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Embarcadero Reinvents App Development!

The word is out! 

I’m so excited! It looks like the upcoming Delphi XE2 release is going to be the most significant since version 1! Embarcadero truly reinvents application development. With the new FireMonkey app dev platform you can target Windows, Mac OS X and iOS from the same source code!!! We are entering the brand new era of developing cross-platform, visually stunning, interactive, 3D, animated, themable applications with Delphi and C++Builder. There is nothing like this on the market today!

Andreano Lanusse has posted great video episode where you can see Delphi development with FireMonkey: the same visually reach, animated application on Windows, OS X and iPad.

If you want to see building Delphi and C++Builder applications with FireMonkey live, you can register for any of the RAD Studio XE2 World Tour events here. I’m proud to be one of the World Tour speakers and with a bit of luck can become this year a golden frequent flyer with plenty of Air Miles;-)

The events on the southern hemisphere have already started and Delphi bloggers are getting busier and busier posting about the new release.

Go Delphi! Go FireMonkey! It is going to be HUGE!!!

{ 14 } Comments

  1. avra | August 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Nice feature, bad name. At first I thought it was somehow related to firefox plugins.

  2. Lachlan Gemmell | August 8, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Really looking forward to this. Going to order myself a Mac real soon now to give it proper workout.

  3. Jens Borrisholt | August 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to XE 2 !! but not to fire Monkey .. Can’t you see it is ugly ? It looks like something made by af 15 year newbee in java !!!

    Compare to DevExpress

    Jens B

  4. Ken Knopfli | August 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I understand FireMonkey takes over the GUI, not other VCL functions?

    So how to open, close and share files; how the registry or ini files work, etc. are not part of FireMonkey, I think. Otherwise, we would be forcing windows app behavior on Apple and other operating systems.

  5. Andreano Lanusse | August 9, 2011 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    @Ken,

    All you mention file system, registry, ini are not part of FireMonkey, but many of VCL/RTL classes will work with FireMonkey and have the right behavior in Mac, Win and iOS.

  6. Ken Knopfli | August 9, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Sounds like the right balance has been made. Excellent, thank you!

  7. Markus J | August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    So far I saw it’s not reinvented. It’s just a combinition of KSDev and FreePasacal. What exactly is reinvented?

  8. Paweł Głowacki | August 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    @Markus,
    Is there any other technology on the market to allow native compilation from the same source code to Win, OSX and iOS?

  9. Markus J | August 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    What about Qt or Lazarus/FreePascal it’s also native and single source?
    In the FreePascal FAQ there is stated:
    … the Free Pascal compiler is a 32 and 64 bit Turbo Pascal and Delphi compatible Pascal compiler for DOS, Linux, Win32, OS/2, FreeBSD, AmigaOS, Mac OS X, Mac OS classic and several other platforms (the number of supported targets grows all the time, although not all of them are on the same level as the main ones).
    http://www.freepascal.org/faq.var
    http://wiki.freepascal.org/iPhone/iPod_development

    But I am not familiar with details.

  10. Paweł Głowacki | August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    IMHO FireMonkey is the a unique technology. It is a single platform for 2D/3D hardware accelerated applications that can be written using multiple languages (C++,Pascal) and natively runs on Win, OS X and iOS. The additional value is that you can share almost all your non-visual code, like enterprise technologies available in RadStudio XE2 (think "DataSnap") across all platforms.

  11. Jennifer Kuiper | August 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    My sentiments exactly, Pawel. I am extremely excited about everything that has been announced around RAD Studio XE2. I knew you guys would come up with something, but I never expected this much. I tried Lazarus once, but I could never get a running start. It looks very unprofessionally, and I couldn’t even begin to make a comparison between Delphi and itself.

  12. Frank | August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Pawel, where could I ask how to get Microsoft’s Xna framewok to install into VS with Delphi Prism? I know you did a tutorial a few years ago but I’ve been trying all day here to get the two to work together and I can’t. Xna 4.0 installs into its own VS with C# and Prism into its own 2010 shell. Although the About box in the Prism shell does list Xna under a C# heading and Prism is listed separately.

    I tried following your tutorial and creating a Console App that uses Microsoft.Xna.Framework but when I try to compile it VS tells me Xna.Framework does not exist.

    Any help or a pointer in the right direction would be most appreciated.

  13. Pawel Glowacki | August 31, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    @Frank,
    XNA is no longer available as separate download. It is now part of Windows 7 Phone SDK.

  14. Pawel Glowacki | August 31, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    @Lena,
    C++Builder XE2 among other features supports FireMonkey on Windows and Mac, it has C++ code audits and metrics, enhanced RTTI and DataSnap capabilities.

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