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file – String format procedure similar to writeln – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/11

Cool Format feature from [WayBack] file – String format procedure similar to writeln – Stack Overflow:

The cool thing about using Format is that you use for Format Strings not only to parameterize things like width and precision inside that Format String, but also as paramaters like you normally would provide values.

You can get very close to using a width of 8 and a precision of 2, like the example in your question.

For instance, to quote the documentation:

Format ('%*.*f', [8, 2, 123.456]);

is equivalent to:

Format ('%8.2f', [123.456]);

That is a much overlooked feature of Format and Format Strings.


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Delphi: types you cannot deprecate

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/06

Deprecating all types in a unit besides deprecating the unit itself will cause a hint and warning storm. Especially in projects having a lot of hints and warnings (taking over maintenance of a legacy project comes to mind) this can be very helpful to spot these locations inside many files where some obscure unmaintained unit like GIFImage.pas is still used.

[WayBack] TGIFImage for Delphi | MelanderBlog got donated to (then CodeGear, now Embarcadero) for inclusion in Delphi 2007. It was, as GifImg unit, but only documented since the [WayBack] Delphi 2009 GIFImg Namespace). For more information: delphi 2007 gifimg unit – Google Search

Delphi allows you to deprecate a lot of types, but you cannot deprecate these forms:

  • array [...] of TSomeType
  • ^TSomeType
  • class of TSomeType
  • procedure(...) ...
  • function(...): TSomeType ...
  • reference to procedure(...) ...
  • reference to function(...): TSomeType ...

Putting a deprecated 'use SomeUnit.TSomeOtherType' will fail with:

  • either a compiler error  pair
    • E2029 ';' expected but identifier 'deprecated' found“.
    • E2029 '=' expected but string constant found
  • a compiler error
    • E1030 Invalid compiler directive: 'DEPRECATED'

You can enumerate these kinds of types:

  • enumerations
  • records
  • classes, but only a full class declaration, so
    • not the class forward declaration like TMyClass = class
    • not a shortened class declaration like TMyException = class(Exception), this has to be the full TMyException = class(Exception) end deprecated 'reason';
  • methods only after the last separating ; of the method (so the virtual form is like procedure Name(...); virtual; deprecated 'use another method';)
  • named constants
  • global variables

The last few are not technically types, but included for completeness.


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<3 "Minimum Defendable Product": it is part of "Minimum Viable Product".

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/21

An important concept in [] Kristian Köhntopp on Twitter: “<3 “Minimum Defendable Product”. Das ist ein wichtiges Konzept, das übernehme ich in meinen Sprachgebrauch.… “ quoting

[] Mario Hachemer on Twitter: “Ich hab einen Vortrag gehalten zu dem Thema IT Security in Start-ups. Einen Begriff den ich zu dem Zweck definiert hab war das “Minimum Defendable Product” im Kontrast zum MVP. Es bietet sich an als Startup kritisch zu ermitteln welche Assetklassen man sichern kann. Das spart.… “

It is from this thread (also a threat) [] Kristian Köhntopp on Twitter: “Operational excellence… “:

Operational excellence

Secrets gehören nicht in Source. Keine SSL Keys, keine Datenbank Passworte, und auch sonst nichts.

In Source gehört Code, der Secrets aus einem Secrets Service (Vault et al) holt, oder, wenn man einige Jahre hinterher ist, aus Files, die von hierasecrets gebaut werden.
Auch zum Testen gehören keine Secrets in den Code. auch hier können Testkeys wie in Production provisioniert werden und nach dem Test verworfen werden (wenn man will)

Die Option, Secrets im Code zu haben muss im Code Review angemeckert werden.
Willkommen in 2021, willkommen zu Operational Excellence.

Hier die passende AWS OE Security Pillar

The first tweet quoted a surprise about the Luca App (which is highly controversial in Germany: it is a Corona contact tracing app which has some [Wayback] severe security issues):

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Delphi TestInsight: running both DUnitX and DUnit tests in a test project

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/06

If you want to run both DUnitX and DUnit tests in a test project using TestInsight as runner encapsulation, then you need to be aware that when there are no DUnitX tests, it will raise an exception.

So use this code to prevent that:



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Delphi: got “EOleException with message ‘Microsoft MSXML is not installed'” in a console or test project?

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/31

Did you ever get this run-time error in a console or test project?

EOleException with message 'Microsoft MSXML is not installed'

It means that CoInitialize or CoInitializeEx needs to be called in the thread that uses MSXML.

Then an easy workaround is to:

  1. use the unit System.Win.ComObj in any unit that (indirectly) uses Xml.XMLDoc (for instance any unit using an XML Data Binding generated unit),
  2. use the unit System.SysUtils as well (because it defines TProcedure used below)
  3. add this code in in your initialization section (which is what VCL TApplication.Initialize does):

if InitProc <> nil then TProcedure(InitProc); // Calls CoInitialize for the main thread and prevents "EOleException with message 'Microsoft MSXML is not installed'"

The initialization section of System.Win.ComObj sets up InitProc to cals CoInitialize for the main thread, which usually suffices for these simple VCL projects, but not for most console or test projects.

Based on ideas I got after reading [WayBack] 为什么LoadXMLDocument在线程类中使用会报错?-CSDN论坛 (for which Google Translate actually does a goot job [])


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