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January 2017

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One month after Diving Back into Delphi: Hey I still Really Like Delphi!

Delphi Code Monkey – I spent most of 2016 not writing Delphi code.  Yeah, I fixed the odd bug here and there, but mostly I was focusing on C#, ASP.Net core, and lots of other stuff.   Starting January 2017, I've gotten back into Delphi in a big way, because I'm working at a new job.  So far I have to say, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2017-01-27 22:18
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Giving up again on Windows 7, and on Windows as my main operating system for work machines

Delphi Code Monkey – I recently switched back to Windows 7, for work purposes, for a couple of weeks. Here's what I've learned, and why I'm switching back to Windows 10, but only inside a VM:1. Suspend and resume, and sleep/wake functions in Windows 7 are horrible, even on decent hardware.  Windows 10 is vastly ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2017-01-22 16:31
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Delphi 10.1 Berlin Pro Tip: Renaming CommunityToolbar bpl and good riddance to it.

Delphi Code Monkey – In Delphi 10.1, without all the latest updates, if you get Delphi startup crashes, you can get around them in some cases, by removing optional parts of Delphi that are taking delphi down.   One such piece I usually rename so that it can't get re-enabled again, is the community toolbar IDE ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2017-01-07 14:56

December 2016

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Windows 7 Stinks

Delphi Code Monkey – Since Microsoft won't let me decide when Windows 10 updates can be applied, I've decided to experiment working from Windows 7 for a while. So far here are the things which stink in Windows 7.  Windows 7 is terrible, but it's better than Windows 10. 1. Fresh Windows 7/SP1 installs won't ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-12-31 18:05

September 2016

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Delphi Features I Avoid Using And Believe Need to be Gradually Eliminated from Codebases

Delphi Code Monkey – My guest post from L.V. didn't seem to have enough Delphi specifics for one commenter, so I thought about it, and realized, that what L.V. is talking about is Practices (stuff people do), not features.But there are features in Delphi that I think are either over-used, or used inappropriately, or ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-09-21 15:08
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Delphi Worst Practices, The Path to the Dark Side

Delphi Code Monkey – Guest Post from L.V.If you want to do the worst possible job at being a Delphi developer, and go from merely weak, to positively devastating, and you want to give your employer the greatest chance of failing completely, making your users hate your product, and going out of business, while exacting ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-09-13 17:45

August 2016

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Nexus Quality Suite: Why Profiling and Checking Your Application for Leaks is Essential (Part 1 of a review of Nexus Quality Suite 1.60)

Delphi Code Monkey – I've been using and also experimenting with Nexus Quality Suite on and off for the past 9 months and I've been meaning to write up a blog post about it.  The trouble with reviewing this software suite is that it contains so much stuff, I am aware that I can only skim the surface.  So I ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-08-30 13:18

July 2016

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How to Hire the Right People? I have NO IDEA!

Delphi Code Monkey – I have seen a lot of articles on the interwebs from frustrated job-seekers who say over and over that hiring is broken.Where I work, I am interviewing for a Junior Software Developer position with a focus in Web/JavaScript/HTML5.  Consequently, I have been thinking a lot about how we in the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-07-08 01:37

June 2016

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Survey Results for the First Annual Delphi Code Monkey Survey

Delphi Code Monkey – There were 373 respondents but the statistics shown here only reflect a portion of that, because SurveyMonkey wants $25 US from me to give me fully detailed results. Given that the final numbers are unlikely to be much different from these, I'm going to leave these as they are.  30% of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-06-02 01:10

May 2016

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Delphi Programmer Thinks about the Go Programming Language and Mandatory Source Code Organization

Delphi Code Monkey – If you follow one of the usual tutorials for Go programming they will start by trying to dump a load of things you have to do on you.  This is perhaps something that you, as a long-time-Delphi geek have become inured to in your own environment.  Let us imagine a developer who has been ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-05-21 16:58
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Completely Anonymous Delphi Code Monkey Reader Survey 2016

Delphi Code Monkey – I have put a completely optional, completely anonymous survey on survey monkey. The questions are completely general and will help me to get an idea of the readers who visit and thus, what you might enjoy hearing about, and may of course be fun for you to see the answers to as well.I will share all ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-05-14 19:22

April 2016

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Writing an IDE Expert (Toronto Delphi User Group, April 2016)

Delphi Code Monkey – Meeting notes including links to sample code for writing your own IDE wizards is over on the Toronto Delphi user group site:http://www.tdug.com/2016/04/april-meeting-follow-up-2/That article has links to some open source repositories with my starter expert dll and wizard bpl code ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-04-30 14:04
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Patterns in the History of Computing: The Birth, Life and Death of the Tech Empire

Delphi Code Monkey – As a student of history and a geek deeply interested in computers, Computer History is a personal passion of mine.I am particularly interested in unlikely upstart success stories, most of which have a predictable arc:A founder has an idea which is considered ridiculous to whatever industry he or she ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-04-24 16:42
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Linux Essentials for Delphi Developers

Delphi Code Monkey – There is currently no way using Delphi to target Linux. Long ago there was a thing called Kylix that worked on one version of RedHat Linux, barely, back in the 1990s. But in the Community road-map, targeting a fall release, there might be a way to target Linux Servers.  Here's hoping.  If ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-04-13 03:03
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Ubuntu on Windows is here, first thoughts.

Delphi Code Monkey – For Windows 10 users who have the Insider preview enabled, who have the slider all the way to the bleeding edge side (fast track means all the way to the right), a new preview windows build will become visible and ready to install within about 24-48 hours after you switch to the fast ring.After that ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Warren Postma @ 2016-04-11 13:45
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