Having fun with FireMonkey 2 multimedia components

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The other day I started to play with the multimedia components included on FireMonkey. I went to the web and found a couple of demos from Embarcadero. Took my time to look at the demos and followed the steps to build the demo. Cool! It worked fine! No surprises there I suppose.

However, I got to think, can I do more? What if I hack together on a form two media players – can I have two media players on form? Can I play two media players at once? Continue reading “Having fun with FireMonkey 2 multimedia components”

FastMM – Preparing your apps to report memory leaks

One of the most challenging parts of inheriting a legacy project is to fix the memory leaks that most often are hiding in the code. A while ago, while dealing with an application that managed to eat all the available memory within a few hours I found FastMM. And it sure was a great find. Continue reading “FastMM – Preparing your apps to report memory leaks”

Delphi Services and Localization Issue

About five months ago I was called in to look into an localization issue affecting one of our software products. The software in case is a Windows Service written in Delphi. This service is used to collect live data from a series of networked devices and store such data into a RDBMS. As usual my colleagues were very quick to blame the issue on Delphi. Continue reading “Delphi Services and Localization Issue”

My Event logger – a poor man’s debugger

I have been working around multi threaded services for quite a while now. And as you may know, multi threading services are very hard to debug. When debugging multi threaded applications one must collect run-time information without disturbing the threads and introducing delays that would ultimately cripple the service or render the debug effort meaningless. Clearly, I needed to have the program send real-time messages. Continue reading “My Event logger – a poor man’s debugger”