On Saturday I was out and about with my family and found myself inspired to write an app. By Sunday evening, it was done and in the Google Play store.

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I recently mentioned that RemObjects have placed their OS X native IDE – a.k.a. Fire – into public beta. I haven’t been using it myself (yet) but have been following developments in the RemObjects Talk forums with interest, and a new feature in the Elements 8.0 compiler (also part of the Fire beta) caught my eye this week.

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It’s true. Visual Studio Professional can be had for as little as $45, though it can take a little digging to find this option. And there is a catch (or two).

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I’m working on an Android app at the moment, and for a bit of fun I decided to add a startup sound to brighten the day of every user that launches it. Which gives me another opportunity to present some of the advanced language features in Oxygene that make threading such a breeze.

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Way back in September last year, Mason Wheeler blogged about his first experiences with developing for Android using Oxygene. I said at the time that I would look into reproducing his efforts and respond.

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People looking for a cheap Android tablet have a new option from a respected player: The Asus Pad 7

Although not exactly falling over themselves in excitement (it is an entry level, budget device after all), reviewers are finding a lot to like in this device. But Delphi developers hoping to sell their apps to users of this device – and similar – will have to wait for Embarcadero to address a fundamental issue with their technology.

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These are exciting times in the mobile development space, especially for followers of RemObjects work. Whilst the likes of Xamarin and Embarcadero pursue their cross-platform abstractions, with varying degrees of success, RemObjects have been focussing on delivering genuinely native solutions and the long term vision that underpins their compiler architecture is proving itself in their ability to react Swiftly [sic] to the changing development landscape.

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This is another one of those posts that has a bit of a double meaning in the same title. First, there is the matter of a useful hint/warning that I think could be emitted by a Pascal compiler. The other is what I have been up to in recent months that I have been so busy that I wasn’t posting much (i.e. at all) !

First the more relevant point to this blog:

When you say nothing at all, in Pascal

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For a while now I had been frustrated by Visual Studio‘s sudden decision to be un-cooperative when saving new projects, but have finally solved the problem! Or at least, that manifestation of the problem that was afflicting me.
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A post came up in recent days on the NZ DUG mailing list, about a problem with the LoadXMLData() function on Android. The problem subsequently was found to also exist on Win32. And indeed, the cause was found to go back at least as far as Delphi 2006. So why did it only come up now ?

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