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Archive for the ‘Turbo Pascal’ Category

Delphi: playing Chimes.wav as an external file or embedded WAVE resource in Delphi XE5.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/10

As a by-effect, this article seems to one of the few that shows where Delphi uses the .dres file extension introduced around Delphi XE.

Recently I had to play some notification sounds in a Windows Delphi application where the application deployment should be as easy as possible: preferable copying the EXE around.

Playing a sound file seems easy, especially if it is a [WayBackWAV file: just use the [WayBack] PlaySound or the (older) [WayBack] sndPlaySound API functions.

But if you start searching on the internet, you see lots of curious implementations for playing WAV resources through sndPlaySound.

The actual implementation is really really easy though, just make sure you follow the steps right and nothing can go wrong.

[WayBack] The full source code is on my repository, here is how to to it step by step:

The steps depend on the MMSystem unit, so most of the code translates back to [WayBack] Turbo Pascal for Windows (yes, the 16-bit Pascal days when the MMSystem unit was introduced) with the exception of the SND_SENTRY flag.

The thing that more recent Delphi versions made a lot easier is embedding WAV files as WAVE resources, more on that further on. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Borland Pascal, Delphi, Delphi 2, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Development, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | Leave a Comment »

The Format function introduced in Delphi 1 was based on the FormatStr function in Turbo Vision available in Turbo Pascal 6 or higher

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/26

I did find my Borland Pascal 7.0.1 ISO which showed that is identical to ./BP/RTL/TV/FORMAT.ASM which is used from ./BP/RTL/TV/DRIVERS.PAS to provide this:

{ String formatting routines }


procedure FormatStr(var Result: String; const Format: String; var Params);external {FORMAT};

There are various examples like in ./BP/EXAMPLES/DOS/TVDEMO/ASCIITAB.PAS at line 143:

FormatStr(TempStr, ' Char: %c Decimal: %0# Hex: %0#x ', ASCIIChar);

So it was in the Drivers unit, but also easy to incorporate in your own unit by linking the .OBJ file and providing the external declaration in any unit.

The Drivers unit is very independent of the rest of Turbo Vision: it uses the Objects unit (which most projects use as the System unit at ~500 lines of code provided very little functionality by itself).

For the diskette based install, the .TPU files were on the standard disks and the sources for both RTL and Turbo Vision on separate disks, but anyone would install them as they provided a lot of insight. The CD-ROM has them all on the same medium (both as installers and unpacked in the BP directory).

I just checked Turbo Pascal 6.0 (that I did have a VM for) which has them in the same way.

Source: [WayBackWe’re discussing with the collegues: anybody knows when Format function was introduced in Delphi? – Klaus Edelmann – Google+


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

Apple ][ history – Nibble magazine

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/16

I recently found some old magazine issues of my early programming escapades. It reminded me of the really old days where – as a school kid – I tried to buy Nibble magazine at a regular base. It was expensive (I think it was around 8 Dutch Guilders (or NLG) – close to EUR 4 – which was a lot for me, though less expensive than diskettes that were like NLG 10 each).

But it was fun as the magazine focussed at computer programs and programming transitioned my life. From Integer Basic via AppleSoft Basic (and various smaller attempts in FORTH, MuSimp, LISA Assembler and LOGO) to Turbo Pascal on CP/M.

Recently I learned that all issues (16k pages total!) have been scanned and OCR-ed and can be obtained on DVD for a modest price. Even better: all their software is available for free.

Just follow these links:

For some history:


Posted in //e, 6502, Apple, Apple ][, Development, History, Pascal, Power User, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | Leave a Comment »


Posted by jpluimers on 2016/11/23

Apple fanboys all know about 1 Infinite Loop. Turbo Pascal adepts about the index entries “infinite loop See loop, infinite” and “loop, infinite See infinite loop”. Google as a more direct approach:


Posted in Algorithms, Apple, Borland Pascal, Design Patterns, Development, Google, Pascal, Power User, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | Leave a Comment »

Anders Live | Build 2016 | Channel 9 – on Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C# and TypeScript

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/04/06

Anders Live - Build 2016 - Channel 9 Stage C907 - Speakers: Anders Hejlsberg, Seth Juarez

Anders Live – Build 2016 – Channel 9 Stage C907 – Speakers: Anders Hejlsberg, Seth Juarez

Anders explaining about being a pragmatist ever since he started working on the Turbo Pascal predecessor in 1981. It’s been a long way to TypeScript and beyond (:

Lot’s of interesting tidbits about the future of TypeScript and how it relates to other languages.

Source: Anders Live | Build 2016 | Channel 9

Direct URLs:



The Turbo Pascal predecessors were called Blue Link Software PascalCompas Pascal and Poly Pascal as I learned last year while teaching a workshop for DAPUG in Denmark when I bumped into some people working with Anders while he still lived there a long time ago. Later I researched the above links.


Posted in .NET, C#, Delphi, Development, History, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | 1 Comment »

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