[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] Well, this went far more smoothly than I had anticipated. At the XE5 World Tour event in Auckland, Brian Hamilton, creator of the iWD app, told us that getting his approved took about a week (if I recall correctly), and he had to submit a video showing how his app worked, so I was anticipating a couple of days at least to get my widget published. A couple of hours is all it took !
[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] My previous post declaring a successful resolution to the problems I was experiencing with Parallels 9 VM’s stored on an external USB HDD proved premature. The apparent success of being able to start / suspend / resume / shutdown / restart etc, something that had previously been impossible, was sadly misleading though my conclusion that Parallels 9 was not responsible still appears to be valid.
[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] I know after my previous post some people were concerned that upgrading to Parallels 9 might be ill-advised, so I am posting this update in part to alleviate such concerns.
[Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes] Iztok has been at it again, making comments that prompt another post. 🙂 He expresses his view that there are only two viable options for mobile development. The first is essentially the web-based technology approach (HTML/JS/PhoneGap etc) and the other is the platform native tool chains, Eclipse/AndroidStudio/Xcode etc.
[Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes] In a comment on my Shaggy Dog story yesterday commenter Iztok gently chastised me for not having backups of my VM’s. Ironically I did. The problem is that my backup strategy is so silently effective that I completely forgot I had it ! Having been reminded, I thought it might be worth sharing.
[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] Marco Cantu just blogged about the price of Delphi and his conclusion that it is reasonably and comparably priced. Whilst it might be encouraging that he is looking at these things in his new role, his methodology and reasoning leaves a lot to be desired.
[Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes] Simon Stuart recently shared a comment on Google+ about the modern relevance of BASIC. This prompted me to think about BASIC, it’s role in my career and how software development career’s get started today. This post is what came from those thoughts.
[Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes] “The Delphi Geek” recently blogged about a performance bottleneck he had identified in FastMM when used with a particular conditional define. Although not directly related, his post reminded me of an experience I had many years ago, working on a highly complex multi-threaded system (long before FastMM) and the strategy we found we had to employ in order to get optimal performance from our threading code when encountering different numbers of CPU’s (these days “cores’).
[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] The most important lesson I ever learned in this business… Be cautious or even suspicious when a specification/question is provided in the form of a request for a specific technical solution.
[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes] Simon Kissel – of CrossKylix fame and Alternative Roadmap infamy – apparently recently re-appeared in the Delphi forums. I say apparently because Embarcadero or TeamB have seemingly been doing their best to maintain his status as a non-person. Can this be A Good Thing™? I don’t think so.