26/05/2020

Released SWAG Collection v1.0.0

I've just released the DelphiDabbler edition of the old 1997 SWAG collection of Pascal source code and programming examples.

What's SWAG?

Here's what the original maintainer of the collection said about it:

"SWAG is a collection of source code and program examples for the Pascal programming language. The material has been donated by various Pascal programmers from around the world who desire to contribute to the advancement of one of the greatest programming languages there is. SWAG packets are available in 57 [sic: now 60] different categories covering EVERY aspect of the Pascal language and ALL ABSOLUTELY FREE! The material contained in SWAG is intended to be a teaching and learning aid for users of the Pascal language. Whether you are a beginner or experienced programmer, you'll find SWAG to be an invaluable source of ideas and information."

Why release it now?

There are three main reasons why I've "rescued" SWAG 23 years after it ceased to be updated:

  1. Nostalgia - SWAG is slowly disappearing from the web and I thought it should be preserved.
  2. My CodeSnip program can import snippets from SWAG. Until now CodeSnip got the data by contacting the old delphidabbler.com web server. Since that's closing down (see other posts) I needed a new way for the forthcoming v4.16 release to be able to access SWAG. This is it.
  3. Some of the code may still be relevant.

How to get SWAG

The DelphiDabbler version of SWAG is being developed on GitHub in the delphidabbler/swag repository.

You can view, clone or fork the source code from the repository. The master branch will always reflect the last release. Development work takes placed on the development branch.

If you just want to download SWAG and some supporting documentation you should go to the repository's release tab and download the latest release zip.

For more info see README.md in the root directory of the repository.

20/05/2020

Dead Laptop Screws Further With Delphidabbler.com

Following my previous post where I said that, due to Corona virus, the move to the new web host was postponed, my one and only development laptop died on me a couple of weeks ago.

That means that the revised website due to go live in mid June will now have even less content that had hoped. You can see the current state of play at https://delphidabbler.github.io

The new machine has arrived now, but it's going to take a couple of days to configure it, restore backups, reinstall all the software and purge all the preloaded crap that I didn't ask for!

I've got a to do list as long as my arm, and that includes more than just adding content to the new site. Most of it has to be done before the old web server closes on 15 June. Hey-ho. The old site is fully backed up so the content won't be gone forever.

If I had an ounce of belief in mysticism I'd be starting to think this project is jinxed. But I haven't, so I don't!!



03/05/2020

Corona Virus Screws With Delphidabbler.com

Trivial as it is compared with everything that's going on right now, I thought I'd give an update about moving the delphidabbler.com website to a new host.

The web hosting company that has generously offered to host the site in future is suffering set backs as a consequence of the corona virus. I just hope that the guys at the hosting company are personally keeping well.

Consequently I'm not sure if we'll be able to get the site moved before the current hosting agreement ends on 15 June. So it's looking more likely that plan B will need to be activated, if only as a stop gap.

Plan B is to point the delphidabbler.com domain at the site currently being developed on GitHub. You can see the current state of play at https://delphidabbler.github.io. We're going to loose a lot of stuff if this happens, but everything is backed up so, if and when it's possible, said stuff can be restored.

As I said, keeping a little web site running while people are dying across the world just doesn't matter. But I'll do what I can. Bear with me.

Stay well everyone.

19/03/2020

System Information Unit v5.4 Released

Well, well, well.

Never thought I'd ever release any software again. But I've given the System Information Unit a long overdue update in an attempt to detect all updates of Windows 10 to date, along with Windows Server 2016 and 2019.

I've only been able to test for my Windows 10 installation using - the rest of the code is based on research.

There's also a new TPJComputerInfo.ProcessorSpeedMHz method to return the host computer's processor speed.

Get the latest version from SourceForge at https://sourceforge.net/projects/ddablib/files/sysinfo/

DelphiDabbler.com Is No Longer Closing!

Stop Press: I'm no longer closing down DelphiDabbler.com!

A brand new site is under development and I've had a generous offer to host the site. We're still ironing things out, so I'm not making a formal announcement yet, but things are looking very good.

Even in the unlikely event the plans don't work out, the new site will still go ahead on GitHub.

You can see an early development version of the new site at https://delphidabbler.github.io/.

Finally, do take care of yourselves in these difficult times - stay well

23/01/2020

Some Impacts Of Forthcoming Site Closure

Update: The site is no longer closing!

Some of the changes below may still happen, but the site itself is staying up. See this post for details. Keep an eye on this blog for updates.


Now that the 15 June date for closure of DelphiDabbler.com is less than 6 months away I thought it was time to set out some of the implications.

Here are the main issues:

  • The wiki at wiki.delphidabbler.com will go away. This means that some documentation, FAQs and various useful notes will be lost. In particular the online help for some of my Delphi Code Library will disappear. Some of the docs have been moved to GitHub, but many haven't. I doubt there will be time to move any more. There may be time to save some FAQs and to GitHub but it can't be guaranteed.
  • The CodeSnip program will loose access to some of the webservices it uses. There's a separate blog post about this.
  • The online version of the Code Snippets Database will be lost. But all the code should still be available to users of the CodeSnip program (all being well).
  • All the site news feeds will stop working.
  • My Delphi articles will be lost. But I'm hoping to save at least PDF versions on GitHub, time permitting.
  • The software on the site will not be adversely affected - everything exists either on GitHub or on SourceForge.
  • The online SWAG database will be lost. I'm hoping to move the actual database to GitHub, again timw permitting.
  • The Delphi Tips database front end will be lost. It was announced a while ago that it was deprecated. Every tips has been rendered as a PDF and those, along with the raw HTML has been placed on GitHub.

I'm considering retaining the delphidabbler.com domain and pointing it at GitHub, but haven't finally decided.

Finally, thanks for supporting the site over the years. And thanks for the donations that helped offset some of the costs.

31/05/2019

Moving on

Update: The site is no longer closing!

Some of the changes below may still happen, but the site itself is staying up. See this post for details. Keep an eye on this blog for updates.


You may have noticed that I've not done any programming or updates to Delphidabbler.com for quite a long time. Neither have I been active here.

I keep telling myself that I'll get round to maintaining and modernising the site, but the hard fact is I won't.

So I'm announcing that delphidabbler.com will get few if any more updates and will close in one year. I've just renewed the web space for another year ... it will expire on 15 June 2020 and after that the site will be gone.

I will try - no promises - to do one final release of CodeSnip that removes it's dependency on the web server.

I will be retaining ownership of delphidabbler.com for at least a while longer because I'm dependent on it for email. The plan is to point it at my GitHub account and to move more stuff there. If anyone would like to take over the site content, please get in touch.

What am I doing instead? I'm concentrating on my guitar playing and learning to play acoustic blues under the pseudonym Alo Phogg. If anyone's interested check out my YouTube and Facebook accounts.

I'm sorry that I've neglected the site after investing so much time in it since 2002. It was the escalating costs of updating Delphi that discouraged me in the first place. But when my love of guitar playing resurfaced that sealed it. Anyway, it's not gone yet. I'll keep you posted thru this blog. And thanks for the support over the years.

Cheers

19/10/2018

DelphiDabbler Google+ Page Has Gone

I've just deleted my DelphiDabbler and CodeSnip Google+ pages in advance of the pending closure of G+

28/03/2018

DelphiDabbler Delphi Tips Database Deprecated

What a long time between posts!

Not a lot (i.e. nothing!) has happened on DelphiDabbler.com for well over a year now. Among other things that means that the Delphi Tips database hasn't been updated - and it won't be in future. So I've decided to deprecate it with the view of removing it from the site.

To avoid losing all the data forever, I've 'printed' each tip to it's own PDF file and placed them in a Git repository on GitHub - see https://github.com/delphidabbler/delphi-tips. In addition to the tips from the site I've also added a couple of extra documents that contain numerous other tips. One has loads of tips from the former Delphi Pool website and the other contains tips published in the past by Topellina.

If anyone wants to take over the database just fork the repo. If you want the original HTML include files and associated SQL database just open an issue on the GitHub repo and ask. Or leave a comment below.

The great majority of the tips have not been tested by me and they're all pretty old. Use at your own risk!

22/09/2016

PasHi Pascal Highlighter v2.0.0 Released (At Last!)

After a mere five and a half years in beta, I've finally got round to finishing off and releasing v2.0 of my PasHi Pascal Syntax Highlighter.

This is a command line program that highlights Pascal source code and outputs CSS styled HTML code. I use it to highlight source code for my website.

Version 2 is a massive update from version 1 - there are loads of new commands. This would turn into a very long post if I was to list everything the program does - there's a comprehensive user guide for anyone interested. For a list of changes from the last v1 release see the change log.

There's a GUI front end that can control PasHi to save typing in lots of commands. That too is now out of beta. Here's a pic of the program after it's used PasHi to highlight some code using an emulation of Delphi's twilight style:

PasHi lives on GitHub. You can grab the program and its source code from the GitHub release page.

19/09/2016

BDiff / BPatch Utilities v0.2.8 Released

Version 0.2.8 of the BDiff / BPatch Utilities has just been released.

This version is mainly a recompilation with Delphi XE to enable support for Unicode file names and Unicode internal string processing.

Zip files containing the executable files and source code are available from GitHub.

You can also fork the project on GitHub if you wish.

12/09/2016

System Information Unit v5.3.0 Released

Release v5.3.0 of the System Information Unit from the DelphiDabbler Code Library has been released.

This release adds support for detecting Windows 10 "Version 1607", i.e. the Anniversary Update. It can also now detect Windows 2016 Server tech previews 1 to 5.

Some other tweaks have been made: for a full list see the change log.