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Archive for the ‘Delphi XE6’ Category

“Don’t access VCL from a background thread” – how to demo that?

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/11

When accessing the VCL from multiple threads at the same time: adopted from ...\DEMOS\THREADS\THRDDEMO.DPR

When accessing the VCL from multiple threads at the same time: adopted from …\DEMOS\THREADS\THRDDEMO.DPR

Great question a while ago:

[WayBack] “Don’t access VCL from a background thread” – how to demo that? – Primož Gabrijelčič – Google+

For me, the ultimate way why not to access the VCL from a background thread is the precursor of the official threads demo that ships from Delphi 2 to Delphi XE6 in ...DEMOS\THREADS\THRDDEMO.DPR. where you’d think the thread isolation would be in ...DEMOS\THREADS\ThSort.pas but actually is in ...DEMOS\THREADS\SortThds.pas.

The first public showing of that demo did not include main thread protection. It originates from a session at the the 1995 Borland Developers Conference where Ray Konopka showed the below code from Bob Ainsbury.

That session reminded why this joke [WayBack] Via the EKON20 sessions… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+ was so funny:  “When Ray Konopka enters the room you have a Raize condition.“.

The question above also made me find back this reference to BorCon95 in San Diego:

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I totally forgot that Delphi has had a function to get the current executing thread – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/05

While updating some old code fiddling with the[WayBackGetThreadId function, I wanted to have some TThread wrapper around it. I had totally forgotten there has been already a means for this since Delphi 2009 (which initially had a bug, but that was worked around at first and fixed later): [WayBackCurrentThread.

The latest version of Delphi, Delphi 2009, has a CurrentThread class property on the TThread class.

This will return the proper Delphi thread object if it’s a native thread. If the thread is an “alien” thread, i.e. created using some other mechanism or on a callback from a third party thread, then it will create a wrapper thread around the thread handle.

20081001 at 5:00 – [WayBackBarry Kelly

Sources

–jeroen

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Delphi, IBX and the Turkish I problem

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/06/13

Last year, it took a while to reproduce and it is likely not fixed anytime soon: if you use Delphi and IBX (InterBase Express) to connect to either InterBase or FireBird database, then in the Turkish locale do not use lowercase SQL in your Delphi code as it will break on the

I’ve decided to put this in a separate post than the one I discovered the issue in as that one focused on the Unicode and language background of the various i/I/ characters and this post on the Delphi part.

So for the non-Delphi part, read Source: Field “id” not found and the The Turkish-İ/I/i/ı and case conversion – Update on the dasBlog Turkish-I bug and a reminder to me on Globalization – Scott Hanselman.

In general, this problem is called [WayBack] Case Folding and many environments do not have good and ready to use solutions for this.

Basically when working with case-insensitive language identifiers, you should always use culture invariant text comparison operations. In most languages, people use either lowercase or uppercase converted operations which for Delphi >= come down to using :

The reason is simple:

  • without any parameter, ToLower and ToUpper will use [Archive.isSysLocale.DefaultLCID.
  • without any parameter, LowerCase and UpperCase will implicitly behave as if called with TLocaleOptions.loInvariantLocale, but lots of people forget they do.

The functions ToLowerInvariant and  ToUpperInvariant  were added in Delphi XE3, but ToLower(LocaleID) and ToUpper(LocaleID) in Delphi XE4.

Instead of doing uppercase and lowercase comparisons you could also use the [Archive.isSystem.SysUtils.CompareText function.

IBX however uses case conversion, and by now you will probably guessed it: IBX got it all wrong. One reproduction is at https://gist.github.com/jpluimers/643b382944ff991d07ec96abbf85548c and a thread with background is at [WayBack] What’s the Delphi equivalent of doing UpperCase with an InvariantCulture in Unicode Delphi versions? (XE and up) – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

IBX isn’t alone: just search for other uppercase issues like Turkish i to see tons of other issues.

For IBX, I did the replacements in the diff below to fix it in Delphi XE8. I only replaced where identifiers were compared, not were actual database content was compared.

Unluckily, in the past IBX sources were hosted on CodeCentral at http://cc.embarcadero.com/Author/102 but no new bundles have been released since 2012.

Of all the locations I think IBX should not have used any case conversion here:

IBX.IBDatabaseINI.pasfunction LocalServerPath(sFile: string): string

This function uses LowerCase() but I think an NTFS specific comparison should have been used, but I’ve not investigated into a solution for that yet.

–jeroen

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Reminder to self: check out “Debugging helper for TDataSet” and “debugger TDataSetVisualizer” for Delphi

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/24

So I won’t forget to check these out:

Via  [WayBackI like programming in Delphi, but I don’t particularly like writing applications that work with database backends… – Thomas Mueller (dummzeuch) – Google+ (thanks Stefan Glienke)

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How to embed a superscript Registered symbol in a Rave memo buffer.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/24

Thomas Pfister came with a nice solution to this question:

[WayBack] Does anyone know how to embed a superscript Registered symbol in a Rave memo buffer? – Phillip Woon – Google+

Since Google has such bad indexing of G+, here is the solution:

procedure TForm4.RvSystem1Print(Sender: TObject);
const
  SuperscriptOn = RPTFPrefix + RPTFSuperscript + RPTFOn + RPTFSuffix; // from RpDefine.pas
  SuperscriptOff = RPTFPrefix + RPTFSuperscript + RPTFOff + RPTFSuffix;
var
  MemoBuf: TMemoBuf;
begin
  MemoBuf := TMemoBuf.Create;
  try
    MemoBuf.Text := 'Test' + SuperscriptOn + '®' + SuperscriptOff + ' Test';
    MemoBuf.PrintStart := 0.5;
    MemoBuf.PrintEnd := 8.0;

    with Sender as TBaseReport do begin
      PrintMemo(MemoBuf, 1, true);
    end;
  finally
    FreeAndNil(MemoBuf);
  end;
end;

–jeroen

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