What's New - April, 2011
April 5, 2011: I issued our 1st quarter newsletter on Sunday, so if you think you are subscribed and didn't receive it, try subscribing again. We have about 800 subscribers and 20 or 30 get unsubscribed with each issue because mail boxes no longer exist, are full, or otherwise cannot receive email. Most of each newsletter matches the current contents of this page, except sorted in ascending date sequence, so if you didn't get it, you haven't missed much. Back issues are also available from the Subscription page. The current edition also includes some additional information and links about the new Delphi XE Starter edition.
I'll be incorporating the links from the newsletter into a new "Delphi XE Starter Notes" page in the Delphi Techniques section of the DFF. I'll also include user experience feedback from viewers who are trying Delphi XE Starter so send along any questions or interesting tidbits you run across . I'll be sticking with Delphi 7 for now to maintain compatibility for users with later Delphi versions including XE.
April 17, 2011: We spent several days visiting family in Alabama last week. Had a chance to catch up with the grand kids who missed the Christmas family trip. We hadn't seen them in over a year during which time the granddaughter got smarter and more beautiful and the 13 year old grandson's voice dropped 2 octaves! Still more interested in sports than girls though.
I spent the last few days playing with improving the search in AlphabetGrid Version 2 posted today. The program uses our dictionary class to identify words in the grid. It now uses partial words to recognize when no words start with those letters and it is OK to stop searching that path. Search time for the default puzzle which originally took 35 seconds now finishes in 4 seconds! The UDict dictionary unit now also handles the Unicode formats in Delphi XE. I posted some notes about this on the Delphi XE Starter Notes page.
April 23,2011: A fix was applied today to create
Self Describing Sentences Version
2.1 which fixes a problem that showed up when I tried to solve this "Easter
Egg" puzzle. I added that puzzle to the program, just for the heck of it.
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