Friday, 17 October 2014

Delphi development update

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it's been over a year since my last posting. My last post was having a moan about the cost of Delphi XE5, coming from XE4. Well, as many pointed out to me, the Software Assurance plan was the way to go and I'm now happily running on Delphi XE7 and enjoying being on the latest releases of Delphi as and when they emerge.

I know the whole SA/Recharge issue is a hot topic amongst Delphi developers, but I've covered that already and, as a successful business which uses Delphi heavily, the SA plan is actually a reasonable price to pay for the benefits we get from each new version of Delphi. So let's leave that discussion to the forums, for now.

I really wanted to mention 2 things today.

Firstly, using Delphi XE7, we have had our first app successfully submitted to the iOS App Store. I can't say too much about it yet because we want to give our customers the first details. But I have to say that I submitted the app to Apple 3 weeks ago, thinking the whole process would take months, knowing how difficult I've heard it is to get an app approved. Within less than 2 weeks, my app was approved, first time, and is currently in the store. Written entirely using out-of-the-box Delphi, on the FireUI framework. Communicating to a Datasnap Server written also entirely in Delphi. This is terrific for us and we have been able to re-use so much existing code for the app that would have had to be rewritten had we chosen another mobile development framework.

Secondly, I have a copy of the new Delphi Cookbook by +Daniele Teti which I have just begun and will post a review of within the next month. It's written in an informal style making it an easy read, and all of the example code is available to download if you buy the book.

Having used and evangelised Delphi for the past 20 years, I thought I knew everything there is to know, but there are some nice topics that I've encountered already that have explained something new or different, and it's always good to learn.

Happy coding.
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