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Archive for October 31st, 2017

Loss of Hewlett-Packard Archive a Wake-Up Call for Computer Historians – IEEE Spectrum

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/31

How not to preserve computer history:

The Wine Country fires destroyed an irreplaceable piece of Silicon Valley history

Source: [WayBack/Archive.isLoss of Hewlett-Packard Archive a Wake-Up Call for Computer Historians – IEEE Spectrum

Via: [WayBackAlan Cox – Google+


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Especially important for Delphi users on Windows 10 Creators Update: IDE Fix Pack 6.1 released | Andy’s Blog and Tools

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/31

The new [Archive.isIDE Fix Pack 6.1 released | Andy’s Blog and Tools is huge, especially for Windows 10 targets:

Windows 10 Creators Update 1703 caused issues with all Delphi programs, libraries and packages because it changed how Windows loads imported DLLs in such a way that it causes performance issues and can crash the debugger.

Delphi 10.2 Tokyo Update 2 fixed this by not producing multiple dll import sections for one DLL anymore.

IDE Fix Pack 6.1 implements that “feature” for all previous Delphi versions (2009-10.1 Berlin) and extends it to not only eliminate duplicate dll imports but also duplicate delay dll imports.

There are also (optional) updates that you can enable with new compiler switches:

  • Eliminating fwait instructions (but be careful, as they can confuse the debugger)
  • Optimising calls to virtual methods through interfaces
  • Optimising certain function prolog code

There are some smaller changes too.

I’m going to try this soon.


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Firebird – generate time/date/timestamp values

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/31

I needed the script in [WayBackFirebird – generate time/date/timestamp values to reproduce a problem in Database Workbench <= 5.3.2 with exporting TIME and TIMESTAMP values to Excel xlsx format: the time portion got lost so

The bug is fixed so will appear in the next beta and release versions: [WayBack] 0001506: Timestamp export to Excel XLSX only shows date, Time fails, CSV shows both date and time – Bug & Feature Tracker @


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Until someone writes proper string visualisers for the Delphi debugger…

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/31

A few tricks to write long strings to files when the Delphi debugger cuts them off (just because they like using 4k buffers internally);

  • TStringStream.Create(lRequestMessage).SaveToFile('c:\temp\temp.txt')
  • TIniFile.Create('c:\a.txt').WriteString('a','a',BigStringVar)
  • TFileStream.Create('c:\a.txt', fmCreate or fmShareDenyNone).WriteBuffer(Pointer(TEncoding.UTF8.GetBytes(BigStringVar))^,Length(TEncoding.UTF8.GetBytes(BigStringVar)))

They all work form the debug inspector, but they do leak memory. See comments below.



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