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June 2018

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On ISBNs

Delphi-losophy – A commenter on my last post asked about why I bought 100 ISBNs.  That does seem like a lot, no? Well, the ISBN game is a bit of a racket. ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number” — and it uniquely identifies a book world wide.  It even identifies different forms of the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2018-06-09 17:06
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The Economics of Self-Publishing a Technical Book.

Delphi-losophy – I’m a big Medium fan and subscriber.  There’s a lot of great writing there.  I recently came across this article,  The Economics of Writing a Technical Book, and read it with great interest.  Having written three books of my own, I thought I’d write a bit about my experience with ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2018-06-07 03:06

April 2018

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In Which I Pontificate About StackOverflow

Delphi-losophy – Joel Spolsky is kind of a hero to me. He was one of the first developer bloggers — one of the first guys to write about things that we developers were thinking about and talking about. He wrote classics like “The Joel Test” and stuck up for developer environments with “Bionic ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2018-04-07 04:06

March 2018

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Four Humble Ideas for Embarcadero

Delphi-losophy – I hereby humbly offer the following four suggestions to improve the Delphi product and community. Acquire the Assets of DevJet Have you guys seen the stuff done by DevJet?  This is some seriously excellent work.  They have two main projects — Documentation Insight and Code Insight Plus — ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2018-03-27 05:07

February 2018

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New Book Pricing

Delphi-losophy – Hey, folks, I have some good news — I’ve dropped the prices on my books all across the board. This post from a few months ago has been updated with the new pricing. A few things to note: I’m giving dollar prices here, but the prices have also been lowered for Euros and British ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2018-02-14 03:07

November 2017

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Nick Update

Delphi-losophy – Just a quick update on what I’m up to — you guys have had a few questions. I have “parted ways” with Embarcadero and am back (for a third time!) at Gateway Ticketing Systems as a Senior Developer. It’s all good.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-11-09 02:06

August 2017

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How to Buy My Books

Delphi-losophy – First, I want to thank all of you that have bought one or more or my books.  I’m very grateful. Second, I wanted to post to make sure that everyone knows that I have three books out  and how you can buy them. Book Buy in Paperback Buy in Digital Form Buy on Amazon for $39.99 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-08-18 23:06

May 2017

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Flotsam and Jetsam #119

Delphi-losophy – Hey, we have a hotfix available for RAD Studio.  It can be found on Code Central.  It focuses on some issues in the tool chain.  Given that it’s a hotfix, it only replaces a few choice files and doesn’t require an uninstall/reinstall process. Thanks to everyone who filled out the RAD ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-05-04 16:06

April 2017

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Delphius and Basicus Each Struggle with a Problem

Delphi-losophy – Delphius and Basicus were both working on problems.  Delphius was trying to fix his roof, and Basicus was trying to repair his front door.    Both found their problem difficult. Delphius was unable to come  up with a good solution for his problem.  After a brief time of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-04-17 21:06

March 2017

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A Busy Week Produces 10.2 Tokyo

Delphi-losophy – “Shipping is a feature” is one of my favorite sayings.  In fact, I’d argue that shipping is the most important feature, because without it, you don’t get any other features.  But shipping is a lot of work – as this past week proved.  On Wednesday, we shipped RAD Studio 10.2 Tokyo, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-03-25 04:06
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Flotsam and Jetsam #118

Delphi-losophy – Delphi for Linux is soon to be here.  We’ve unleashed the Beta Bloggers, so keep an eye out for more information coming from any number of sources. Thanks to all of you who have bought my new book, Dependency Injection in Delphi.  I’m grateful for all the support.  My wife is working ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-03-14 21:06

February 2017

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The New Release Pattern

Delphi-losophy – Are you on Update Subscription for RAD Studio? You are?  Great.  Wise move. You aren’t?  Why not? We are very interested in you being on Update Subscription — so much so that you pretty much have to be when you upgrade.  We do this because Update Subscription is really great for you, and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-02-15 16:06

January 2017

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MultiPaste in the RAD Studio IDE

Delphi-losophy – Late last year I had the honor of speaking with Cary Jensen at the Delphi Developer Days events. It was a great opportunity to meet some new folks, folks I’ve known online for years, and to present some useful information about Delphi. One of the presentations we gave was entitled “Delphi Tips, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2017-01-26 16:06

November 2016

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Flotsam and Jetsam #117

Delphi-losophy – I can’t seem to find a WordPress theme that I like.  Look for the theme to change a bunch while I play around with different ones.  I’ve started a new blog over on the Embarcadero Community site.  It will be for more “official” stuff that I post about.  You can follow me ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2016-11-01 16:06

October 2016

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What is RAD Server and How You Can Use It?

Delphi-losophy – I’m digging the new job. Lots of interesting things going on. Lots of great plans. Now, you may not realize it, but I’m the Director of Product Management for all the Embarcadero products,  including a very cool product named RAD Server. Many of you may have heard of RAD Server, but aren’t ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? nickhodges@gmail.com @ 2016-10-26 18:05
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