A DUnit Folder Iterator Extension

You have unit tests, don’t you? Or at least you run some tests to make sure your recent changes broke something?

These regression tests are vital to any serious software development. What would your customers say when they get a new version breaking their day to day work? Well, at least I can’t afford that – and be it just that I’m not keen to fix those problems at a customer under high pressure.┬áSo I have regression tests. Continue reading “A DUnit Folder Iterator Extension”

Windows 7 Previews – the Delphi Way

In the ancient days of Windows XP and Delphi 7 I used to provide a preview of the proprietary file content inside the file open dialog of one of my applications. This was accomplished by deriving from TOpenDialog, just like the TOpenPictureDialog does that comes with Delphi itself.

The drawback was that since Windows Vista this was no way to go when you wanted to use the new Vista style dialogs. This was an even more nuisance as the new dialogs already come with a preview ability – so why not use it directly? Continue reading “Windows 7 Previews – the Delphi Way”

On Upgrading Delphi

Back from Delphi Developer Days (Kudos to Marco and Cary) and after cleaning up the mess in my inbox I would like to share some thought I had during one of the sessions named “Delphi: Today and Tomorrow”.

Some of the attendants mentioned they were still working with older Delphi versions and even if the newer versions were laying around they refused to make the step migrating their applications to the current Delphi XE. One argument from a fellow developer working still with Delphi 2007 actually alerted myself as he rated the step from Delphi 2007 to Delphi 2009 a very big one regarding the Unicode migration, but the step from Delphi 2010 to Delphi XE seems rather small, which makes himself unsure wether to make the migration to Delphi XE now or wait for the next version to come.

Honestly, I don’t get that. There already is a large step from Delphi 2007 to Delphi XE. Why making it even larger? What about “divide and conquer”? Do you really expect the migration to XE2 being easier than that to XE? Continue reading “On Upgrading Delphi”

Synchronize and Queue with Parameters

In Delphi’s TThread class there is Synchronize to call a method in the context of the GUI thread. This is necessary in case, for example, you want to update a progressbar or a status label in a form, because the VCL is not thread safe. While Synchronize is a blocking method (i.e. the thread code continues when the GUI thread has finished the method call), recent versions of Delphi introduced a non-blocking Queue method.

The drawback of using Synchronize is that it is very cumbersome to handle parameters during such a call. The standard solution is to use fields in the TThread descendant holding the parameters during Synchronize, but this won’t work properly with Queue. Continue reading “Synchronize and Queue with Parameters”