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Time to get the Delphi community back

I’ve been a long time lurker and enjoyer of reddit. I find that the content post to proggit is much much better than that posted to similar services. One element of programming.reddit that has always made me quite sad is the apparent lack of fresh Delphi content submitted. I recently started trying to post more content […]

New Goodies in Delphi Prism 2011

As the announcements have recently proclaimed: Delphi Prism 2011 is out now and the Software Assurance emails went out particularly quickly after the announcements (great work team embarcadero!). I thought I might share what I’ve found to be new and cool in the Delphi 2011 Release. Visual Studio 2010 Support I’ll start with the most obvious […]

Converting C headers is hard – yajl for Delphi

Introduction I have been toying with the idea of trying to convert the yajl parser bindings to Delphi in order to build a wrapper on top of the original C dll. yajl (Yet Another JSON Library) is a small fast SAX style JSON parser written and open sourced in C over at lloyd’s yajl GitHub […]

Delphi Prism and the Microsoft Rx Framework

It’s very easy to overlook the fact that Delphi Prism fully supports .NET 3.5 and parts of .NET 4 and with it, the amazing range of Frameworks and Libraries that the .NET eco-system contains. One such framework that I’ve been waiting to get working with is the Microsoft Reactive Extensions for .NET (aka Rx Framework). […]

An Improved Cirrus Caching Aspect

In my original introduction to Cirrus framework I drew up a basic method result caching attribute for Delphi Prism. This weekend I thought I’d give it another go and try to create a more general purpose Caching Aspect that integrates with a well known Cache library. I decided to use the opportunity to experiment with […]

Time to bury this “Is Delphi Dying” nonsense

Every 3-6 months or, more frequently it seems, someone has the urge to post some attention grabbing headline such as “Is Delphi Dying” or “Is Delphi a Dead language?” (yes, even unintentionally negative headlines hurt). It recently even despicably overflowed onto StackOverflow. Enough is enough, I thought, I am utterly bored with this discussion. So, I decided to do […]

Dynamically generating code with Delphi Prism

In my last post I covered dynamically compiling code with Delphi Prism and this time I’m going to introduce dynamically creating code which could then be written out to a source file or compiled from in memory. You might want to generate code dynamically for a wide variety of reasons, whether it be to bootstrap […]

Dynamically compiling code with Delphi Prism

Delphi Prism and the .NET Framework are both extremely powerful tools and bring a lot of flexibility that Delphi for Win32 cannot necessarily provide, particularly when it comes to reflection and code generation. I recently started a project where I wanted to be able to compile a string with Delphi Prism code into an assembly without hacking my […]

Malware specifically targeting Delphi

The F-Secure blog has details of a Malware variant that they’ve found that solely targets installed Delphi versions 4 -7. F-Secure currently detect this as: Virus.Win32.Induc.a. The malware saves a clean copy of SysConsts.dcu and then adds a call to its own init function at the entrypoint of the SysConsts.dcu library. The malware is rather […]

The Delphi Community: From the Outside

Someone on Twitter recently pointed me to LangPop.com – which claims to gather together data to give you an estimated rating of how popular certain Programming languages are. I know that most people have seen the TIOBE Programming Community index at some point which uses similar data mining methods to LangPop. This is the first […]