The end of the year is fast approaching. Since we only meet every other month, this is the last meeting this year. I had asked CodeGear to come out and show us Delphi 2009 and talk about new developments, but that doesn't seem to be an option for us right now.
Several months back, we had a meeting on XML and I promised a "Part II" that would go into web services. That will finally be fulfilled at our next regular semi-monthly meeting.
This month, the trials and tribulations of creating and running DLLs in Delphi will be discussed. We will talk about whether or not you really need DLLs, how to handle versioning, and interface design.
We don't have a formal presentation planned, but will discuss whatever topics arise from the group. Delphi on a laptop will be available to write sample programs wherever the night's discussion takes us.
This month we'll explore some custom-written non-visual components that have been useful in several projects, encapsulating common functionality for ease of use and consistency. This isn't a new topic, but is a great starting point to discuss unit testing. Unit testing is not a new topic either, but one that more people should look at.
Studying these two topics together could branch in various directions, depending on questions and preferences from the audience. We may even continue the discussion at our March meeting if need be or dive into more detailed areas of study.