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Archive for August, 2015

Android NDK Beginner’s Guide – Free Learning | PACKT Books

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/31

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Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Delphi XE8, Development, Software Development | 2 Comments »

OSX: Log shell script events to the OS X system (If you are familiar with the Unix command line)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/31

Interesting: Log shell script events to the OS X system


via: If you are familiar with the Unix command line and shell scripting, then you….

Posted in Apple, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Power User | Leave a Comment »

New Delphi product version: will it be Seattle or 10? It might be both! radstudiodemos/code/…/branches now has RADStudio_Seattle branch, docwiki URLs with Seattle exists and nice YouTube preview image!

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/30

Two recent observations: that lead me into thinking Embarcadero is changing the Delphi and RAD Studio version suffix to Seattle.

Thanks to Achim Kalwa for getting that to my attention in Looks like Delphi XE9 will have support for Windows 10 RT: …

It led me to my observation that until now, always had the real product name as banch name.

On 20150817 this branch got added:

Today, Horacio Filho who observed the Seattle part in the new documentation URL which currently is only accessible only for the groups writer, l10n, RADBeta, ConnectBeta, Employee.

The docwiki URLs historically also use the real product names in the URL.

In fact there is a little trick: removing the product name portion of a docwiki URL usually brings you to the most recent documentation (which might be more up to date and provide more information even for older products). So removing the XE7/ part of will usually bring you to the most recent documentation

If they both Seattle URLs still use product names, then the new Delphi version is called Seattle is added.

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Posted in Delphi, Delphi 10 Seattle, Development, Software Development | 1 Comment »

Changing a TextBox annotation in an MDI file

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/28

Even though MDI files have been abandoned for a while (you can only install it for Office XP, 2003 and 2007), sometimes I need to do some editing of TextBox annotations.

This is not intuitive: you have to right-click the textbox in order to edit it.

Printing in Office 2003 also was non-intuitive: Ctrl-P would crash the Microsoft Office Document Imaging MDI editor with a Microsoft Crash Report. But mouse-clicking the print-icon works. I remember having sending dozens of these reports to Microsoft around 10 years ago, but it never got fixed.


Posted in Microsoft Document Imaging, Office, Office 2000, Office 2003, Office 2007, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Excel: get content of a cell given the row and column numbers (ADDRESS, INDIRECT, ROW, COLUMN)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/28

A while ago, I needed to do calculations on partially absolute cell references: for some number of rows, the cells needed to be fixed to the top row of each row group.

For a pure absolute cell reference, you’d prepend a dollar sign to the row or column of a cell. So A1 would become $A1 (to make column A absolute), A$1 (to make row 1 absolute) or $A$1 (to make both column A and row 1 absolute).

There is a nice short cut function key F4 to do this.

Excel does not have a built-in partially absolute cell reference solution.

To solve this, I used these addressing functions: ADDRESSINDIRECTCOLUMNROW.

For all these functions, the ROW and COLUMN numbering starts at 1 (one) not 0 (zero).

The way I solved it was to added the below columns (first the reference:heading, then the formula).

The values in the formulas are for ROW 2 (cells A2..XFD2).

  1. AF: Calculation
    • =IF(D2=”*”;INDIRECT(AG2)&X2;””)
  2. AG: ZLookup
  3. AH: Row
    • =2+12*TRUNC((ROW()-2)/12)

Column AH

Calculates the fixed row of the row group. There are 12 rows per group. ROW numbers start at 1, and there is one heading row, hence the 2+ and the -2.

Without TRUNC, the ROW result would be rounded (that is the default floating point to integer conversion that Excel uses).

There is no need to reference a specific row when calling ROW: if you leave it out, it will return the number of the current row.

Column AG

returns the address of the calculated ROW (from AH) combined with the

Column AF

Depending on the value of the D column, it calculates the outcome by combining



Posted in Algorithms, Development, Excel, Floating point handling, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User, Software Development | 2 Comments »

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