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Some on-line XML tools I use often

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/16

A big part of the cloud is not about storage, it is about on-line tools that run in your web-browser so you do not have to install them locally.

Quite a bit of my XML work can be done with on-line tools like these:


Posted in " quot, & amp, > gt, < lt, ' apos, CSV, Development, nbsp, Software Development, XML, XML escapes, XML/XSD, XPath, XSD, XSLT | Leave a Comment »

Continua v1.5.0.338 got released last week (via: Version 1.5 History | Continua CI – Page2RSS)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/15

Two changes I really like in the new v1.5.0.338 build of Continua CI version log history:

  • Update: Now logging the environment variables passed to actions in the build log
  • Update: Better messages when handling errors expanding variables

That makes debugging build issues a lot easier, as many of them are related to (environment) variables.


via Version 1.5 History | Continua CI – Page2RSS.

Posted in Continua CI, Continuous Integration, Development, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

The Delphi MESSAGE directive: don’t forget quotes!

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/15

The Delphi MESSAGE directive is a very powerful one, you can generate compiler hints, warnings and errors with it, even fatal ones that abort compilation.
The compiler will return error codes H1054 (hint), W1054 (warning), E1054 (error) or F1054 (fatal error), which in the documentation are known under the catch-all x1054.

You need to take a bit of care with message directives, especially with the quotes. For instance

{$Message Error 'Not implemented'}

gives you the error below, but continues compiling:

[DCC Error] E1054 Not implemented

However, if you forget the single quotes

{$Message Error Not implemented}

it gives you error E1030  (not x1054), which is a bit confusing as it is a catch-all for invalid directives:

[DCC Error] E1030 Invalid compiler directive: 'message'

Here is a full example of all the message directives and compiler reactions you can get: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Files in your Delphi settings directory; How to relocate the Favourites on your Welcome page

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/14

Delphi and 3rd party tools keep some of the settings in your %AppData% directory. Much more convenient than the registry as they are easier to read and modify when needed (also easier to damage <g>). We’ll start with an overview where various versions of Delphi store their configuration files, then show how the Favourites on the Welcome Page are stored, then end with an overview of BDS, Company Names and Product Names. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 8, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, History, Software Development | 3 Comments »

Version control: branches, tags, merging, the folder you work in. Some SVN links.

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/09

When using any version control system, understanding which idiom you should follow to do proper branching, merging, tagging, etc is key to your process, and the most difficult thing to get a feel for.

For me, the most confusing part is that branches, tags, and the trunk are directories (both on your development system and the SVN server), and it is hard to see which local directory is switched to what remote one.

As soon as I understood that this was the most confusing aspect for me, I could focus on it and handle it much better.

For SVN (and TortoiseSVN), these links proved to be very valuable for me: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Software Development, Development, Source Code Management, Subversion/SVN | Leave a Comment »


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