October 27, 2009

Delphi and C++Builder Annual Surveys are open

We survey the Delphi and C++Builder communities every year or so to learn about the users of our tools, what they like about them, what they want to see in future versions, and how different technologies are trending.

If you're a Delphi or C++Builder user, past or current, we encourage you to take the surveys and thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

The 2010 versions of the Delphi and C++Builder surveys are now available.


The surveys are conducted by Embarcadero Product Management for Delphi and C++Builder. The responses are extremely important to us and help to shape the vision and future of the product.

The surveys are long but again the information we gain from the answers is very valuable, so we encourage you to complete the entire survey.

Please pass this information on to anybody you think would be interested.

If you'd like to help with translating either survey, please contact me by email at  tim.delchiaro@embarcadero.com and let me know which survey(s) you're willing to translate and which languages. We appreciate any translation help and we will add additional links to this page as translations become available.

October 26, 2009

New Windows 7 features can benefit developers - SD Times: Software Development News

SD Times has an article on Windows 7 features for software developers.

New Windows 7 features can benefit developers - SD Times: Software Development News

Ties in well to what we're doing with our Windows 7 Development Center web page and webinar coming up this week.

October 22, 2009

DevExpress Update with new ExpressLayout control coming soon

Just saw this in the Developer Express newsletter. The new ExpressLayout control looks really nice.

Lowdown on the VCL Component Suite

Build v47 of our suite of VCL controls is teetering on the edge of a full release. It's so tantalizing close that Richard Morris couldn't resist getting a look in and seeing what the development team were working on. Build v47 includes a brand new major release of ExpressLayout Control v2 and a new beta of the upcoming major update to the ExpressPrinting library v4. It's all systems go for the team as they count down to the release. So while you're hitting F5 on one screen why not take a look at Richard's preview and drop us a line with your feedback.
More new VCL controls - v47 and a new ExpressLayout Control

October 16, 2009

Learn the Secrets of RAD Studio 2010

Embarcadero and Programmer's Paradise are teaming up for a new webinar on RAD Studio 2010 (including Delphi, C++Builder and Delphi Prism) on October 22nd.

You can learn more about the webinar here and register for free.

Join us to learn about the immense productivity gains that are possible when using Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010 to rapidly build native Windows and .NET applications. Attendees will learn how to get the most out of the environment and understand why RAD Studio 2010 is a must-have upgrade.
RAD Studio 2010 helps you develop apps with better code and faster code — all without breaking a sweat. If you want to learn the "how-tos" of the IDE and some of the advanced features then this session is for you!

In this webinar you will learn:

1.How to save time using the new productivity features in RAD Studio 2010
2.How to easily Gesture / Touch / Multi-touch enable applications
3.How to visualize code
4.How to build apps that take advantage of the new features of Windows 7

Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010 is the industry's most powerful rapid application development suite for visually building GUI-intensive, data-driven end-user applications for both native Windows and .NET. RAD Studio includes Delphi, C++Builder and Delphi Prism, enabling you to deliver applications up to 5x faster across multiple Windows and database platforms.

October 15, 2009

Embarcadero debuts Windows 7 Developer Center

Embarcadero has a new Windows 7 Developer Center at http://www.embarcadero.com/windows7-application-development. The page has information and resources for developers interested in building Windows 7 apps with a focus on Delphi and RAD Studio.

You can sign up for a webinar on "Getting Started with Windows 7 Application Development", download free trials, and see a list of resources on Windows 7 programming and on Delphi 2010.

This page is being used as the landing page for multiple Delphi advertising programs that are going on now and in the coming months via Google, SD Times, stackoverflow.com, emedia bulletins and more.

If you know developers interested in building apps for Windows 7, let them know about this and get them started with Windows 7 development and Delphi.

Delphi Trial Follow-Up Email

In some countries, after a user downloads a Delphi 2010 trial, they receive a set of automated follow-up emails that provide information to help them learn about the product and have a great trial experience. I was just working on updated emails for Delphi 2010 for the US and Canada. Here's an example of one of them.

We hope you're enjoying your Delphi® trial

We've compiled a set of free resources and tips that will help you with your evaluation:
  • Reviewer’s Guide – View the RAD Studio 2010 Reviewer’s Guide for an overview of the key features of Delphi and tips on how to get started
  • Videos – Visit our extensive video library to learn IDE tips and tricks and see demonstrations on building many types of applications with Delphi
  • Web site – Visit the Delphi product pages for detailed feature information, FAQs and other helpful information

Don’t forget to try all the tools included in Delphi Architect edition:
  • Delphi – the fastest way to build native Windows applications
  • ER/Studio for database modeling and design
  • InterBase Developer Edition, a free version of the popular relational database that you can use for development and testing purposes
  •  Additional tools and components including InstallAware Express for creating product installs, and a wide variety of other tools and components from Embarcadero partners

If you missed installing any of those additional tools the first time around, now is a great time to go back to the install launcher to install them and try them out.

Ready to buy?

Thank you,

The Embarcadero Delphi Team

October 14, 2009

Video - Delphi 2010 launch, Prague, Czech Republic

Here's a short video of the Delphi 2010 launch event in the Czech Republic with Pawel Glowaski. The video doesn't show the actual presentation but it shows what it was like - big crowd of almost 200 attendees with standing room only.

October 13, 2009

Delphi 2010 Tools and Components

If you haven't already visited the updated Delphi Tools and Components page, do it now. The page now has links to a page of Delphi 2010 compatible tools and components, the ability to search the tool and component directory, and three featured tools.

The initial three we chose to feature, based on the feedback in our earlier survey of Delphi users, were DevExpress VCL Components, TMS Component Pack, and Modelmaker Code Explorer.

There are also similar pages for the other products in the RAD Studio family.

C++Builder Tools and Components
RAD Studio Tools and Components
Delphi Prism Tools and Components

October 12, 2009

Introduction to Delphi 2010 video

Get an overview of the Delphi development environment and see how Delphi can be used to rapidly develop Windows applications including IDE productivity features, database application development with multiple databases, multi-tier development, modeling, code quality tools, and how to easily enable your applications for touch and gesture input.

October 9, 2009

Resources for Upgrading to Delphi 2010

Here's a list of useful links for users upgrading to Delphi 2010 and RAD Studio 2010 that I put together for a recent EDN article. I'm still in the process of gathering more links and information to put together an official migration web page on the http://www.embarcadero.com/ web site. If you have any suggestions for additions, let me know.

Updating third party components

If you use third party components, you may need updated versions for your 2010 tool. Check this list for some of the third party components:

Moving to Unicode

Unicode was introduced in Delphi and C++Builder 2009. In addition to the product documentation, there are a number of good resources to ease your move to Unicode.

Learning about the new features in recent versions

Each new version of Delphi and C++Builder introduces many new features. Here are a few sources of information on new features from recent versions.

October 8, 2009

Devart VCL Connectivity Solutions Fully Support Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010

Press release from one of our popular Delphi partners....

Devart VCL Connectivity Solutions Fully Support Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010

Devart is glad to announce the release of the new version of Oracle DAC, DAC for MySQL, SQL Server DAC, InterBase DAC, and PostgreSQL DAC


(Press Release) – Oct 08, 2009 – The Devart DAC product line consists of the solutions that provide access from Delphi, Delphi for .NET, C++Builder, Kylix, and Free Pascal, and offer wide coverage of the database servers' feature sets.

In the current version of DACs Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010 is supported. Now they let you use the latest Embarcadero IDEs - Delphi 2010 and C++Builder 2010.

Our VCL Data Access Components have extremely flexible pricing. The Single license starts from as little as $99.95, and you can always choose the edition that matches your needs best. To learn more, download trial edition or order a license please visit the Devart site: http://www.devart.com/products-vcl.html.

About Devart

Devart is a software development company with 11 years of experience on the software market and over 20 thousands of devoted users.

We specialize in providing native connectivity solutions as well as comprehensive development and management tools for the most popular databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, InterBase, Firebird, and SQLite.

For additional information about Devart, visit www.devart.com/company/.

How to choose the right Delphi license

Here's a quick overview of the options when you're choosing a license for Delphi.

Choose an Edition

Delphi comes in three editions - Professional, Enterprise and Architect. In general, the Professional edition includes all the basics for building Windows apps, Web apps with some limitations, and database apps limited to local connectivity with a few databases. As you move up to the Enterprise edition you get expanded web and database development functionality plus UML modeling and some other higher end features. The main thing Architect adds is the ability to do database modeling and design with ER/Studio. You can find out more about the different editions of Delphi on the Delphi Product Editions page or see a very detailed feature-by-feature comparison in the full feature matrix PDF.

Choose a License Type

Embarcadero offers a few different license types for Delphi including Named User, Networked Named User and Networked Concurrent User. Individuals usually choose the single named user license. If a company has multiple users and wants to manage the licenses for those users within their network and transfer licenses between users without going through Embarcadero, they can do so with Networked licenses. Those licenses can either be named user licenses (each license assigned to a single named user) or they can be concurrent licenses (licenses are checked out from a pool of available licenses). There are also two choices of license servers to manage the licenses - either Embarcadero's "ELC" license server or FLEXnet. For more information to help you choose, see the Software Licensing Solutions page.

Academic Licenses

Academic licenses follow along the same types as above but with some minor differences. Academic discounts are available in most countries. That can include discounts on individual licenses for educators and students, classroom licenses (which are Networked Concurrent licenses managed with the ELC license server described above), and educational site licenses that can cover multiple products across an entire campus or school system. The options vary by country so it's best to contact your Embarcadero representative for all the details and they can help you or refer you to an academic partner that serves your area.

October 7, 2009

Computerworld: Building touch, multitouch and gesture applications

There's a new posting from Embarcadero's David I on the Computerworld "Once More Into the Code" blog titled Building touch, multitouch and gesture applications.
Touch and multi-touch have been a big focus of our Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio 2010 products. There were three goals for the touch/gesture app enablement in these products:

1. Make it as easy as possible for developers to build touch and gesture enabled apps
2. Make it easy to touch/gesture enable both existing apps and new apps
3. Provide a solution that isn't just tied to Windows 7 and instead supports multiple versions of Windows like we try to do with all our technologies

More info on building touch, multi-touch and gesture enabled apps with Embarcadero tools