending to write up for quite a long time, but haven’t quite managed to achieve: how to emit debug log messages on the various FireMonkey platforms. I made a 10 minute video for Delphi and one for C++ looking at ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2016-11-22 12:15

September 2016

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Android callbacks wrapped by FireMonkey

Brian Long – A couple of years ago (exactly!) I posted on this blog about an article I’d written on accessing NFC tags from Delphi Android applications. At the time this was quite an involved exercise, requiring custom Java code to be compiled and linked in to the application in order to respond to the pertinent ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2016-09-10 01:13
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Speaking at the SDN Event

Brian Long – All the preparations are nigh on complete and this evening I shall be on a short aeroplane ride to Holland (or The Netherlands, if you prefer) to present a couple of Delphi talks at one of the SDN’s big SDN Events – full agenda here. I’ll be in good company as also speaking on the Delphi track will ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2016-09-01 11:25
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