Coderage 9 is coming – 28th-30th October 2014

Embarcadero Coderage 9 Splash Image

Embarcadero are holding their on-line developers conference Coderage, later this month. The event is covering both C++ and Object Pascal this time around and features sessions from the likes of Nick Hodges, Marco Cantù, Jim McKeeth and Sarina DuPont (to name a few).

For more information and to sign up visit the Coderage 9 information page. The conference itself runs from 28th October to 30th October. Based on my experience of last years event, it’s well worth a visit.

Tesco Hudl 2 – Drivers and Delphi

This is going to be a quick post about the newly released Tesco Hudl 2. I have updated the driver packages available from my site, there is a Hudl pack and a new Hudl 2 pack. A quick test has demonstrated that Delphi can be used to write software that will run on the Hudl 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – The Blackhorse, Clitheroe

Rating - 10.0/10.0 - 10

I mentioned The Blackhorse in my review of Brooklyn Guesthouse (which incidentally is just down the road) and worthy of a mention it is. I’ve eaten there, and unusually for me gotten merry there, on a number of occasions. So read on for a brief review. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Brooklyn Guesthouse, Clitheroe

Rating - 8.0/10.0 - 8

Recently, whenever I’ve been visiting one of my employers customers in Lancashire, I’ve been staying at Brooklyn Guesthouse in Clitheroe. I could stay just north of the customer site at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, but Brooklyn came highly recommended by a member of the customers staff. Read the rest of this entry »

Some of the benefits of Delphi XE7

It’s been a while since I posted and well I just thought I’d get this out there. For those who may not know, Embarcadero have recently released RAD Studio XE7 (and I’m going to give a mention to AppMethod as well), the latest version of their now cross platform enabled development environment. So what I hear you cry? Well, one of the things I tinker with when I have a few moments is my desire to be an author. I’ve been working on my first novel for some time and for this I use a fairly well known writing package that is available on Mac OSX and Windows. And right now I’m sure you’re thinking “what the hell have these two things got in common????” Read the rest of this entry »

One Video

If you only watch one video today, watch this… Look Up by Gary Turk. Amazingly simple film but a truly powerful message. I look around me when I’m out and about and I completely agree with the message Gary is sending in that video, so many people going through life, head down, phone in hand.

Pascal Game Development – Community project launch

Well, a I’ve already mentioned I have recently found myself in the position of managing the community at Pascal Game Development. As my first (possibly crazy) act, I asked the community what they thought about working together to create a game development engine for Delphi and FreePascal.

Suffice to say, I have been a little overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that has thus far been demonstrated. So, if you’re into Pascal and you’re into making games and you’d like to work on a community project to build a game engine for the community, then head on over to PGD, register an account and sign up as a developer on the project.

Will keep you posted on progress :)

Embarcadero release XE6

Embarcadero have release RAD Studio XE6. It features some great enhancements including app tethering. Check out the product pages here. If you’re into multi-device development and you don’t want the Windows VCL elements, you may also want to check out Appmethod, also from Embarcadero.

Pascal Game Development Under New Management

After (I think this is right) about a decade in charge of Pascal Game Development, Jason “WILL” McMillen has stepped down to focus on his growing family and his own game development goals. So, as of today… well, about Friday actually, PGD has new management in the form of yours truly :-)

It’s a seriously scary prospect, it’s one thing to be the behind the scenes administrator, but to step up to the front.  I just hope I can deliver :-)

Pascal Game Development

Review – Bowes Incline Hotel

Rating - 8.0/10.0 - 8

Well, work has been a bit manic and I’ve been out and about a bit, a week in Lancashire (a couple of reviews to come from that little trip), a week in Belfast (The Barking Dog – still excellent) and two weeks in Durham. The company was booking people into a hotel that was 5-10 minute drive from the customer site, but looking at the place… really not my cup of tea, so on the advice of a colleague (thank you Graham), I decided to stay at The Bowes Incline Hotel. Read the rest of this entry »