Monday, March 29, 2010

hbIDE is ready !

hbIDE, as the name implies, Harbour's Integrated Development Environment, is an open-source, multi-platform, project hosted inside Harbour's SVN repository. hbIDE is aimed at simplifying the process of project life-cycle comprising, setting-up the project components, editing the sources, building them to final binaries.

Currently, only Harbour as a compiler is supported, and hopefully soon, its domain will be extended to xHarbour, Xbase++, Clipper, Clip, Flagship.

The central essense of hbIDE is to provide a single-window interface to carry on all related actions for an application project to materialize, without needing any other tool in the process. This concept is extended to make use of n number of C compilers from within the same project definition.

For Harbour projects, hbIDE will take use of the its powerful make system, hbMK2. For other compilers, mechanism will be provided to define compiler, linker commands and source definitions. This will, usually, be a one time process, and for rest of the life of the project hbIDE will take over.

The topics enumerated at the left are just an indication what will go inside them. I will be updating them as time will permit, though my primary attention is the development of hbIDE.

To be just familiar with how the interface may look, a random screen shot of hbIDE, hosting my own production projects is presented below.

"plain" look:

"animated" look:

However, throughout these pages "Plain" look screen shots will be displayed.

More at

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Harbour MiniGUI 1.8 Extended Edition (Build 81) - Released on 12th March 2010

CCH : From the HMG Extended Forum

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI 1.8 Extended Edition (Build 81) setup is published at the following URL:

and the Lite build 81 at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2010/03/12: Build 81 (HMG 1.8 Extended Edition) Published.
* Fixed: Problem with disabling the labels at the changing Tab's caption or image
properties. Reported by Eladio Bravo <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Problem with changing the value of label blink at runtime when closing form.
Contributed by Ivanil Marcelino <>.
* Enhanced: Tooltip visible time is supported.

where is the visible time of tooltip in milliseconds (max value ~30000).
Contributed by Hodaszi Tamas <>
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 7.0 in HMG:
- Added: Czech language translation
- Added: Slovak language translation
- Added: Hungarian language translation
Contributed by Gyula Bartal <>
* Updated: Import library libmysql.lib to current stable MySQL version 5.1.44.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \harbour\Lib)
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3):
- updated for using SQLITE3 version 3.6.23
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demos in folders \samples\Advanced\SQLITE and \samples\Advanced\SQLITE_2)
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 2.1.0dev (SVN 2010-03-11 11:40):
* Updated: MySql library source code (see in folder \Source\MySql);
* Updated: HbODBC library source code (see in folder \Source\HbODBC);
* Updated: HbSqlDD library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSqlDD);
* New: SDDsqlt3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSqlDD)
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\Sqlit3DD);
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3);
* Updated: HbZipArc library source code (see in folder \Source\HbZipArc):
- Fixed: HB_ZIPFILE() not working properly with a password set.
- Fixed: HB_GETFILESINZIP() returns now CRC in verbose mode.
* Updated: HbWin contrib library (see in folder \harbour\Lib).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* New: 'NirCmd Dll usage' sample is based upon the NirCmd.dll from
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\NirCmdDll)
* Updated: 'Draw Box' sample. Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\DrawBox)
* Updated: 'GDI Plus' sample for compatibility with Harbour 2.1 changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\GdiPlus)
* Updated: 'Get Password' sample for compatibility with Harbour 2.1 changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\GetPassword)

This release of MiniGUI is considered stable and ready for production use.

Your comments/feedback are welcome!

Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

Welcome to Clipper... Clipper... Clipper

In 1997, then using Delphi 3, I had already created 32-bits Windows applications for HRIS, ERP and CRM. In 2007, using Ruby on Rails, an AJAX powered CRM site running on Apache & MySQL was created and I am now using Visual Studio .Net 2008 to create web-based projects and Delphi 7 for Win32 applications using SQL2005 & DBFCDX.

So, why then am I reviving the Original Clipper... Clipper... Clipper via a Blog as CA-Clipper is a programming language for the DOS world ? Believe it or not, there are still some clients using my mission-critical CA-Clipper applications for DOS installed in the late 80's and up to the mid 90's. This is testimony to CA-Clipper's robustness as a language :-)

With the widespread introduction of Windows 7 64-bits as the standard O/S for new Windows based PCs & Notebooks, CA-Clipper EXE simply will not work and it has become imperative for Clipper programmers to migrate immediately to Harbour to build 32/64 bits EXEs

Since 28th January 2009, this blog has been read by 134,389 (10/3/11 - 39,277) unique visitors (of which 45,151 (10/3/11 - 13,929) are returning visitors) from 103 countries and 1,574 cities & towns in Europe (37; 764 cities), North America (3; 373 cities) , Central America & Caribeans (6; 13 cities), South America(10; 226 cities), Africa & Middle-East (12; 44 cities) , Asia-Pacific (21; 175 cities). So, obviously Clipper is Alive & Well : -)

TIA & Enjoy ! (10th October 2012, 11:05; 13th November 2015)

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This is the original Welcome Page for Clipper... Clipper... Clipper, which I am republishing for historical and sentimental reasons. The only changes that I have made was to fix all the broken links. BTW, the counter from is still working :-)

Welcome to Chee Chong Hwa's Malaysian WWW web site which is dedicated to Clipperheads throughout the world.

This site started out as a teeny-weeny section of Who the heck is Chee Chong Hwa ? and has graduated into a full blown web site of more than 140 pages (actually hundreds of A4 size pages) ! This is due to its growing popularity and tremendous encouragements from visiting Clipperheads from 100 countries worldwide, from North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Thanx Clipperheads, you all made this happen !

What is Clipper ?

You may ask, what is this Clipper stuff ? Could Clipper be something to do with sailing as it is the name of a very fast sailing American ship in the 19th century ?

Well, Clipper or to be precise, CA-Clipper is the premier PC-Software development tool for DOS. It was first developed by Nantucket Corporation initially as a compiler for dBase3+ programs. Since then, CA-Clipper has evolved away from its x-base roots with the introduction of lexical scoping & pre-defined objects like TBrowse. As at today, the most stable version ofClipper is 5.2e while the latest version, 5.3a was introduced on 21 May 1996.

As at 11th November, 1996, an unofficial 5.3a fixes file was made available by Jo French. See the About CA-Clipper 5.3a section for more details. BTW, Jo French uploaded the revised 5.3a fixes file on 20th November, 1996.

Latest News

The latest news is that CA has finally released the long-awaited 5.3b patch on 21 May, 1997.

For 5.3b users, you must a take a look at Jo French's comments on unfixed bugs in 5.3b.

BTW, have you used Click ? If you're a serious Clipperprogrammer and need an excellent code formatter, Click is a natural choice. How to get it ? Simple, access Phil Barnett's site via my Cool Clipper Sites.

32-bits Clipper for Windows ?

Have you tried Xbase ++ ? Well, I have and compared to Delphi (my current Windows programming tool of choice), I'm still sticking to Delphi.

Anyway, you should visit the Alaska Home Page. Give it a chance and then draw your own conclusions !.

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