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Flotsam and Jetsam #44

By Nick at September 21, 2011 14:58
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam, Delphi
  • If you haven’t figured it out, I’m all cuckoo for the Delphi Spring Framework.  Some folks were worried that the project was stagnating, though it hadn’t been that long since it had been changed.  Well, at least until yesterday, when a big set of changes were made with the idea of heading towards a 1.0 release.  There were quite a few fundamental changes, with some things formerly marked experimental moving to the “ready to go” stage, and a few new things (like the Logging units) being added and marked experimental.  And if you look really closely, you’ll even notice some small changes by yours truly.  There are some really cool things going on in this framework, and I highly recommend giving it a look.  I’ll be writing more articles here on the blog, and trying to update the documentation, FAQs, and other stuff as part of the project.  I also have some demo applications that I’ll be commenting and adding to the project.
  • I still see people trying to obfuscate their email address online. You know, doing things like “Email me at nick at nickhodges dot com” or something like that.  I personally have given up doing anything like this, figuring that spammers will eventually get any email address I have, and that it’s pointless to try to avoid it.  Spam Filters have gotten pretty good, and I only see a few spam messages a day.  And I’m not one of those guys that freaks out at the site of a single unsolicited email, preferring instead to take the 0.0023 seconds it takes to click the delete button.
  • Jacob Thurman is at it again – this time updating his very cool and powerful IDE enhancement Castalia to work with Delphi XE2.  I’ve always admired what Jacob does, and I think you should, too.  I mean, how can you not love a product that has a bullet point that says “Enhanced: Rewritten “Eliminate With” refactoring is more reliable”.  I mean, “Eliminate With”?  Is there a cooler refactoring anywhere?
  • From the “You learn something new every day” category:  I didn’t realize that Delphi doesn’t generate RTTI for enumerations that have assigned values (i.e.  type TMyEnum = (Five= 5, Six = 6);
  • One of the new features in Delphi XE2 is the ability to style your VCL apps.  The product ships with a bunch of styles, and provides a style designer that lets you build your own styles.  Well, it didn’t take long for Rodrigo to get to work and build a bunch of styles that you can use.  You can download his styles, and then put the *.VSF files in your style directory.  On my machine (I install to the default location) that directory is:  C:\Users\Public\Documents\RAD Studio\9.0\Styles\.  He’s put together a really nice looking set of styles. Thanks, Rodrigo!
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