Sunday, March 9, 2014

Get More out of StackOverflow

It's no secret that StackOverflow or SO as it's commonly referred to is one of the best resources for Delphi enthusiasts. We all have some favorite questions, favorite answers and favorite users out there.

What makes StackOverflow so useful are tags. Tags are the single most important feature. Here is a snippet of what you see when you search tags for Delphi:

StackOverflow Tag Search - Delphi

If you mouseover a tag there is a little pop-up that gives a description of the tag along with some very interesting links. One of the most interesting links is the "top users" link. This "top users" link is how you can get more out of StackOverflow.

By following this link you get a list of which users have answered the most questions and which users have asked the most questions relating to this tag. By drilling down onto the users profile, you can see all the answers and questions this user has participated in.

You can very quickly build a list of your favorite StackOverflow Delphi users. Reading answers by these users will most definitely increase your knowledge about Delphi.

Delphi Tags Top Users

FireMonkey Tags Top Users

Semper Fi,
Gunny Mike

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Delphi Product and Compiler Versions Quick Reference

I was doing some research on Delphi ClientDataSet QC issues at and noticed that the Delphi Product Versions are reported as 18.0, 16.4, etc. When an issue is resolved they show the Resolved in Build as XE5 or sometimes they show it as a number such as 17.0.

When I think of Delphi versions I think of XE5, XE4, D7. I don't think of 19, or 18, or 7. Here is an Embarcadero quick reference webpage that lists all the different Product versions for Delphi.

Semper Fi,
Gunny Mike