2013-01-03T05:03:59ZDear delphi.about.com web site visitors, readers and friends who followed my work as the Delphi Programming Guide for the About.com network, the time has come for me to move on to new endeavours.
After 15 great years I'm leaving About.com. I've started working as the Delphi Programming Guide in 1998 (days of Delphi 3) and have continued publishing tutorials and articles geared at beginner and advanced Delphi developers.
NO, I am not leaving Delphi.
In fact, I'm spending much more time in the Delphi (Rad Studio) IDE these days - and I am hoping you are in the same position - to have your working hours filled with joy of coding in the best development environment.
One huge "Thank YOU!" to all the known and unknown Delphi developers who have followed my work here and have send hundreds of emails supporting me for the past 15 years.
The About.com Delphi Programming web site will NOT be closed, all the content will be available in the future so nothing would be lost :) After all, I have found myself many times searching for a solution to a Delphi problem I have, to finally land on my own article written years ago :)
What's more, I think About.com might start looking for a new Delphi Programming Guide, so if you think you have the passion and the knowledge, feel free and invited to apply.
That's all folks. Over and Out.
This is not my last (if it can be called like this) Delphi related blog post / article. I'll see to start a new blog in the near future and continue publishing Delphi programming related stuff. I am and will be using Delphi every day, there's always something to be implemented, some problem to be solved, some new feature to be included - any why not share the knowledge gained with others.
- arko GajiÄ, Embarcadero Delphi MVP.
2012-12-27T02:00:30Zin Delphi Almanacs :: According to Wikipedia, an almanac is an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields often arranged according to the calendar. A Delphi Programming Almanac would then be an annual reference e-book (?) composed of articles, tutorials, tips and tricks relating to programming in Delphi. A wannabe Delphi programmer, a Delphi beginner or a Delphi guru / expert? 15 years of Delphi programming content available for you (for free)! 1998. - 2012. Delphi Programming by Zarko Gajic Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2012 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2011 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2010 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2009 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2008 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2007 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2006 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2005 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2004 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2003 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2002 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2001 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 2000 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 1999 Delphi Programming Almanac for the Year 1998 An almanac for a year lists only articles, tips and resources that were originally published during the selected year. All materials written by Zarko Gajic, some contributed by other Delphi developers. Delphi Programming Almanacs: 1998. - 2012. Something for Every Delphi Developer: Beginner or a Guru! originally appeared on About.com Delphi Programming on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 02:00:30.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
2012-12-24T02:00:33Zin Advanced Delphi :: (image) Simply speaking, decompilation is the inverse of compilation: translating an executable file into a higher level language. Suppose you lose your Delphi project's source and you only have the executable file: reverse engineering (decompilation) is useful if the original sources are not available.
Read the full article to learn how to Decompile a Delphi application.
2012-12-21T03:00:31ZLANGUAGE TIPS :: In many case the Delphi compiler will take care of the optimization. But that's just limited to aligning the code for pipelines, and some other small tweaks to the code. There is still much to be gained by taking into account how a computer works, and adapting your algorithm to that.
Read the full article to learn a few useful tips to make your Delphi programs run faster.
2012-12-17T03:00:14Zin Advanced Delphi :: (image) Clipboard stores information in multiple formats so we can transfer data between applications that use different formats. When reading information from the clipboard with Delphi's TClipboard class, we are limited to standard clipboard formats: text, pictures and metafiles.
Suppose we have two different Delphi applications running, what do you say about defining custom clipboard format in order to send and receive data between those two (Delphi) programs?
Read the full article to learn how to dive into the Clipboard change notifications using Delphi and create your own Clipboard formats.
2012-12-13T03:00:26Zin using VCL :: (image) As with menus (menu items), an application can create an owner-drawn combo box to take responsibility for painting list items. An owner-drawn combo box can list/show information other than text strings - usually some graphical elements.
To demonstrate owner-drawing with combo boxes you'll create a combo box full of colors (two variations) and a combo with true-type fonts showing the actual image of the font.
Read the full article to learn about Drawing a TComboBox: Use Owner Drawing to create a Color Pick List and a Font Pick List.
2012-12-11T10:37:59Zin For Beginners :: A return value from a function is defined by the return type. I guess that in most cases you would write a function to return a single value that would be an integer, string, boolean or some other simple type, also return types could be an array, a string list, an instance of a custom object or alike. Note that even if your function returns a string list (a collection of strings) it still returns a single value: one instance of the string list.
Read the full article to learn how to Return Multiple Values From A Delphi Function
2012-12-10T03:00:57Zin Advanced Delphi :: (image) Consider for a moment creation of some fast arcade game. All the graphics is displayed, let's say, in a TPainBox. TPaintBox is unable to receive the input focus - no events are fired when the user presses a key; we cannot intercept cursor keys to move our battle ship. Delphi help!
Read the full article to learn about Intercepting Keyboard Input with Delphi - Implementing a Keyboard Hook.
2012-12-07T03:00:33Zin Advanced Delphi :: (image) I guess we all like the idea of graphics displayed in the "Start" menu of Windows XX. Have you ever wondered is it possible to do custom control drawing with Delphi?
Here comes Owner Drawing - an excellent way to improve the look and feel of your Delphi application by changing the control's standard appearance.
Read the full article and learn about owner drawing in Delphi.
2012-12-04T03:00:49Zin Delphi Language :: Get familiar with the OnKeyDown, OnKeyUp, and onKeyPress Delphi event procedures to respond to various key actions or handle and process ASCII characters along with other special purpose keys.
Read the full article to get a better Understanding and Processing Keyboard events in Delphi
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