Thursday, June 29, 2006

Are you a Help Vampire? 

While browsing the Borland newsgroups this morning, I was intrigued by a line in Peter Below's signature stating "Don't be a vampire". Following the accompanying link took me to a page which I could definitely relate to. It seems I've worked with one or two Help Vampires (and still do ;-)), and have certainly spotted my fair share on the newsgroups.

It always boggles me why so many people don't Google for solutions before posting to newsgroups or online forums. I personally find that I very rarely come across a problem that hasn't already been solved, with the solution documented somewhere on the Internet. And for those Borland Developer Studio users out there, you can always install my Google Search open tool into the IDE, to make this process a little easier. It was originally written using C#Builder 1, and should hopefully work with all versions of the BDS lDE. Be warned it was my first ever open tool, and not my finest work by any means. But I find it functional enough to be a useful addition to my BDS setup.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

BDS 2006 CodeCentral open tool updated 

I've updated the CodeCentral open tool for BDS 2006 to allow it to be loaded if BDS is launched using one of the single personality (e.g. C#Builder) shortcuts.

Be aware that there are some known niggles when loading BDS with some of the personalities. For example, the CodeCentral menu item requires two clicks to respond the first time it is chosen, and the forms won't be loaded as part of the initially loaded project desktop. Manually selecting the desktop in the comobox after the IDE has loaded will cause it to load all CodeCentral open forms correctly. I'll endevour to address these issues in a future release.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

CodeCentral web service open tool for D2005 

A D2005 version of the CodeCentral web service open tool has been uploaded to CodeCentral. I have also hopefully addressed issues that BDS 2006 Professional users were suffering with missing BPLs. So if you are a BDS Pro user who attempted to use the BDS 2006 version of the open tool, please download it and let me know if you still have problems.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

CodeCentral web service is live 

For the uninitiated, CodeCentral is an excellent online repository of source code, demo applications and other valuable programming resources. In additional to the web interface, a web service can now be accessed to search against the CodeCentral repository and download submissions. For all the goss, read the article here.

For now the web service currently provides a read only view of the CodeCentral data, but there are plans for future versions to support rating and commenting of submissions, and allow the adding and editing of submissions.

In conjunction with the web service launch, an open tool for BDS 2006 has also been developed. This allows CodeCentral to be searched without ever having to leave the comfy confines of the IDE.

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