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Flotsam and Jetsam #105

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 code. 

Well, I was working on the TThread chapter for my new book, and guess what I happened across on my hard drive?  The entire copy of Harvey’s work, including the graphics and the code samples.  I have no idea how I came to have it, but I do.  I thought it would be worth posting in its entirety, so I did:

http://www.nickhodges.com/MultiThreadingInDelphi/ToC.html

It’s all there – graphics, code samples, and text.  I hope I’m not violating any intellectual property rights in posting it.  I certainly am grateful to Mr. Harvey for his work.  If I am doing wrong here, please let me know and I’ll take it down. I’d hate to have to do that, though. 

Otherwise, there it is as a valuable resource for the Delphi community.  I hope it is helpful to someone.

Flotsam and Jetsam #90

  • I mentioned this video before, but it is so good I’m going to mention it again:  Parallel Programming Library: Create Responsive Object Pascal Apps.   Danny’s blog is in Dutch, but he has an English entry that includes the source code to his session.
  • Something I’m surprised by:  The number of questions on the Delphi StackOverflow tag that deal with integrating with Excel.  Also, tons of Indy questions.
  • This is interesting: Jon Aasenden is creating DelphiArmy – a real, no kidding jobsite for Delphi developers.  I’ll be interested to see how that goes.  It appears to be alive and running, so make an entry if you need to.
  • I’ve mentioned free this tool before, but its usefulness is so awesome that I wanted to point it out again.  It’s called “Everything”, and it allows you to search for any file by name on your entire system.  It’s lightening fast, and I use it probably twenty times a day to find things I’m looking for.  It’s one of the first things I install on a new system.  Truly outstanding and amazingly useful.  Highly recommended. 
  • While I’m at this “mentioning before” thing, I’ll give a strong endorsement to the Delphi-built Clipmate. Again, I use this thing about 25 times a day.  It’s a clipboard cache that remembers what you’ve put on the clipboard.  It’s not free – but it’s well worth the price.  Saved my butt a thousand times, too, when I overwrite something on the clipboard that I didn’t want to. 

Flotsam and Jetsam #88

  • The inestimable Malcolm Groves has a nice series going on the new Delphi Parallel Library.  Recommended reading.
  • I put a tag cloud over there on the left.  Now I just have to remember to put tags on all my posts.
  • I welcome feedback on the new blog.  As I said, my goal is to keep the blog as simple and clean as possible and the content as interesting and useful as possible.
  • I guess I should have realized that such a thing would exist, but I just found the Delphi Reddit.  Thanks to folks that post my blog entries there.
  • Another entry in the “How did I miss this?” department:  A guy named Branko Stojakovic has built a blog covering most of the Gang of Four patterns.  Maybe I did mentioned this before – I have a dim memory of it – but anyway, worth looking at and learning from either way.