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Archive for January 1st, 2015

Delphi XE7: The new Tasks / Parallel Computing Library. Like any library, it is not a magic bullet!

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/01

In Delphi XE7, Embarcadero introduced a new Parallel Computing Library.

Programmers – human as they are – see this as a silver bullet, thinking using such a library will take away all your performance issues without having to know about solving race conditions.

Boy are they wrong. The library helps you, and makes it easier. Easier in the sens of “less hard”.

So here is my friendly warning:

Parallel programming is hard. Live with it.

This apart from another important warning:

Delphi XE7 is the first version where this library is introduced. So expect bugs and more bugs.

This isn’t to say you should not use a library for parallel computing (the OmniThreadLibrary has been around for a reason), just that it is hard to get these right, even for library writers. They often get it right better and faster than rolling your own.

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