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The best Delphi learning materials from experts all over the globe.

17.05.2022
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

In programming, developers may have different tasks. That’s why skills of working with different technologies are an important advantage. In this article, we will explain the difference between working with databases through ADO technology and the FireDAC library.

05.05.2022
9 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article, we will consider the use of access to low-level TFDDataSet objects, benefits and pitfalls.

26.04.2022
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article, we offer you to take a closer look at the TabOrder property in Delphi, to analyze how it’s supported, how it can be used and to see whether there are any limitations.

05.04.2022
5 minutes reading
Alex A.

Very often, legacy apps that were built in the early 2000s and that have been seriously expanded since then, do not have any particular architecture and should be migrated to newer versions of the versions of Delphi. In this article we will explain what should be done in the first turn: reengineering or migration?

28.03.2022
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article we will explain what pointer variables are, how to describe and how to use them.

21.03.2022
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

There are several ways to check the execution time of operations in Delphi. In this article, you will find all possible ways to do it.

14.03.2022
12 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article, we will analyze a popular multifunctional service – DeepAI. With this service, users can enjoy the capacities of AI via the API. It allows colorizing your old black-and-white photos. It can identify some undesirable items in the photo (like weapons, etc) and provides many other possibilities.

28.02.2022
12 minutes reading
Alex A.

Some developers work in Delphi IDE for years and do not know how the event mechanism that they use every day works. In this article we dive deeper into this issue. It will be useful for creating your own components and also for understanding all pluses and minuses of this approach.

15.02.2022
17 minutes reading
Alex A.

When creating components, you need to take care of their lifecycle. In this article, we’ll use examples of different approaches to component lifecycle management in Delphi. We start with the simplest and move on to the most difficult tasks.

16.01.2022
6 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this step by step guide we show how to post on Facebook with an Embarcadero Delphi Firemonkey (FMX) cross-platform application.

12.01.2022
37 minutes reading
Alex A.

Softacom’s CEO and Embarcadero MVP Serge Pilko is taking an interview with Alister Christie, Delphi developer, Embarcadero MVP, tutor and speaker whose youtube channel is one of the leading places where developers can learn Delphi programming.

18.11.2021
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

This book can drive you through ALL steps of the creation of your cross-platform app using FireMonkey – from the development to the deployment.

31.10.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this post we show how to parse a JSON response from a remote server and then visualize the data received.

20.10.2021
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this post we show how to connect a mobile app built with Firemonkey to a remote server using BlockChain.API server.

19.10.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this interview we talk to Dystlab founder and TechEditor creator Vitaly Artemov.

13.10.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

In the previous article we quickly went through the evolution of HiDPI support in Windows and got to a question: what if an application developer did not implement support for HiDPI, or it even wasn’t a thing, when the app was written? In this article we explain implementation of application awareness for High DPI Displays in RAD Studio.

07.10.2021
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

No matter what is your attitude to screen scaling as a programmer, sooner or later your users will demand support of this technology from your apps. But it is also true that screen scaling is quite a complex thing to understand and implement. In this series of articles we explain implementation of Modern High DPI Display Support in Delphi, RAD Studio and C++Builder.

27.09.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article we dive into “Understanding object creation in Delphi” topic. How to create and destroy objects. Outcomes of the object deletion.

23.08.2021
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

Migration of a monolithic architecture to microservices is a rather popular way to ensure better flexibility and scalability of enterprise software. In this article, we will describe the benefits of microservice migration and explain what types of migration strategies exist today.

05.07.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” – probably we all have heard this phrase. And though it teaches us that we shouldn’t make any conclusions about the book in accordance with what it looks like, we should admit that our first impression will always be based on its cover. The same can be said about appearance when we meet new people and user interface when we interact with any software product. In this article, we would like to talk about a specific group of products, namely, SaaS and to have a look at the role of UI design for them.

15.01.2021
11 minutes reading
Alex A.

At Softacom, we strongly believe in Delphi as it is a modern tool for developing cutting-edge apps of various types intended for different platforms. Software built in Delphi can be enriched with numerous features that are highly demanded in today’s world. And one of the opportunities that are available for Delphi developers is the integration of popular social media networks, including Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, to their apps.

05.01.2021
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

Are you looking for a reliable cloud platform and services? In this article, we’ve gathered for you the basic information about the top 25 cloud providers in the EU and North America. We will start with the most famous companies and proceed to those that you may have not heard about. However, all the platforms here deserve your attention.

24.12.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

Web-based mobile apps are quite popular today. Let us remind you that such mobile applications do not require installation and manual updating as they run on a web server. As a result, users interact with a remote server via a web browser. One of the main reasons why many business owners opt for web-based apps is the fact that this software, unlike native apps, will work on a wide range of devices running on different operating systems.

09.12.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

Cloud services are already very popular today and their popularity and adoption are still growing. The demand for these services is on the rise which results in the increasing number of cloud services providers. However, the leaders of the market have already taken their positions and it doesn’t seem that they are ready to give up and lose their places on the top. In this article, we offer you to pay attention to such a strong player in the global arena as IBM Cloud. You have definitely heard about it, right? Read this post to get more information!

27.11.2020
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

As any other process related to software development and enhancement, UI & UX modernization may bring in some serious pitfalls. And if you want to modernize the UI/UX of your product, we recommend you to read this article very attentively in order to bear in mind all possible issues that may affect the entire process.

09.11.2020
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

The demand for UI/UX modernization is growing these days. The reasons for it are quite clear. Today there are a lot of apps that function well but look bad. Let’s admit that if the software was built 15 years ago, there are low chances that it looks and feels pleasant according to modern standards. In this article, we will explain our approach to UI & UX modernization and share our vision on how it should be conducted.

29.10.2020
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

People say: “Never judge a book by its cover”. However, we always do that. And we are talking not only about books as you see. The same is absolutely true about any software as well. That’s why UI and UX are of great importance (if you want to attract new and retain existing clients, of course).

02.10.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

While the popularity of mobile devices and their use are still growing, the same can be said about the demand for mobile applications. From the perspective of users, we know that today there are applications for practically everything. However, the apps are different not only based on their goals and functionality, but they also differ by the tools that were used for their creation. The most general technical classification tells us that there are native, cross-platform, hybrid and web-based mobile apps. In this article, we are going to provide you with a closer look at the latter category and explain when this type can be a preferable option.

17.09.2020
20 minutes reading
Alex A.

If you are familiarized with the Delphi app development process, you definitely know that it is based on the components methodology which ensures seamless and fast creation of applications. Such a methodology presupposes that Delphi apps are composed of separate “bricks” that are known as components.

02.09.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

FmxLinux can also be referred to as FireMonkey for Linux. It is a set of tools that can be applied by Delphi developers. FmxLinux for Delphi allows creating GUI Linux applications, extending FireMonkey cross-platform framework owned by RAD Studio. In other words, this toolchain is aimed at compiling Linux desktop applications using the x86 64-bit Linux compiler for Delphi that was built and is supported by Embarcadero. Fmx Linux was presented in 2017 as a modification of FireMonkey that had to bring it to Linux.

15.08.2020
10 minutes reading
Alex A.

PAServer that is also called the Platform Assistant server, is a command-line app. It is created to be installed on such platforms as Windows, Linux or macOS. In this article we will consider the peculiarities of Delphi Linux PAServer.

01.08.2020
20 minutes reading
Alex A.

If you are reading this text, we definitely do not need to explain to you the benefits and the opportunities that cloud computing can offer businesses to you. However, we can understand your position if you feel lost and confused looking at the cloud pricing models. Yes, we know this pain and will be happy to guide you.

10.07.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

If you start googling for web-based, cloud or desktop CRM systems, you will see that there are numerous ready-made options available. But do you believe in “one-fits-all” solutions? And are you sure that these CRMs provided by third-party vendors will fully meet your personal demands and requirements? In this article, we are going to consider the features and functionality a good CRM system should have today and will explain why we so strongly believe in Delphi as a tool to write CRM apps.

16.06.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

The development of Delphi apps presupposes the implementation of the component methodology. In other words, developers in their work can use ready-made bricks, instead of coding everything manually each time. There is a great number of such components that are available today. They are provided by Embarcadero Technologies that currently owns and maintains Delphi or by a number of third-party Delphi components vendors.

04.06.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

Business analysis has become a buzzword in the IT-sphere. But is it just a trendy word? Or does it really play an important role in IT projects? In this article, we are going to provide you with all the necessary information on the issue that will help you to understand whether you need it.

15.05.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

If your company is actively growing, as well as the number of its clients, it’s quite natural that you’ve started to worry about the state and viability of your on-premises software. Though growth is an absolutely positive tendency for any business, it brings new challenges for tech specialists. What issues you may face

01.05.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

For any business, its reputation is one of the key values. Sometimes even one mistake can lead to reputational damages. If your company still uses on-premises software, in some cases it can be a wake-up call for you. Why? We are going to explain it now.

15.04.2020
15 minutes reading
Alex A.

Have you ever thought that migration of legacy Delphi projects to up-to-date Delphi versions conducted before real problems with your software start will help you to prevent the majority of these problems at all? It’s better to invest in migration now than to lose $200K later. That’s not just a loud headline. That’s the reality. And here is why.

30.03.2020
12 minutes reading
Alex A.

To migrate or not to migrate. That’s the question for many but not for us. We are absolutely confident that if you want to ensure your excellent business performance without any losses caused by out-of-date apps you need to take care of the versions of software that you use.

03.03.2020
25 minutes reading
Alex A.

Often JavaScript frameworks like Electron are used for Windows development because of rapid productivity, low barrier of entry, and getting up and running quickly. Unfortunately, they often bring massive overhead and lack some features necessary for desktop applications. That is where RAD Studio, Delphi, and C++ Builder come in as the original Rapid Application Development solution.

26.02.2020
25 minutes reading
Alex A.

Today we will tell you about databases inside RAD Studio and the Delphi ecosystem. Our special guests are Bruno Fierens, CEO and Founder of TMS Software, and Wagner Landgraf, who is responsible for databases development at TMS Software.

20.02.2020
25 minutes reading
Alex A.

Today we will tell you about databases inside RAD Studio and the Delphi ecosystem. Our special guests are Bruno Fierens, CEO and Founder of TMS Software, and Wagner Landgraf, who is responsible for databases development at TMS Software.

08.01.2020
18 minutes reading
Alex A.

Today we will discuss migration of Delphi applications business logic to the cloud. I will provide a couple of strategies with some technical background and strategies how we can move current Delphi applications, rebuild or reengineer them, extract our business logic and database interactions, and put all this stuff to the cloud.

06.12.2019
22 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article we talk about Delphi component-based approach when building enterprise-grade mobile, desktop and web applications with Bruno Fierens, CEO and Founder of TMS Software.

20.11.2019
17 minutes reading
Alex A.

This article is for people who already use Delphi for desktop development and just heard something or thought that they have to improve their software and add for example mobile (cell phones and tablets) support.

15.11.2019
7 minutes reading
Alex A.

Productronica 2019 was held in Munich, Germany from November 12 to 15. Softacom did not miss the chance to engage in promising networking and attended this largest international event in the electronics manufacturing field.

23.10.2019
16 minutes reading
Alex A.

In this article and video we share our experience about migration of legacy Delphi projects to up-to-date Delphi versions. We suggest our questionnaire template to help you make a better decision about whether or not to migrate your software to the latest version of Delphi or to another technology.

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