Lazy or Efficient ?

In his most recent post, Chris Rolliston points out a gotcha resulting from a change in the VCL with XE3. The post itself is quite interesting and makes some valid and significant observations. However, in the follow up comments Chris makes the observation that the old code was lazy, relied on a compiler detail and should have been “properly” re-written, rather than replacing reliance on one compiler detail with another. I think it is worth highlighting that Chris’ observations here are – I believe – directed at the use of untyped pointers and dynamic arrays, not the use of the pointer exposed by the TList class itself, as the two things could easily be conflated when reading Chris’ post and the QC issue it refers to.

XE3 EULA: The Facts vs The Spin

I wasn’t going to say anything further on this as it has been pretty much covered in the forums and on other blogs, but when a duly annointed “MVP” suggests that I should publish a post explaining that the news about the proposed changes in the EULA were FUD, then it behoves me to put some stark, plain facts on the table.

XE3 Released. Available to Download Now for SA Subscribers

I just got an email from Embarcadero announcing the availability of XE3 for download from the Maintenance Portal. Both a 51 MB web installer and a 3.1 GB ISO are available. I don’t have any public links, and presumably anyone on SA will have received their notifications directly already. But for anyone not on SA, the public links will presumably be posted or announced shortly.