BDNradio: Delphi Hour #8 with Nick Hodges

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Listen to the replay and read the chat log of the live broadcast of Delphi Hour #8 with Nick Hodges

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This is a log of the chat room during the live audio chat from August 30, 2006 on the Delphi Hour with Nick Hodges, Delphi Product Manager.

Note: This log is only the chat room transcript. There is much additional information covered in the audio replay that is not available in this chat log. For all upcoming live chats, see EventCentral.

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jkaster: Castalia
jkaster: CodeHealer
jkaster: Beyond Compare Differ
jkaster: BuilderBooster™
jkaster: Free 3rd party tools
jkaster: for any BDS 2006 registered users

jkaster: outchy: "are these 3rd party tools fully functional or just demo?" - nick: they are fully functional. They are not a demo or time limited. They don't have all features of the full version.

jkaster: workin: "does this castalia have block highlighting?" - nick: yes, I believe it does if I understand the question.

jkaster: aikimark: "if a Delphi developer is maintaining a Win32/.Net codebase, would they be better off with two Turbo versions or one BDS2006 version?" - nick: That's up to the individual developer, but I would lean toward BDS. You can have one project group with both personalities. Plus, two copies of Turbo Pro would cost you more. Anders: You also can only have one version installed per machine.

jkaster: workin: "any recent DTG hires?" - nick: yeah, we've been hiring people.

jkaster: Bear: "How do you do the Delphi Beta Test in the future? Will it be public?" - nick: that's a tough question (editorializing continued)

jkaster: workin: "is the delphi nontech newsgroup a terrorist organization?" - nick: no, non-tech has just been a little lively

jkaster: aikimark: "Does that mean NO MO DevCO?" - nick: DevCo Oil in Santa Cruz is still in business

jkaster: cleggy: "Can these free Third Party tools be downloaded by Turbo owners?" - nick: no, this is a BDS incentive

jkaster: aikimark: "what about a new company name contest winner?" - nick: we got a lot of suggestions. but I don't think there was ever going to be a winner announced.
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jkaster: Michael's initial announcement for naming suggestions

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jkaster: Camtasias #13 and #14
jkaster: #13 - Procedure and Functions - ZIP -- covers the basics of functions and procedures
jkaster: #14 - Units - ZIP - covers the structure of a unit and how to use units in an application

jkaster: Bear: "In fact I meet several bugs that I think it SHOULD be found and fixed in Beta Test" - nick: You're absolutely right. I'm sure you have.

jkaster: Rwinston: "Any news on hotfix 7?" - nick: it should be out very soon.

aohlsson: aikimark: "you said it was a contest" - We're contesting that statement... ;)

jkaster: workin: "Nick please describe your office.. cubicle? jacuzzi suite?" - nick: I'm up on the third floor, with a window. My office faces the swimming pool.

jkaster: Blackbird: "Nick, are you sure you're from MN? You sound almost EXACTLY like a friend of mine who is from Illinois." - nick: I am sure I'm from MN

jkaster: cleggy: "When are the first ECO demos rearing their heads" - nick: it will be a while. I'm not ECO demo ready.

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aohlsson: Borland Campus pictures

jkaster: Bear: "How about poAutoRefresh? It is not implemented for several years but the Help still describe its function! Why do you allow this happen? Please" - nick: please put a QC report in and email me the number

jkaster: Rwinston: "Do you keep the source code for BDS backed up somewhere safe from earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.?" - nick: yes, we absolutely do

jkaster: aikimark: "do you have a tape drive at the offsite?" - john: yes, of course

jkaster: workin: "request: malcolm groves for a delphi hour (ECO)" - nick: we can get him back on the show

jkaster: outchy: "what happened to the newsgroups and web servers during the last week-end?" - john: still waiting for details

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jkaster: poAutoRefresh QC report

kaster: JNagle: "Is there any hope for an offical update 4 (5 counting unoffical) for BDS 2005?" - nick: That's when I wish Michael was here to properly phrase this. It's very unlikely.

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jkaster: Welcome to the new BDN

jkaster: Get published (digital signatures)
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jkaster: Membership services
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aohlsson: aikimark: "what are typical rates?" - Typical rates - $200 for original content, $50 for translations

aohlsson: outchy: "Is there any encouragements for translating existing articles?" - Yes, money. As above - $50.

jkaster: New QC features
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jkaster: Setting your preferred language on the developer network
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jkaster: DSiders: "Any information about Help Wikis?" - still under development

jkaster: Bear: "Delphi 2006 ClientDataSet can not support MSSQL nText Field well with unicode." - nick: please email me. nick dot hodges at borland dot com

jkaster: outchy: "it would be great if turbo explorer webpages could be translated too, these products may target hobbyists who will find a website in their mother tongue more familiar." - john: that's already being done

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jkaster: TurboMan Beta Demo game
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jkaster: David Lock's TurboMan

jkaster: Rwinston: "Who is TurboMan fighting? It's hard to tell." - nick: I don't know. john: We'll need to find out

jkaster: cleggy: "oops. Wasn't there an ECO preview of this doc wiki?" - john: yes, but it wasn't ready yet

jkaster: Rwinston: "Any comment on why QC 7539 was closed?" - nick: I'll look at it

jkaster: Default feed URL
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jkaster: Atom format
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jkaster: List of feeds as OPML
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jkaster: RSS format
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jkaster: Hughey: "Any teaser for next week?" - yes, tune in at noon!

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