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February 2010

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A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Sample Pascal Source Code" circa 1993

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – See also: A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Market Trends" circa 1993 A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Strategy" circa 1993 A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Competition" circa 1993 One last post in this series on the "Languages Two Year Plan, Second Draft - March 25, ...
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A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Competition" circa 1993

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – See also: A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Market Trends" circa 1993 A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Strategy" circa 1993 Following on to my previous posts (see above links), here are some excerpts from the "Pascal Competition" section from the "Languages Two Year Plan, Second ...
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A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Strategy" circa 1993

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – Following on to my previous post, here's the "Pascal Strategy" section from the "Languages Two Year Plan, Second Draft - March 25, 1993" document.  Please read my previous post for background on this document. Pascal Strategy In order to generate future revenues for Pascal, we must create tools ...
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A Walk Down Delphi’s Memory Lane: "Pascal Market Trends" circa 1993

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – As Nick mentioned in this post, we will soon be moving to a new building here in Scotts Valley.  We have been in our current building since 1993.  As Nick states:  "So when you move, you generally use that as an opportunity for cleaning up, clearing out and generally clearing ...
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Haiti Relief Auction: Signed Softball

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – One of the "one-of-a-kind" items that I donated to the Borland Memorabilia Auction for Haitian Relief is now listed and ready for bids. It is a softball signed by the the members of the winning softball team (who were mostly members of the Delphi and C++Builder engineering team) from the 2000 ...
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December 2009

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RAD Studio 2007 informal, unofficial fix available: Windows 7 problem addressed

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – Two weeks ago, we released a hotfix for the 2009 release to address problems using the debugger under Windows 7 (primarily 64-bit versions).  You can read about that hotfix here:  http://blogs.embarcadero.com/chrishesik/2009/12/03/35132. If you look at the comments on that post, you'll see several ...
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RAD Studio 2010 Update 4: Report on Automatic Incident Reports

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – In an earlier post, I briefly mentioned the tool I wrote that helps us on the RAD Studio R&D; team to analyze and fix problems that are reported via the Error Reporting mechanism built into the IDE.   In the past, we've taken an ad-hoc approach to analyzing the data and fixing reported ...
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RAD Studio 2009 Debugger hotfix available: Windows 7 problems addressed

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – A Delphi 2009, C++Builder 2009 and RAD Studio 2009 hotfix is now available to address several problems with the debugger when running on Windows 7. You can find the hotfix on CodeCentral at http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/27476. The most glaring problem fixed is an assert that can occur when ...
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November 2009

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Using Delphi "Unit Aliases" to aid in unit testing

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – Writing unit tests for the Delphi and C++Builder IDE source code has been a bit challenging over the years.  Two common challenges are: Resolving unit dependencies.  Think of a case where a unit uses another unit just so it can access one symbol from that unit.  Assume that the used unit iteself ...
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RAD Studio 2010: Delay Load import exceptions

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – One of the things I do after a product release (or an update release, for that matter) is keep an eye on the Incident Reports that are submitted to QualityCentral via the Send Report wizard that is built into the IDE.  A few years ago, I wrote a tool that makes it really ...
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October 2009

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Debugger Tip: Ingoring non-user breakpoints

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – I just realized that a feature that was added for the 2007 releases is not mentioned on my page that outlines debugger additions that have been made since Delphi7/BCB6.  I've gone ahead and updated that page, but I think this feature is worth mentioning in a separate post. The feature I'm ...
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RAD Studio 2010: TThread support for naming a thread

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – In my post on Thread-Specific Breakpoints, I mentioned that the Delphi RTL's TThread class has improved support for naming threads. Before looking at that, let's quickly review how naming threads for the debugger works.  The concept of naming threads in Delphi and C++Builder is not new (if I ...
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Debugger Tip: Another case for selective symbol table loading

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – A few weeks ago, I talked about a debugger feature, "Selective Symbol Table Loading", that can be used to increase performance of the debugger.  In addition to its performance benefit, this feature is also useful in other situations.  One situation, in particular, where it comes in handy, is when a ...
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RAD Studio 2010: Keeping Watches (and Locals) expanded

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – Ever since Expandable Evaluation was added in the 2006 release, there has been a common complaint amongst Delphi and C++Builder users:  every time you step or hit a breakpoint after having expanded a Watch item or an item in the Locals view, the treeview collapses again.  The QC entry for this ...
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Debugger Enhancements since Delphi 7/C++Builder 6

Chris' Borland Debugger Blog – Back in April of 2007, I wrote a post listing all the debugger features that have been added to Delphi and C++Builder since the Delphi 7 release.  While it was up to date at the time (the 2007 release), it has not been kept up to date with features added ...
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