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Become a Glass Explorer on Tues April 15 - still only US for now

Several of us have Google Glass and are building and testing apps using the devices. Google posted a message on their Google+ Glass page, announcing that "Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in. You can find us on Tuesday at: http://google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one". The asterisk denoted a comment where Google said "*To everyone outside the US… we know. Sorry :( We’re just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries."

Using Delphi (and soon C++Builder) with Google Glass

Jim McKeeth and I have been showing apps we’ve built for Glass in videos, blog posts and our Jaunary "Programming Devices and Gadgets with RAD Studio" webinar. Here are several links to our Glass information.

Google Glass Takes on Parkinson’s Disease

There’s a wonderful Google Glass article in PC Magazine reporting that Newcastle University researchers are looking at how Google Glass might help people with Parkinson’s disease. Read the article at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456257,00.asp.

Delphi Developer Days 2014 Tour Featuring Bob Swart and Cary Jensen

Register now for two days of intense Delphi sessions. Hear about Android and iOS mobile development, exploring platforms for cross-platform development, FireDAC and database connectivity and advanced techniques, object-oriented programming and component design, data-awareness in FireMonkey applications, REST and SOAP, and much more. Register early and get a discounted price.

Dates and Cities

  • May 5-6 2014 - Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, MD
  • May 8-9 2014 - Chicago, IL
  • May 26-27, 2014 - Frankfurt, Germany
  • June 12-13, 2014 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • June 18-19, 2014 - London, United Kingdom

Learn more about Delphi Developer Days here..

Free evening community event at the US stops with Jim McKeeth

Plus, join Embarcadero for a free evening community event during Delphi Developer Days.

Find out more and RSVP to attend!

Cppcon 2014 - Bellevue, WA - September 7-12, 2014

The Cppcon 2014 C++ conference will take place in Bellevue Washington September 7-12, 2014. Join the ISO C++ foundation and Microsoft’s Going Native show into one conference for C++ developers, tool vendors, teachers, students and C++ language fans. Bjarne Stroustrup will give the opening keynote, "Making Simple Tasks Simple!". Submissions for talks and panels are open until May 14, 2014.

The conference timeline:

  • May 15: Submission deadline
  • June 13: Submission acceptance notification
  • June 27: Conference program available online
  • July 1: Early bird registration ends (regular registration is $995)
  • September 1: Regular registration ends (late registration is $1195)
  • September 7: Conference begins, registration and reception
  • September 8: Sessions begin

You’ll find additional information on the conference site at http://cppcon.org/. Submission information is available at http://cppcon.org/submissions/. Registration is now open - http://cppcon.org/registration/. The conference location is the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. Hotels nearby with special conference rates are listed at http://cppcon.org/lodging/.

Short video - Intel Interview - "Mobile First"

Interesting short video from the latest Intel Software Adrenaline magazine and email I receive. The video has Luke Wroblewski, "Mobile First" book author and Input Factory CEO, talking about "how he came to the idea and the challenges still faced in format, interface, and adoption - as well as the huge opportunities."

You can watch the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m-PqCndpnk (2 minutes and 50 seconds).

Other videos with Luke include:

Embarcadero Mobile First Information

Get started with mobile using RAD Studio and AppMethod

Nexus Quality Suite for RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder XE5

Nexus DB, an Embarcadero Technology Partner, has created the Nexus Quality Suite (NQS) of tools for developers that works with RAD Studio XE5. The product includes two profilers (for Win32) - one that works at the method level and one that works at the line level. The suite also includes a code coverage analyzer.

Nexus Quality Suite Product page - http://www.nexusdb.com/support/index.php?q=qualitysuite

Nexus Quality Suite is based on the core technology from TurboPower Sleuth QA and provides integration into the RAD Studio IDE.

First Look Webinar: RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder XE6 - April 16!

Join John Thomas and Marco Cantù for a first look at RAD Studio XE6, Delphi XE6 and C++Builder XE6. See what’s coming for VCL/Windows and FMX multi-device development in XE6 and get ready to take your app development to the next level.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • 6AM PDT San Francisco / 9AM New York / 2PM London / 3PM Milan / 13:00 UTC/GMT
  • 11AM PDT San Francisco / 2PM New York / 7PM London / 8PM Milan / 18:00 UTC/GMT
  • 5PM PDT San Francisco / 17-Apr (Thursday) 9AM Tokyo / 17-Apr (Thursday) 10AM Sydney / Midnight between 16&17-Apr (Thursday) UTC/GMT

Register Now for the Preview Webinar(s)

If you are not sure what the starting time will be in your location, use the TimeAndDate.com time zone converter links below:

Join us Live!

Evans Data Developer Relations Conference 2014 - developer demographics

I am attending and presenting at the 2014 Evans Data Developer Relations Conference here in Santa Clara. This is a great conference for any company that has or is trying to build a developer program around their products, services and more. In her opening keynote, Janel Garvin, CEO and Founder of Evans Data, talked about the changing landscape of software development, developer programs and the global professional developer community. Here are a few summary factoids that she included in her presentation.

  • There are more than 19 million professional developers worldwide.
  • The Top 5 countries by professional developer population: US, India, China, Russia, Japan
  • India will pass USA in 2017 for largest population of professional developers.
  • Age: APAC median age is 34, EMEA = 39, North America = 36.
  • Pros also moonlight building mobile apps.
  • Developer’s primary host operating system is still Windows
  • Top 3 programming languages used 3: Java, C/C++ and C#.
  • >60% of developers use scripting languages some of the time. JavaScript is the leading choice
  • Mobile App Dev – 52% of developers are presently developing mobile apps. Most in APAC, then North America, then EMEA.

There are many cool development and services companies attending and presenting this year. You can see the complete line up at http://evansdata.com/drc/2014/schedule.php.

Appmethod sites - information, support, code snippets and more

If you want to "Build Fast Apps Fast" for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, check out all of the Appmethod information that is available online. Here are some links to information about Appmethod, links to get the trial, support information, our new public facing bug tracking system, code snippets, community site, web forums and more.

Articles about Appmethod

Build Fast Apps Fast - get started today!

Get Started for Free - no credit card required - sign up using Facebook, Google + or your email address - http://www.appmethod.com/

Buy Appmethod - https://store.embarcadero.com/542/purl-appmethod

Embarcadero Community 3.0 is live at community.embarcadero.com

We are using Appmethod as the start of our new 3rd Generation Embarcadero community software infrastructure, community.embarcadero.com. This one is based on Joomla/JomSocial and ties into your Embarcadero customer account login. We will add other products and additional social functionality throughout this year. We started the community site at the developer conference in July 1999. It has been live, continuously since the launch. We have moved through several different software infrastructures (Storyserver, Vignette and custom software modules). We are starting the next generation community site with articles (technical, tutorial, support), answers, events and forums.

The Embarcadero Developer Network (edn.embarcadero.com) site will continue to be used for our other products for now. We will gradually move EDN content over to the new infrastructure and add new capabilities (blogs, jobs and more) in the coming months, quarters and years.

Login to the new community site with your existing account (some call it the EDN user id) and update your profile. Pose questions and participate in the forums.

c|net - NBA players wear Glass to enhance fan experience

Cool video on c|net shows the use of Google Glass at a Sacramento Kings shoot around. Caption for the video says "The Sacramento Kings is among the first pro teams to experiment with using Google Glass. The team recently invited CNET to a shootaround practice session. Here’s what dunking and dribbling looks like through the eyes of a professional NBA player."

Video is at http://news.cnet.com/1606-2_3-50162081.html

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