Join us for Live Coding!

Last week Craig Chapman and myself launched our first LiveCoding event. It was a lot of fun, and we are doing another event tomorrow, March 2nd at 11 AM US Central Time (find the time in your zone.) We will be on Craig’s Channel this week.

Last week on my channel I worked on building a REST client. If you are familiar with Delphi, it makes REST clients really, really easy, but I tried to make it a little more complicated to dive into some of the in’s and out’s of building REST clients.

Craig has a big project he is starting work on to build an API Header Auto Generator for Delphi. This will include both client and server side development. He is looking at the fantastic UniGUI web framework to power the web, so this will be a lot of fun.

I am looking forward to see other Delphi Developers on LiveEdu.tv!

LiveCode Coding with Craig and Jim

 

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Nick Hodges New Book: Dependency Injection In Delphi

If you’ve been following along, this is Nick’s 3rd book in recent years, following on the heals of Coding in Delphi and More Coding in Delphi. This time around he has teamed up with Embarcadero MVP Stefan Glienke to cover the topic of Dependency Injection in depth and complete detail.

This book covers Dependency Injection from A to Z. In it you’ll learn about Constructor Injection, Property Injection, and Method Injection. You’ll learn about the right and wrong way to use the Dependency Injection Container.

Nick Hodges Dependency Injection In DelphiHere is the Chapter List:

  • What is Dependency Injection
  • Benefits of Dependency Injection
  • Constructor Injection
  • Property Injection
  • Method Injection
  • Using the Container
  • A Simple Migration Example
  • Advanced Uses of the Container
  • Dependency Injection Anti-patterns
  • A Full, Useful Example
  • Final Thoughts

Run out and buy your copy now!

Nick Hodges Stefan Glienke Coding In Delphi More Coding In Delphi

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Yes, Starter Editions is Free

I still get people asking about Embarcadero offering a free or community version or Delphi or C++Builder. That is one of the big strategies of IDERA – offering good free tools. So when we joined IDERA it didn’t take long before we started offering Delphi and C++Builder Starter edition for free (or a 100% discount, depending on who you ask). Continue reading

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The Malcolm Groves Rubbish Bin Connection Episode

Talking with Malcolm Groves of Code Partners in Sydney, Australia about his smart, connected rubbish bins.

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Delphi’s DNA Infographic

Remember my blog post about Delphi’s DNA? We’ve been working on making it into an Infographic, and now people are asking about creating a poster of it too! What do you think? Do you want a DNA poster for your wall? What suggestions or changeDelphi's highly evolved DNA makes it the best development tool for any platform and any project.s would you make?

 

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The Stephen Ball Smart Grid Episode

Today we talk with Stephen Ball about his work at Embarcadero, and Smart Grids!

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Using TMS Cloud Pack to Integrate Your Apps with the Cloud

I’m a huge fan of the REST Client Components included with RAD Studio. They make it really easy to take advantage of the huge amount of REST services available online.

Here is a quick video of me using the REST Client components to build a REST Client in 5 minuntes.

One thing about more complex REST APIs is REST isn’t a strict protocol like SOAP, it is more of a philosophy in building an API. This usually means I spend a few hours looking at each REST API that I want to work with. Authentication is the thing that really changes from API to API.

That is where the TMS Cloud Pack comes it. They make working with some of the standard large APIs a breeze (get it, a breeze when I am talking about clouds!?!) You just need to setup an API account and get your API key and provide it to the component and it does the rest.

I got a license for TMS Cloud Pack from TMS Software. I was surprised at first that it didn’t work with FireMonkey. It turns out there is a seperate Cloud Pack for FMX, although they offer a Cloud Studio that works with a variety of tools (including IntraWeb!)

When I started working with it I realized it made sense to have a different VCL and FMX version of the components because they include a browser window that is used when the user needs to authenticate for the OAuth services.

Besides the different browser window I found the FMX and VCL versions very simialr in functionality. So it is just a matter of what frameworks and platforms you want to work with since the FMX versions add support for macOS, iOS and Android in addition to the Windows support in the VCL version.

With the power and variety of REST APIs available today, you really should look at leveraging them in your apps, and if it is one of the APIs that TMS supports, then you will want to use it!

If you are new to TMS Cloud Pack then join us for our webinar on Tuesday the 21st of February and check out the TMS Cloud Packs in the GetIt Package manager.

See you online!

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The New Embarcadero MVP Feed

Delphi Social MediaWe just launched a MVP Blog Feed on the Community page. You can get to it at embt.co/mvp-feed. Eventually we will expand it to contain all the MVPs, Tech Partners and other Embarcadero Partners that may be of interest to the general public.

We are just getting warmed up!

So go bookmark it today and check back next week for more fun and excitement.

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The Craig Chapman IoT Episode

Talking with Craig Chapman about Internet of Things, high altitude balloons, Linux server configuration, enumerating data sets and 4K displays.

Links from today’s episode . . .

Microsoft’s Tweet about RAD Studio first IDE with Desktop Bridge support

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#ILoveDelphi How About You?

#ILoveDelphiFebruary 14th is Delphi’s birthday (and some other holiday). What a great time to talk about how much we love Delphi.

I moved from Basic to Turbo Pascal back in the DOS days, and then started using Delphi with version 2. Since then I’ve used a number of other development tools, including Objective-C, Java, JavaScript, C# and others. Delphi has always been my favorite. It is the tool I turn to when I need to get something done quickly, and it is the bar which I use to measure every other development tool (and none of them measure up).

My son took a class in JavaScript through school. He was really frustrated with it, and wanted to give up programming. I told him I’d be happy to sit down with him again and teach him Delphi (I’d done it a few times in the past, but he lost interest). He reluctantly agreed. After a few minutes he was blown away. All the major frustrations he had from JavaScript was alleviated right away. Soon he created a mobile app that was useful and solved a problem for him in one of his games. He was telling his mom about how much better Delphi is than JavaScript when he said “No wonder everyone loves Delphi, it is the best!”

What about you, why do you love Delphi? Create a video, a blog post or whatever works for you, and share it with the hash tag #ILoveDelphi.

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