Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Debug logging in FireMonkey – CodeRage XI Lightning Talks

During CodeRage XI I had a couple of Lightning Talks broadcast on a subject I’ve been intending to write up for quite a long time, but haven’t quite managed to achieve: how to emit debug log messages on the various FireMonkey platforms.

I made a 10 minute video for Delphi and one for C++ looking at all the target platforms, Win32/Win64, OS X/macOS, Android and iOS, showing the logging options and then looking at how to view log output.

Unfortunately I got a bit caught up in some work and didn’t publicise this ahead of the conference, so I think not many people were aware of them.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Android callbacks wrapped by FireMonkey

A couple of years ago (exactly!) I posted on this blog about an article I’d written on accessing NFC tags from Delphi Android applications. At the time this was quite an involved exercise, requiring custom Java code to be compiled and linked in to the application in order to respond to the pertinent Android callback, Activity.onNewIntent. Indeed, Delphi versions XE5, XE6 and XE7 all have slightly differing capabilities, with each new release making certain Android operations rather easier.

While catching up on what’s new in recent releases of Delphi I realised a change had been snuck into Delphi 10 Seattle that makes the whole NFC exercise much more straightforward now in Delphi.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Speaking at the SDN Event

All the preparations are nigh on complete and this evening I shall be on a short aeroplane ride to Holland (or The Netherlands, if you prefer) to present a couple of Delphi talks at one of the SDN’s big SDN Events – full agenda here. I’ll be in good company as also speaking on the Delphi track will be TMS Software’s Bruno Fierens and also Bob Swart.

I’ve spoken at User Groups regularly but this is the first opportunity for me to talk to Delphi developers from further afield at a conference since April 2015 when I was at the ADUG Symposium, speaking in Canberra and Melbourne.

SDN events are always friendly gatherings and I’ve spoken at a few of them over the years: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

This time around I will be speaking on two of my favourite subjects: creative debugging techniques and accessing the Android OS API. Naturally I’ll be using the latest and greates version of Delphi as a vehicle for the talks, and I’ll be trying to squeeze in as many technical tips, tricks and techniques as I can into the 2 hour-long sessions.

For those attending the event tomorrow (2nd September, 2016) I’ll see you there!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Live Templates (née Code Templates)

Over the years since Delphi 3 various people have written about aspects of Code Templates and Live Templates, but not particularly recently. I find Code Templates fabulously helpful and Live Templates add some real power into the mix.

About six or seven months ago (November 2015) I did a User Group talk on Live Templates and it seemed to provoke some reasonable interest. Since then I’ve been trying to find a suitable time window to sit down and write it all up. At last I have had a couple of days to gather my thoughts and get it all down on (metaphorical) paper.

For the benefit of those who haven’t considered creating Live Templates to help their productivity, or who have forgotten about the feature over time, please feel free to peruse Code Templates and Live Templates over on my web site.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Some Delphi and C++Builder articles

My blog editor of choice is proving to be a little quisquous at the moment.

Historically I have used Windows LiveWriter, part of Windows Essentials (whose development stopped in 2012, but was still available here (web installer) and here (offline installer)). This worked well, but at some point over the summer it stopped working with the uprated authentication requirements of Google’s Blogger. Fortunately though, it has just been open-sourced and is now available as Open Live Writer here.

However while one issue I immediately hit with this new version has been fixed, I have still yet to successfully connect to my blog with Open Live Writer. Fingers crossed….

So until the initial set of issues are worked out I’ll post articles and link to them by short manually entered blog entries here.

This post is mostly to point at a short article I’ve put together that brings to the attention of those who are interested the easy means to lessen the size of your Windows application’s executable file.

You can find the article here: Trimming The Fat - Smaller Windows .exe Sizes With Delphi And C++Builder.

[Update 20150105: I've made some changes to the advice in the Trim the Fat article (clearly marked) after some input came through from a helpful reader.]

Before signing off I want to mention a couple of other posts that recently caught my eye:

Daniele Spinetti has very recently worked out the solution to a bug he encountered with Android background services in Delphi 10 Seattle, which meant that the TLocationSensor component doesn’t function when used in an Android service data module. The problem has been identified and described in his (very) recent post. This will be a useful addition to those trying to use Android services to accompany Jim McKeeth’s offerings:

Daniele also has a post showing how to use AdMob insterstitial adverts in Android apps as an alternative to regular banner ads.

Some posts from Chee Wee also stood out as interesting:

Happy New Year!