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Archive for the ‘Borland Pascal’ Category

Blast from the Past: `TThread` got introduced in Delphi 2

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/03

Thanks Nick Hodges for asking, and Uwe Raabe for answering:

Yep! Delphi 2 had TThread while Delphi 1 did not.

It resulted in an interesting thread including topics like cooperative multi-tasking and named pipes under DOS by using Turbo Pascal.

Boy, I remember the \pipe\ days and releasing a time slice by calling INT $28, $15 and $2F combinations like this:

Note: you can even use INT $2F with AX=$1680 to check if you are running in a DOS x86 VM and other OS checks.

–jeroen

via: Anyone remember which version of Delphi introduced TThread?.

Posted in Borland Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2, Development, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | 4 Comments »

Delphi hinting directives: deprecated, experimental, library and platform

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/01

I’ve been experimenting with the Delphi hinting directives lately to make it easier to migrate some libraries to newer versions of Delphi and newer platforms.

Hinting directives (deprecated, experimental, library and platform) were – like the $MESSAGE directive – added to Delphi 6.

Up to Delphi 5 you didn’t have any means to declare code obsolete. You had to find clever ways around it.

Warnings for hinting directives

When referring to identifiers marked with a hinting directive, you can get various warning messages that depend on the kind of identifier: unit, or other symbol. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Apple Pascal, Borland Pascal, DEC Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Encoding, FreePascal, ISO-8859, ISO8859, Java, Lazarus, MQ Message Queueing/Queuing, QC, Reflection, Software Development, Sybase, Unicode, UTF-8, UTF8 | 2 Comments »

The dreaded with… Debugging today, I found another gotcha (: – via: Lars Fosdal

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/12

In the With Statement series:

Lars Fosdal – Code Rants

The dreaded with…

Debugging today, I found another gotcha.

In this case, both Self and DisconnectedClient has a property named ClientIdentifier.

Note the difference for the mouse-over and the evaluation.

–jeroen

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Appmethod, Borland Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi x64, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, With statement | Leave a Comment »

The StackOverflow Pascal/DelphiSyntax Highlighter

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/07/22

Found out where the StackOverflow Pascal has its origins: What happened to comments in syntax highlighter? – Meta Stack Overflow.

Like any syntax highlighter, it is not perfect (only a Delphi compiler driven highlighter would have a chance to be perfect), but it does a pretty good job and gets better over time.

–jeroen

Posted in Borland Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi x64, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, FreePascal, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | Leave a Comment »

Delphi `with` post and discussion revisited (via: wiert.me and LinkedIn)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/06/11

A bit more than a year ago, I wrote about Delphi: you should avoid the with statement as it makes your code less future proof. That caused some nice comments on the blog, and some more on LinkedIn where Paul Foster mentioned it in a thread ‘Jeroen Pluimers makes a case against “with” statements.‘ Both interesting reads, especially the reasons that people use or avoid with, or keep its use in balance. There is one set of comments I want to emphasize: refactoring multiple with statements into a one function and a call per former with. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Borland Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, With statement | 19 Comments »

 
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