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  1. While writing Design Patterns with Delphi, I spent quite some time researching existing literature on design patterns implementation in Delphi, design patterns in other languages, other types of patterns, design principles and so on … In case you would like to dig deeper than the book takes you, here is my reading list. Design Patterns Essentials Software design pattern Computer Science Design Patterns The 23 patterns from the GoF Design Patterns with examples in different languages (including Delphi) Gang of Four Design Patterns Reference Sheet Programming principles Design principles and design patterns SOLID Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY) KISS YAGNI (You Ain't Gonna Need It) Software Design Patterns Are Not Goals, They Are Tools I'm Sick Of GoF Design Patterns Software Development AntiPatterns Big Ball of Mud Design Patterns for Humans Spring4D MMX Code Explorer Singleton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singleton_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Singleton http://www.yanniel.info/2010/10/singleton-pattern-delphi.html https://ibeblog.com/2010/08/18/delphi-singleton-patterns/ https://stackoverflow.com/a/1409672/4997 https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Creational.Singleton https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1409593/creating-a-singleton-in-delphi-using-the-new-features-of-d2009-and-d2010 https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/singleton https://schellingerhout.github.io/design%20patterns/design-patterns-creational-delphi/ https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-singleton Dependency injection https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dependency_injection http://www.nickhodges.com/post/Service-Locator-is-Indeed-an-Anti-pattern.aspx https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/135914/why-was-dependency-injection-pattern-not-included-in-the-gang-of-four/135982 https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4176520/what-is-the-difference-between-strategy-pattern-and-dependency-injection Lazy Initialization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_initialization Object pool https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_pool_pattern https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/object_pool Factory method https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_method_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Factory_method https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Creational.FactoryMethod https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/factory_method https://schellingerhout.github.io/design%20patterns/design-patterns-creational-delphi/ https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-factory-method Abstract factory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_factory_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Abstract_Factory http://www.felix-colibri.com/papers/design_patterns/factory_and_bridge_patterns/factory_and_bridge_patterns.html#abstract_factory_pattern https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Creational.AbstractFactory http://www.nickhodges.com/post/Delphi-and-the-Factory-Pattern-Simple-Factory.aspx https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/abstract_factory https://schellingerhout.github.io/design%20patterns/design-patterns-creational-delphi/ https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-abstract-factory Prototype https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/prototype https://schellingerhout.github.io/design%20patterns/design-patterns-creational-delphi/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_copying#Deep_copy https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-prototype Builder https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Builder_pattern https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Creational.Builder https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/builder https://schellingerhout.github.io/design%20patterns/design-patterns-creational-delphi/ https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-builder Composite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composite_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Composite https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Composite https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/composite https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-composite Flyweight https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyweight_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Flyweight https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/flyweight https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-flyweight https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_interning Marker interface https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marker_interface_pattern Bridge https://stackoverflow.com/questions/350404/how-do-the-proxy-decorator-adapter-and-bridge-patterns-differ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Bridge https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Bridge https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/bridge http://www.felix-colibri.com/papers/design_patterns/factory_and_bridge_patterns/factory_and_bridge_patterns.html#the_bridge_design_pattern https://simpleprogrammer.com/design-patterns-simplified-the-bridge-pattern/ https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-bridge https://stackoverflow.com/q/319728/4997 Adapter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Adapter https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Adapter https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/adapter https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-adapter Proxy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Proxy https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Proxy https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/proxy https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-proxy Decorator https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decorator_pattern https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Decorator https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/decorator https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-decorator Facade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facade_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Facade https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Structural.Facade https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/facade https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-facade Null object https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_object_pattern https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/null_object Template method https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_method_pattern https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.TemplateMethod https://www.codeproject.com/Articles/516094/TemplateplusMethodplusDesignplusPatternplusinplusD https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/template_method https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-template-method Command https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Command https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.Command https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/command https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-command https://stackoverflow.com/q/6064116/4997 State https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/State https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.State https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/state https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/state/delphi https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-state https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite-state_machine Iterator https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iterator_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Iterator https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.Iterator https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/iterator https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-iterator http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/Tokyo/en/Declarations_and_Statements_(Delphi)#For_Statements Visitor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visitor_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Visitor https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.Visitor https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/visitor https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/visitor/delphi https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-visitor Observer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_pattern https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publish–subscribe_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Observer https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.Observer https://github.com/spinettaro/delphi-event-bus https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/observer/delphi https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-observer http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/Libraries/en/System.Messaging.TMessageManager http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/en/Using_the_RTL_Cross-Platform_Messaging_Solution http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/en/Sending_and_Receiving_Messages_Using_the_RTL http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/Libraries/en/System.Classes.TComponent.Observers Memento https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_pattern https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Science_Design_Patterns/Memento https://github.com/jimmckeeth/DelphiPatterns/tree/master/Behavioral.Memento https://sourcemaking.com/design_patterns/memento https://github.com/kamranahmedse/design-patterns-for-humans#-memento Lock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_(computer_science) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinlock Lock striping https://netjs.blogspot.si/2016/05/lock-striping-in-java-concurrency.html Double-checked locking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-checked_locking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_and_test-and-set Optimistic locking https://www.javaworld.com/article/2075406/java-web-development/optimistic-locking-pattern-for-ejbs.html https://martinfowler.com/eaaCatalog/optimisticOfflineLock.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimistic_concurrency_control Readers-writer lock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readers–writer_lock https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/sync/slim-reader-writer--srw--locks Thread pool https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thread_pool https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47504201/delphi-ttask-and-tthreadpool Messaging https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Message_passing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Message_queue Future https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futures_and_promises Pipeline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staged_event-driven_architecture Designing Delphi programs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Event-driven_programming http://blong.com/Articles/Actions/Actions.htm https://github.com/andrea-magni/TFrameStand https://martinfowler.com/eaaCatalog/tableModule.html https://stackoverflow.com/questions/433819/table-module-vs-domain-model http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/en/LiveBindings_in_RAD_Studio https://www.embarcadero.com/images/dm/technical-papers/understanding_rad_studio_livebindings.pdf Other kinds of patterns https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exception_handling http://wiki.c2.com/?ExceptionPatterns http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/Libraries/en/System.TObject.Destroy http://www.heaventools.com/eurekalog-exception-logger.htm http://www.madshi.net/madExceptDescription.htm https://github.com/project-jedi/jvcl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debugging_patterns https://git-scm.com/docs/git-bisect http://www.washi.cs.waseda.ac.jp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Woei-Kae-Chen.pdf https://github.com/colinj/Functional https://fsharpforfunandprofit.com/fppatterns/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_programming_paradigms Books & papers Architectural Patterns, Pethuru Raj, Anupama Raman, Harihara Subramanian Coding in Delphi, Nick Hodges Concurrency with Modern C++, Rainer Grimm Concurrent Patterns and Best Practices, Atul S. Khot Dependency Injection in Delphi, Nick Hodges Design Patterns for Humans, Kamran Ahmed Design Patterns Past and Future, Aleksandar Bulajic Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides Dive Into Design Patterns, Alexander Shvets Java Design Patterns, Devendra Singh More Coding in Delphi, Nick Hodges The Null Object Pattern, Bobby Woolf
  2. ByteJuggler

    Creating a "pull request" for jvcl

    Guys, while pulling updates from a remote repo is part of git (e.g. git pull from the command line for example), a "pull request" is not something intrinsically part of git, but something that github institutes, or that we agree between ourselves as developers. It literally is saying to someone else "Please {git} pull from me as I've got something you might want to review/use." It follows that in order for someone else to "pull" changes from you, that you must have some accessible place for them to pull from. Obviously users on the internet won't have access to your local repo on your developer PC, so they cannot pull from there. Nor would you normally be able to push to their repo (or their github repo) if that is where you originally pulled from (unless you're one of the project administrators/owners of course.) There therefore needs to some other repo, that must belong to you and is accessible so that someone else can pull from, that you can also first push to. (Just like there needs to be a shared SVN server, say, if you want another dev to get some changes you've made and are using subversion.) And this is where github comes in. It provides an easy to access place where you can fork and create your own remote repositories (from others) that are therefore just as easily accessible by others too. All that background is to help you understand the following: The normal process for working on github, if you want to contribute changes, is to 1.) Fork the repo of the project you want to contribute to in your github account. This creates a cheap remote repo (think "my own SVN server at github" if that helps) that belongs to you, than you can push to. 2.) Clone this fork (your own copy of this github repo) to your local PC. 3.) Do your work, commit locally. Once totally happy, git push, which obviously goes to your own remote repo (from the fork.) 4.) Now you're a few revisions ahead of the original repo, and you can then tell the original upstream repo maintainers that you'd like them to pull from your repo as you've got changes to fix some issue or whatever. In github, you do this by simply clicking "New Pull request" button in github. Hope that helps! Edit: By the by, if you've previously pulled from someone else's project directly, made some changes and now want to push this somewhere else, it's quite easy to fork the project "after the fact" and then tell git/update that "remote"/"upstream" is now else, to e.g "push" to your fork instead. (It's also possible to have multiple remotes if you want, but I digress...)
  3. Dalija Prasnikar

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    My comment under the QP request that explains my stance on the matter. I don't want to enter into endless discussion there because it is ultimately the wrong place. @Marco Cantu enabling access to compiler (or any other sources) and allowing community contributions does not mean giving it for free. You can put up any license terms you want. I know that enforcing license is harder than having closed source, but people that will violate such licenses will just use cracked versions anyway - that is far simpler that rebuilding compiler on their own, only handful of developers would go that route. While Delphi compiler code might be worth studying for those interested in compilers, I highly doubt there is any ground breaking technology there worth stealing nowadays. From that perspective opening compiler (or other sources) does not seem like showstopper. @All however, open sourcing (I will use that term, regardless of what the actual licensing model would be) is not as simple as mere dumping source on GitHub. Somebody (Embarcadero employee), extremely knowledgeable in particular codebase would have to be gatekeeper - managing pull requests and communicating with community in general. In order to open sourcing to be successful endeavor there must be significant number of contributions made, without that - the whole thing makes no sense for Embarcadero (and for the community as well - beyond satisfying everyone's curiosity). In that case gatekeeper(s) will have their hands full. Not to mention that for every successful contribution, there will be countess others that will have to be reviewed and rejected for various reasons. That part introduces additional cost to Embarcadero and ability to develop code on their own, because part of the resources that would be used to developing in house will have to be spent for community interaction. Eventually, gains from community code can outweigh the costs, but that would take some time. Also, in code base that large, it may take years for community to start contributing in meaningful manner. And gate keeping would have to start immediately. There will be developers that will jump in from the start trying to fix their pet pevee without looking at bigger picture (breaking things like bull in a china shop). Now, that might look like - it it would take long time, let's start early then... but like I said, initial cost in terms of resources might be too high. Especially, now when there is a lot of work to do on various compilers - new ones (Android and macOS 64bit), including introducing some new features that are already in the works. From that perspective, open sourcing compiler in general... yes, but I don't think now (or any time soon) would be the right time. Right now (or soon enough), opening up sources to RTL/VCL/FMX would be much better move - we already have the sources, we already know our way around them. Community at large can more successfully contribute to those sources than to the compiler. Again, that kind of project would also have some initial cost, but I believe it could pay off much sooner. Open sourcing is the double edged sword - in order to be successful it takes resources that would otherwise be spent on in house development (with much higher initial progress rate). But the push for open sourcing (because, of the illusion that community can fix things faster and better) is greater in times when internal resources are spread thin, than in the times when everything works peachy. So it is kind of damned if you do damned if you don't situation.
  4. It always depends on particular situation. Both composition and inheritance have their place. Sometimes you can use either, sometimes there is a clear distinction. Some tips that can help you decide. IS-A - inheritance - Sword IS-A Weapon so Sword should inherit Weapon HAS-A - composition or aggregation - Unit HAS-A Weapon so Unit can be composed with Weapon object With simple classes that satisfy IS-A condition plain inheritance will do. With more complex classes, you may want to use composition or delegate some behavior to other classes, especially if that behavior can be reused independently. Delegation - delegate behavior to another class when it is not an objects responsibility to implement behavior on its own Composition - when object is gone the composed objects are also gone - when Pizza is gone so are the ingredients Aggregation - class is used as a part of another class, but still exists outside that other class - when Unit dies Weapon still exists
  5. Remy Lebeau

    Check for override

    To expand on Anders' comment - the TStream.Seek() method has two overloads, one for 32-bit seeks and one for 64-bit seeks. By default, the 32-bit Seek() calls the 64-bit Seek() and vice versa. Descendants must override one of the Seek() methods and the override must not call the inherited method. To avoid an endless recursive loop, the 32-bit Seek() validates that the 64-bit Seek() method has been overridden before calling it. This is the technique that it uses for that validation: procedure TAncestor.Do(); type TMethodXType = procedure of object; // must match the signature of MethodX... var Impl: TMethodXType; Base: TMethodXType; ClassTAncestor: TClass; begin Impl := MethodX; // points to descendant's implementation of MethodX... ClassTAncestor := Self.ClassType; // get object's actual class type... while (ClassTAncestor <> nil) and (ClassTAncestor <> TAncestor) do // find the TAncestor base class... ClassTAncestor := ClassTAncestor.ClassParent; Base := TAncestor(@ClassTAncestor).MethodX; // points to TAncestor's implementation of MethodX... if TMethod(Impl).Code = TMethod(Base).Code then // which MethodX implementation is the object actually using? begin // MethodX is NOT overriden... end else begin // MethodX IS overriden... end; end;
  6. Attila Kovacs

    What does "G" in GExperts mean?

    Luck, you are not Stefan or Sigmund..
  7. Dalija Prasnikar

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    And here your splendid personality jumps out again. Yes, I made a mistake. People do that, you know, regardless of experience. After being knowledgeable in your field of work, ability to recognize and admit your own mistakes is one of important qualities for successful developers. If one is not able to own his own mistakes it is hard to expect that such person will allow others to make mistakes without making too much fuss about it. Your response shows that either you don't have that quality or you have really short fuse. And neither makes you a wonderful team mate. And If you read my response you will see that I didn't included SWIG library (two and some years old) - I simply overlooked it. Last time I had to use C++ with Delphi was 8 years ago and it was no fun. I am glad that landscape has changed in that regard. Delphi ecosystem is not huge (no matter how much we would want it to be), and ability to interact with libraries written in other languages can make a whole world of difference. You don't want to reinvent hot water if it is already out there. Also, you might use other toolsets besides Delphi and utilizing same libraries across those toolsets also counts a great deal.
  8. Joseph MItzen

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    I'm sure you heard about the first ever photo of a black hole. The associated research paper credits the open source scientific python libraries NumPy, SciPy and Pandas. Python was also one of the tools used in the hunt for the Higgs Boson and CERN scientists have spoken at Python conferences. The PyCon conference has been sponsored by everyone from LucasFilm and Disney Studios to Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Canonical, Disqus, Mozilla, J.P. Morgan bank, Twitter, Hulu, and Amazon. In fact, those were just a handful of the 2012 sponsors. Take a look at CodeRage sponsors: "Atozed Software, DevJet Software, Fast Reports Inc, Raize Software, Scooter Software, SmartBear and Steema Software." Draw your own conclusions.
  9. Joseph MItzen

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    1. We get posts here, Reddit, etc. along the lines of "Please help me install Borland Database Engine on Windows 10" all the time. A large number of the Delphi applications being maintained today are being maintained on old versions of Delphi and the companies responsible for them have no desire to spend anything to modernize them. For example, the Melissa and Doug toy company in the United States uses an in-house ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) program written and still maintained in Delphi 7. 1B. Again, a "skilled developer" can't just look at one million lines of undocumented code (that might be older than they are) and fix it. It could take years for a dedicated open source community to work their way through and document that code. Even then, the only sane options would be to massively refactor and modernize it or, again more likely, simply start over. 1C. Who would be in charge of the code? Would Embarcadero oversee it? If so, they might not approve changes. And they're unlikely to want to give up control, as that would be giving up control of the language. Going back to Firebird, they have a poor history of properly supporting open source code, and Marc Hoffman said that one EMBT employee said during discussions "We own Pascal." Not quite the mindset required to turn over control of their compiler/language to a third party. 1D. If there aren't enough developers interested and able to support FreePascal or NewPascal, where are the developers going to come from to spend years trying to make sense of the old Delphi desktop compilers, a much harder task with a much longer time to payoff? 2. Are you serious? Get-It has about 200 packages after four years, most of which are trials. Torry's Delphi Pages, the oldest collection of Delphi software still around, has a little over 10,000 packages ( a number that's barely moved from 2012), the vast majority of which are from the Delphi 5-7 era and most of the rest being trials of paid software. In the last 30 days it's added 17 files, only one of which is for free software. Now take a look here: http://www.modulecounts.com/ Java has over 274,000 open source libraries at Maven Central, C# has over 148,000 in nuget, Python over 174,000. Java is adding 197 a day, C# 93, Python 122. Per above, Delphi added 1 in 30 days. What libraries is Delphi lacking? Almost anything that doesn't involve grids (Delphi users are obsessed with grids). Serious numeric software (although you can pay $1600 for a bundle of Dew Research's matrix library, sci/stat function library, 3 basic data mining algorithms and Steema's TeeChart). Machine learning libraries. Financial libraries. Let's go smaller - I'm interested in making a media player. Delphi lacks a music file tag manipulation library (that's post-unicode and documented), audio manipulation library, replay gain library, cover art library, etc., all of which I can find on other platforms as open source. I'm working on another pet project now that involves data analysis and machine learning and if successful will require interacting with websites. I'd like to host it on a Linux Virtual Private Server eventually, which means $3500 for Delphi Enterprise. As mentioned above, the Dew Research bundle with source is $1600, bringing us up to $5100. Now let's add in Steema's TeeBi for some basic data manipulation abilities to clean and transform the data, which is $279. Wait, the only plugin it works with out of the box to export to Excel is TMS' FlexCel. So unless we want to find an open source Delphi Excel library and integrate it ourselves, that's another $141USD. Now we're up to $5520. A capable profiler? Smartbear AQTime Pro - another $600. Now we're at $6120. Let's toss in HelpNDoc for documentation for another $280USD. Now we're at $6400 so far. I want some neural networks... Boris Mitov has 1980's-era Kohonen self-organizing feature maps and basic backpropagation for $389 without source or $1369 with source. That's madness; I coded both algorithms circa 1994 for a school project in Turbo Pascal. Let's use FANN instead, which is an open source library that implements some improvements to basic backpropagation and has a fast C core. There's also an open source implementation of the NEAT neural algorithm for Delphi, but not the next-gen HyperNEAT. Oh well. Genetic programming? RiverSoftAVG has a decent library with basic features for $150. So $6550 so far and we haven't looked at logging or databases. We'll need to scrape and parse HTML - DIHtmlParser is $123 with source code but is very low-level. There's a higher-level parser on Github, but the only documentation is in Japanese. There's an "HTML Component Library" available that seems rather nice, but it's bundled with a lot I wouldn't need, raising the price to $350. Come to think of it, once all of this comes together and is working I'm going to need a high-level process to manage all of the various software tasks - downloading data, parsing data, processing data, interacting with the right websites at the right time, not launching a process that depends on another that failed, etc. Sadly, there simply aren't any "pipeline " libraries for Delphi at any price. And this is the point when one does the math and realizes they could take that money and buy a new desktop with a 32 core AMD Threadripper, 64GB memory, high-end graphics card for GPU acceleration, 3 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 for hyper-fast caching with a few large-capacity hard drives in RAID 5 as backing storage, large curved 4K monitor, etc. and even have some money left over. Seriously. And they can use the Python scientific software stack of NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib for matrices and graphics, but also use modern "grammar of graphics" (functional composition) libraries like plotnine or altair, something TeeChart doesn't offer. Pandas has had almost a 10 year lead time on TeeBI and is far fuller featured and much better documented. Scikit-learn offers a massive machine learning suite, unlike Dew Research's anemic three methods and no support functions. NeuPy offers a vast amount of neural networks for free, plus one can download and use TensorFlow from Google or PyTorch from Facebook and gain support for modern deep learning frameworks that do things like power self-driving cars. Let's see, there's a HyperNEAT implementation too; and genetic programming libraries like DEAP which can scale across all the machines on a network if you wish, and also the best clustering algorithm, DBSCAN, which I couldn't find for Delphi. There's the well-known scrapy framework, as well as BeautifulSoup for high-level HTML parsing. Pipeline programs? Companies like Spotify have open-sourced tools like luigi and AirBNB has airflow. Both can produce web pages to monitor the performance of your processes and view dependency graphs in real time! And there's Selenium for driving the major web browsers across platforms. And that's the difference between using Delphi and using a modern language with 100,000+ free and open source cross-platform libraries available. I've spent zero on software, gotten much more powerful libraries in many cases, and don't have to spend weeks or months implementing low-level libraries myself and can instead concentrate on the problem I'm trying to solve. That was the original appeal of Delphi - the VCL abstracted away the monotonous low-level Windows API to allow developers to code only the solutions relevant to their specific problem. Nowadays this is a solved problem in the form of open source software and Delphi is no longer the "rapid" application development it originally was. You're going to spend lots of time writing things that other language users can download and install from modern package managers in seconds. Your other alternative is to spend thousands of dollars on lesser libraries maintained by one person who may disappear tomorrow. In a research paper designed to discover what makes programming languages popular, the authors found from surveys that the single most important factor to developers in choosing a language is the amount of libraries available, preferably open source libraries. I've seen one developer put it this way, "Today, isn't not being popular itself a language defect?"
  10. David Heffernan

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    Open source isn't giving up. It's allowing contributions from outside. Emba would still be in control. The only open source project I have any involvement is Spring4d. Who do you think is the boss of that? It sure ain't me. And that's exactly how it should be. A good open source project has strong management and leadership, and those contributors that can fit in and add to the development effort are facilitated. You don't just hand control to random collaborators. Stefan's point about open source collaborators is spot on. Good programmers aren't going to spend their time on open source projects unless it's rewarding and fun. I certainly could never see myself working with the OP here.
  11. There are a few things that every single one of our internal programs should do: Every dialog should be sizeable if it makes any sense at all. Delphi makes that easy with the Align and Anchor properties. Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer any of them with Yes, ... https://blog.dummzeuch.de/2019/04/03/things-that-every-desktop-program-should-do/
  12. Bill Meyer

    SVG Magic released

    Having worked in Delphi since D1, and twice having had to deal with the issue of components without source, I would say that the value without source is essentially zero, as the risk factor is not worth any benefits in the short term. So I would suggest that the question as you ask it is simply wrong.
  13. jeanmilost

    SVG Magic released

    Hi developers, Have you ever encountered problems because your interface changes with high DPI but your images remains on the same size? Have you ever wanted to add incredible animations to your interface, but have been frustrated by the limited possibilities of the proposed image formats? So there is a library for you. SVG Magic brings the support of the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) image format to the C++ and Delphi VCL. Please visit: https://svgmagic.io/
  14. Stefan Glienke

    What does "G" in GExperts mean?

    That reminds me of googling for PosEx without adding Delphi to put it into context...
  15. Dalija Prasnikar

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    I am critical, because you are seeking collaboration and your attitude is making more harm than good. Not just for your particular request, but it is undermining other efforts in similar areas. I am not stranger to saying harsh words, but there is a difference between backing your words with actual arguments and empty phrases like "we love Delphi more than you do". Feel free to criticize me when I do something wrong. I have no problem with that. I am an atheist and God has no meaning to me. For my actions I will be and I am accountable in this life only.
  16. Stefan Glienke

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    If this thread is only a small foreshadowing of how the community (or rather individuals) would react and respond to an open source project and how things are getting discussed I have to say that I would not want to be part of it. Yes, everyone is permitted to his own opinions but the how is important - and I can see in other communities like for example the C# compiler or .Net Core projects that developers don't want to deal with bs and toxic waste but communicate in a civilized manner. ... and that coming from me known as someone who can voice his opinions in a strong way garnished with cursing often enough ...
  17. So is trying to get the Delphi compiler open sourced.
  18. dummzeuch

    Decorating read-only controls

    Not only IT-designers. It's designers <period>. Show me an unusable product and in 90% it will turn out that it was perfectly usable when the engineers finished. And then the designers ruined it. There used to be a credo "form follows function", but today it's "it doesn't matter whether it works, let's make it flashy." </rant>
  19. Dany Marmur

    Decorating read-only controls

    I so so agree with "In terms of UX, copying into clipboard should be taken into account." and the image. This used to work very good back when. Then - enters the designers. If it isn't Win10 native messing something up it's skins. DevExpress even have some skins that show a gray-box for readonly and some skins that do not and they refuse for years to do anything about it because it was "the vision of the designer". Such important functionality. If corrupt legislation and greed won't kill IT, designers will.
  20. David Heffernan

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    I'm just curious. Do either of you have a stopping condition?
  21. Dalija Prasnikar

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    Seriously???? You would leave five year old alone in control of the house when parents are away? Actually, it would be more like leaving the five year old with matches and can of gasoline. Let me say it again: Somebody (Embarcadero employee), extremely knowledgeable in particular code base would have to be gatekeeper - managing pull requests and communicating with community in general. That somebody would have to be top gun compiler engineer, someone from existing team who knows code base well, not someone who would they just throw in working for peanuts. So yes, under current circumstances that would take valuable resources away from current compiler development. And that is something we (or Embarcadero) cannot afford at this time. Yes, it would be good if Embarcadero would expand their core teams. That would be good move regardless of open sourcing . But even if they manage to hire good engineers today, it would still take quite some time before such expanded team could bear the burden of open sourcing. LOL And leaving amateurs to rampage all over the compiler, yeah, that would end really well. As far as RTL/VCL/FMX is concerned, it is not about catering for all old versions in existence out there. It is about going forward, so no compiler version would not pose a problem.
  22. Dalija Prasnikar

    Delphi compiler need to be opensourced

    Agreed. There is no need for others to sabotage anything. You are perfectly capable of sabotaging both the proposal and this discussion on your own.
  23. Stefan Glienke

    Initialize local variables at declaration

    IDE tooling does not work properly and some of it completely stops, Also inline variables of a managed type are not always properly initialized. As much as I like this feature syntax wise - I would stay away from it for now 😞
  24. Just in time before April fools day 2019 there is the new GExperts release (it’s still 2019-03-30 so you are safe 😉 ). Please be aware that I mostly work with Delphi 2007, so this version can be regarded as tested quite well, followed by Delphi XE2. The others are only known to compile and new features are usually tested superficially with all versions. This is particularly true for Delphi 6/7 and 2005/2006. If you want to help by testing new versions before I release them, please contact me [...] https://blog.dummzeuch.de/2019/03/30/gexperts-1-3-13-experimental-twm-2019-03-30-released/
  25. Remy Lebeau

    Read of address DEADBEE7. - Source of this raise?

    In some piece of code somewhere, a pointer was set to $DEADBEEF, most likely after the object it was pointing to had been freed, and then that same pointer was used afterwards by code running at address $0040CEEC trying to access a data member at offset -8 ($DEADBEE7) via that pointer. Magic addresses like $DEADBEEF are commonly used for debugging such mistakes. In this case, the code at address $0040CEEC is the System._UStrAsg() function, which is used to assign a UnicodeString to another UnicodeString. Offset -8 is the StrRec.refCount field in the UnicodeString data header, which makes sense as UStrAsg() does increment that field. In other words, some piece of code tried to assign a UnicodeString value to a dead UnicodeString variable. UStrAsg() was called by TFieldValue.SetValue(), so SetValue() was likely called on an invalid TFieldValue object inside of TGridSet.CopyRow(), which was called by TDeliverySet.UpdateFromDeliverySet() inside of TDeliveryGrid.RefreshByRouteList(). So, start in RefreshByRouteList() and work your way into UpdateFromDeliverySet() and try to figure out how it may be accessing an invalid TFieldValue object. The Operation System, when the invalid memory address $DEADBEE7 is accessed. Delphi's RTL catches that error from the OS, creates an EAccessViolation object for it, and then raises it.
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