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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 Parnassus (which I talk about below.)  You can also watch all the past Partner Spotlights on YouTube.
  • I’ll be speaking at EKON 19 this year.  Topics include Operator Overloading, Parallel Programming, and a three hour tutorial on Dependency Injection.  I always have a great time at this event, and I always learn a lot.  Marco Cantu and Cary Jensen will be there.  I’d recommend attending – and you get early bird pricing before 01 October.
  • I’ll tell you what, the advertising team at Embarcadero is playing at the top of their game.  I can’t go anywhere on the web without seeing an ad for Delphi 10 Seattle.  Google ads is working quite nicely for them.  If you are a Delphi developer and use Google for searching, you have no excuse not to know DX Seattle exists.
  • I’m a big user and fan of Parnassus Bookmarks, and they have released a version for DX Seattle.  Highly recommended.  And I look forward to seeing what they have in store in the future.  David Millington is a great developer, and I expect some cool stuff in the IDE Plugin department from him.  You should also check out his Navigator tool.
  • The Embarcadero newsgroups are back up and running on new hardware and a new backend.  They’ve been reliable and speedy for about two weeks or so, now, so hopefully they will stay that way.  I think the “catch” is that you have to use SSL to connect.  But in any event, if you are still into using the newsgroups, they seem solidly back up now.

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.