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Be careful when using the System.Threading unit in versions earlier than Delphi 11 (it ditches Windows XP compatibility, for a reason)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/07

A while ago, I got reminded of a few occurrences of Delphi apps hanging after a little less than 2 months of being active.

It does not happen that often, as usually Patch Tuesday requires a reboot, but sometimes it doesn’t, or ops forgot to patch the affected machine.

The common thing for these hanging apps was that they all used the System.Threading unit (introduced in Delphi XE7). That unit relied on [Wayback] TThread.GetTickcount (added in Delphi XE3 in the System.Classes unit) which uses a 32-bit unsigned [Archive.is] cardinal value as it relied on the Windows API [Wayback] GetTickCount function which in turn has this remark:

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Get it at a discount while it is hot: Delphi Thread Safety Patterns eBook by Dalija Prasnikar and Neven Prasnikar Jr.

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/01

Get the new [Wayback/Archive] Delphi Thread Safety Patterns eBook at a discount while it is hot:

Use Coupon Code: DTSPATT10 at checkout to get a $10 discount.
This promotional offer is valid through June 14.

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Posted in Delphi, Development, Encoding, ISO-8859, ISO8859, Mojibake, Multi-Threading / Concurrency, Software Development, UTF-8, Windows-1252 | Leave a Comment »

On Windows, keep the lifetime of relative pathnames as short as possible because of thread-safety issues

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/18

Subtitle:

GetFullPathName thread-unsafety because of SetCurrentDirectory isn’t, so derived functions (like Delphi GetDir/ChDir/TPath.GetFullPath, or .NET System.IO.Path.GetFullPath) are not thread-safe either (via The Old New Thing)

A while ago I got a big reminder because of [Wayback] What are these dire multithreading consequences that the GetFullPathName documentation is trying to warn me about? | The Old New Thing:

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Posted in Delphi, Development, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, Windows Development | Leave a Comment »

A while ago @LarsFosdal praised Bruneau Babet for trying to offset the lack of Idera/EMBT customer communication and quality control: Lars Fosdal is right

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/17

Earlier this year, [Wayback/Archive] Lars Fosdal posted a long thread about Embarcadero/IDERA software quality and one special person trying to offset the lack.

It is important not just because of his opinion, but also because Lars posts rarely about his Delphi opinion. He is the kind of guy quietly working with Delphi and doing a lot of community support.

When he posts, it is important and should be a signal to be picked up by Embarcadero/IDERA. Until now, not so much of that.

The first tweet was this:

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The Delphi documentation site docwiki.embarcadero.com has been down/up oscillating for 4 days is now down for almost a day.

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/08

The [Wayback/Archive] Embarcadero/IDERA Documentation Wiki has been mostly down since March 3rd, 2022 (not the main page, but almost all other pages are).

I modified [Wayback/Archive] Docwiki https – EmbarcaderoMonitoring to show the actual status of a deeper page as the (mostly static) top page is up, so monitoring that is useless as the deeper pages are down.

The deeper pages are dynamic and require a functioning MySQL database connection. That connection is mostly down (the error message is not clear, so this could be a network or a database server problem, or maybe even a loadbalancer gradually entering bit heaven).

Since it had been down for like 6 days in February*, I’d expect Idera to keep an eye on it and prepare for more downtime. Apparently that’s either not a 24×7 thing for them or  they missed the “pre” in preparation as it is dead-silent on .

It also runs on an unsupported version of Mediawiki 1.31** which by itself does not explain the outage, but does indicate that their idea of handling their internal lifetime management is different than what they advocate to clients in their software subscription model, see [Wayback/Archive] Delphi – Embarcadero store, [Wayback/Archive] Update Subscription – Embarcadero and [Wayback/Archive] Special Offers on RAD Studio, Delphi & C++Builder – Embarcadero:

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Posted in *nix, Bookmarklet, Delphi, Development, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Lightweight markup language, MediaWiki, Monitoring, Power User, Scripting, SocialMedia, Software Development, Twitter, Uptimerobot, Web Browsers | Leave a Comment »

 
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