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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 18:15
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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 21:34
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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 20:37
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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 18:48
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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 15:39
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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 20:45
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TIniFile for Android and Windows

Behind the connection – When writing cross platform applications, you are faced with different ways of doing thing depending on the platform. Thanks to the OOP paradigm, we may encapsulate those things in a class and create an implementation specific to each platform. This class hides all the details which are not readily ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-05 15:42
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What programming languages have you used this year?

Behind the connection – There is a website which maintain a voting system about which language has been used in 2013. The presentation is very nice. Of course, you should vote for your favourite language (I hope it is Delphi). To vote you need a Tweeter account. Send a tweet using the hashtag #code2013 and then the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2014-01-02 13:30

December 2013

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Why your comment does not appear on my blog

Behind the connection – It seems I have to clarify why some comments does not appear on my blog. My blog is a place where I publish my personal views. It is not in anyway a public forum. To be published on my blog, a comment must be: Directly related to the subject Add something complementing the point of view I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-30 10:33
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Compiling to native code begets better performance

Behind the connection – Todays with Mobile platforms such as IOS and Android, developers are faced with writing application targeted to several platforms. Of course developers want to do that with minimal effort. This is why the market of cross platform tools is growing. Embarcadero do it well with RAD Studio XE5 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-28 12:38
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Hotfix 3 for Delphi XE5 update 2

Behind the connection – If you haven't noticed yet, there is a 3rd "hotfix" available for Delphi XE5, C++ Builder XE5 and RAD Studio XE5 update 2. This hotfix contains compiled obj files for JPEG support. Download from Embarcadero CodeCentral available for registered users of the mentioned products. Follow me on ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-25 11:15
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Mandelbrot Explorer for Android and Windows

Behind the connection – Using Delphi XE5, I rewrote my Mandelbrot fractal explorer with the FireMonkey component framework. The result is a working application for Android and Windows. To generate Windows or Android version, it is enough to just change the target operating system. Nice cross-platform application!   On ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-18 15:26
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Coding in Delphi ebook

Behind the connection – Coding in Delphi ebook by Nick Hodges. Available to registered users of Delphi XE5, RAD Studio XE5, and Embarcadero All-Access XE. This promotional item is available as a special promotion through December 31, 2013. There is also a Google+ community: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-17 08:49
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FireMonkey, Android, Windows and PostMessage

Behind the connection – FireMonkey framework (FMX for short) is definitely able to use custom [Windows] messages much like we have always done with the VCL. And this is also true when using FireMonkey to build Android applications. Both Windows and Android support a messaging system. It is well known by Windows developers ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-15 17:19
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Update 2 for RAD Studio XE5, Delphi XE5 and C++Builder XE5

Behind the connection – If you have not noticed yet, Embarcadero published the second update for their latest tools: Delphi XE5 as well as RAD Studio XE5 and C++ Builder XE5. More than one hundred bugs have been fixed. Thanks for the users having taken the time to write a bug report to Quality Central, the web tool used ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? François Piette @ 2013-12-11 11:34
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