Sep 142012

Stage 2 of my personal Own Your Words quest has been completed. 75 articles I wrote for the Delphi Compiler Core blog from 2003 to 2005 while at Borland are now republished here on my personal site. You can find them all in the Delphi Compiler Core category. This archiving task was considerably more of […]

Jul 152008

I found a happy little email in my inbox this morning. It was a note from Handango informing me that my application to become a Handango Developer partner has been approved.  Woohoo! Ya, you know, that application I submitted more than THREE YEARS AGO when I was at Borland experimenting with writing .NET CF apps for my […]

Feb 212008

Charlie Calvert writes about dynamic method invocation that has been implemented in the .NET DLR and is working its way into getting proper support by the full VS.NET tool set.  Dynamic method invocation is late binding to the extreme – the lookup is performed at runtime, every time the function call executes.  The compiler has […]

Feb 142008

Erwin Jurschitza dropped us a note to let us know that, the German-language online library, has recently implemented mediaRSS feeds for several of its photo collections, such as this van Gogh collection.  It looks great in PicLens!  (I had no idea van Gogh was so prolific!) Erwin also mentioned that the entire site is implemented […]

Jan 312008

Ken Henderson, SQL expert and author of numerous SQL and Delphi books, passed away this past Sunday. From online edition of The Oklahoman newspaper: HENDERSON, Kenneth W., 41, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday (Walker, Shawnee). I presume the latter refers to Walker Funeral Services in Shawnee, OK. Thanks to Allen Bauer for sending […]

On Leaving Borland

 Posted by at 12:33 pm  Work
Oct 212007

A recent post to the borland.public.delphi.non-tech newsgroup asserts that as a compiler guy, I shouldn’t be wasting my time doing anything else. This is my reply. m. Th. wrote: First of all, Danny, I’m very glad to see you here… :-) …but let’s start a little ‘short story’ (dunno if you remember them) ;-)… Danny […]

Sep 272005

Here are a few notes on our current plans for the next few Delphi product releases: 2005 – DeXter The next release of the Delphi product family, code named “DeXter” will further advance developer productivity through enhancements in Code Insight, Code Completion, Code Templates, and refactoring across all the Delphi IDE’s language personalities.  Significant language and […]

Sep 152005

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is clearly the hot topic of PDC this year.  Windows Vista dominated the keynotes and looked very pretty up there on the screen, but nothing gets developers salivating like language enhancements.  What is LINQ, really, and what does it mean for Delphi? The founding premise behind LINQ’s many facets is that there is […]

Off to PDC

 Posted by at 7:22 am  Delphi Compiler Core
Sep 122005

I’m off to Microsoft’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) this week in Los Angeles.  If you haven’t been to PDC, picture this:  take the US BorCon, multiply by 4 (or is it 10?  hard to count when they won’t sit still), and remove all non-company speakers. PDC’s greatest difference from BorCon is that PDC is exclusively a Microsoft […]

Sep 022005

I’ve seen several bug reports lately complaining that the compiler barfs on Unicode identifiers in certain contexts.  In all cases, the bug reports were in error because the source files were not Unicode encoded text. Here’s the complicated rule: If you want to represent Unicode characters in a source file, the source file needs to be […]

Jun 222005

Paul Spain writes in the ADUG mailing list:  “As the evolution of Borland’s Object Pascal is now effectively bound to the evolution of .NET’s CLS, Delphi will have to wait for Microsoft before we see these features appearing in our tool of choice…” Bullshit. Delphi fans unite:  Whenever someone makes that claim, feel free to grab […]

Jun 082005

Apple’s announcement that it will abandon PowerPC and build future Mac OSX machines on Intel chips has raised a few eyebrows.  How compatible will this Intel Mac hardware be with the well established PC platform?  What about Windows/Mac software portability?  Should Borland create a Delphi for the Intel Mac? Apple’s G4 and G5 Macs are powerful 64 […]

Apr 192005

Ken Henderson popped up on the radar recently with this post about the obsolescence of MFC.  Not that I watch the MFC news, but he mentions Delphi’s role in the evolution of development standards and expectations, and how MFC doesn’t cut it. Ken wrote more than a dozen best-selling SQL database books (such as Database Developer’s […]

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Mar 262005

Event notice:  I’ll be speaking at the Australia Delphi User Group Autumn Symposium 2005 at the end of April.  The Sydney symposium is Thursday, April 28;  Melbourne is Friday April 29.  ADUG hosts some great Delphi events, so if you’re anywhere on that side of the planet, check them out!

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]