Highlights of the Sydney XE3 event

So I live G+ed my way through the whole Sydney ADUG event. Quite tiring really, trying to focus on what was being said and simultaneously summarise it for 4 hours.

Here’s a few of my highs and lows of the morning. Take all of this with a grain of salt though. It was a whirlwind morning and it’s highly likely I’ve misunderstood or mispresented at least one or two things.

The Good

The Bad

  • Still no frames in FireMonkey
  • Premium styles for FireMonkey being sold separately – surely they can’t charge a lot for these and if that’s the case won’t it be more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Mobile Studio (iOS and Android support) will most likely be sold separately and a Delphi license won’t have it bundled. As yet it’s not clear if it will be bundled within a RAD Studio license.
  • HTML5 Builder jQueryMobile applications replace the default flow layout behaviour and adaptability of regular jQueryMobile apps with the same absolute positioning and screensizes found in RadPHP

The Missing

  • Any mention of VCL enhancements – to be honest though I’m not sure what I’d like them to do to the VCL that hasn’t already been done by a third party vendor.
  • No new language features for Delphi apart from what is required to support mobile devices.
  • iOS support – FMX and the Delphi language enhancements required for mobile support have moved past what FreePascal supports. It’s a shame the new “Mobile Studio” isn’t ready yet but I certainly wouldn’t want them to waste time trying to bring FreePascal up to the level they need just for this release.

These are just the highlights that spring to mind right now, tomorrow if they haven’t already been covered elsewhere I’ll go back to my G+ posts and find some more for you.

7 Comments on “Highlights of the Sydney XE3 event

  1. That’s a really bad release, as usual Embarcadero late and promising what they never deliver

  2. Thank you! Win8 support, FM2 supporting sensors/services API, upcoming/delayed mobile studio with native-looking controls and Visual Live Binding sound very promising. Do one tool chain and framework still make sense for mobile and Win/Mac?

    • I’m tired of waiting for this to come, so I’m writing my own… IMO Delphi cannot compete with other development environments unless it have proper ORM framework. Sadly Embarcadero does nothing to change this.