I took the Inprise, International Delphi 4 Client/Server Foundations Examination cold turkey, meaning I didn’t study or prepare for it in any way. This way I could gauge what areas I need to prepare for when I take it again. I was 6 points from being certified on my first attempt without preparation.
Got a copy of Delphi 4 Professional…New bells and whistles include: Dockable toolbars, bitmap support in menus, code explorer, ActionLists, dynamic arrays, method overloading, parameter defaults etc. The Type Library editor has the additional feature introduced with C++Builder 3. I wasn’t able to evaluate the new CORBA and MTS support since it only comes with the Client/Server version. The IDE has improved with the use of the new menu style and dockable toolbars.
I recently downloaded and installed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 5 beta. They should have called it alpha instead. This program is loaded with bugs! It doesn’t decode embedded images (gifs, jpegs etc.) in web pages, pressing the “Refresh” or “Back” button causes an error. Outlook Express changed as well. When decoding a binary image from a news group, it only allows you to save it as a windows bitmap (*.bmp). Stay away from this so called “beta”.
Upgrading to Windows98, from Windows95 OSR2, was an irritating experience. The Setup program crashed 5 times before completing the installation. Converting the file system on one of my hard drives from FAT16 to FAT32 crashed the system and forced a reboot. Running the “Deluxe CD Player” program for the first time locked up my system. Not to mention, the fact that IE4 frequently freezes the entire OS and forces a reboot. You’d think that after being in the OS business …