Category Archives: Flotsam & Jetsam

Get a Free RSCL license at Delphi Developer Days

RiverSoftAVG is proud to announce that it is a sponsor of the Delphi Developer Days (DDD) 2016 Tour this coming Fall.  The RiverSoftAVG SVG Component Library and IMPACT Bundle will be one of the prizes in the DDD raffles at the end of each tour stop.

Even though this is the first time that RiverSoftAVG is helping sponsor the DDD, this is not the first time I have participated.  I have attended the DDD many times, and I always learn some great stuff.  I like to think of myself as an expert Delphi developer, but Cary, Loy, and their developer partner (whether Marco or Nick or Dr Bob) has always taught me something new.  And even if you think you know everything about Delphi, it is also a great way to get an in-depth dive to new features in the latest Delphi version.  I highly recommend going to the Delphi Developer Days if your company can swing it.  It is worth the money, and this time you may be able to save $99 and get a free license of the RiverSoftAVG SVG Component Library and IMPACT! 🙂

Happy CodeSmithing!

What is a good blog (and blogger) to me?

What makes a good blog?  What blogs, and bloggers, do I like and why?  This question gained extra relevancy for me recently as I have seen some examples of what I believe are not good blogs.  To me, a good blog is not:

  • a list of recanned company advertisements designed to push traffic to your web site
  • a series of articles that just republishes common information on the web
  • a retweet of someone else’s blog
  • a pseudo spambot for filling up your RSS feeds with multiple posts per day
  • relentlessly negative about Delphi

To me, a good blog provides articles that either educate or entertain.  They provide new perspectives on issues or new information.  They share the hard-earned wisdom of experienced Delphi coders.

When I started this blog, I gave myself a few goals for the blog:

  • Share information on Delphi issues that may be useful to others
  • Give myself a voice to argue, hopefully respectfully, for Delphi features and code styles
  • Occasionally, provide in-depth articles on compelling features about RiverSoftAVG products where a blog format is more appropriate than a help topic
  • Hopefully blog often enough to make the blog useful

Now, obviously, a blogger won’t always be successful at this, and beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder.  But those are the goals I set myself and are the blogs I pay attention to. I have failed occasionally (and ironically this post probably fails these goals 🙂 ) but I try to uphold those goals.

Examples of blogs I like are Delphi Code Monkey and David Millington’s Parnassus blog.  There are quite a few Embarcadero blogs I like.  Of course, David I’s Sip from the Firehose is a go-to blog.  Other examples: Sarina DuPont’s blog is always full of in-depth articles about features of Delphi as are Pawel Glowacki’s and Stephan Ball’s.  Closer to the entertainment side, Jim McKeeth’s Podcast at Delphi is good. (Note that not all blogs I like are listed, these are just notable ones to me)

My go-to aggregator’s are Begin End and FMX Express.  Begin End is my favorite Delphi site.  If someone has a Delphi’s blog, it will show up there.  And if a blog shows up there too often or is from someone I dislike, I can quiet that blog.  However, I hate to do that.  I believe a person will probably, eventually write something useful.  Sadly, if a blog is stopping me from seeing useful and good blogs from other people though, it has got to go.  But I would much rather a blogger respect their readers and not have to go that route.

Well, now that I have gotten that off my chest, back to Coding blogs. 🙂  Happy CodeSmithing!