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  1. Darian Miller

    Connection string encryption

    If hackers are in your memory space, the game is over anyway. If they are using plaintext now, the focus should be on encrypting the data at rest and ensuring it's protected in transit. Some discussion about Delphi specific solutions: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8621441/what-protection-scheme-for-my-passwords For securing strings in memory: https://medium.com/@svanas/creating-a-securestring-type-for-delphi-part-1-e7e78ed1807c
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    Delphi Rio IDE hangs again and again

    I had some similar issues with 10.3.3 and GExperts so I uninstalled it. I couldn't reproduce the issue but haven't after uninstalling GExperts I haven't experienced the hanging IDE. Could be coincidental as it was seemingly random hangs.
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    Using Delphi in Virtual machine for a month

    I've been using VMWare for a number of years and haven't noticed a difference in runtime performance from split or monolithic virtual disks. Split disks do have the benefit of much quicker defragmenting, which is a common task that I do to increase performance. So I would say it indirectly increases performance.
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    Squint and read: CreateFormFromStings

    And... RSP-27358 is back open again. Minor victory! Thanks Bruneau Babet and those that commented on this and https://quality.embarcadero.com/browse/RSP-27412
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    Squint and read: CreateFormFromStings

    Not sure I agree with this closure https://quality.embarcadero.com/browse/RSP-27358 with "Yes, too late, we'll live with it" "Method CreateFormFromStings spelling mistake" You should be able to fix spelling mistakes of public methods from a recently published version...backwards compatibility is not 100% written in stone
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    language updates in 10.4?

    Ah yes, I neglected to mention ARC removal in my summary. I guess I assumed that one was well known as coming in 10.4
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    language updates in 10.4?

    I've collected some info on 10.4 here: https://github.com/ideasawakened/DelphiKB/wiki/D27.Next. Specifically, managed records was pushed off for 10.4: http://blog.marcocantu.com/blog/2018-november-deferring-managed records.html And it was confirmed recently as coming in 10.4: https://community.idera.com/developer-tools/b/blog/posts/get-ready-for-the-10-4-beta-with-update-subscription That's all I've seen specifically for language enhancements in 10.4.0 but they may surprise us. I'm looking forward ti VCL Styles + High DPI improvements in 10.4. The language server protocol will likely open up a new set of tooling for the IDE, which might be cool if it works. Beta should start 'very soon' - supposedly sometime in March.
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    Why upgrade?

    For what it's worth, here's a few different responses: One answer is keeping up to date with changes to Microsoft Windows... for example HighDPI support. Does your software work well with Windows 10 high dpi systems? Delphi is getting much better with this particular issue. Hopefully 10.4 finally fixes some of the issues with VCL Styles and High DPI. Another answer is compliance related - some compliance certifications require your tooling be kept up to date with all available patches/updates. If you aren't under third party audits, this is less of an issue but for security in general keeping current is wise. (Do you have the buffer overflow fix for Delphi in place?) Another answer is business risk / insurance related - It may bite you later on any future insurance claims that you knew you were out of date but didn't upgrade to fix any potential problems. Are you going to milk this thing as it is until it dies, or are you ever going to add new features? If you are going to add features, staying current may make future features easier, especially keeping up with fast changing technologies like AWS/Azure. If you are using any third party components, eventually they will drop support for older versions of Delphi. You have to assume most of the new activity in third party components surround the new releases. With more and more new language features becoming available (like inline variables) that devs really like to use which aren't backwards compatible, the rate of third party components dropping support for old versions will probably increase over the next few years. This is obviously one of the prime goals of Embarcadero - and they will keep hammering at. It's in their best interest to introduce new non-backwards compatible language features and this approach will succeed over time. Finally, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to ever bring it back up to date. It's just delaying the cost today for higher costs tomorrow. If they are in it for the long term, they should act like it. If you are a one or two-man shop then it's certainly much harder to justify the ongoing costs due to the ever increasing price (which I assume will keep getting worse), but if you are making a decent living with the Delphi products then it only makes sense to keep them current.
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    Spell Checker implementation?

    I put a few more items into this repo today: - Alternative implementation from https://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads_delphi.html - Newer Hunspell en_US dictionary from SCOWL (2019.10.06) - Newer Win32 version of libhunspell.dll , built today from 2019.11.12 source, along with two small PDF docs. I have a TFrame descendant that has the spell check functionality built-in, initially built for use with TMS components. TMS has an ISpell based spell checker component that hooks into their TAdvMemo component. It's pretty easy to replace their ISpell integration with a Hunspell integration using the CCR Hunspell unit. There are a lot of recently updated dictionaries available for use with Hunspell. ASpell as another option, with a lot of current dictionaries and there's also a spell checker API in WIndows 8+ as mentioned on StackOverflow, but I haven't investigated this much..
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    Spell Checker implementation?

    Chris Rolliston's MPL source from Code Central is now on GitHub. You can help make it as active as you like. : ) https://github.com/darianmiller/Delphi-Hunspell
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    Spell Checker implementation?

    I did get a response out of Glenn Crouch @ AddictiveSoftware. Apparently still pumping out manual updates for the latest Delphi release.
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    Spell Checker implementation?

    I was just looking at that. Along with Rolliston's code: https://cc.embarcadero.com/item/27428 https://delphihaven.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/compiling-a-hunspell-dll-step-by-step/
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    Spell Checker implementation?

    What do you use for Spell Checking VCL apps on Windows made by Delphi? There seems to be two commercial options left: https://www.devexpress.com/products/vcl/spell_checker/ Included in their $1500 subscription. Don't think I want to pay $1500 for a spellchecker. https://www.tmssoftware.com/site/tmsspellcheck.asp Available alone or in their subscriptions. I'm trying to get this to work now. The old standby hasn't been updated since 2015 and forums are overrun by spam. I assume these guys are no longer around? http://www.addictivesoftware.com/
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    Delphi on Windows 10 HOME 64-bit?

    If you want to build web applications with Delphi, you'll probably want IIS.
  15. Have you upgraded to 10.3.3? How's your crashes looking now?