Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Delphi Technical Seminar in the Netherlands

Just got back from the CodeGear Technical Seminar 'Delphi Technology Previews and Roadmap update' in Amstelveen (near Amsterdam).
At least 180 developers joined this seminar. This seemed to be more then prior years. It was pretty crowded.

Delphi 2007 for Win32: DBX4
After a short introduction by David I, Pawel Glowacki gave an introduction in DBX4, the new cross platform database technology formerly known as dbExpress 3 (win32) and Borland DataProvider (.NET). DBX4 bundles this two technologies into one. For more information on DBX4 you can check Steve Shaughnessy weblog.

Delphi 2007 for Win32: MSBuild
Jason Vokes showed the new built system MSBuild that is bundled with Delphi 2007.

Delphi for PHP
The most interesting part of the seminar, for me, was to  see Delphi for PHP in action. Again CodeGear has a winner here!
Pawel built an PHP application which uses a Connection component, a Query component and a DataSource component that were hooked up, just like Delphi to a grid. No code to be written yet. And all pretty understandable for a Delphi developer with no PHP experience. 
The only difference between Delphi Original and Delphi for PHP seems to be the language. Everything else has the look and feel similar to Delphi.
I found this video showing the demo including the use of a data dictionary.

Although stated in the seminar title there was no roadmap shown. Of course there is on going work in many areas of Delphi but no exact dates or shedules were mentioned. 

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