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April 2014

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ICS updated for Delphi XE6

Behind the connection – ICS has been updated for Delphi XE6. No new feature, just a simple update for the latest Delphi version. VCL and FMX supported for desktop platforms. Mobile still under way. Download as usual. See http://wiki.overbyte.be Follow me on Twitter Follow me on LinkedIn Follow me on Google+ Visit my ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-04-17 17:58

March 2014

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On the fly form

Behind the connection – This article explain how to create a form on the fly. Such a form is created by code, without using the designer. You will surely ask why you would do that! Granted the Delphi form designer is very easy to use. But in some cases it is not practical because it creates several files and makes more ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-03-18 19:25
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End of Windows XP. Modernize your applications.

Behind the connection – You've probably seen the news that Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8th of this year. It is time to update your old applications to work with the new generation of modern operating systems. There is an upcoming webminar by Marco Cantù on Mernizing Delphi and C++Builder Windows ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-03-11 17:22
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Persistent form with F11 to fullscreen

Behind the connection – This article shows how to create a persistent form having the ability to go real full screen. A persistent form is one which remember his size and position. Real full screen means the form use all the available screen area without having border nor title bar. The form goes to full screen using the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-03-01 20:04

February 2014

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Automate Word document print using Delphi

Behind the connection – Automating Microsoft office Word from Delphi is really easy. I already blogged on the subject. This time, I will show you how to select a specific printer in your Delphi application and instruct Word to use that printer. Using Delphi, create a new VCL forms application and drop a TComboBox, a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-02-25 20:23
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Coding in Delphi

Behind the connection – Coding in Delphi is a new programming book by Nick Hodges that covers a variety of powerful Delphi programming features and techniques including Generics, Interfaces, Exception, Handling, Anonymous Methods, Collections, RTTI, Enumerators, Attributes, Dependency Injection and Unit Testing. Available ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-02-22 16:14
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HowTo: Create a DCR file for your Delphi component

Behind the connection – When you create a component for Delphi, you need a bitmap to represent your component in the component palette. This bitmap must be saved as a DCR file and linked into the component package. DCR stands for Delphi Component Resource. It is a binary resource file (RES) renamed to DCR. In the old ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-02-22 08:54
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In memory message logging

Behind the connection – Message logging is a common activity used for either keeping track of what happens in an application or for debugging purpose. Recently, I was developing a real time communication system which experimented strange errors. To find out what was happening, I decided to log all kind of informations ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-02-16 12:58
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The most interesting topics...

Behind the connection – Maybe you'll be interested by the topics mostly read on my blog. The number in front of the titles are the number of hits: 9007 Delphi XE5 to develop Android applications 5509 Automate Microsoft Office from Delphi 2612 Delphi XE4 and AnsiString 2528 Multithreading and PostMessage performance ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-02-13 20:24

January 2014

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Coding style matters

Behind the connection – Coding Style, AKA Programming Style refers to the way you layout your source code. In many languages, source code layout is simply ignored by the compiler. You can write as you like. It is very important for code readability and understanding to use the same coding style across all files of an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-26 17:15
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3D animation with FireMonkey

Behind the connection – Paul Toth, a well known Delphi Developer rewrote his CubeMan3D with FireMonkey, making it a cross platform application. The application shows an animated man made of 3D cubes. The man walk in place and turn on himself. Actually, each cube is a standard FireMonkey TRoundCude 3D component. They are ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-23 20:34
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New blog about Delphi FireMonkey

Behind the connection – There is a new blog talking mostly about Delphi FireMonkey on the mobile platform (iOS and Android). The blog also covers other topics, mostly related to FireMonkey and the various supported platforms. This new blog is named FMXexpress. Actually, this blog is collecting blog articles from ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-21 19:37
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Delphi XE5 hotfix 4: reFInd updated

Behind the connection – Embarcadero published hotfix #4 for Delphi XE5 and C++ Builder XE5. This hotfix is an update for the command line tool "reFInd". If you don't know reFInd, it is a tool to help migrating code to Delphi XE5. It is a kind of search and replace on files using Perl RegEx expressions. For example, you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-18 17:48
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TIniFile for Windows and Android (Source code)

Behind the connection – I made available a zip file with the full source code for my TIniFile class compatible with both Windows and Android. You need Delphi XE5 to compile it for Android and a reasonably recent Delphi to compile it for Windows. You can read the article on my blog. This article explain how it works. You ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-11 14:39
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Programming Android and iOS Devices and Gadgets

Behind the connection – Our modern world is full of programmable and interactive devices. Delphi and C++Builder can be used to work with these devices and gadgets in innovative ways and extend your apps in ways you never may have imagined. Devices are platforms that can load and execute your program directly, such as an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-09 19:45
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