Embarcadero have recently announced that they are becoming a key player in the open source project Dev C++ and have created there own fork at
This is an interesting development. It shows that the company is aware of the open source route and is actively testing how open source can “fit” in their business model. Dev C++ (at least as it currently stands) is based around the Mingw (windows port of Gnu C++ ) compiler. (Remember the main Embarcadero RAD Studio product is based on the clang C++ compiler family).
As well as very recently releasing RAD Studio 10.4.1 (see previous post) Embarcadero have launched their #DesktopFirst summit.
Embarcadero are very wise to be promoting desktop design in this way. It’s a subject that is still of vital importance and has lost a bit of public (and developer’s !) focus recently.
I’m pleased to say that I will be making a short presentation as part of this event. With the title “Right Click is Right !” I will be suggesting that the orginal Windows approach to applications design (do you remember Windows 95? or earlier?) has a lot going for it.
Click here to join the summit. It will be a fascinating experience !
Embarcadero have just released the first major upgrade to RAD Studio version 10.4, namely 10.4.1.
Details of the improvements 10.4.1 offers can be found by clicking here
A summary of the major features introduced by 10.4 (compared with 10.3) can be found by clicking here
The clang C++ compilers are very powerful, offering full support for C++ 17. Anyone who has read Bjarne Stroustrup’s “A Tour of C++” (the second edition covers C++ 17) will realise that a compiler has a very large amount of things to do as it translates source code to object code. This comes at a price. Compiling RAD Studio or C++ Builder projects using the clang compiler for any reasonably sized project takes tens of seconds (tens of minutes for a complete build of a very large project).
Jomitech produce a RAD Studio plugin called TwineCompile that can very significantly shorten compile times.
In August 2020 Embarcadero announced a bundling of TwineCompile for all customers using RAD Studio or C++ builder Enterprise or Architect with an up to date subscription package. For those who qualify this is now available under the Getit package manager in the IDE.
So if you are on Enterprise or Architect what are you waiting for ? Go “Getit” !
There has been much publicity on the excellent Embarcadero community pages about the recent announcement that Embarcadero are not going to deliver on the previously publicised road map deadline of Android 64bit C++ support by Autumn 2020.
The announcement of this change of policy was made by David Millington at
Developers looking for good VCL Windows 64 bit development will be pleased by the news that this is the area Embarcadero are focusing on.
Recently released RAD Studio version 10.4 “Sydney” seems to being well received by everyone. I’ve just moved a project due for delivery at end of June across from 10.3 to 10.4.
There’s a good video about what’s new at:
What’s new in 10.4
There’s also a load of support / demonstration material on a Google Drive shared folder provided by Embarcadero at:
Shared google drive folder for RAD studio
I’ve just read this excellent summary of the history of Windows software development techniques and why Delphi is still a sensible option for a new project. David I knows is subject matter well and puts a convincing case. Do have a read:
David I : Delphi and Windows Development
Embarcadero have now released RAD Studio version 10.4 – named after the great Australian city of Sydney.
There are many new features in this release as summarised here.
Marco Canto has put together a list of sites related to this new release in this blog.
You can download a trial version from here.
So what are you waiting for? Get developing Windows / Android / IOS applications now!
The road map said RAD Studio version 10.4 would be ready “Early 2020”. That seems to have slipped a bit but this new release contains some significant additional features.
It’s coming soon !
They have an on-line conference coming up.
Sencha Conference – 2020