Happy 2017

Happy New Year!

With Linux support coming this 2017 it will definitely be a happy new year. What it will bring is support in Delphi for Linux for server-side applications, such as Datasnap and/or REST servers, either running under Apache or as an application. The relevant RTL functionality will all be there, but no User Interface stuff.

And this is great, because it will allow us to deploy web services to Linux Apache servers, and it will also support one of our use cases; deploying low cost, ultra low power, micro servers that are placed at multiple locations inside building.

Keep in mind that if you are running something commercial on a Linux server, MySQL (MySQL Pricing) might be more expensive than you think, because of the licensing model that MySQL uses since Oracle acquired it. Interbase (Interbase pricing) may actually be a better and more affordable solution.

It will be a great 2017!

Dapug workshop

Some pictures of the workshop at the Dapug this week:

dapugauctioneerLasse Lægteskov won the prize from Devart. jensfudgeJens Fudge in front of his favourite tree.

It was a lot of fun presenting at the Dapug, especially because everyone there was so enthusiastic, open-minded and positive. Special thanks to Jens Fudge for inviting me over, and a thank you to everyone at the Dapug.

Delphi 10.1 Berlin Firemonkey en Android Training

Op donderdag 24 en vrijdag 25 november is er een Delphi 10.1 Berlin Firemonkey en Android training.

Ben je al ervaren in Delphi met de VCL, maar wil je verder met multi-platform (OSX, iOS, Android) dan is deze combinatie FireMonkey Power en Android App training misschien iets voor jou. Leer in 2 dagen het FireMonkey framework en Android app development kennen.

Meer info vindt je hier:

Delphi 10.1 Berlin FireMonkey en Android

En inschrijven kan via Barnsten:


Delphi Berlin For Free

Did you know you can use Delphi for free with the free Delphi Berlin Starter edition? If you want you can get started right know:

If you are a hobbyist, a student or just starting your own development, the Starter Edition is just fine. You can develop serious Windows desktop software with this version, as it includes a lot of the features you need, such as support for HTTP(S) requests including JSON and BSON that would allow you to consume WebServices. It even includes FMX, so you could start building visually stunning stuff with DirectX accelerated GUI graphics. Looking at the complete feature set will give you an idea of what’s possible out of the box, and although not mentioned here the ClientDataset in-memory table is actually part of Delphi Starter:

Daniel Wolf did some research on what you can do with the Starter Edition; his conclusion was that you could write software for an airport with Delphi Starter. Read his nicely detailed article here.

And don’t forget, this edition allows you to use and install third-party components as well. And there are a lot of Delphi Components out there.

Best Delphi Android development device

What is the best phone or tablet to use when developing Delphi apps for Android?
This is a recurring question on conferences and workshops. My short answer is “any of the Google Nexus phones or tablets”. These are Google’s developer devices with special features.

Please note that the choice of devices for end-users of the app you write in Delphi just about spans the entire Android market, and is in no way limited to Nexus or Pixel devices. You can basically run Delphi Android apps on almost any modern Android device; more about that later.

The best Delphi Android development device should have the following characteristics:

The Nexus / Pixel line of devices supports all of the above, whilst also pushing ahead with the latest hardware features.

Continue reading here: Best Delphi Android development device

Delphi Festival Utrecht – 20 september 2016

Delphi 10.1 Berlin, met de Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Preview van Delphi back-end software op Linux, VCL updates, mobiele toepassingen, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, PDF printing, MARS en REST, Spring4D en een kijkje in de Embarcadero R&D Labs. Er is zoveel te zien dat je je geen moment zult vervelen.

De sprekers zijn Pawel Glowacki, Mattias Gartner, Boian Mitov, Girish Patil, Vladimir Andretsov, Marco Geuze, Stefan Glienke, Andrea Magni, Bruno Fierens, Danny Wind en Olaf Monien.

Meer info en inschrijven:
Delphi Festival Utrecht – 20 september

Delphi Benelux 2016 Congress 26 mei 2016

Dit wordt weer iets bijzonders, in het Evoluon in Eindhoven.

Stephen Ball is er bij met Interbase en Visual Livebindings sessies. Als je nog vragen had over Interbase, Stephen is de expert. Paweł Głowacki laat alle nieuwe features zien van Delphi 10.1 Berlin en heeft hiervoor enkele fraaie demos geschreven. Bob Swart heeft twee leuke sessies; upgrade VCL naar Delphi 10.1 Berlin en database programming met FireDAC. Zelf heb een sessie over IoT Home Automation, waar ik de Vera Plus hub gebruik met Delphi. Deelnemers krijgen de nieuwe Fibaro Wall Plug software component om het Fibaro stopcontact die in NL makkelijk verkrijgbaar is aan te sturen. Verder een sessie over multi-tier met een RESTful API, waarin ik o.a. laat zien hoe je in Delphi een full compliant REST server kunt maken met GET/PUT/POST/DELETE. Als afsluiter een sessie over Bluetooth Beacons, waarbij ik enkele Raspberry Pi 3’s inzet als flexibele en remote controllable Beacons.

Meer info en inschrijven:

Wow, I’m MVP of the week!

Wow, I’m MVP of the week! A great big thank you to all you guys out there, this is really something.

Had a very nice podcast chat with Jim McKeeth on all things Delphi, that brought back some memories. It was great fun to do.

Delphi is just the greatest development tool, now even more than ever. What other development tool do you know that compiles your application with one framework and one source code to Windows, Mac, Android and iOS?

Delphi 10.1 Berlin

Delphi 10.1 Berlin has been released today!

This release has lots of useful new features, small and large. Such as asynchonous dialogs in Windows and OSX (ShowMessage is now async in OSX), support in the IDE for Android Smartwatch apps, support for Android 6.0, IoT devices, and much more.

FireUI Live Preview wil give you an actual preview of how your application will look when actually run on the target operating system. Not only very cool, but also very useful.

Also many small (and not so small) bugfixes. For instance in the way TTask internally handles WaitForAll. The bugfix there now correctly handles many small Tasks switching back and forth. Not something you are likely to encounter, but good to have fixed nonetheless. A thank you to Allen Bauer for fixing this.

For the full list of new things take a look at Whats New in Delphi 10.1 Berlin. We will also demonstrate these new features at the Delphi Benelux 2016 Congress on the 26th of May in the Evoluon in Eindhoven, where Pawel Glowacki, Bob Swart, Stephen Ball and Danny Wind will show you how to use all these new goodies.