Diving into .NET

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Published on: June 27, 2014

I recently watched most of a dotnetConf, a virtual conference on .NET hosted by Microsoft. All the sessions were recorded and there’s a lot of good and relevant content. I was programming Win32 apps in Delphi while listening and I felt myself yearning for the cool technologies they were discussing. Yeah, Delphi has grown up[…]

Breaking Away from Win32

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Published on: November 8, 2013

Several months ago, I posted a question about developer tools and felt I was at crossroads of sorts. The choice to move away from what is familiar is never easy, but I felt stronger about taking a hard look at the future of how I would approach software than I had in the past. It’s[…]

The Broader Picture

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Published on: July 31, 2013

When I was in college heading for a degree in Computer Science, I wondered why I needed History or Psychology or English or Art. Hadn’t I had enough of that in high school? Why couldn’t I just take fun stuff like Assembly Language or Advanced Data Structures? My parents tried to tell me about well-rounded[…]

Delphi Developer Dilemma

I've used Pascal-based compilers for a long time. Similar to many others like me, I started with Turbo Pascal 3 in the 80s, embraced object-oriented extensions in Borland Pascal, attempted to understand OWL but quickly moved to Delphi when it was released, and now churn out blazing database applications on the latest Windows operating systems[…]

HTML5 Builder Problems

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Published on: September 21, 2012

My blog about HTML5 Builder has been elementary and positive so far. But I've had problems–I just haven't mentioned them yet. Well, it's time to do that before going further. I'm using the product on two different machines and am having two different experiences. Two Machines My main development machine is an older custom-built desktop[…]

Create a PHP Component

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Published on: September 17, 2012

While still working with a PHP web server application, let's create a simple component, install it, and modify the Hello World app to use it. The tutorial says to always put components into the RPCL folder and separate them by company name. So if you get third-party components, they would show up as sub-folders in[…]

Simple PHP Web App in HTML5 Builder

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Published on: September 11, 2012

The first application I'll create will be similar to sample ones I had tried in RadPHP. They were simple PHP tutorials and they worked–somewhat. I had some issues, but don't remember whether it was getting all the right libraries in the right place or whether it worked from some locations or browsers or what. In[…]

Installing HTML5 Builder

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Published on: September 9, 2012

It's been a year since my last blog entry and while I've been busy writing Windows applications with Delphi, I've kept an eye on web technologies. I've done some PHP in the past and had purchased RadPHP XE but didn't upgrade to the XE2 version because there were practically no new features and the documentation,[…]

Web Service Timeouts

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Published on: August 23, 2011

While working on a project accessing a slow web service, I found myself needing to extend the timeout of the HTTPRIO component. The web service, when executed straight from a browser, would happily take as long as it needed to before successfully completing. But my Delphi application was timing out. It's not terribly intuitive how[…]

Cloud Computing

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Published on: October 6, 2010

I have recently discovered Amazon's S3 and EC2 services and think they're pretty cool. Originally, I considered them my first foray into “cloud computing” but then realized I've been using Google's email service for quite a while. There's also the fact that I give software updates via my web site and I store backups off-site[…]

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