Embarcadero Publish Updated Road Map

Embarcadero have just published a new developer tools road map.

The actual road map can be viewed by clicking here

There is a blog offering more information about the proposals, by Marco Cantu and David Millington available by clicking here.

The great news is that C++ 64 bit for Android is still up there, albeit a tantalising way off yet…..

The improvements to the IDE, C++ debugging and additional VCL controls also sound great !

Embarcadero Close Down their Community Forum

Embarcadero have shut down the invaluable forum that used to be at https://community.idera.com/

If you try to open this page you get automatically re-directed to https://blogs.embarcadero.com/ which is an Embarcadero authored page of useful postings with no opportunity for users to ask questions for other users to answer (in other words it is not a forum).

So where should Embarcadero C++ users go to ask questions?

Embarcadero’s answer seems to be “Stackoverflow”

As an MVP we were warned that this change may happen. I strongly discouraged Embarcadero from going in this direction, indicating that they would lose a channel that provides good feedback for them as to how well their products are performing and also provides a chance for them to demonstrate their level of technical support.

It seems such a shame to have lost this site.

Delphi Bold – Open Source

Strange: I don’t mention open source very often and now we have two blogs in a row about Embarcadero making items open source. Delphi Bold was a Delphi experiment with the Model Driven Architecture approach to programming.

Embarcadero discontinued the development of this a long time ago, but have now decided to allow access to the source code for the open source community. It will be interesting to see if anyone picks this up and runs with it! More information at the following link

Embarcadero Dev C++ Open Source Project

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

https://sourceforge.net/projects/embarcadero-devcpp/

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).

#DesktopFirst ! – Embarcadero Summit

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 RAD Studio and C++ Builder now Bundle TwineCompile

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.

TwineCompile

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” !

Embarcadero Change of policy on Android C++ Support

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

https://community.idera.com/developer-tools/b/blog/posts/c-builder-and-platforms-support

Developers looking for good VCL Windows 64 bit development will be pleased by the news that this is the area Embarcadero are focusing on.

RAD Studio 10.4 – Being Well Received !

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