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Archive for December 31st, 2019

from old school to new frontier: Pattern, naming and MVVM from a Delphi point of view.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/31

On my list of things to check later: FMBC a Delphi implementation of MVVM? [WayBackfrom old school to new frontier: Pattern, naming and MVVM from a Delphi point of view.

via: [WayBack] #FBMC the new MVVM 2.5? – Frank Lauter – Google+


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Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange graphically explained – Wikipedia/Computerphile

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/31

Sometimes a picture or video is better than a thousand words.

I wish that back when I learned about the mathematics of the Diffie–Hellman key exchange – Wikipedia

I had seen the picture on the right from File:Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange-modified.png – Wikipedia (via DHKE General overview) which inspired the Computerphile and Art-Of-The-Problem videos below doing the same dynamically with colorised liquids and paint.

Art-Of-The-Problem has a similar video on RSA as well which is also below.

Usually Diffie-Hellman is combined with RSA to prevent man-in-the-middle and allow for perfect forward secrecy. That’s what the final computerphile video is about.


Finally, Computerphile also posted a video with the mathematics. If you’re into that: nice work too!



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Simplicity • Stuff that Happens: What can we learn about usability…

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/31

[WayBack] Simplicity • Stuff that Happens: What can we learn about usability…

With a comment from Uwe:

It is really disappointing that most customers are looking for solutions that don’t fall into the categories: “search” and “switch on/off”.

Developer: “So which of the fields do you actually need in this screen?”
Customer. “All of them!”
Developer: “Well, that will make the screen pretty cluttered information”.
Customer: “And please allow to add more easily whenever we need them.”
Developer: “That would be hard to achieve unless you exchange all your monitors to bigger ones.”
Customer: “OK, then. Can you make it work on my Apple Watch?”


I very much can relate to this: somehow a lot of business driven applications have cramped user interfaces that are very hard to use because the overwhelming number of UI controls and features per screen.

This holds even for web applications.

Let’s hope this will slowly change for the better over time.




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Delphi, decoding files to strings and finding line endings: some links, some history on Windows NT and UTF/UCS encodings

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/31

A while back there were a few G+ threads sprouted by David Heffernan on decoding big files into line-ending splitted strings:

Code comparison:


with open(filename, 'r', encoding='utf-16-le') as f:
  for line in f:


for Line in TLineReader.FromFile(filename, TEncoding.Unicode) do

This spurred some nice observations and unfounded statements on which encodings should be used, so I posted a bit of history that is included below.

Some tips and observations from the links:

  • Good old text files are not “good” with Unicode support, neither are TextFile Device Drivers; nobody has written a driver supporting a wide range of encodings as of yet.
  • Good old text files are slow as well, even with a changed SetTextBuffer
  • When using the TStreamReader, the decoding takes much more time than the actual reading, which means that [WayBack] Faster FileStream with TBufferedFileStream • DelphiABall does not help much
  • TStringList.LoadFromFile, though fast, is a memory allocation dork and has limits on string size
  • Delphi RTL code is not what it used to be: pre-Delphi Unicode RTL code is of far better quality than Delphi 2009 and up RTL code
  • Supporting various encodings is important
  • EBCDIC days: three kinds of spaces, two kinds of hyphens, multiple codepages
  • Strings are just that: strings. It’s about the encoding from/to the file that needs to be optimal.
  • When processing large files, caching only makes sense when the file fits in memory. Otherwise caching just adds overhead.
  • On Windows, if you read a big text file into memory, open the file in “sequential read” mode, to disable caching. Use the FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN flag under Windows, as stated at [WayBack] How do FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN and FILE_FLAG_RANDOM_ACCESS affect how the operating system treats my file? – The Old New Thing
  • Python string reading depends on the way you read files (ASCII or Unicode); see [WayBack] unicode – Python codecs line ending – Stack Overflow

Though TLineReader is not part of the RTL, I think it is from [WayBack] For-in Enumeration – ADUG.

Encodings in use

It doesn’t help that on the Windows Console, various encodings are used:

Good reading here is [WayBack] c++ – What unicode encoding (UTF-8, UTF-16, other) does Windows use for its Unicode data types? – Stack Overflow

Encoding history

+A. Bouchez I’m with +David Heffernan here:

At its release in 1993, Windows NT was very early in supporting Unicode. Development of Windows NT started in 1990 where they opted for UCS-2 having 2 bytes per character and had a non-required annex on UTF-1.

UTF-1 – that later evolved into UTF-8 – did not even exist at that time. Even UCS-2 was still young: it got designed in 1989. UTF-8 was outlined late 1992 and became a standard in 1993

Some references:


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