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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 – a static code analysis tool.  Right now, you can get both for the price of Fix Insight – that’s a $40 in savings.  I can vouch for both tools as being very useful and of high quality.  Don’t miss this good chance to get two excellent tools at a low price.  (While you are at David’s website, be sure to download the excellent and free Bookmarks plugin. And did you know that he has some open source items available as well?)
  • ‘Tis the season for Delphi updates.  Of course, Delphi 10 Seattle Update 1 is out.  It even includes a few new features.  It is available for all people on Update Subscription.  (For those of you complaining about this, I hate to say it, but you were given plenty of warning and opportunities to get on board.)  Dr. Bob reports on two hot fixes that are also available.
  • It looks like I’m going to be speaking in Denmark in April at DAPUG’s annual conference.  I have spoken twice before, and have always enjoyed my trips there, and the fine hospitality provided by Jens Fudge and his family.  I’m looking forward to speaking there again.  Not 100% sure what the topics will be yet, but I promise it will be interesting.
  • I had a great time at EKON 19 – you should attend next year no matter where you are in the world – and the thing I enjoyed the most was my three hour seminar on Dependency Injection.  I covered Dependency Injection in Coding in Delphi,  but things have changed in the mean time, and there have been additions to the Spring for Delphi framework that make things even more powerful and capable.  So much so, in fact, that I’ve decided to write a book entitled Dependency Injection in Delphi. It will very likely be shorter than my other two books, and I think to start I’ll sell it as an ebook only (MOBI, ePub, and PDF) on Leanpub.  It will, however, go into Dependency Injection much more in depth than my two chapters in Coding in Delphi.   In any event, you can follow this link and sign up for updates about  the book and let me know how much you think I should charge for it.  There’s absolutely no time table on this – as you saw above, I have a lot of preparation to do for DAPUG – but I will be working on it.  I’ll go with “it will be available later this year”.  Again, I’m humbled and grateful by all the people who have bought my books.  

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 just the publishing part that is ongoing.  You can find out more at http://www.leanpub.com/morecodingindelphi.
  • Lots of interesting things happening at Embarcadero.  Here are my comments on the various events:
    • Embarcadero acquires assets of Raize Components – I really like this.  First, I love Codesite.  It’s a great tool for debugging.  Many folks don’t realize that you can even use it to remotely instrument your application.  Ray Konopka is a fantastic, meticulous developer who has forgotten more about UI design than I’ll ever know.  Interestingly, both products are being sold as separate products, and not integrated into Delphi/RAD Studio.  Perhaps we’ll still see a “lite” version in Delphi.
    • Embarcadero unveils BeaconFence –- Now this is really cool.  Beacons are growing in popularity, and you can do some really cool things with them.  BeaconFence allows you to use beacons in some very cool ways.  Imagine  you are a warehouse, and you have a whole bunch of robots carrying product around to people who ship things (Cough, Amazon, cough).  BeaconFence would allow you to know the location of everyone of those robots down to the inch.  Or imagine you are a zoo – you could build an app that guests could download and run that would help them navigate around, find exhibits, and generally know where everyone is at any given moment – perhaps offering a discount as the guest walks buy the sno-cone vendor.  This is some cool stuff, folks.
    • CodeRage X is coming up on October 13-15.  You can sign up here and you can submit your presentation ideas here.
  • EKON 19 is coming on November 2-4.  I’m going to try to be there.  Always a good event.
  • I’m going to be giving a Skill Sprint on Dependency Injection on August 18th during the new series of Developer Skill Sprints.  You won’t want to miss it. Sign up today.