Perth Delphi Meeting – 15 August 2017

This Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 6pm, first presentation 6:15pm

Artifactory  8/16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA 6017

Food – $1.50 pizza slice.  $1.50 drinks

Four topics and loads of pizza at Artifactory – where the best mad scientists hang out

Scott van der Linden – Thread exploration
Solving lag using threads with the new(ish) threading Library and what to do when a database is involved.

Kevin Dean – Delphi In Education

Kevin is teaching Delphi to school children in Perth, Australia using the free Starter edition.

Approximately 30 children have been learning Delphi since the start of the year.  This is one of a range of subjects covered at the Christian Home Schooling Support Group (CHSSG), which is run one day per week in Wattle Grove, Perth.

The children have shown commitment and enthusiasm, particularly as all subjects are optional so they get to choose what they focus on.  During the year they have been exposed to theory including the principals of programming, learnt about Delphi syntax, forms and components and put this into practice to develop a number of programs.

This term they are learning about graphics programming and branching out into their own projects.  Other technology related subjects have also been run this year including robotics using Arduinos (programming in C) and electronics covering theory and practical, with soldering and kit building.  A number of the children are enrolled in all three subjects.

Scott Hollows – Nexus database – build your own database manager and performance tuning
The Nexus database is a fan favorite of Delphi Perth programmers.  We will take a look at Nexus with a focus on the embedded version that you can compile into your EXE and run standalone.  We will build a small application from scratch and you can walk away with the source files.   Bonus performance tuning techniques to help with batch loads for Nexus and other databases
Frank Reynolds’ farm mapping conundrum
Frank needs your help coming up with ideas to map out his customers farms using drag / drag / resize with complex shapes to model farm properties.  The two Scott’s might have something that could work and there might be third party components – do you know of any ?  A few third party components and suited have been mentioned on the main ADUG email list so we take a quick look at those.  Help the Perth Brain Trust come up with whacky ideas for Frank to try out
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