Posted by jpluimers on 2013/05/01
This is more elaborate English version of a short Dutch message I recently sent to explain the differences between VCL and FMX:
Do not regard FMX as a replacement for VCL: they are different kinds of frameworks.
VCL is a wrapper around Windows Controls. In itself, it has not much functionality: it exposes the underlying Windows functionality. The exception are data aware controls that provide basic functionality for writing data aware applications. There is a huge 3rd party market for extending VCL support, for instance providing extra Windows functionality, enriching data aware behaviour (look at all those fancy data aware grids), and many more.
FMX is the FireMonkey X-platform framework. Major functionalities are vector based 2D, 3D drawing and controls, and support for styles and composition.
When introducing FMX in Delphi XE2, Embarcadero also introduced a new way of data binding that is shared with FMX and VCL. FMX extends this a bit to some basic data aware controls.
Gone are most of the platform specific features like drag & drop, full blown Windows Shell ListViews, etc. There are some controls that manifests themselves differently on each supported platform (like Pickers), but most of that is currently left to the 3rd party FMX component market.
So if you want FMX to replace VCL, then be prepared for quite some shopping in the 3rd party market.
CLX tried to be a full blown cross platform VCL replacement, but that didn’t work very well.
Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, FireMonkey, OS X FMX, Software Development | Tagged: component market, data binding, fmx, software, technology, vcl, windows controls | 1 Comment »
Posted by jpluimers on 2013/04/11
A small duh moment when I found this out myself the hard way: when repeatedly drawing anti-aliased text, it will alter the background on each draw.
So you cannot do that. Not in Delphi, not in .NET, not in Cocoa, nowhere (:
via: delphi – “Additive” text rendering on TCanvas? – Stack Overflow.
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Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/15
I mailed the DelphiFeeds people to add the MonkeyStyler Blog by Mike Sutton.
It is a nice Delphi related blog focussing on FireMonkey stuff.
Posted in Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi x64, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Development, FireMonkey, OS X FMX, Software Development | 4 Comments »
Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/15
A few weeks ago, Bill Karwin did a must watch webinar on the prevention SQL Injection titled ”SQL Injection Myths and Fallacies“.
Bill Karwin (twitter, new blog, old blog, Amazon) is famous for much work in the SQL database community, including InterBase/Firebird, mySQL, Oracle and many more.
Anyway, his webinar is awesome. Be sure to get the slides, watch the replay, and read the questions follow up.
Watching it you’ll get a better understanding of defending against SQL injection.
A few very valuable points he made: Read the rest of this entry »