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Prestwood IT Newsletter Jun 2015 Issue - Delphi Edition


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  June 2015 - Delphi Edition (763 of 4,823 subscribers receive this group's content.) Year 17 Issue 6  
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Help Wanted! topic:
Contribute To The Prestwood Community
by Mike Prestwood
We are always looking for talented developers to participate in our message boards, post articles, etc.

Lighter Side topic:
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by Mike Prestwood
Apparently if the first and last letters are correct, the rest don't matter.

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Tool Basics topic (classic post):
Record Keystrokes
by Daniel Kram

You can record a series of keystrokes to be played back for quick changes in code. Use Ctrl+Shift + R to begin recording, Ctrl+Shift+R again to stop the recording, then Ctrl+Shift+P to play recording.

Delphi for Win32 topic (classic post):
The Case for Delphi (On the Desktop)
by Wes Peterson

In 1995 Borland revolutionized the world of software development when they introduced Delphi.

It had the distinction of being the first integrated development environment (IDE) featuring a fully object-oriented language and a blazing-fast compiler that produced highly optimized, native Intel machine code. Programs written in Delphi were among the fastest in existence – and still are.

After all these years, is Delphi still relevant?

You bet it is! (And, in many cases, it is still your best bet.)

Here's why...

 Monthly Delphi Lesson
OOP Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Delphi allows you to extend an existing class without using inheritance. Buggy in 2005 and not officially supported but stable and usable in 2006 and above. You declare a class helper similiar to how you declare a class but use the keywords class helper for.

  • You can name a helper anything.
  • Helpers have access only to public members of the class.
  • You cannot create an object instance directly from a class helper.
  • self refers to the class being helped.
TCyborg = class(TObject)
  FCyborgName: String;
TCyborgHelper = class helper for 
  procedure ShowClassName;
Delphi for Win32 Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: CodeGear Blogs

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

OOP Topic:
FAQ of the Month: Sealed Classes

What is a sealed class?


A class which prevents another class from inheriting from it and/or prevents another class from overriding a member. The concept of making sure a class is the last class in a descendant class tree.

Examples - /ASPSuite/KB/CrossRef.asp?LangID=&ToLangID=&CatID=10&SyntaxID=4

Language Details Topic:
Tip of the Month

Although Object Pascal doesn't have a native associative array, many developers just use a TStringList. Others have implemented a true associative array in Object Pascal. Search the Internet for TStringHash and THashedStringList classes for examples.

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