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 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
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!
I’ve taken on a new role for a software project based on Embarcadero Delphi code, that of Code Reviewer.
I’m a C++ programmer and have little experience with actually writing or debugging Delphi code.
So does that mean that I am the wrong man for the job?
Here are two things I won’t be doing:
I won’t be testing the code by running it (other people in the development team will be doing this alongside the original testing done by each other programmer as he/she develops the code).
I won’t be looking for syntax errors. The code should compile and run before it is passed to the code reviewer.
So what will I be doing?
I will be looking at the overall method used to perform the functions. Is it a sensible algorithm? Are looping structures sensibly implemented?
I will be looking at the choice of names used for variables, procedures and functions (there are plenty of blog postings about this here!).
I will be looking at comments, particularly any lengthy text that summarises the tasks achieved by the code to try to ensure that they are clear and simply written yet are accurate and complete and not open to misinterpretation. I will also check that they actually exist at the top of each source code file.
Whilst doing so I will be careful to be positive and respectful to my fellow team members. In particular for many, English (the language used for the code and comments) may not be the native language of some of the team members so any grammar / spelling or improvements to accuracy or coherency of explanation will be done in a sensitive manner.
That’s my aim.
If you consider these items you realise that in depth experience with Delphi is not a prerequisite to achieving the aims. In fact it may be argued that a lack of in depth expertise may even be useful!
It would be very interesting to know if you use Delphi or C++….
I’ve set up a doodle poll……
CAN EVERYONE COMPLETE THIS POLL ? then we’ll get an indication……
Delphi or C++ Poll
(this link leads to Doodle Poll)
2020 marks the 25th Anniversary since the launch of Delphi and Visual Component Library (VCL) back in 1995.
Everytime a C++ Programmer writes using the Embarcadero VCL they are also using Delphi “under the hood”. The power and flexibility that this combination yields is one of the things that makes the Embarcadero RAD studio the “best in class” product.
You can see my happy birthday message by clicking here.
Happy birthday video from Roger