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October 2014

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Review: Delphi Cookbook by Daniele Teti

Parnassus – The Delphi CookbookIt’s always a pleasure to see a new book come out about technology you work with, especially when that book is not aimed solely at existing developers but is accessible and helpful for those new to the development environment as well. About a month ago, Packt Publishing ...
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Mysteries of IDE plugins: Painting in the code editor (Part 2)

Parnassus – Part 2 of a series on how to write an IDE plugin that can paint on the IDE code editor line-by-line along with the code.IntroductionThe first part of this series examined an area not exposed by the Open Tools API (Delphi’s plugin API): integrating with the code editor. Yet several plugins, ...
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August 2014

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TFireMonkeyContainer: VCL drag/drop, IDE support and package improvements, and more

Parnassus – A number of improvements to TFireMonkeyContainer have been checked in over the past day.New to TFireMonkeyContainer? It is a small open-source VCL component to host a FireMonkey form inside a VCL form, as though it was a normal component. Read more about TFireMonkeyContainer here.What’s ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-08-01 13:49

July 2014

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Drawing fully justified text to a canvas

Parnassus – At some point we’ve probably all written code to draw text to screen manually, using TextOut, ExtTextOut, DrawText or DrawTextEx depending on how complex the required result was.But have you ever tried to draw fully-justified text, that is, text that adheres to both the left and right ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-07-18 14:03

May 2014

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TFireMonkeyContainer bugfix for instances created at runtime

Parnassus – TFireMonkeyContainer is a small open-source VCL component that can host a FMX form, allowing you to embed FireMonkey forms inside your VCL application.A 3D FireMonkey form embedded in a VCL application, using TFireMonkeyContainerThis post is to note a bugfix that handles the case where instances of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-05-12 13:39
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Mysteries of IDE plugins: Painting in the code editor (Part 1)

Parnassus – Part 1 of a series on how to write an IDE plugin that can paint on the IDE code editor line-by-line along with the code.Introduction: IDE pluginsIDE plugins are a mysterious topic.  With little official documentation, most material is scattered across a variety of blogs and websites, often out of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-05-06 18:02
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Useful reference about disabling specific compiler warnings

Parnassus – Earlier today while working on an IDE plugin, I got the following compiler warnings:[dcc32 Warning] W1029 Duplicate constructor ‘TLineDifference.CreateEqual’ with identical parameters will be inacessible [sic] from C++[dcc32 Warning] W1029 Duplicate constructor ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-05-03 15:29

January 2014

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DWS Mandelbrot Explorer Mark II, and random notes about FireMonkey and threads

Parnassus – The DWS Mandelbrot Explorer, which renders tiles generated by Eric Grange’s tile server, has been updated.The following is a braindump of information about the app, about FireMonkey, about threading, and about how they all interrelate. I think some points will be interesting to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? David @ 2014-01-25 23:22
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A unit to enable Direct2D in FireMonkey where possible

Parnassus – A few days ago I posted about FireMonkey’s choice of canvas classes, where it would choose to render via GDI+ instead of via Direct2D.  There were two fixes: one (untested and possibly dangerous) enabled hardware rendering on DirectX9-class hardware, but required editing the FireMonkey source; ...
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FireMonkey canvas classes and a bugfix to speed up your apps

Parnassus – Everything you need to know about FireMonkey canvases – and a performance boost bugfix for some people as well!I recently posted my first real-world FireMonkey app, which gave a zoomable, scrollable, very interactive view of the Mandelbrot fractal using the precomputed DWS Mandelbrot tiles. It ...
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