Saturday, April 3, 2021

Curated List of Delphi Books

I don't know who needs to hear this, but there are lots of modern, up to date books published about Delphi and Pascal with more being written all the time.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

FireMonkey 3D - Sun, Earth and Moon

Following up on an earlier post, Simple FireMonkey 3D, I'm going to make a simplified model of the solar system to explore multiple 3D objects interacting with each other in a scene. I'll also play around a little with light sources.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Firemonkey Particles

We see images with connected points used a lot in diagrams, illustrations, advertising and just cool abstract art. They visually represent networks of related things and ideas or connectivity. The web, for example. It's effective and visually appealing and when the effect is animated, it's mesmerising. And popular. There are any number of animated backgrounds and JavaScript libraries to add moving particles to web pages, including the very appropriately named particles.js.

I'm going to make a Delphi version using FireMonkey.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Quick and Dirty FireMonkey Donut Gauge

Someone was asking where they could find gauge style chart components for FireMonkey like the ones you might see on a dashboard. They even helpfully posted some pictures.

At least one of these looks like it would be easy to reproduce without any third party components.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Simple FireMonkey 3D

Creating 3D software is undeniably cool, but it might be intimidating, what with all of the math and unfamiliar concepts. And the math...

Fortunately, FireMonkey does a lot of the heavy lifting for us. You can get started while writing little or no code and still have the option of digging deeper when you need to. It's a familiar concept for Delphi developers.

We'll create a simple FireMonkey 3D application and explore some of the basics.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Learning New Things - C++ for Absolute Beginners

I have a bit of a preoccupation with new Delphi programming books and have blogged about them a bunch of times. The keen-eyed among you will notice that this is not a Delphi book, but you might recognise the author's name, Slobodan Dmitrović, from the Delphi community.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Improve the Delphi Documentation

I know it's sometimes popular to reflexively say that Delphi's help sucks. And it's not like Borland and Embarcadero haven't given us some cause, but the documentation really has gotten much better over the years. Of course, there are still issues; New features that aren't well documented (placeholder pages), help topics that are automatically migrated to a new version, but links aren't updated or are broken, etc.

If you've noticed a mistake or have a pet peeve with the help and you're so inclined, there's something you can do about it.