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Which Timer is the best?

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Hello! I''ve heard that Delphi''s standard Timer isn''t a very good one, and thus I''ve been using the one that came with DelphiX, but now I''ve heard that it isn''t very good either. Is there a better one, or am I just listening to false rumours?

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TTimer is based on the Windows WM_TIMER message. This doesn''t guarantee anything better than 55 millisecond updates - that is, you can set the interval lower but it might not update as fast as you say. This leads to jerky animation.

You can grab TRXTimer (you''ll have to search for it - I don''t know where the rxlib site is just now). That''s pretty good. Also, there''s a DX Timer thingy that Hori wrote - most of the examples on my site come bundled with that one (TCDNDXTimer, I think the name is).

You can implement your own timing using GetTickCount, TimeGetTime (with appropriate init) or QueryPerformanceCounter.

I''m writing an article on this very topic, believe it or not . It''s nowhere near finished (so don''t take it as a production quality tutorial, please...):
A sneak preview

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