Saturday, 12 August 2017

Why I keep preferring Delphi

- or why are we still discussion this - get updated.

There has been a trend in the various discussions that popup on the internet or in real life - that Delphi and the ObjectPascal language is mentioned in past tense. Which indicates to me that those who do that, have either not paid attention or are just simply ignorant on facts. Which also seems to be a trend in politics - that relates to the facts - not Delphi :D

The most recent version of Delphi/C++ Builder/RAD Studio - version 10.2.1, was just released a few days back - which I would not qualify for talking about Delphi in past tense in general.

But a thing that is very common in the long discussions I bothered to read - is that almost everyone says something in the lines of:
- "Oh I also remember doing my first program in Delphi - great times"
- "I really enjoyed programming (with Delphi) - I miss those days"
- "In those days programming was fun."
- "The best tool to create Windows desktop applications - period. Miss it."

..and the list goes on - oozing of nostalgia, longing, the fun and the enjoyment and productivity everyone had "back in the days" - well these days are not gone for those of us that kept around using the language and tools we preferred.

That is also the reason why Delphi is my preferred tool: Fun, readability, fun, productivity, multi-platform, performance, fun and enables me to get things done faster.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Old Vic

- or hopefully adding a nostalgic sample to a nice project.

This is actually short tribute to the work of someone else - I did just add a bit of "older" stuff.

A few days back Dennis D. Spreen posted a really nice post: MOS6502-delphi – a MOS 6502 CPU emulator for Delphi - if you haven't seen it already, check it out.

UPDATE: I did actually get the key matrix correct the day after - and submitted code to Dennis' GitHub where it is now included:

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Game is On - in one line of code

- or how to play around with the Steam Web API and a honorable mentioning of a nice new game on Steam build using Delphi.

The title of this post could indicate that this is about the BBC series "Sherlock" - which I would highly recommend - but this is not what this is about.

Almost 4 years back I did a small client for myself that did consume various APIs to get a unified client and overview of the various games I had acquired over the years on various platforms like -, Desura (now OnePlay it seems), Uplay, GOG, OriginEA, PSN and Steam - combined with data from TheGameDB and others.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Delphi Time Machine

- or how to communicate with the past is possible - kind of...

I am a bit late on congratulating Delphi's anniversary yesterday - so what would fit better than inventing a time machine - or communication setup that could communicated back in time.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Self-updating Application with SHA1 check and FireDAC

- or basic self-improvement with room for improvement.

There are many ways to keep the users windows applications updated, like pushing them out via enterprise distribution setups, click-once, Squirrel (not the scripting language or the animal). But what if I just want the basics - and as simple as possible?

Disclaimer: This is not a post about security - even if SHA1 is mentioned - this is solely intended as an example on how an update process could be done in a controlled environment - like in-house distribution.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Integrating with your favorite CRM/ERP web based client

- or poor mans integration?

Sometimes you need to integrate to other systems in the organisation. And the ways of doing it always matters on which interfaces/skills/tools are at hand - but also whether you need a tight dependency and if you want or can customized anything on that client.

In the below example I will just illustrate how a standard Microsoft Dynamics 2016 CRM "Lookup Up Record" dialog can be used to link some other data/application that has interest in the CRM data - so that doing BI across systems might be more fun.