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November 2018

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Custom Managed Records Coming in Delphi 10.3

Marco's Tech Blog – Beside inline variable declaration, as explained in my recent blog post, the coming 10.3 version of Delphi will have another relevant addition to the Delphi language, namely the ability to define code to be executed when records are first initialized, disposed from memory and copied. Before we get ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-11-07 12:20

October 2018

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Introducing Inline Variables in the Delphi Language

Marco's Tech Blog – The Delphi language in 10.3 has a fairly core change in the way it allows far more flexibility in the declaration of local variables, their scope and lifetime. This is a change that breaks a key tenet of the original Pascal language, but offers a significant number of advantages, reducing unneeded ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-10-29 10:23
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Directions for ARC Memory Management in Delphi

Marco's Tech Blog – A few years back, when Embarcadero started building new Delphi compilers for platforms other than Windows there was a lot of discussion how compatible the new Delphi should have been with the current language, in terms of core language features and overall perception of the language. Eventually the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-10-26 11:53
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Marco's Tech Blog – Microsoft has released a new update of Windows 10, continuing with their now 6-month release cycle. The version 1809 was initially distributed, and then put on hold (twice, actually) because of issues, first with files on OneDrive and later with ZIP operations. But that’s not the point of my blog ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-10-25 11:35
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Embarcadero Releases AppAnalytics Server Source Code

Marco's Tech Blog – What is AppAnalytics? A few years ago, Embarcadero introduced the AppAnalytics technology, a simple and effective way to add in-app analytics to VCL and FMX applications using ready-to-use components and a paid SaaS offering for the AppAnalytics backend. Since introducing the service, the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-10-11 16:56
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The Delphi Compiler and UTF-8 Encoded Source Code Files With no BOM

Marco's Tech Blog – Last week a (large) customer sent me an email indicating he was experiencing issues when compiling the same project on different machines. Turned out the difference was in the source code files format and the root cause was a unit saved as UTF-8 but without a BOM. The reason? One of the developers ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-10-04 10:52

September 2018

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Photos of September Delphi Events: London and Utrecht

Marco's Tech Blog – Delphi User Group Meeting, London A couple of weeks ago I was in London for personal reasons and teamed up with the UK Developers Group to attend their monthly meeting and talk about Delphi. I offered an introductory talk, some in depth on RAD Server compared to other web service technologies, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-09-28 14:09
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Blogs on Embarcadero Community: Multi Tier Development and Enterprise SKU

Marco's Tech Blog – I haven't blogged much here in September, because I wrote two blog posts on the Embarcadero community site (given they were more official blog posts -- I generally blog on my personal blogs and the content is surfaced on the Embarcadero community): Build Flexible and Robust Apps with a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-09-25 12:13

August 2018

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8-Weeks Delphi Community Edition Bootcamp Starts Next Week

Marco's Tech Blog – Delphi CE Bootcamp is an 8 week FREE instructional lecture covering many different areas of Delphi development and focused on new developers as well as existing ones. The series begins next week, and I'm the first instructor. Lectures will be posted each week on each weeks topic and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-08-30 17:19
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New CData Connectors For August 2018

Marco's Tech Blog – Since last year, Embarcadero has teamed up with CData to offer easy to use FireDAC connectors for many web and cloud services, including data repositories, business services, social media and much more. These connectors are available at a flat fee and two packs, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. You ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-08-21 12:16
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Delphi Blogs of the Month #61

Marco's Tech Blog – Embarcadero Updates Embarcadero released Delphi Community Edition, a great step to get the product back to students and hobbyist with support for mobile platforms in a free edition, for non-prossional developers. The release has been very well received and had a large number of downloads, but we ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-08-14 17:28
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RAD Studio 10.x Files Permissions Patch Released

Marco's Tech Blog – Embarcadero has just released RAD Studio Files Permissions Patch, applicable to all versions of RAD Studio 10, 10.1.x and 10.2.x installed using the GetIt web based installer. The GetIt-based installers (up to but excluding RAD Studio 10.2.3 build 3231, made available in July 2018) copy files ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-08-08 12:04

July 2018

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Replay and Code for My Webinar on RAD Server Last Week

Marco's Tech Blog – Last week webinar on RAD Server was well attended, which is great because we see increased interest on the RAD Server technology. We have great plans for it for the coming release. In the meantime here are some additional links: Source code for the demos I showed during the sessions are on ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-07-30 08:55
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RAD Server: Beyond the Basics Webinar Tomorrow

Marco's Tech Blog – Over the last few months and the 10.2.x updates, RAD Server has been extended with several new features. But the technology also has several other advanced features we rarely discuss, because the typical one hour webinars we do are often only enough to cover the basic introduction. In this webinar, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-07-24 09:33
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Embarcadero launches Delphi Community Edition

Marco's Tech Blog – The release of Delphi Community Edition is fantastic news for the Delphi language, the developer community, the partners, and the entire ecosystem. We hope it will help new developers (students, hobbyist, open source developers, and someone starting with mobile store publishing, among others) adopt ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? marcocantu @ 2018-07-19 10:35
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