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Quality Assurance is the elusive goal of every product manager--and the bane of every programmer. OK, I don't know that for sure, but producing bug-free applications can drive a programmer crazy if he has to work with loose guidelines or tight time-constraints. But aren't those both par for the course?
We don't have a formal presentation this month, but instead will discuss a few topics that may include the following (based on audience preference):
- Utilities written in Delphi
- How to call a web service
- CodeGear's RAD Studio 2007
What is Blackfish SQL?
Starting with Delphi 2006, the base product has a VERY cool feature previously only available in 3rd-party add-on products such as Code Rush and Castalia. The feature is Live Templates and allows the user to write macros with customized paramters. It is a great productivity enhancement and is much more powerful than many people realize.
With Live Templates you can:
- fix typos automatically;
- insert large code snippets with a couple of keystrokes;
- remind yourself of obtuse parameter options;
- greatly speed up coding.
Did anyone "attend" the virtual CodeGear conference last week, CodeRage? There were some good sessions, although I didn't have time to listen in on all I wanted to. If you missed any of them, they're all available at the CodeRage web site.
There is no planned presentation tonight. However, if you want to influence this year's schedule, discuss programming concepts, debate politics, or hear some home remodeling stories, meet me at the Lorenzen Center Monday night. I'll be there around 5:30 PM.
Less than half of our meetings this year have covered Delphi (1 month on FinalBuilder, 1 month skipped, 1 month on Java, and 3 months on PHP), so I decided it would behoove us to finish out the year with an actual Delphi presentation. While trying to figure out what would be a good topic and who I might be able to get up on the platform, I happened across an interesting blog.
Due to the high interest in Content Management Systems (CMSs) and PHP scripting, we'll spend this month's meeting discussing them. There won't be a formal presentation, but there will be a laptop with a working copy of WAMP (Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP) and at least Drupal and Joomla! loaded.
To get you started on a good discussion, here are some web sites for
reference you can browse beforehand:
- Read independent evaluations: CMS Watch
In our continuing exploration on other programming langages and platforms, we cannot ignore Java. By using the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), the programmer can write once and run (almost) everywhere--at least more places than .NET can currently boast. Developers can write GUI client apps, enhance web pages, and build back-end server systems. Perhaps one of the more appealing aspects for Delphi Developers is the fact that Java is stronly typed and fully object-oriented.
This month, the topic will continue our exploration of PHP. Last month was an introduction, this month we'll get more advanced. The topic will largely be directed by the audience, but will try to at least touch on the following topics:
- Setting up PHP, Apache, MySQL on Windows (WAMP)
- Configuration of PHP.INI (Development vs Production)
- How to control your web application with .htaccess
- Security issues