BDNradio: The Delphi Hour #3 with Nick Hodges

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Listen to the replay and read the chat log of the live broadcast of Delphi Hour #3 with Nick Hodges

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This is a log of the chat room during the live audio chat from July 26, 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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davidi: Hello Everyone - Happy Wednesday!

davidi: Nick - how's the Highlander project going?

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aohlsson: 36C? That's nothing... We had 40C here on Sat... King City, CA was almost 50C (118F)

davidi: davidi: "David I - what's new with the "spin-off"?" -,1217,a=184230,00.asp article - Tod Nielsen says it is a matter of weeks.

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davidi: abauer: "is Jacob on Skype or the speakerphone?" - Jacob is on Skype

davidi: zote: "Can I use skype to listen?" - Sorry, we are point to point on Skype. You'll have to listen to the stream

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davidi: davidi: "Jacob - can you tell us about your experience integrating into the BDS 2006 IDE" - Jacob talks about his early attempts using the Tools API, learning more about how the Delphi IDE worked, and how this led to his IDE plug-in building.

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davidi: bmcgee: "Will there be a "Delphi Hour" discount for Castalia?" -
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davidi: bmcgee: "where can we find the most up to date OTAPI reference?" - C:\Borland\BDS\4.0\source\ToolsAPI

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davidi: MrPMorris: "I remember when you were first writing Castalia (code name "Jacob's Ladder"), I never thought it would amount to anything. So do you have any other Delphi projects in the pipe-line to prove me wrong with? :-)" - No. Everything for enhancing the Delphi IDE is focused into Castalia. Anything new and innovative will be done in Castalia.

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davidi: davidi: "Nick - how is the Highlander project progressing?" - Nick answers - still in the development, features still being added and implemented. Use Quality Central to put in feature requests and bug reports.

davidi: LizKimber: "are there any intentions to have more borland publication books on delphi and bds and its related subjects, one of the great things used to be the documentaiton, this seems somewhat empty now" - Nick answers - Doc team is working hard to improve the documentation in the help. There is a lot of info there, we are working to fix some problems getting to all the help.

davidi: PeterNort: "VCL question: When can I expect GDI+ usage within VCL framework?" - Nick answers - Nick will check into GDI+ usage in the VCL framework

davidi: JohnW: "My browser barfed early on. Is Turbo Pascal for the Mac going to be in museum?" - David I answers - I have the floppy discs, I will figure out a way to get the discs copied.

davidi: iman: "any cool new otapi features that knock your socks off?" - Nick answers - the team is working on OTAPI things. Stay tuned.

davidi: Satya: "Can we expect a preview version of Highlander during the DevCon 2006?" - Nick answers - you'll have to come to DevCon USA 2006 to find out. If you're not there, you won't get a disc

davidi: lbg: "At some point Danny Thorpe logged about "take advantage of multi-core/multi-cpu systems" some news ?" - Nick answers - being looked at by the compiler team

davidi: BradWhite: "Can I have a smart scroll bar like in Word?" - Nick answers - more details? which version of Word?

davidi: skamradt: "Last week, Allen hinted that he might be able to produce some basic instructions on getting BDS 2006 to compile against the .Net 2.0 framework. Any update?" - Nick to get info on BDN

davidi: LizKimber: "Any chance of revisiting the option of delphi for linux when devco go live?" -

davidi: aikimark: "What is the preferred solution to develop Delphi applications for Mac OSX?" - Run a Windows virtual machine and run Delphi apps in it, or use BootCamp to boot Windows on the newer Macs and run your apps.

davidi: aolson: "There are a lot of win32 Delphi programmers out there have haven't (as of yet) got their feet wet in .NET. For us win32 people, there hasn't been a lot of 'new features' in recent Delphi versions. Are there any new and exciting features in Win32/VCL on the horizon?" - Nick answers - the team is working on improvements and additions to VCL for Win32, .NET and beyond

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davidi: LizKimber: "in the new version of delphi (eg highlander) do you have any intention to add some updated vcl to look more like vista/office 200x" - Nick answers - yes we are looking at Vista and Office (new) things for the UI

aohlsson: abauer: "There *have* been new Win32 features! Operator overloading, methods on records, VCL enhancements, etc.." - Thanks Allen!

davidi: swierzbic: "VCL question: will you support the latest ms richedit v5 ?" - Nick takes a note to check this out.

davidi: aikimark: "what about MONO?" - We are helping the Mono project people. But it is not a top priority for us. As long as they keep up their FCL work, we will keep in touch with them.

aohlsson: BradWhite: "Let's hear from Ray Konopka" - We'll work on getting Ray!

Published on: 8/2/2006 7:01:01 PM

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