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 […]

Jun 092004

> IMO, > this is the cost-effectiveness you should be striving for. If you > can achieve it, you will reap the requisite revenue to justify that > noble action. Really taking care of your customer base. Could there > be more air-tight business case? If I had 20 sharp programmers sitting around looking for […]

Apr 112004

The results are in: the simplified attribute implementation I proposed for Delphi Win32 a few weeks ago won’t cut the mustard. The minimum functionality acceptible to those who want attributes the most is considerably greater than what we have resources to attempt in the current product cycle. Therefore, I am removing the attributes syntax proposal from […]

Apr 082004

Here’s the synopsis of compiler work on the boards for calendar year 2004: Win32 compiler enhancements, including codegen improvements and language enhancements to improve parity with the .NET side of the house. IL compiler enhancements to broaden the .NET push started with Delphi 8 for .NET. This will include more language enhancements, codegen improvements, and […]

Mar 262004

We’re deep into researching and scheduling of development time for the next major release of the Delphi product family. One of the issues we have to weigh carefully is what language features introduced in Delphi for .NET are worthwhile to implement in Delphi for Win32. Investing an enormous effort into implementing a feature in Win32 […]

Mar 192004

Are memory mapped files (MMFs) always faster than normal file I/O techniques? Not necessarily. Memory mapped files are seductive because they offer the lure of reading and writing data on disk using only a memory pointer. Advance the pointer to a new address, and presto! the data magically appears there. The system takes care of […]

Mar 052004

Wondering how to do something in .NET that you used to do with a Win32 API call? Here’s a handy reference that Roy Nelson dug up recently: Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map Now, why is that buried in the Academic Alliance web site instead of featured in MSDN proper?

Jul 192003

With some code massaging to take platform differences into account, yes, Delphi components written for Win32 can work in .NET. Most components live “closer to the metal” than application code, so you should expect VCL components to require more work to port to .NET than Delphi application code. The amount of work required to port […]