Monday, 25 August 2008

Beware of Share Alike Software Components

Filed under: Business of Software — Jan Goyvaerts @ 12:11

Beware of software components licensed as CC BY SA. The Share Alike license is viral, similar to the GPL. Think twice before putting yourself in a position where you have to release the full source code to your product.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Using RawByteString Effectively

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 9:31

More details on the new RawByteString type in Delphi 2009.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Delphi 2009 Announcement Clarifications

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 7:11

Delphi and C++Builder 2009 will not ship, but be available for pre-order on August 25th. The prices listed are upgrade prices.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

I Like My Bytes Raw

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 19:14

Introducing the new RawByteString type in Delphi 2009.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Will The Real UTF8String Stand Up?

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 18:52

In Delphi 2009, UTF8String is no longer a mere alias to AnsiString. It is now a real UTF-8 string, that tells the compiler to encode literals as UTF-8 and compile time, and convert assignments from other string variables at runtime.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Get Ready for Delphi 2009 and Unicode

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 18:52

Tips for preparing your applications to migrate to Delphi 2009 and Unicode.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

How to Open Downloaded HTML Help (CHM) Files

Filed under: Software Applications — Jan Goyvaerts @ 11:30

Due to default security settings in Windows XP and Vista, downloaded CHM files will not display correctly until you save them to a local hard disk, and unblock them.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

The Economics of Free Lite Versions

Filed under: Business of Software — Jan Goyvaerts @ 18:52

As promised in my previous post, today I’ll discuss the business reasons for publishing, or not publishing, a free version of a software product. I’m specifically talking about a version with reduced functionality that yours to keep forever at no charge. I’m not talking about a free trial version of the full product, which is […]

Monday, 21 July 2008

Snarky about Snarketing

Filed under: Business of Software — Jan Goyvaerts @ 14:00

EditPad was mentioned in an article about “sneaky marketing”. While some companies go too far in peddling their wares, free stuff is never free without a reason.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

WD MyBook Studio External Hard Disk Exposed

Filed under: Hardware & Gadgets — Jan Goyvaerts @ 19:56

When the 250 GB hard disk in my development system started to get a little cramped, I decided to add a second disk instead of replace the one I have. One disk would hold the operating system and applications, and the second one my data. I’ve already been storing the OS and data in separate […]

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Great Programming Font Updated

Filed under: Programming — Jan Goyvaerts @ 11:31

I just received an email from Damien Guard to let me know he has updated his Envy Code R font. That’s one of my three favorite programming fonts. He reduced the font’s line height. It will now fit about the same number of lines on the screen at a given font size as the other […]

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

U Comment I Follow

Filed under: Blogosphere — Jan Goyvaerts @ 8:30

I just installed a plugin on my blogs to remove the “nofollow” attribute that WordPress adds to all comments. I delete all spam comments anyway. I want to reward people who take the time to write useful comments with properly functioning links.

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