I am actually sitting outside a closed coffee shop using their free wifi in hopes I will be able to upload this. I am on a family vacation and I didn’t think about the fact that I wouldn’t be able to easily get online whenever I needed to.
You may have noticed a change in format where I am using a lot of content I recorded from PDC. Well that is because I am busy putting together session for CodeRage III that is coming up next week. This looks to be a great conference. The trick with Virtual conferences is actually taking the time to be committed to attending. When you are still at work or whatever it is just too easy to get busy doing other things. So do yourself a favor and schedule time to attend at least a couple of sessions where you are 100% in attendance with no other distractions. You will be glad you did.
For more information on CodeRage III check out www.TheCodeRage.com. It runs from Monday December 1st from 5 AM to 8 PM through Friday December 5th, so chances are you can find a time that works with your schedule.
Speaking of CodeRage, one of my sessions is the Revenge of Delphi Robot Rage. This is a session where you can create a bot to compete in a 3D arena against other bots that were also created with Delphi. The winner gets bragging rights and a valuable development related prize. This year the arena is Unreal Tournament III, but you don’t need to buy the game to compete. You only need Delphi Prism. Now Delphi Prism isn’t out yet, but this was the first open Beta, and a lot of people were able to get in on the beta, or pick up a beta CD at PDC. If you weren’t able to do that, then you can still download the RemObjects Oxygene trail and use that. If none of those work for you, then maybe you can get creative and find another way.
For more information visit www.delphi.org/robot-rage/ where you can download the SDK. The only requirement is you submit source that can be compiled in either Delphi 2009 or Delphi Prism. You have until midnight Pacific time on December 3rd to submit your robot. That way I will have time to have them face off and record the battle.
For the podcast this week I have what I believe is a real treat. After I finished recording Episode 12 with Nick, marc and Allen at PDC we all started discussing technology, specifically where it was headed and where it had been. This is a real candid conversation, and I happened to record it as well. Keep in mind everyone here was just talking as themselves, and not speaking for the companies they work for, so there are no official statements or anything like that. Just four guys having a nice conversation. We started out talking about how long the 64-bit architecture would be enough before we needed to jump to whatever is next . . .
I recorded a few videos at PDC 2008. This one is a walk through of the exhibit floor. I didn’t want to post all the videos at once, but I must admit I am posting them slower then I expected. A lot of that has to do with preparing for CodeRage.
I this video I walk through the Exhibit Floor and show off a few of the vendors. It is 9:48 long. Again it is available in your choice of formats. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite, or if there is one you really need to have (not just that you think is cool).
Anders Hejlsberg at Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen (MDCC) talking about Where are Programming Languages Going? He comes in at about 3:07 and opens with a demo of Turbo Pascal to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary this month.
I love the stats he opens with about where programming languages were when Turbo Pascal came out 25 years ago. A great talk!
Back in CodeRage II we saw the introduction of Delphi Robot Rage. Unfortunately the engine was a little buggy and didn’t work on all platforms. Well, for CodeRage III, Delphi Robot Rage is back with a vengeance (sounds cool anyway). A whole new engine, with more development options!
I went to install the latest JVCL today for Delphi 2009. I was surprised that JEDI stopped offering one download with both the JCL and JVCL. So I downloaded both, installing JCL first since it is required by JVCL. Well, JVCL gave me an error that I had the wrong version of the JCL installed.
So I went back to Sourceforge to look if I grabbed the wrong one. Sure enough, I had the September 9th version of each. I tried again, and it still didn’t work. So I figured I would get the latest from Subversion. After I installed the subversion client I discovered links to download the latest versions via the subversion web interface as a tar.gz file (no need to connect via subversion.) The links are not obvious, but really useful in my opinion, so I thought I would share them here:
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