Entries by nickhodges@gmail.com

Nick Update

Just a quick update on what I’m up to — you guys have had a few questions. I have “parted ways” with Embarcadero and am back (for a third time!) at Gateway Ticketing Systems as a Senior Developer. It’s all good.

How to Buy My Books

  First, I want to thank all of you that have bought one or more or my books.  I’m very grateful. Second, I wanted to post to make sure that everyone knows that I have three books out  and how you can buy them. Book Buy in Paperback Buy in Digital Form Buy on Amazon […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #119

Hey, we have a hotfix available for RAD Studio.  It can be found on Code Central.  It focuses on some issues in the tool chain.  Given that it’s a hotfix, it only replaces a few choice files and doesn’t require an uninstall/reinstall process. Thanks to everyone who filled out the RAD Studio survey.  We had […]

A Busy Week Produces 10.2 Tokyo

“Shipping is a feature” is one of my favorite sayings.  In fact, I’d argue that shipping is the most important feature, because without it, you don’t get any other features.  But shipping is a lot of work – as this past week proved.  On Wednesday, we shipped RAD Studio 10.2 Tokyo, and we got it […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #118

Delphi for Linux is soon to be here.  We’ve unleashed the Beta Bloggers, so keep an eye out for more information coming from any number of sources. Thanks to all of you who have bought my new book, Dependency Injection in Delphi.  I’m grateful for all the support.  My wife is working on the cover […]

The New Release Pattern

Are you on Update Subscription for RAD Studio? You are?  Great.  Wise move. You aren’t?  Why not? We are very interested in you being on Update Subscription — so much so that you pretty much have to be when you upgrade.  We do this because Update Subscription is really great for you, and not bad […]

MultiPaste in the RAD Studio IDE

Late last year I had the honor of speaking with Cary Jensen at the Delphi Developer Days events. It was a great opportunity to meet some new folks, folks I’ve known online for years, and to present some useful information about Delphi. One of the presentations we gave was entitled “Delphi Tips, Tricks, and Techniques”. […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #117

I can’t seem to find a WordPress theme that I like.  Look for the theme to change a bunch while I play around with different ones.  I’ve started a new blog over on the Embarcadero Community site.  It will be for more “official” stuff that I post about.  You can follow me there as well […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #116

The Starter Version of Delphi is currently 100% off.  I.e.  Free as in beer. “The proper use of comments is to compensate for our failure to express ourselves in code.” – Uncle Bob Martin I continue working hard on my materials for Delphi Developer Days.  If you haven’t signed up yet, do it.  I’m really […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #115

I put up a poll on Google Plus asking what the greatest all time Delphi freeware/open source plugin/framework was.  Thought you might like to vote. Work continues apace as we continue to prepare for Delphi Developer Days.  I’m happy to say that there will be six folks attending in Baltimore from my employer, Gateway Ticketing.  […]

Delphius and Basicus Find a Wall

Delphius and Basicus were walking down a path.  Delphius was a wise software developer with many years of experience.  Basicus, Delphius’ student, had some experience as well, but lacked wisdom and often made foolish errors. As the two were walking, they came upon a wall blocking the path.  The wall was made of stone and […]

Delphi Developer Days Agenda

Hey, I’m pretty psyched to do Delphi Developer Days this year.  I always love to travel, and I always love to talk about Delphi, and getting to do both at the same time is pretty great.  If you haven’t heard, our agenda is out.  We have a general schedule and a description of the presentations. […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #114

Signups are open for Delphi Developer Days.  Remember, the “Very Early Bird” special price ends on August 12, so start planning now.  I love presenting and hanging out with Delphi developers, so I hope you’ll be at one of the events.  Should be a very fun time all around.  And of course, if your company […]

Delphi Developer Days 2016

I’m quite happy to announce that I’ll be part of Delphi Developer Days with Cary Jensen this year.  I’m honored to be included, as DDD has long been a successful, interesting, and educational event.  I’m joining a list of distinguished Delphi speakers who have participated in the past. I’ve been to DDD a number of […]

Book: Dependency Injection in Delphi

My new book, “Dependency Injection in Delphi” is getting close to being published.  It is a deep dive into Dependency Injection and the Spring4D DI Container.  It’s going to be about 90 pages long or so, depending on the exact size the book ends up being.  I’ll be publishing it first as an eBook, and […]

50 Things I Don’t Like

Donald Trump Heavily coupled code When people think that Delphi is dead Pineapple on Pizza Mean people Rap “Music” Not having enough battery Wires The New York Yankees Restaurants that don’t have free wireless C++ Waiting Hillary Clinton Kanye West Bad grammar Stop lights Lima Beans The Caps Lock key When Windows steals the focus […]

Fun Code of the Day #2: Does nil have a type?

Okay, no cheating now. That is, no running the code until you’ve guessed. What is the output of this code?

How sure are you? Now run it and find out. Were you right?