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The year in review (2013) and the year ahead (2014)

Happy New Year! Last year we delivered more new platform, language, component and library support than we ever had before. We had our largest CodeRage Delphi conference ever. We visited more cities and developers than ever before. The momentum continues into 2014 with more platforms, more technology and more improvements in our Delphi, C++Builder, RAD Studio and InterBase products for Windows, OSX, iOS and Android. Buckle up and join the wild ride into the future of native code software development tools!

2013 Product Innovations (just to name a few)

  • Delphi ARM compiler for iOS
  • Delphi ARM compiler for Android
  • C++Builder ARM compiler for iOS
  • FireDAC database components for VCL and FM apps on all platforms
  • REST Client Library components for your Delphi and C++Builder VCL and FM apps
  • FM enhancements for all platforms including the new TListView component
  • IBLite and IBToGo - InterBase XE3 on mobile platforms - full ANSI SQL-92 database on your devices
  • IDE "Start Here" welcome pages with videos, tutorials and project links
  • Enhancements and quality improvements for VCL, FM and RTL
  • and a whole lot more!

RAD in Action webinars and content

RAD in Action monthly webinars took place to expand your skills and app development possibilities. Each topic was presented by an expert developer and includes a webinar replay, white paper, examples and videos.

Find all of the resources you need on our RAD in Action page at

We are putting together the monthly themes and content for 2014. We start off the new year on January 22 with

    Making the Connection - Programming Devices and Gadgets with Delphi and C++Builder VCL and FM apps with Jim McKeeth and David Intersimone "David I"
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    6AM San Francisco / 9AM New York / 2PM London / 3PM Milan
    11AM San Francisco / 2PM New York / 7PM London / 8PM Milan
    5PM San Francisco / 23-Jan 10AM Tokyo / 23-Jan 12PM Sydney

Stay tuned to the Embarcadero events calendar for additional live and online events at

CodeRage 8 C++ Conference - February 25-26, 2014

Join Embarcadero and software development C++ experts from around the world at the CodeRage 8 C++ conference. Save the Date: CodeRage C++ is coming February 25-26, 2014!

  • Start your FREE registration now! Registration hasn’t opened yet, but you can pre-register now and we’ll email you a reminder with a pre-filled form to submit and get the login info. Pre-Register Now
  • Interested in presenting? You can share your knowledge of mobile development, C++ programming tips, and software development best practices with thousands of your peers. Call for Papers

R&D is working on the platforms, capabilities, technologies and improvements you are requesting

We work in an industry that is moving forward at light speed. Our company continues to invest in the developer tools so that we can not only continue to improve our existing products, we can also add new features and products to help all developers who care about desktops, servers, clouds, devices, gadgets and services.

Some of the 2013 tech innovations and trends we are fully on top of included:

  • The UI goes "flat" - the iOS 7 and Windows 8 looks are here to stay, and you have access to all of it today in RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder
  • Google Glass, Pebble and other Wearable Devices - Jim McKeeth, David I and others have shown everyone how to develop for these new devices and gadgets. Come to our webinar on January 22, 2014 to see more. Jim McKeeth is a speaker at the Wearables DevCon 2014 in San Francisco in March. His talks will be "Is Thought the Future of Wearable Input?" and "Native App Development on Google Glass". Philippe Kahn, CEO of FullPower Technologies, will also be a keynote speaker at Wearables DevCon 2014.
  • Your smartphone replaces your camera - with Delphi and C++Builder you can create smartphone and desktop camera apps using just a couple of lines of code.
  • Alternate interface devices - using gestures and motion sensing interfaces you can create even more emmersive applications. Stuart Simon started things with his TKinect component a couple of years ago. Now these devices are starting to reach beyond gaming consoles. Again, come to our Devices and Gadgets webinar on January 22 to see how you can easily integrate these devices into your Delphi and C++Builder applications.
  • Cloud and Back End as a Service architectures reach out and integrate into all business applications - what started as platform hosting has become the next generation of multi-tier architectures and business services. Our support for Cloud APIs and also the new REST Client Library components get you there faster with little coding required.

Much More to Come in 2014

In 2013 we saw many new industry innovations and there is no sign of things slowing down, so we won’t slow down either! We love all your suggestions, feedback, emails, blog posts and comments. It would be very quiet in our world if you stopped talking to us and about us. I love it all and you all.

The team is working on new enhancements for the VCL, FM, Windows, OSX, iOS, Android, DataSnap along with a bunch of additional surprises. We will also have many more opportunities to interact this year in person and online. See you soon!

Happy New Year!

{ 22 } Comments

  1. Tran | January 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful! Long live Delphi!

  2. RichardS | January 2, 2014 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Many congratulations on all yoo achieved in 2013, but I think one of Embarcadero’s goals for 2014 should be to increase the amount of information as to what you’re workinng on. What can we expect in 2014? "Lots of good stuff" isn’t really enough. Are you going to continue to do 2 major releases a year? If so, when is XE6 approximately due? Is Linux support coming this year? Windows RT? A new web framework? We don’t expect total detail and we also recognise plans will change - but at the moment the community is almost completely in the dark about what’s coming next.

  3. John | January 2, 2014 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    … as Richard said. And please, still take care of regular updates. This is what we need!

  4. David Intersimone | January 2, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Richard and John - we will continue to work on updates, hotfixes and new releases each year. The public roadmap from last fall still contains Windows, OSX, iOS and Android development focus. After we do a bit more iOS and Android the roadmap includes listings for Linux Server and Win/RT/ARM.

    For everyone who is investing in Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio the best way to stay up with us is to add "Support and Maintenance" to ensure that you get every update and new release during your 12 month period from the time of purchase. This is the absolute best investment to make sure you have it all.

  5. Harry Stahl | January 2, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Hello David,
    thank you to you and your team for all the innovations that happend in 2013 with Delphi. It was and is very impressive so see, that Delphi supports now so many platforms. I can imagine how hard the team work, MAC OS X and IOS and also Android are very fast ongoing platforms. To keep in touch is not so easy.
    So I wish you and the EMBA/Delphi Team success and a good hand also in 2014.
    Support for Windows RT sounds good, I would like to see also support for Android/Intel, which will be also a fast growing market soon.
    Hope we will see you in Germany this year again.
    Best Regards
    Harry Stahl

  6. Louis Kessler | January 2, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Could you add Windows Phone to the roadmap?

  7. davidi | January 2, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Louis - Win/RT/ARM = Windows Phone :)

  8. Zenon | January 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hello David,

    It is really great that all these new features are being added to Delphi and C++ Builder.
    It would be even better is Embarcadero could work with some well known authors to help publish a book (or two) about all these new goodies. It would make it much easier for the new developers to join the Delphi crowd.

    For starters it would be nice to be able to buy a book about Firemonkey framework.
    This could be a great advertisement of Embarcadero’s technology, so maybe it would be possible to divert a piece of marketing budget to help to make it happen? ;o)

    Happy New Year,

  9. John | January 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    IMHO, these two wishes will be extensively welcome: Independent FMX Runtime for mobile (Android/iOS) - managed on Stores by EMBT, and Android on Intel.

  10. Mike Versteeg | January 3, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Happy new year David! May your excitement and perseverance rub off on everyone involved in keeping C++ Builder alive & kicking.

  11. RichardS | January 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I do have support and maintenance, but that doesn’t mean I can just drop everything and switch to a new version when you release it, as it’s a lot of work switching to new release (3rd party libraries, testing, etc).

    It would be nice to be able to plan a bit more in advance. Even if it was just an estimated timeline, something like:

    Q1 2014 - XE5 update 3 - bug fixes
    Q2 2014 - XE6 with RT support
    Q3 2014 - XE6 update 1
    Q4 2014 - XE6 update 2
    Q1 2015 - XE7 with Linux support

    Is that really too much to ask?

  12. Simon Hooper | January 5, 2014 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year David.

    I upgraded to XE5 in 2013 and love it. I had been getting disillusioned with Delphi, but this version has re-ignited my enthusiasm. Congratulations and thanks to the development team.

    At the release conference there was mention of forthcoming Linux server support (non-visual). Any further news, please? It would make a big difference for me.

  13. Peter Sprenger | January 6, 2014 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Please, please add Clang 32-Bit! I have no need for Clang 64-Bit, but 32-Bit would rock!

  14. Wilfred Oluoch | January 6, 2014 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    I would like to see more Android devices supported; especially at the low end.
    Many phones sold in the emerging markets don’t make the cut, believe-it-or-not. So, it’s hard to do an app that won’t run on the majority of phones.
    Meanwhile, looking forward compile-to-Intel support.

  15. Marc | January 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Just to add two more questions:

    * Are there any plans to support Android x86 devices?

    * Should we expect a nextgen compiler for Windows/VCL in the near future?

  16. Stefan Heymann | January 9, 2014 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    What about Windows and VCL? This is still the most important platform.

  17. Brian Andersen | January 9, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink


    How about fixing the stability issues with the IDE on XE5?! It goes ‘Out of memory’ and creashes serveral times a day!!! Also, I’m NOT ABLE TO DEBUG COM-Objects. Sometime the IDE let’s me do it, but often it doesn’t work?!

    You’ve fixed a lot of bugs in DataSnap and it’s working more stable now. Now I’m able to use Aggregated fields without getting an Access Violation when closing the ClientDataSet. You’ve fixed some errors introduced in Delphi XE1 regarding Parameterized Queries as master/detail relasionship. But still there are to many bugs in DataSnap.

    Go through your QC - PLEASE!!!

  18. Eniz Karadzha | January 9, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Yes, in 2013 Embarcadero achieved a lot… I think that this year EMB should seriously work on Bug fixing ,IDE improvements and documentation. I think that every developer wants to use stable platform and in most of the cases developers will prefer something stable instead of something ‘cool’.
    The only thing which i want from this year is C++11 for x32 and faster and a bit advanced Code Completition for C++. It will improve a lot developers productivity. Or at least some paper how we can write extensions for the ide.
    I wish you successful year and keep good work !

  19. Zigmund Bulinsh | January 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, David, and when the long waiting QC entries will be fixed? For rtl/vcl which is still the main things..

  20. MehdyKarimpour | January 15, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Please add BiDi support to FireMonkey.
    It is very critical to move from VCL to FireMonkey or start new cross-platform project for right to left languages.

  21. Vin Koglin | January 17, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    It’s a tough gig, Delphi. At least in 2014. We all use Delphi still because of legacy code. However, Delphi’s direction is not legacy code, but rather Mobile. How long have we been complaining about the Help? Crashing in the IDE? It’s been a very long time. Again: Why are we still using it? Legacy code. EMB fix the Help and these IDE crashes and we’ll stop bitching about it. Then, go off and look for new customers with FM.

  22. David I | January 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Vin - We are working on more than just mobile. There is plenty of new capabilities in XE5 for VCL and "legacy apps" if you want to move them forward to use the new language capabilities, new RTL features, 64-bit windows, LiveBindings, FireDAC and more.
    The R&D team is working on VCL/Windows and Mobile this year at the same time. We are not just a mobile focused company. Some developers need mobile now, others know they will need it soon enough and others tell us they don’t need mobile. Delphi has something for everyone and will have more of those somethings in each release - including quality and performance improvements.
    You’ll see throughout 2014 that what I type here will appear.

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