Software

Mar 182005
 
Delphi.NET Running on .NET Compact Frameworks

While I’ve been buried in meetings for the past few weeks, Seppy’s been a busy fellow. I asked him to get started on figuring out exactly what .NET bits are missing in CF that the Delphi compiler codegen and RTL rely upon. Here’s his reply:   Wahoo! He found the easiest way to figure out […]

Mar 122005
 

This week found me and my shadow in Redmond again on errands obscura. Going from meeting to meeting to meeting this week, I recalled a sage warning by Eddie Churchill when he was handling much of the Microsoft technical liaison a few years ago: “You thought you had it tough in the bad old days […]

Mar 112005
 

Last week Allen and I popped into the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco to see what Intel has been up to on the hardware front.  Intel certainly has a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline, which will continue to push more raw processing capacity into the market at ever decreasing price (per MIP) levels.  After oohing and ahhing […]

Mar 032005
 

A few weeks ago I was in Redmond for the Whidbey Compiler Development Lab.  It’s been quite awhile (2 years?) since the last dev lab specifically for .NET compiler authors.  It was interesting to see the number of enthusiastic new faces mixed in with the slightly world weary battleaxes. New guys enter the lecture room, […]

Feb 262005
 

“I want to write PDA apps using Delphi and the .NET Compact Framework. Yet Borland still doesn’t support this. Why not?“ Borland has been in negotiations with Microsoft for the past three years on how Microsoft can support third party tool vendors to produce tools for the .NET Compact Framework. To summarize the discussions and […]

Jan 132005
 

After many weeks of deferrals, and forgetting, and travel, and workload, and more forgetting, a grand convergence of forces was witnessed today resulting in the migration of the Delphi Compiler Core blog articles from the original homepages.borland.com location to the “new” blogs.borland.com server. The actual conversion took all of about 30 seconds. The reader comments […]

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Dec 092004
 

Neil Moffatt has earned some well-deserved compliments from the Delphi peanut gallery (newsgroups) for his Delphi Basics web site. Neil does a pretty good job of keeping things simple and straightforward. With the release of Delphi 2005 (and some gentle prodding from me), Neil is now venturing into the realm of .NET. He’s torn between […]

Dec 092004
 

As I sit down to jot some notes for the blog, I have to chuckle a bit as I make a small discovery about my own blogging patterns: More often than not, these blog entries are written on the road, in the quiet moments between gate change announcements and powered device curfew on board. “white […]

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Nov 292004
 

Just a heads up note: This blog will be moving to the Borland Blog Central server in the next few weeks. Migration of this blog’s year and a half worth of articles should be fairly painless using Anders Ohlsson’s migration utility (written in Delphi). The hard part will be migrating the viewer comments… not quite […]

Nov 272004
 

The Delphi 8 update 3 to resolve versioning issues with the .NET 1.1 SP1 release has been going through internal testing for the past week. We’re working toward a release target of early December. Meanwhile, Delphi 2005 promotional events continue to roll out the new product at a variety of events, including Borland user group […]

Oct 132004
 

The fix for the Delphi 8 compiler to support .NET 1.1 SP1 is not going to be a simple as I had hoped. We can’t just ignore the version signatures of symbols imported from CLR because the Delphi compiler relies on those signatures to distinguish between different versions of overloaded methods. Changing the technique used […]

Sep 192004
 

Don’t install .NET 1.1 Service Pack 1 on your Delphi 8 development machines. It has been reported in the newgroups that Delphi 8 has trouble compiling projects after .NET 1.1 Service Pack 1 has been installed. The issue is immediately apparent in Delphi 8 with update 2 applied, but can also affect earlier versions of […]

Sep 162004
 

Brad Abrams apparently sat in on my What’s New in the Delphi Compiler session at BorCon, as well as part of Corbin’s .NET Framework for Delphi Developers. In his blog comments he seems amused by the cockiness of the Delphi crowd. I probably should have warned him about that… ;> Brad was at BorCon to […]

Sep 142004
 

The Software Delivery Optimization vision rolled out here at BorCon in Boz Elloy’s keynote Monday morning is what I was referring to a few weeks ago in “Corporate Roadmap“. Software Delivery Optimization is a market segment distinct from other “enterprise” segments which has a remarkable lack of industry coverage. There are folks out there claiming […]

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Sep 132004
 

“Live blogging” is catching on among this year’s BorCon attendees. It certainly helps to have wireless network coverage blanketing the entire San Jose Convention Center (well, everywhere except the lobby seating area). Nick Hodges (here), Joe White (here), Marco Cantu, Robert Love (here), Jim McKeeth(here) and others are busily tap-tap-tapping away their visceral impressions during […]

Sep 102004
 

Borland database whizes Steve Shaughnessy and Jens Ole Lauridsen will be giving two talks at BorCon on their managed code database, a pure .NET incarnation of JDataStore. It is an extremely fast database for applications written in managed code languages that let you write database triggers, stored procedures and UDFs using Delphi, C#, or VB.NET. […]

Sep 032004
 

I’ve just checked in Delphi compiler support for parsing source code identifiers that contain Unicode extended characters. Chances are good that this will appear in the next release of the Delphi products. Why? Why should we allow Unicode characters in Delphi identifiers? Isn’t ASCII good enough? The first reason is that programmers want to express […]

Blog Firings

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Sep 012004
 

How do you spot a pioneer? Look for the arrows in their back. Troutgirl gets fired from Friendster for blog articles While I don’t find anything particularly objectionable in her two posts about her work at Friendster, it’s my guess that it was not the content of her posts that got her fired, but the […]

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