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March 2007

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Leveraging Vista's UAC with Delphi - Update

What's in the Oven? – Commenter BytePlayer found out that I missed an important registry entry in the COM library registration. The entry is responsible for allowing non-admin processes to make calls to admin server. I've updated part three of the article to include this important information, so I encourage all of you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-03-16 12:49
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Overloading array properties in Delphi/Win32

What's in the Oven? – A few days ago, a colleague of mine approached me with an interesting problem. He was looking for a way to overload an array property of an object, so that items could be accessed by differently typed indexers. Basically, he wanted to do this: O := MyObj.Items[0]; O := MyObj.Items['ObjName']; O ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-03-15 01:46
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Building scalable forms with Delphi: Part 2

What's in the Oven? – While googling for information on SetProcessDPIAware API, I stumbled upon this great article on DPI-awareness in Vista. Almost everything in it applies to Delphi applications as well, so I encourage you to read it while you wait for Part 3 of this series.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-03-05 23:35

February 2007

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Leveraging Vista's UAC with Delphi: Part 3

What's in the Oven? – This is the final part in a three-part series on UAC and Delphi. Jump to Part 1 Jump to Part 2 Here, I'll be covering the most exciting approach to achieving true UAC conformance -- one, which should probably be implemented by the majority of Vista-compatible applications. On-demand elevation ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-27 22:01
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Leveraging Vista's UAC with Delphi: Part 2

What's in the Oven? – This is part two of the three-part series of articles on UAC and Delphi. Jump to Part 1 Describing the whole UAC logic is well out of the scope of this article. I'm only going to mention a few relevant points. In its core, UAC is all about the privilege levels. By default, a normal Windows ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-27 21:54
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Leveraging Vista's UAC with Delphi: Part 1

What's in the Oven? – By now, hundreds of technical blogs and articles have mentioned Vista's User Account Control feature. Sadly, many of the authors were less than kind when describing its usefulness... I say 'sadly', because I happen to like the feature. I think it's grossly misunderstood. I also think it's a bad ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-27 21:53
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Detecting various Windows versions

What's in the Oven? – Sometimes you need to know the version of Windows you're running on. Here's a simple unit I've whipped up for myself, that anyone can use. I can't guarantee the code actually works as advertised, but it should be able to recognize the following versions of Windows: Windows 95 Windows 95 OSR 2 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-26 01:34
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Saving Unicode

What's in the Oven? – There are two common misconceptions about Unicode. They go something along these lines I picked from a random web page: Misconception #1: "Unicode is an internationalized character set." Misconception #2: "Unicode uses two bytes per character compared to ASCII's one byte per character." ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-23 02:55
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Minor problems with blog's formatting

What's in the Oven? – You might have experienced some text wrapping problems on this blog recently. This was due to my tweaking of the underlying layout. I still haven't gotten all of the quirks out yet, but it should be more stable and consistent now. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 04:12
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A Unicode teaser

What's in the Oven? – Here's a small teaser to show you what I've been working on recently: function EncodeUTF16LEChar(aCodePoint: UCodePoint; aChar: PUTF16Char): Integer; var X, W: Word; U: LongWord; begin case aCodePoint of { Double-byte char } $0000..$D7FF, { NOTE: This gap here represents reserved ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 04:03
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Building scalable forms with Delphi: Part 1

What's in the Oven? – This is the first in a series of articles on building scalable forms with Delphi. It's hard to believe the amount of thought some developers put into designing user interface. So much attention to smallest visual detail and yet, so little of it goes to basic things, such as making sure that forms ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 03:57
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So it begins...

What's in the Oven? – I've finally grown tired of not having a place to organize my thoughts, ideas and experience. There are quite some things on my mind I'd really like to share, most of them related to Delphi, Unicode, XML and Win32 development. Hopefully, you'll find them useful and interesting. And so it begins...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 03:55
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Disclaimer

What's in the Oven? – While I'm eternally optimistic about nature and intentions of other people, I feel the need to outline some basic rules for this blog. Here it goes... Postings in this blog are provided AS IS with no warranties, and confer no rights. They do not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 03:55
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So, who exactly are you?

What's in the Oven? – A fair question. Let's see... My name is Aleksander Oven, I was born back in 1980 and I'm a software developer, living in Slovenia. Everyone: "Hi, Aleksander!" Roots of my professional career go back to fall of 2001 when I started a job in the IT department at a big Europe-wide company Viator & ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 03:54
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The favorite neglected pet

What's in the Oven? – I'm sure every software developer has their own pet app. You know, the one you work on during your spare time, when you just don't feel like working on any of those other apps, but don't really have anything else to do? Well, at any rate, I have such a pet app. It is a simple mail client that sits ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Aleksander Oven @ 2007-02-22 03:54
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