September - Delphi Debates

People develop strong opinions about things they do or believe and sometimes have a difficult time seeing another point of view. This certainly exists for politics and religion but is also strong in the technology sector. Whether you use Mac or Windows, Android or iPhone, C++ or Delphi, it's not hard to find heated discussions about what is the best or "right" choice. We'll tackle some of these issues in search of increased wisdom.

Add Full Text Search to Your Delphi Web Apps using Rubicon and REST

Rubicon allows Delphi and C++Builder developers to add full-text search capabilities to their database applications, enabling both simple wild-card queries and complex search expressions with blazingly fast search results. This month, Ann Lynnworth of HREF tools will present to us on how to use Rubicon in a REST-enabled DataSnap web server written in Delphi and using the PostgreSQL database from the Amazon cloud!

June - Skia4Delphi

Embarcadero has a contest going on right now for creating the most beautiful GUI with Skia for Delphi. Skia is a 2D graphics engine, sponsored by Google, that provides a common API across various hardware and software platforms, including all the major web browsers.

A couple of smart guys in Brazil have created an open source library called, Skia4Delphi to make this API work in both VCL and Firemonkey applications. We'll run their sample programs and perhaps even show some of our own creations at the June meeting.

May - Logging: Local and Remote

What kind of logging do you implement in your Delphi apps? Do you simply write out a few lines to a .LOG file? Or do you use a library that has detailed and highly structured logging for every action your users take?

What about remote usage reporting? If you distribute a desktop app, how do you know how many people use it and how often?

There's no one true way for everyone or every application. Join us tonight to share what works for you and hear ideas from others.

April Meeting

We're meeting in person this month--and at a new location!

No specific topic planned but we will, as usual, catch up with what we're doing with Delphi and technology in general, share pizza and laughs, and evaluate the new location.

January Meeting - Metadata Extraction

Our main topic for the first meeting of 2022 will be shared by Homer Jones:

If you've ever right clicked a file in Windows Explorer and selected Properties, you may have noticed the Detail tab. Those details list the file's metadata. Depending on the type of file, that metadata can have interesting information about the data in the file (the definition of metadata). Homer will show how to extract that metadata without displaying the actual contents of the file. For example, a PDF document might contain the name of the author, or the company, or other key words. A photograph might contain the same information plus the brand and model of the camera and lens that took the photo. Metadata schema has changed over the years; Homer will show three ways to extract.