Entries by nickhodges@gmail.com

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?

50 Things I Like

Delphi The Delphi Community Clipmate (written in Delphi, by the way) Everything search tool NBA Basketball My Nexus 5x phone Visual Studio Code Notepad++ Taylor Swift Bruce Springsteen Cream Cheese Traveling Evernote Being married Being a Dad Twitter Lonesome Dove Casablanca Taking a nap on Sunday afternoon Working at Gateway Ticketing Netflix The Spring for […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #113

I’d like to offer my public and profuse thanks to the Danish Delphi Developers group – and most notably MVP Jens Fudge and his family – for their wonderful hospitality while I was in Denmark presenting at the DAPUG group.  I talked for two days and had a great time.  They were also kind enough […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #112

Been a while, eh?  Obviously the biggest news to cover is the Idera acquisition.  By now I’m sure you all are aware that Idera Software has acquired Embarcadero. (It always seems strange to me when a smaller company bys a bigger one, but never mind….)  They’ve done an interesting thing.  They’ve taken the Embarcadero database […]

Coding in Delphi Bundle

Want to buy both of my books in electronic form?  Well now you can get a deal on it – The Coding in Delphi Bundle.  Buy the bundle and save $15! As always, I’m very grateful to the Delphi community for all your support.

Flotsam and Jetsam #111

My friends David Millington and Roman Yankovsky have teamed up to offer a Christmas time special.  You can buy both of their tools for the price of Fix Insight.  What are those tools?  Well, David’s tool is Navigator – a powerful, easy to use way to navigate your code.  Roman’s tool is Fix Insight – […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #110

I am doing two Embarcadero Partner Spotlights in the coming weeks.  Both will be 15-20 minute videos about chapters in my book.  The first will be on the Command Pattern, and the second will be on Aspect-oriented Programming.  You can sign up here.  There are some other good partner spotlights coming up as well, including […]

Flotsam and Jetsam # 109

In the last Flotsam and Jetsam, I mentioned a few things that are leaking out about the next release of RAD Studio.  Here’s one I missed, about new stuff in the designer and the IDE.  Nice features.  And oh, you can sign up for a webinar that looks like it will be showing all of […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #108

It’s Delphi Survey time.  You can take it here.  I can assure you from personal experience that the results of the survey have a big impact on the future direction of the product, so please take the time to fill it out as completely as possible.  I think it is only out for a limited […]

More Coding in Delphi

I hope most of you have heard by now, but my second book is out and it is called “More Coding in Delphi”.   It’s a book very similar in nature to my first book (Coding in Delphi, which is still very much for sale) in that it covers coding techniques for Delphi Developers.  You can […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #107

David Millington of Parnassus Software – author of the great and free Bookmarks plugin —  has released a new commercial IDE plugin called Navigator.  Looks pretty sweet. The book is this close to being done.  I just have to get it past the folks at CreateSpace.  Actually, the writing and editing is all done, it’s […]

The Definition of a Gentleman

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #106

Number 10 with a bullet! As you may have noticed on my LinkedIn Profile, I am once again an employee at Gateway Ticketing.  This time around, I am a Senior Software Developer, meaning I am full-time Delphi Developer.  I’m delighted to be back in the new beautiful building that Gateway has built.  I’m also pleased […]

Review: FixInsight

A confession:  I was given a free license to review FixInsight. A summation:  I really like it.  It’s in a category tool that I think most Delphi developers don’t take advantage of.  A statement:  It’s not as powerful as Delphi’s Code Audits, but it is more usable.  I presume that Roman Yankovsky will continue to […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #105

Two things about Martin Harvey’s threading article that I posted.  First, Alexey Gavrilov was kind enough to send me version 1.1a, which I have posted.  Second, it turns out that the article/book is available on CodeCentral.  So if you want to download it for yourself, you can.  But now, at least, people can find it […]

Complete Martin Harvey’s Multithreading Article Online

Threading in Delphi, or in any other tool for that matter, is difficult.  There are a lot of good resources out there for Delphi developers, but perhaps none better than Martin Harvey’s “Multi-threading: The Delphi Way”.  There is a copy of it here —  http://thaddy.co.uk/threads/ – but sadly it doesn’t include the graphics and the […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #104

Stefan chastises me for making another one of my pronouncements on “evil” programming techniques.  I admit to a bit of hyperbole, but it’s not without a point.  The argument against my pronouncements is that the wise and judicious use of these so-called “evil” features or techniques is good.  I don’t agree.  I think that if […]

Flotsam and Jetsam #103

Stefan Glienke has two interesting polls going on: Let’s do some demographics of the Delphi developers – how old are you? How long ago did you start using Delphi?  Here’s a blog post from a guy that has written a mostly-working Turbo Pascal compiler written in Javascript.  Kind of cool.  Ten Tips For Migrating From […]