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:
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 !
With the on-set of lock down in many parts of the globe (I’m writing in the UK, currently under pretty stringent movement controls) many customers are asking for remote assistance rather than on-site visits.
For many people the most well known solution to providing this is “TeamViewer”.
I choose to use “Supremo” as my solution. Licensing is slightly cheaper and being less well known I argue that it is perhaps less likely that it’s AES 256-bit data flow will be the target of hackers.
It also has a very light footprint on the target PC (and also on my PC too). It can be run without any formal installation.
I also like the fact that I can personalise (with my company logo etc) the start up screen seen by my customers, which they find reassuring.
This excellent simple to use tool happens to be written in Embarcadero Delphi.
I am NOT on commission and have no personal or professional contact with the Supremo development team.
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……
(this link leads to Doodle Poll)
Embarcadero have just announced the availability of RAD Studio Rio 10.3.3.
This introduces Android 64 bit support for Delphi users and Mac iOS 13 App Store for both Delphi and C++, as well as a host of other significant fixes and improvements.
So what are you waiting for? Go get it!
Here are some useful links.