March 28, 2011

The Best Delphi Ever

We received a really nice email from someone who evaluated RAD Studio XE so I thought I would share some of it...

I just wanted to let you know that this is the best Delphi ever !
I had just completed an evaluation of Delphi and C++ in RADStudio XE.

·         Your website is extremely professional and customer (developer) friendly.
·         Your online store and product registration is now working much better.
·         Your product strategy is coherent and is now starting to make sense again.
·         You product is extremely well rounded and smooth.
·         The partner pack is so complete it is a total shock for me to see that most of the tools and components I need is there. Thank goodness these Delphi die-hards just kept on improving and enhancing their components all this time.
·         A development environment is a culture:
o   The elegance and readability of the code (by humans!)
o   The structure and layout of the programming project.
o   The RAD and component philosophies  which cuts deeply in the way components should rapidly be snapped together.
o   The practical non-dogmatic approach of the Delphi language means that the developer does not have to fight constraints, inconsistencies, idiosyncrasies and ambiguities of the language model. It is neat , it is natural, it is quick!
o   I am amazed at the turbo speed of the IDE, the compilers, the everything!.
·         And finally, this is the most complete and affordable development environment in the world!
o   The time and money saved from just installing everything out of the box, is less that the money value of the time you will spend trying to put together something yourself from any free open source code.
o   The time it now takes again smacking together a fantastic high quality application is mind boggling.
·         I had no problem paying the license for this release. It is great great value for money!

March 25, 2011

Cloud Computing with Delphi and RAD Studio Webinar On-Demand

If you weren't among the nearly 1,000 people who joined us for the webinar "Developing Applications for the Cloud Using RAD Studio XE" with David Intersimone, we now have the webinar available as a free on-demand replay. The webinar slides and sample source code are also available for download.

Visit the RAD in Action - Cloud Computing web page to see the replay and get the downloads.

If you missed any of our other RAD in Action topics like Delphi Labs - DataSnap with Pawel Glowacki, DataSnap XE in Action with Bob Swart, Building iPhone Applications using Delphi Prism XE with Brian Long, Mobile Development with PHP, REST and Android featuring Daniele Teti, and Developing REST Servers using Delphi and DataSnap with Marco Cantu, now is a great time to catch up on those too.


March 17, 2011

Delphi XE Help Update 2 and hotfix for background compilation now available

Two new updates are available for Delphi XE, C++Builder XE, and RAD Studio XE users.

Help Update 2 for Delphi XE and C++Builder XE
Help Update 2 for Delphi and C++Builder XE provides bug fixes and other improvements to the Help system. Visit http://docs.embarcadero.com for versions of the Help available online.

Download link: http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28256


Delphi XE, C++Builder XE and RAD Studio XE Hotfix for QC 90864
This fix corrects an IDE hang caused during a background compile operation.

Download links:
Enterprise and Architect edition users: http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28257
Professional edition users: http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28258
Starter edition users: http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28259


March 7, 2011

Blaise Pascal Magazine free special issue on Delphi Starter

Blaise Pascal Magazine just released a freely downloadable special issue dedicated to Delphi XE Starter edition. Visit their web site and click the "Free Issue" button to download the PDF version.


They also recently started a Russian version of Blaise Pascal Magazine in addition to their long time English and Dutch versions.

You can also learn more about Delphi XE Starter edition at www.embarcadero.com/products/delphi/starter.

March 5, 2011

Extra chance to upgrade for 2006 and earlier users

Despite our best efforts to inform Delphi, C++Builder and Borland Developer Studio 2006 users that their opportunity to upgrade to XE was expiring Dec 31, 2010, some of those users didn't get the information. It may be because they have opted out of emails from Embarcadero (or previously from CodeGear, Borland or Inprise) or if they didn't see the information on our web site and in the upgrade qualifications for the new version.

We were happy to get the approval to re-open upgrade pricing to 2006 users and to earlier users of Delphi, C++Builder and Borland Developer Studio for the month of March to give them another opportunity to get upgrade pricing.

If you're considering an Enterprise upgrade, you can combine this with the Enterprise edition upgrade discounts that we're currently offering and save even more.

Here's a copy of the US/Canada version of the email about this offer. This went out to registered users of 2006 and earlier versions who haven't upgraded to a 2007 or later version.


Embarcadero Technologies
RAD Studio XE Special Upgrade Offer
Please Accept Our Apologies and this Special Opportunity to Upgrade to RAD Studio XE, Delphi XE or C++Builder XE
We’ve heard that not all registered users were aware that the upgrade eligibility for users of 2006 and earlier versions of Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio/Borland Developer Studio has expired.


If you didn’t get the word, we want to make it up to you so we’re re-opening the upgrade window for a limited time and extending upgrade pricing to you through March 31, 2011 to make sure you have a chance to receive the upgrade price.


"XE is a superb upgrade." - David Taylor

Five Key Reasons to Upgrade to XE today
  1. Catch up with the latest technologies and platform support – with XE you get Unicode, Windows 7 support, Office-style ribbon controls, touch and gesture input, the latest database drivers, cloud computing and much more!
  2. Get your work done faster and easier with new tools – special editions CodeSite, AQtime, IP*Works components, FinalBuilder (in the Enterprise edition), and visual PHP development in RAD Studio add to an already impressive array of tools
  3. Get free earlier versions – your XE purchase gives you free access to earlier versions of the tool you buy including Delphi 7, C++Builder 6 and Delphi and C++Builder 2007-2010
  4. Confirm your eligibility for future upgrades to 64-bit and cross-platform – when you upgrade to XE, you’ll be eligible for upgrade pricing to future versions and we have exciting plans around 64-bit, mobile, and cross-platform development that you won’t want to miss
  5. Join the crowd that loves XE - Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself what users are saying about XE
Extra Savings on Enterprise Upgrades
As part of this offer, you also qualify for special limited time pricing on Enterprise upgrades so you can get DataSnap XE, expanded dbExpress database server connectivity, FinalBuilder Embarcadero Edition and all the other great Enterprise functionality at the lowest price yet.


Here are some of the upgrade prices you qualify for:



New User
Upgrade Price
Delphi XE Professional
$899
C++Builder XE Professional
$899
RAD Studio XE Professional
$1,399
Delphi XE Enterprise
$1,999
$999 (regularly $1,299)
C++Builder XE Enterprise
$1,999
$999 (regularly $1,299)
RAD Studio XE Enterprise
$2,799
$1,499 (regularly $1,799)


Architect edition upgrades are also available. If you see in the descriptions that the upgrades are only for 2007-2010 users, don’t worry. We’re modifying the version checking to allow v2006 and earlier users to register upgrade products purchased during this special offer window.  Prices in US dollars.


Remember, if you don’t upgrade by March 31st, your upgrade eligibility will expire again and you will have to pay the new user price for XE or future versions. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity. This is a great time to make the move to RAD Studio XE, Delphi XE or C++Builder XE.

What Are Users Saying About XE?
"The BEST Delphi since version 7. A real game changer." - Andrew Tierney
"I'm switching from RS2010 to XE as my default IDE." - Robert Dawson
"I'm a Win32-guy and I really like the new release." - Daniel Wolf
"XE feels like a solid improvement over 2010." - Moritz Beutel


March 4, 2011

New hotfixes available for Delphi XE, C++Builder XE and RAD Studio XE

Two new hotfixes are available for Delphi XE, C++Builder XE and RAD Studio XE.

RAD Studio XE Hotfix for QC 89242

Download from:
http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28249 - for Professional edition users
http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28248 - for Enterprise and Architect edition users

This fix corrects the error caused when reading an ftMemo field twice using the InterBase or Firebird dbExpress driver.

This Hotfix applies to:

  • Product: Embarcadero RAD Studio, Delphi, C++Builder
  • Version: XE
  • Update level: Update 1
  • Editions: Professional, Enterprise, Architect
  • Languages: English, German, French, Japanese


RAD Studio XE Hotfix for QC 88928

Download from:
http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/28247

This fix corrects the error caused when an application with a TClientDataSet and TProvider encounters a negative status code from a database server.

This Hotfix applies to:

  • Product: Embarcadero RAD Studio, Delphi, C++Builder
  • Version: XE
  • Update level: Update 1
  • Editions: Enterprise, Architect
  • Languages: English, German, French, Japanese


See the readme files that are included with the downloads for further information

RAD in Action - Delphi Labs and Cloud Computing

We have two great new additions to our RAD Studio XE in Action series.

Delphi Labs - DataSnap

The first of the two new additions to the RAD in Action series is Delphi Labs from Pawel Glowacki. Pawel is a sales consultant and technical team lead in our EMEA region. I'm always impressed by his programming skills and insights. In the first Delphi Labs series he focuses on DataSnap development with weekly tutorial videos, tech papers, and source code downloads. You can see the latest episode and catch up on any earlier ones that you may have missed by visiting the Delphi Labs page http://www.embarcadero.com/rad-in-action/delphi-labs.


Developing for the Cloud using RAD Studio XE

The second of our new topics is Cloud Computing with David I. The Developing for the Cloud with RAD Studio XE webinar will show developers how to leverage cloud computing architectures, storage and services to build and deploy distributed applications using Embarcadero RAD Studio XE. Whether you are currently developing for the cloud or considering using the cloud for future application development, you’ll want to attend this free, live technical webinar. You can learn more about the webinar and register at http://www.embarcadero.com/rad-in-action/cloud.




March 1, 2011

Delphi Starter Edition video

Take a look at this video on Delphi Starter edition if you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Professional, Enterprise and Architect editions to build apps for your personal use and some commercial use.




See the Delphi Starter web page and FAQ for more information, features, and licensing details.