ADUG’s own Graeme Chandler has just released his book FireMonkey Development for iOS and OS X with Delphi XE2 Continue reading
XML. It seems that most developers either love it or hate it. However you feel about it, XML is wide-spread enough that every Delphi developer is likely to reckon with it some time during their career. Continue reading
Do you remember Bold for Delphi, the model driven architecture and object persistence framework that was first developed by Boldsoft, then purchased by Borland and included in Delphi 7 Architect?
I know that there is at least one senior Embarcadero manager who is watching with interest what happens with this petition so it’s probably now or never time for Bold.
Bold is already available for free download for Delphi 2005/2006/2007 (you can use the D2006 version in D2007 due to the binary compatibility of those two versions), but it seems unlikely that Embarcadero will ever do anything more with it. Their focus is now on DataSnap, a great technology in itself but one that’s very different and quite incompatible with Bold.
Releasing Bold as open source would give the community the opportunity to try to move Bold across the unicode and 64 bit chasms to be able to run in the latest Delphi versions. It could be modified to make use of the new RTTI capabilities and attributes. Bold was years ahead of its time even without these capabilities, imagine what it could be like running in today’s Delphi.
Embarcadero’s last excursion into open sourcing a product, Interbase, obviously didn’t live up to their expectations but with Bold I believe there is very little for them to lose and potentially a lot for the community to gain. I know of only one commercial third party object persistence framework for Delphi but I doubt its sales would be negatively affected as Bold has been freely available for download for years now.
I’m guessing it would be big job for the community to port an open source Bold to XE2/XE3 but if it happened it would be a very valuable contribution in an area that Delphi has traditionally been quite weak.
Today is the last chance for registering for the ADUG Autumn Symposium 2012. The event will be held this Thursday in Melbourne and Friday in Canberra.
Don’t miss your chance to see Bruno Fierens on FireMonkey component development and mobile Intraweb applications, Malcolm Groves on distributed applications and Glenn Stephens on REST clients and servers.
Every year since 1999 the Australian Delphi User Group has held it’s Autumn Symposium in two Australian cities. Presenters for the all day event are drawn from the Australian and international Delphi communities to speak on a wide selection of topics of interest to Delphi programmers. Continue reading
A good news story that I think deserves a wider audience.
Hate to break it to you, but Delphi (RAD Studio) just closed out 2011 with sales levels that surprised (in a good way) even our staunchest internal supporters. IOW, we’ve been seeing a upward trend for the last several years.
Allen Bauer, 5th Jan 2012, delphi.non-technical
There are 10 types of programmers; those that understand binary and those that don’t.