Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Announcements! Announcements!

It's an exciting day here at CodeGear!  The following two announcements just hit the wire this morning:

Delphi 2007 for Win32 and Delphi for PHP

The first product is a direct result of survey results, direct customer feedback, and input from various other sources.  The second product is our first break-out product for CodeGear.  In the following weeks, you'll begin to hear some more information about what new an interesting things we're putting into these products. One little tidbit is from Steve Shaughnessy with his post about some new developments in the database area.

Something that is pretty exciting about Delphi 2007 is the integration of MSBuild.  There is a whole cottage industry springing up around MSBuild that is providing a myriad of different tools for all kinds of interesting things.  Nick Hodges has a few screenshots over here of some the enhancements related to MSBuild, including named configurations.

Another first for Delphi (and in this release only) is that we've done a lot of work to ensure backward compatibility with Delphi 2006.  This means that nearly all your third-party components for Delphi 2006 will work seemlessly with Delphi 2007.  It is a compatible version of VCL with a lot of enhancements for better supporting Windows Vista including full control over the “glass” frame of top-level forms.  The IDE has also received a lot of performance improvements.  The general feeling from our field-testers is that the IDE is considered as fast as Delphi 7.  We've also done some unprecedented things with our field-test.  For instance, Nick posted to his blog an open invitation to join the field-test.  I don't know if we're still allowing folks in, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

I'm hopeful that these new developments will be begin to prove that we are serious about developers and developer tools here at CodeGear.  We aren't through yet... it should be interesting to hear what we have in store for the rest of this year.