Lazarus and Free Pascal

Recently I installed the latest stable version of Free Pascal and Lazarus on KDE Neon and I must say I was pleasantly suprised! The IDE is very capable and polished, complete with syntax highlighting, refactoring, Delphi like form design, components and packages. Free Pascal is the first class Pascal compiler, compatible with Delphi, used by […]

Recent C# Language Changes

A couple of years ago I began an XMPP Component Framework in C#, but after a few days I had to put it on hold. One thing led to another, and it’s been on hold ever since. I’m finally returning to it. C#, however, has had some significant improvements since then, I want to start again […]

Xamarin.Android on Linux

Thanks to the awesome guys at JetBrains and their Project Rider IDE, it’s now possible (unofficially) to develop Xamarin.Android apps on Linux. This is a basic project created with Project Rider and running on the emulator: Once I had a basic application up and running, I tried an application I’ve had in the store for […]

Delphi Success Story

I recently discovered a couple of posts on the Embarcadero website and have unashamedly reproduced them here for my own recollection. The first is a case-study on Image-Line Software which produces FL Studio, the second is on Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the world’s largest model railway. Image-Line Software Image-Line Software is a Belgian based creator of FL […]

Installing KDE Neon Bionic (18.04)

KDE Neon has just rebased on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, providing an already excellent distribution with an updated kernel, hardware stack and applications. You can download KDE Neon from here. KDE Neon comes in two offerings, I typically opt for the User Edition as I find it very stable. Installing KDE Neon is a typical Linux […]

Delphi Community Edition

Delphi has always been a great choice for desktop development, but the licensing costs have been prohibitive, especially given the quality and abundance of free alternatives. The good news is Embarcadero have released a Community Edition which is essentially the same as the Professional Edition, allowing both desktop and mobile development, and it is free! […]

Windows 10 Activation Screen is Blank

Recently I tried to activate Windows 10 Enterprise (Volume License) in VMWare Fusion, and had the following issue: This solution worked for me: Enter a Command Prompt as Admininstrator. Run the following command (xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx – represents your product key): slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx Restart your computer, when you enter the Activation Screen in Settings, your product […]