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ADUG is an organisation dedicated to providing a forum for activities and information that promote and improve the professional use of Delphi and related products and services in the Australian developer community.

We have local chapters and monthly meetings in most Australian states. If you’re new to Delphi or just visiting, feel free to drop in and say hello.

Please note that our technical blog that was previously at members.adug.org.au (on wordpress.com) has been merged here under the technical category.

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Perth Meeting – 21st June

Perth ADUG Meeting – 21st May

The ADUG Perth branch is meeting again on Tuesday 21st June at 6pm,

at the Artifactory,  8/16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA.

 

Topics – Pizza, plus we have 2 interesting presentations

1) Jim Eadie – TRS-80 Emulator

About the presenter:

Bought my first computer, a TRS80 Model 1, Level II 16K memory, in 1978, and , eventually to a model 4, 128K, with 5MB harddrive. Self taught BASIC and then Z80 assembler. Migrated to IBM-clone PC in late 80’s after a few years using an Amiga 1500. At same time changed to C/C++ over that time. Have stayed with PC’s since. Moved to Delphi with Delphi 1 when it first came out. Have migrated with each version release until Delphi 2007, when I saw a diminishing return in investment for the type of programming I was involved in. At this time I was working in a biotech company involved in the synthesis of custom bio-molecular compounds. This involved creation and maintenance of a database to track and guide synthesis of such compounds. I am now retired and with the extra free time available I decided I’d return to the TRS80. I had attempted twice previously to write an emulator. The first on the Amiga around ’86, and subsequently on the PC. The source code for the PC version dating around ’93. Neither of these was very useful, they were slow and there was not really enough memory in a 1-MB machine to do what I wanted to do.

Emulator:

  1. Basics of the Model I/III/IV TRS80 computers
  2. Memory mapping for M3/4
  3. Emulator interface
  4. Simple BASIC programs, CLOADing
  5. Assembly Debugger/Monitor
  6. Floppy Disk emulation/activation
  7. Inbuilt assembler
  8. Printer(s) emulation
  9. Still to do/enhancements

 

2) Scott van der Linden – Abstract Oriented Programming (AOP)

Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) is the next logical step in Object Oriented Programming (OOP).  In AOP the goal is to design each object with a pure focus on its purpose.  As such, cross cutting concerns such as logging and security are dealt with entirely outside the core classes; they are aspects of the code, not the core functionality.  In this session two ways of developing aspect oriented code will be demonstrated: the built in RTTI form (native Delphi), and the Spring4D form, using attributes.  If we have time we will also revisit Attributes in a more general way.
Scott van der Linden completed his Bachelor of Science (Computing Science) at Curtin University in 1995 with a minor in Computer Graphics and Master of Science (Project Management) in 2010.  He started programming on a Commodore 128 at the age of 13 and has been writing Delphi/Pascal code since 1986 (Turbo Pascal 3).  He has worked predominantly in the oil and gas industry writing inspection software, project management software, and now design engineering software.  Scott has a wife and seven.  He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which partially explains the children).

Where  – Artifactory  8/16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA 6017
When   – Tuesday 21st June 6pm start
Why     – Freebie drinks and loads of Marco’s “Food Of The Gods” pizza.  Email dietary needs to scott.hollows@gmail.com

 

 

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Brisbane Meeting – June 2016

10.1Berlin.About

Wednesday June 1st at 5:30pm to 9pm.

Calling all Delphi-ites!

The next Brisbane meeting, on Wednesday June 1st, is one you don’t want to miss. Please note, the meeting is open for anyone who wishes to attend; an ADUG membership is not required.

Malcolm Groves, now representing his own company Code Partners, will give an Introduction to the just released Rad Studio 10.1 Berlin version. Come along and find out what great new features await you!

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Melbourne Meeting – June 2016

Monday 20th June

Subject Anonymous Methods and Generics – Colin Johnsun

Colin  explained what they can do and how they do it Read more ›

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Perth Meeting – 17th May

Perth ADUG Meeting – May 17th

The ADUG Perth branch are meeting on Tuesday 17th May
Delphi 10.1 Berlin user group launch party – presented by Lachlan Gemmel

Where Artifactory  8/16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA 6017
When Tuesday 17th May 6pm start
Why Freebie drinks and loads of Marco’s “Food Of The Gods” pizza.  Email dietary needs to scott.hollows@gmail.com

10.1 Berlin expands developers’ ability to use a single codebase to rapidly develop applications for any device, while FireUI enhancements allow multiple device previews in real time. This version provides core technology enhancements such as the GetIt Package Manager that make it easier to create components and extensions for Embarcadero’s large partner ecosystem. This is especially important to develop and support a broad range of IoT-connected applications.

  • New FireUI Capabilities
  • Broad IoT Connectivity
  • New Installer for faster get up and go
  • Native Platform Enhancements
  • Loads of other stuff


Lachlan Gemmel is the President of the Australian Delphi User Group, an Embarcadero MVP and the webmaster of The TIndex Delphi directory website.
He is also the director of The Continuity Group where he brings a passion to seeing Delphi projects everywhere prosper well into the future.
Lachlan Gemmell is an experienced software developer with specialties in Delphi object oriented design and advanced language features. Prior to co-founding The Continuity Group Lachlan owned and operated his own software consulting business Solid Sphere Software for over 15 years providing custom software solutions to diverse sectors such as insurance, medical and professional sports.

 

 

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Melbourne Meeting – May 2016

Monday 23rd May

RAD Studio 10.1 Berlin – Malcolm Groves – Code Partners

 

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Sydney Meeting – April 2016

Meeting Postponed – We’re postponing the meeting until next week. It will now be on

Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 6 for 6:15pm start

New Venue – As the Sydney Embarcadero office is now closed we have a new venue for our meetings. Read further for the details.

This month Paul Jervois will show us how to get started with COM Automation and Lachlan Gemmell will demonstrate Delphi 10.1 Berlin and Firebird 3.0.

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Perth Meeting – April 2016

Perth Delphi Meeting – 19 April 2016

Where Artifactory  8/16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA 6017
When Tuesday 19th March.  6pm start

Agenda (not necessarily in this order)

* Scott van der Linden – Fast Calc Engine
Fast Calc*
– a formula calculation engine, and using attributes for in-application documentation.

The newly RTTI capabilities introduced in Delphi 2010 also allowed a new paradigm of coding in Delphi: Aspect Oriented Programming.  By taking this approach I was able to separate functional behaviour from documentation behaviour – a good coding practise. I will also go through the principles involved in building a language parsing engine, some of the “gotchas” that I found along the way, and how it has evolved over time.

* The Fast Calc engine I developed replaced COM access to the Excel Execute method that was far too slow – this calculation engine offers multiple orders of magnitude speed improvement.  It is used in SeleXpress – an engineering equipment sizing application developed exclusively for WorleyParsons, and a unit conversion tool that is about to be released as a free download by Advisian (a WorleyParsons company).

* Peter Wright’s Embarcadero Jiras.  Q&A on the items he has raised on the new Embarcadero JIRA system

* Peter Thönell – PtEvents and PtSettings from FOSS library
PtEvents is an implementation of the “Observer” pattern.  That means that an object can make callbacks to multiple “observers”/listeners.
With component events in Delphi (ex. OnButtonClick(), OnMouseDown(), etc.) you can specify only one observer (ex. TMainForm.Button1Click() ).
With PtEvents you have a collection of callbacks methods, so that when an event fires it can call all of them
There have been a few gotchas in making this stable.

Marcos pizza courtesy of Embarcadero

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2015 Symposium

Our 2015 Symposium was held in Canberra and Melbourne. The ADUG wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following companies whose sponsorship helped to make our Symposium possible:

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