Widgets Flotsam and Jetsam #45

Flotsam and Jetsam #45

By Nick at September 29, 2011 05:04
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam, Delphi
  • One of the cooler – but unsung – features of Delphi XE2 is the fact that it includes an ODBC Driver for dbExpress.  Do folks realize this basically means that Delphi can now use all its cool Delphi goodness with just about any database backend?  Everyone has an ODBC driver, and so now you can connect anywhere you want with dbExpress and Delphi.  Like I said, a pretty good little feature.
  • I have just checked in a number of sample applications that illustrate how to use various features of the Delphi Spring Framework.  It is far from complete, and I will be adding more demos, writing articles about each demo, and trying to comment the code.  In addition, I’ll be working on fleshing out the documentation and the wiki that are part of the Google project as well as continuing my blog series.  This is really proving to be a lot of fun for me, and I’m glad to be able to make a contribution to the community. 
  • I asked this on Twitter and got a few responses and a little info.  Does anyone out there know what is up with the DUnit project?  It looks like Mark Edington of Embarcadero is a committer and has made some changes in the past few months, but it seems to me that given the new capabilities of Delphi (Generics, anonymous methods, attributes, etc), this project is screaming out for someone to take it to the next level.  Anyone interested?  How do we make that happen? This needs to happen.
  • More from the “You learn something new every day” category:  you can tag a unit with “experimental” and the compiler will issue a warning.   Example: unit Spring.Configuration experimental; will issue the warning [DCC Warning] Spring.Core.dpk(80): W1007 Unit 'Spring.Configuration' is experimental Haven’t seen that one before, I must confess.
  • Roman Kassebaum is at it again.  He’s updated the Orpheus project on SourceForge to work with Delphi XE2 and XE2/64-bit. Very cool. And while he was at it, he’s updated the PowerPDF project as well.  Thanks Roman.
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