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February 2020

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25 Delphi Tips for 25 Years of Delphi

Brian Long – It seems funny to think Delphi is 25 years old, and yet sure enough the celebrations are ongoing for the 25th Anniversary of its unveiling on 14th February 1995.As it happens I've been part of the Delphi world for around 26 years now, as I used to work at Borland and was involved with testing and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? blong @ 2020-02-14 15:21
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The Enter key and the OnKeyDown/OnKeyUp events on Android

Brian Long – A problem surfaced on Stack Overflow recently from a Delphi developer, Tom Byrnes, who discovered that on Android, the Enter (or Return) key no longer triggers the OnKeyDown and OnKeyUp events. This was unfortunate as Tom wanted to code to run in (one of) those handlers.The problem had been reported ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? blong @ 2020-02-12 10:57
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Rebuilding the Delphi & C++Builder Android Java files

Brian Long – Some while back I posted a command script (or batch file as we used to call them) that could be used by RAD Studio 10.3 users if they felt the need to change any of the few Java files underlying Delphi's (and C++Builder's) Android RTL.The script would rebuild all the Java files into the required ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? blong @ 2020-02-11 15:53

January 2019

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Solution to iOS Delphi build failure

Brian Long – Some Delphi users building iOS applications have been thwarted by a…, well let’s be polite and call it a bit of an annoyance, when building their applications. What should just be an informational message about a warning from the ld linker ends up becoming a build breaker. The failure message looks ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brian Long @ 2019-01-08 20:47

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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