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67 Resource Links (interesting resource pages and websites).

These Resource Links are organized by our community groups then by our knowledge base sub-topics.

Note: A resource link is a recommended website, area of a website, or a specific page. In general, these links lead to information. Post links to products, a product page, download file, or a download library of files to our File Library (do not post here).

Group: Linux Users

Topic: Linux Operating Systems

Distribution: Fedora -

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.

The Fedora Project is out front for you, leading the advancement of free, open software and content.

Topic: Linux Utilities

Pen Drive Linux! -

Carry a portable Linux version with you on a USB flash pen drive. Bring your portable desktop with you wherever you go.

USB Linux installation enables you to install a portable Linux operating system on a flash drive or USB key no larger than your thumb. This portable Linux version can then be run from any computer that can boot from a flash device, allowing you to bring your operating system, desktop, applications, files, e-mail, personal settings, favorites and more with you. It’s like having your own personal operating system you can carry in your pocket.

Group: C++

Topic: C++Builder Specific

C++Builder Roadmap -

Official Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap from Codegear.

Video & Audio: CDN C++Builder TV -

Lots here! {#yikes} C++Builder TV is part of CodeGear's developer network. Contains both audios and videos.

Group: Pascal and Delphi Coding

Topic: Delphi for Win32

CodeGear Blogs -

Here you will find blogs from David I, Nick Hodges (Delphi Product Manager), and many other notable Delphi enthusiasts.

Delphi for Win32 Home Page -
CodeGear's Delphi® 2007 for Win32® home page. The RAD visual development environment for WindowsDelphi® 2007 for Win32® The RAD visual development environment for Windows

Delphi for Win32 Roadmap -

Official Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap from Codegear.

Dr. Bob 42 -
A popular, and charming, website containing the latest news, press releases, articles, book reviews, tools, third-party tool reviews, and news on conferences & training using Delphi for Win32, Delphi for .NET, Delphi for PHP, Kylix (Delphi for Linux), C++Builder (Delphi for C++) & C#Builder as well as ASP.NET, XML, SOAP and Web Services.

Embarcadero Technologies -
The new home for Delphi and the other CodeGear apps. Delphi Articles - is run by Lance Leonard and contains a wealth of information. I remember Lance from back when I worked at Borland in the mid-90s. His website covers Paradox, Delphi, and other technologies.

Topic: Education (Audio/Video)

Video & Audio: CDN Delphi TV -

Lots here! {#geek} Delphi TV is part of CodeGear's developer network. Contains both audios and videos.

Group: C# (Visual C# & VS.Net)

Topic: Language Basics

CSharp Language Specification (C#) -

By Scott Wiltamuth and Anders Hejlsberg

This document describes the syntax, semantics, and design of the C# programming language.

Topic: WebForms Coding Tasks

The Official Microsoft ASP.Net Site -

Microsoft portal site for the ASP.NET development community.

Group: Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding

Topic: Paradox & ObjectPAL

Corel News Groups -

Corel products including newsgroups for the following: Paradox, ObjectPAL, Paradox and the Web, and Paradox FAQ. Also check out the following non-Corel newsgroups: comp.databases.Paradox. offers a newsgroup listing page.

Corel WordPerfect X3 Pro Home Page -

Paradox 11 with SP2 applied ships with WordPerfect Office X3 Professional Edition. There are two ways to get the current Paradox, buy the WPO Pro Edition (X2, X3, etc.) or buy a license directly from Corel.

System requirements

Windows® Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business 32 bit and Business 64 bit Edition with latest SP and Critical Updates)*, Windows® XP (Home, Media or Professional Edition with latest SP and Critical Updates), Windows® 2000 (with latest Critical Updates) or Windows® 98 SE (with latest Critical Updates)
128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
466 MHZ (Pentium® III or equivalent processor recommended)
450 MB hard disk space for minimum installation
Super VGA, 16-bit color monitor with 800 x 600 or greater resolution
CD-ROM drive
Mouse or Tablet

*Paradox and the SDK (software development kit), included in the Professional Edition, will be updated for Windows® Vista at a later date.

Crooit Software -
Offers several products and services. Products include Balloon Tooltips, Holiday Calendar, Tree View, Scheduler, Encryption, and several others.

dBforums Corel Paradox forum - offers support for a variety of databases including Corel Paradox.

Diamond Software Group -

Maintained by Steven Green. This link takes you directly to his used Paradox titles where you can buy older versions of Paradox.

RDA World Wide -
Many downloadable ObjectPal examples as well as additional development tools.

Site of Bertil Isberg -

Documents include a Paradox bugslist, list of Paradox versions and Service Pack downloads, Error messages explained and more.This site is in Swedish but there are a couple of documents that are in English. Paradox Articles -

Maintained by Lance Leonard and contains a wealth of information. I remember Lance from back when I worked at Borland in the mid-90s. His website covers Paradox, Delphi, and other technologies. -
This website is many things to many people.  The members of the community use the community for a wide range of purposes.  Some people come here to get technical support, others come here to share ideas.  Some people just like seeing their name in lights. 

Topic: Installation, Setup, & BDE

Borland Database Engine (BDE) Downloads -

The no longer exists. Use the above link instead.

Borland's BDE download page. Another good resource is Borland's BDE Utilities and Updates page.


Topic: Paradox Tables

Sundial Services International Inc. -

Home of ChimneySweep, "the" replacement for Table Repair for those that need to automate the repair of multiple paradox tables. Here at Prestwood Software we have recommended ChimneySweep many times.

Topic: ObjectPAL Coding

ObjectPAL Rules for Beginners -

Maintained by Mark Bannister. A compilation of rules and tips scoured from the Paradox Community.

Topic: Paradox for DOS

Workaround to This System Does Not Support Full Screen Mode in Windows Vista -

Want to run Paradox for DOS in full screen mode? Good summary of this issue with 3 work-arounds. It seems it's better just to get used to looking at Paradox for DOS in a Window. The default font size for DOS apps is pretty small and you get a small Window on most monitors because monitors these days have much higher resolution. Increasing it to 10x18 on my Vista notebook made for a nice Paradox for DOS experience.

Microsoft link addressing this issue...
Some 16-bit DOS-based Programs and the Command Prompt will not run in full-screen mode in Windows Vista

Topic: Paradox for Linux

Paradox for Linux Resource Page -

Our Prestwood Programmer Community page that contains links to varioius Paradox for Linux resources. Part of our Linux Group.

WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux Prestwood Home Page -

WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux

Mike Prestwood Chapter Contributions

ISBN: 0-07-212238-2
Mike Prestwood contributed four chapters to this book and although his contribution was 15% of the book, he did not receive author credit. Mike is briefly acknowledged in the Acknowledgments on page XXI as writing "most" of the Paradox material (he actually wrote all of the Paradox material).

Forward by Michael Cowpland

I think it is interesting to read the words Dr. Cowpland wrote back in 1999 and his excitement about supporting Linux. Too bad the financial bubble burst and he couldn't follow though.

Forward from book...

With the availability of WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux, there now exists a powerful suite of desktop applications designed specifically for Linux users. The outstanding combination of programs in the WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux suite puts Corel out in the front as a leader of Linux technology on the desktop and brings us closer to the use of Linux in the mainstream.
    WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux is a comprehensive office productivity suite for Linux users who are seeking a powerful and compatible solution at an exceptional value. In bringing WordPerfect to the Linux platform, Corel provides a powerful and easy-to-use word processor that's familiar to millions and adds in the full-featured power of Quattro Pro, Corel Presentations, Paradox, and CorelCENTRAL. Together these applications bring familiar tools and integrated power to end users around the world!
    Osborne/McGraw-Hill and Corel Corporation work closely together to publish books on Corel products so we can provide readers with timely, insightful, and helpful guides to help users get the most out of Corel's products. The Official Guides to Corel software represents a giant step in Corel's ability to disseminate information to our users with the help pf Osborne/McGraw-Hill and the creation of the CorelPRESS series of books. Congratulations to the team at Osborne who have created this excellent book, and congratulations to the team at Corel who supported the creation of this book!
Michael C.J. Cowpland
President and CEO
Corel Corporation

Group: Visual FoxPro

Topic: Visual FoxPro (VFP)

The History of FoxPro -
Great resource! The history of FoxPro including FoxPro and Visual FoxPro. Also includes predictions about the future.

Group: ASP Classic Coding

Topic: ASP Classic

4 Guys from Rolla -

Very popular ASP Classic and now ASP.Net website.

VBScript Language Reference on -
The best resource for quickly looking up ASP Classic commands. Even better than having a reference book.

Group: Website Design & Hosting

Topic: Graphics

Benefits of the PNG Image Format -

You should be aware of the benefits of using PNG images. This short article is a great overview. Here at Prestwood we use and recommend using PNGs, GIFs, and JPGS.

The time of avoiding the PNG format because of compatiblity with older browsers is now over.

Topic: Website Design

Common Browser Info by -

Provides browser statistics including most common browsers, operating systems, display resolutions, etc. Information includes a brief historical overview of each and contains current information on browsers. This is a great resource for determining what browsers to design for, test on, as well as determining what resolutions, color depths, etc.

Group: Java

Topic: Eclipse for Java

Eclipse And Java: Free Video Tutorials -

Free video tutorials by Mark Dexter.

Topic: JBuilder

Video & Audio: CDN JBuilder TV -

Lots here! {#eek} JBuilder TV is part of CodeGear's developer network. Contains both audios and videos.

Group: PHP & Delphi for PHP

Topic: Education (Audio/Video)

Audio: David I on GeekSpeak -

Hear David I discuss software development on a nationally syndicated radio show. I posted this to the PHP group because he focused a bit on Delphi for PHP and PHP in general.

Video: Delphi for PHP 2 Overview -

Overview and introduction by Nick Hodges (Delphi for PHP product manager).

Video: What's New in Delphi for PHP 2 -

What's new with Delphi for PHP 2.0 by Nick Hodges (Delphi for PHP product manager).

Topic: PHP

UBB Threads -

Great message board software (PHP to MySQL). We used the UBB perl version from 2000 through 2005 on


Unlimited Forums
Integrated Portal
Integrated Photo Gallery (UBB.Gallery)
Database Backend
Fully Templated
RSS Syndication of content
Unlimited Subforums
many more!
* CAPTCHA requires GD2 with FreeType to be available to PHP, or ImageMagick 6.

Group: Coding & OO

Topic: General .Net Concepts

Sacramento Visual Studio.Net Usergroup -

Sacramento Visual Studio Users Group

Sacramento Visual Studio.Net Usergroup

The Sacramento Visual Studio Users group is no charge resource for Visual Studio developers in the greater Sacramento area. No longer active. Go to instead.

Group: DBA, Databases, & Data

Topic: DBA & Data -

Like our community, they cover many databases and languages. The focus of this website is on databases - both desktop and server.

Topic: Desktop Databases

Microsoft Certifications -

This page is a reference of the various Microsoft Certifications available to developers.

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in the various Microsoft technologies with which they work.
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer - The Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) credentials distinguish you as an expert Windows Application Developer, Web Application Developer, or Enterprise Applications Developer.  These credentials demonstrate that you can build rich applications that target a variety of platforms using .NET Framework 2.0.
  • Microsoft Certified Architect Program - Microsoft Certified Architect Program targets practicing solutions architects and infrastructure architects who successfully apply frameworks and methodologies to create an architecture through the entire IT lifecycle.
  • Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant - The Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant (MCLC) credential recognizes MCTs whose job roles have grown to include frequent consultative engagements with customers. These MCTs are experts in designing and delivering customized learning solutions.
  • Microsoft Certified Database Administrators - Microsoft Certified Database Administrators (MCDBA) design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server Databases.
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer - Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) are qualified instructors certified by Microsoft to deliver Microsoft training coursesto IT professionals and developers.
  • Microsoft Certified Application Developers - Microsoft Certified Application Developers (MCAD) use Microsoft technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services.
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developers - Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSD) design and develop leading-edge business solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, platforms, and the Windows architecture.

Windows Virtualization -
List of resources provided by Microsoft about Windows Virtualization which was introduced with Vista.

Topic: Education (Audio/Video)

Video: MySQL On Demand Web Seminars -

Lots here! {#biggrin} MySQL has made available on-demand web seminars. They are recorded replays of our their live more popular web seminars and cover a wide range of topics. You will have to register but well worth it if you use MySQL.

Topic: Interbase

The Database Group -

Maintained by Bill Todd. The Database Group specialized in Delphi & Interbase. In the past, Bill Todd was a Paradox guru and has authored many articles on Paradox, Delphi, and Interbase and co-authored several books. He was a consistent presenter at the various BorCons and a frequent contributer to the Paradox Informant and Delphi Informant.

Although Bill speciales in several areas, I posted this link to the Interbase topic because my belief is that Bill specializes in Interbase a bit more than the other areas.

Topic: Interbase Education (Audio/Video)

Video & Audio: CDN Interbase TV -

Lots here! {#coffee} Interbase TV is part of CodeGear's developer network. Contains both audios and videos.

Group: Windows Users

Topic: Windows Users

Primo PDF -

Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF printer - it couldn't be easier! Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDFs by converting from Word, Excel, and virtually any other printable file type.

  • Completely FREE PDF Converter - not just a trial version.
  • Print to PDF from virtually any Windows application.
  • Create PDF output optmized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress.
  • No annoying pop-up ads, no registration requirement - no catch!
  • High-quality, easy to use PDF creator for all users.
  • New! Ability to merge PDF files upon conversion.
  • New! Now supports Windows Vista.

This is the PDF creating tool we use here at Prestwood software!

Group: Computer Tech

Topic: Admin Server Tools

Open Relay/Blacklist Tests -

Enter IP address to test your SMTP server for open relay. If you have an open relay, your SMTP server will be black listed. You can ping your domain to retrieve the IP.


  • - Super Tool. Another great email test site.
  • - Blacklist test. Test if you your SMTP server is on any of the major blacklists.

Topic: Removable Storage Technology

ISO Recorder -

Software that allows you to burn a .ISO image to CD on Windows XP or Vista and to DVD on Vista. Free and very easy to use (right click on image and select Copy Image to CD.

Virtual CloneDrive (Mount ISO Image File) -

There are several programs that allow you to mount an ISO image file and this free one seems to work well on Windows XP and Vista. CloneDrive also supports other common image formats such as BIN, CCD, etc.

Group: Technical Writing

Topic: Publishing Self Publishing -

Self-publishing website. Publish your own books at a reasonable price. Free to publish and no setup fees.

Group: Analysis & UML

Topic: Analysis & UML

Official UML Home Page -

The Object Modeling Group (OMG) controls the UML specification. The Unified Modeling Language - UML - is OMG's most-used specification, and a very popular way to model not only application structure, behavior, and architecture, but also business process and data structure.

Topic: Unified Modeling Language (UML) UML Home Page -

UML is a modeling language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of a system-intensive process. This guide introduces you to the 9 standard diagrams in the UML 1.4 specification. These diagrams can be divided into two groups: Structural diagrams, which model the organization of the solution, and Behavioral diagrams, which model the functionality of the solution.

UML Resource Page -

Semi-official home page for UML. Includes the UML specification.

Have you download the UML 2.0 specification yet? If not, why?

Group: American I.T. Workforce

Topic: American I.T. workforce

Hire Americans First -
Members of Hire Americans First allege that employment-based visas, under current statutes, constitute undue and unreasonable government interference in their liberty and right to practice in their professions. This irreparably harms both seasoned professionals and new U.S. graduates who have heavily invested in their educations and are trying to break into the field.

Programmers Guild on Lou Dobbs / CNN - August 26, 2005 -

Lou Dobbs exposed how the U.S. Department of Labor is reserving over 50,000 U.S. jobs for foreign workers. Kim Berry of the Programmers Guild spoke on behalf of U.S. computer of U.S. computer programmers.

Group: Microsoft Access

Topic: General, Presales, & Installation

Access Team Blog -

Keep abreast of what's taking place in the world of Microsoft Office Access directly from the members of the Access Team.

Microsoft Access Home Page -

Microsoft's official Access home page.

Microsoft Access Newsgroups -

Microsoft's official Access newsgroup.

Group: Website Owners

Topic: Standard Website Content Pages

Example Proper Online Netiquette Page -

This is our proper netiquette page. You are welcome to use it for your website. You can link to it or copy the content over to your website. If you copy it, you will most likely want to update it a bit as it's pretty specific to our website.

Example Rules & Disclaimers Page -

This is our community rules and disclaimers page. You are welcome to use it for your website. You will most likely want to update it a bit as it's pretty specific to our website.

Example Security & Privacy Policy -

This is our security and privacy policy. You are welcome to use it for your website. You will most likely want to update it a bit as it's pretty specific to our website.

Group: Delphi Prism

Topic: Delphi Prism

Delphi Prism vs. CSharp -

The obvious differences between Delphi Prism and C# are additional features in the Delphi Feature Pack (Blackfish SQL etc.) and the Object Pascal based syntax, which are very attractive for developers skilled in Delphi for Win32, for example. However, the compiler adds a wide range of extemely useful enhancements as well.

Topic: Language Basics

Delphi Prism Syntax compared with Win32 Delphi -

This page provides a summary of Delphi Prism syntax differences for customers familiar with Win32 Delphi.

The Delphi Prism WIKI -

This wiki is provided as a central live source of information about Delphi Prism and will be updated in an ongoing process.

Win32 Delphi vs. Delphi Prism -

This page provides an overview of basic language incompatibilities between the Delphi for Win32 and Delphi Prism languages. The focus here is to list language features of Delphi that do not exist in the same form or syntax for Delphi Prism, making it easy for Delphi developers to find the appropriate equivalent syntax or otherwise work around the difference. The goal is not to list new features present in Delphi Prism that do not exist in Delphi, as this would exceed the scope of this page.

Topic: Language Details

The Delphi Prism Primer -

Comprehensive introduction by Christian Stelzmann.

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