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It is that time of the year again when we celebrate and thank our families, colleagues, and customers. Being a global company, we have to acknowledge that many of these sentiments vary greatly from country to country, but technology has brought us all closer together and allows us to share more and to relate more closely to one another. Embarcadero continues to make excellent progress in our many initiatives, and for that, we are grateful to our customers, our community, and our many partners!
10.3.3 Is Out!
We have another update to 10.3 that has been received with a lot of enthusiasm. While the big items are related to Delphi, I have seen multiple positive comments about the improvements with C++Builder, which is fantastic to hear. I think that with these updates, 10.3 (with its three updates) has become one of our most outstanding releases in recent years. Kudos to our tireless PM team, our Architects and Partners, as well as our MVPs who constantly provide excellent feedback for the evolution of our product roadmap. While we are already busy with 10.4, our vision for more seamless upgrades makes 10.3.3 a milestone release for upgrades.
We released a new, exciting version of InterBase. It is surprising that there are still RAD Studio customers who are unfamiliar with how easy it is to use and develop with IB from RAD Studio. You may have noticed a bit more content around this, and that is in response to this finding. InterBase is a great product for embedded databases and is very cost-efficient, especially if you use enterprise features. We have very attractive pricing for OEM / VAR usage, so I encourage you to explore it. With Aqua Data Studio as a development environment, InterBase is definitely one of the leading products in this space.
Delphi for Education
This is a huge focus area for us. The official launch of LearnDelphi.org will come shortly with an initial set of resources and a framework to continue to build on. It will also make requesting academic licenses easier, as the demand continues to grow. Thanks to our global partners, more students will be learning Delphi! I want to note specifically two exciting developments. In Hungary, our partners Ker-Soft, Kft. worked with leading universities to adopt Delphi and also sponsor it for many, many high schools. In Turkey, with the untiring support of BTG (Bilgi ve Teknoloji Grubu), the Ministry of Education has adopted Delphi for 15 different official vocational school courses, which will be taught in 1,600+ vocational schools and is expected to reach over 600,000 students. Wow! This is on top of continued progress in countries like South Africa and New Zealand and the huge developer markets in Russia and Brazil. We are also seeing nice pick-up in some universities in the US.
Support Content in Documentation Wiki
Updating and optimizing our infrastructure is a continuous effort. We are admittedly moving slower than we would love, but we have a lot going on. However, we are making some progress that I hope you would appreciate. When we modernized our Community Portal, we made some decisions to include support articles there that we realize were not optimal. They are difficult to find and not logically structured. Our Documentation team has taken over this content and will integrate it in the Wiki with multi-language support. They did a nice job of updating the Wiki itself over the summer, and I think that the integration of the support content there will be welcomed. We are also cleaning up the support portal UX that I am sure will also be appreciated.
Delphi @ 25
We have a big anniversary coming in February. It is a lot to celebrate, especially for the community that has been loyal to Delphi and has been tirelessly supporting its development. We have planned some fun campaigns to promote Delphi and RAD Studio. Most importantly, we need your success stories. We brought back Cool Apps (remember, not just pretty apps) and will continue to solicit interesting examples. We know that you are busy, but please contribute—this helps everyone.
I want to thank everyone for being part of our community. We are committed to making Delphi and RAD Studio awesome. Let’s make the next few months a joint celebration of something that we all love!
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The same here in BG, I wrote a lot of emails to Emb representatives with ideas, suggestions, plans for improvements and products popularization to result in Raising community again, but with no response...
I will try to summarize them in a personal email.
Sorry, I’ve been out of contact recently. Thanks for your reply, I sent you a letter.
Dmitry Onoshko Just pinging here - could you email me about this please? Firstname dot lastname at embarcadero.com.
And of all of them the only one that is really works is "C++17 Clang Win32 compiler"
The rest to wait for 10.4 to see if with a little luck .. .. ..
(I suppose that all these things escape because in Embarcadero C++ Builder is not used internally to maintain any project, since many are obvious with only a few minutes of work)
Could you email with more info about this, please, Dmitry? My email is firstname dot lastname at embarcadero.com.
Delphi @ 25 – In the context of the history of Delphi my app might be of interest. It illustrates a valuable attribute of Delphi in that it has been kept backwards compatible. An important part of my source code was written in Turbo Pascal in 1984 and implemented on the CPM operating system. That code is still in use as Delphi code in the app which at present is on the Apple Mac App store, the Apple App Store, the Google Play store and the Microsoft store. It is not a “cool app” because it is intended for a relatively small specialist audience. If this could be of interest as a success story what should be my next step?
At the same time Delphi is being pushed to removal from teaching programs in universities of Belarus in spite of many teachers being against this. And trying to negotiate collaboration with Embarcadero stops at “We have no sufficient resources for that” and then these people feel offended when you try to contact other company representatives.
Maybe it was just a misunderstanding, but we had to literally fight for Delphi this year without any notion of help from its developer company. Any chances to get in contact with someone in Embarcadero who would be interested to help us defending Delphi as the first programming language for students and prove the language is neither dead nor outdated for our bosses?
Can't believe it's been 25 years... Any plans to add native async / await support to the language? When switching back and forth between C# and Delphi, the lack of async in general and WinRT async API support in particular, stands like a sore thumb.
I'll forward your comments to David Millington, our C++Builder product manager, but I'd also like to point out that some previous Rio releases had a number of C++ specifically related features - so much so that some Delphi developers were complaining that they didn't have the features yet. Not every release covers both languages evenly.
Would love to hear more about your ideas.
Hi - which installer are you using? If you use the GetIt installer (the default, the online one, not the ISO) then installing an update from 10.3.x to 10.3.3 will both uninstall the old and reinstall the new for you. You just click ok a few times. Third party components and tools should remain registered and installed. It's also quite fast, depending on your internet connection.
The legacy ISO installer is much slower, and we usually do not recommend it.
The installer does uninstall files before installing the point release: this is because RAD Studio is a very complex product, and it's safer to remove files first before replacing them, rather than overwriting.
I personally also recommend using VMs. Set up a VM once and then all developers can use it. I strongly recommend it for flexibility, ability to revert or have multiple versions, ease of upgrading (do it just once!) etc.
take a vacation but before that give me a better community edition 64 bit...with a nice working debugger for c++.
community edition 64 bit....!???
Five years ago I wrote emails to your representatives with ideas and plans what we can do to improve, populate... and raise the Delphi community again, but you preffered to expand your ads company instead to collaborate with us and now I am seeing that you have some plans in this way - I mean for example the education program above.