Stephen Ball Ball

Associate Product Manager, InterBase and Product Evangelist RAD tools.

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RAD Studio XE2 samples on SourceForge A really popular link at our events is the link to the SVN for RAD Studio demos.. So I thought it would be useful to blog it up again for those who have missed it before... https://radstudiodemos.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/radstudiodemos/branches/RadStudio_XE2/ Don't forget to take advantage of the "buy Delphi OR C++ Builder and get RAD Studio free!" promotion currently running till the 29th June 2012... or download a trial version of Delphi and C++ Builder free from the http://downloads.em...

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Getting to grips with using FireMonkey Grids Although there is a huge amount that is the same for Delphi and C++ Builder developers between VCL and FireMonkey, one thing that has changed is the FireMonkey grids. [caption id="attachment_201" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="FireMonkey Grid Example"][/caption] After a recent question at an event, I thought I would put a little demo together to help understand some of the changes that come with the new style grid in FireMonkey. Having come from a VCL background and having used ...

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Delphi Day Italy - 6th to 8th June If your in around Piacenza, then you may want to watch out for the upcoming Delphi Day event in Italy. Delphi Day is the annual meeting of Italian Delphi developers with sessions over 3 days. I'll be there on the 7th June along with Marco Cantu and others. Registration is from €30 - visit http://www.delphiday.it/ for more information. Hope to see you there......
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Free White Paper for Integrating FireMonkey into VCL, Visual Studio C# and C++ Applications Free White Paper and Source Code! Are you either a Windows software developer using Visual Studio.. or A programmer who has been using VCL in Delphi and C++Builder? if so, you may be interested in incorporating Win/Mac functionality from the new FireMonkey application platform into your applications? If so, my latest white paper is now available. Download the white paper Integrating FireMonkey Into Your Existing VCL, C# and C++ Applications FireMonkey is the first native CPU a...
Debugging a (FireMonkey) library with Delphi and C++ Builder If you have ever wondered how to debug when developing a library... than this 2 minute video is for you! This video uses code from my free white paper for developing multi-platform libraries Download the white paper for Integrating FireMonkey into C++, C#, Delphi VCL, and C++ Builder applications....

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Search Context Demo. Video and Code. Great feed back from Developer Direct today. Twitter was a buzz with David I and Marco Cantu joining in the conversation. A popular request at the end of the session was for the source code for the windows and mac search context demo that I wrote. You can find that here : http://cc.embarcadero.com/Item/28773 This demo was covered in the FireMonkey in Action Live demo as well as in this video. Also the white paper about FireMonkey Interoperability with other languages including C++,...

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InterBase Technical Videos With the move to multi-platform now a possibility with FireMonkey, one question I often get asked is what database should I use? Personally for WinMac development I could think of nothing I'd rather use than InterBase. I've been using InterBase for well over a decade, and it has matured into a very fast, robust, feature rich, light weight database that really lives up to its tag line of Embed, Deploy, Relax. - As featured in this recent InterBase webinar. Bite sized InterBase Technical Sessio...
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Multi-line, Win/Mac ready Input Dialogs in Delphi and C++ Builder Currently I'm working on some new demos and I needed a way to quickly grab from the user updated database connection details that worked in VCL and FireMonkey. This is a common task in an application and your left with two options. Write your own dialog for the data entry (which means one for each platform in my case) Use in-built (multi-platform ready) options Well, FireMonkey and VCL applications have access to methods called InputBox and InputQuery. (in VCL.Dialogs / FMX.Dialogs) The...

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We like to get around a bit!! Since I last posted about developer events in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), and our events in London and Dublin, I've been busy on the road for three more hectic weeks across Scandinavia (Helsinki -Finland; Ballerup - Denmark; Oslo - Norway) Where I found a very cool named restaurant at the hotel in Ballerup - Restaurant Pascal! It was also great to hear at one event from Jens Fudge, who is a board member of the Danish Delphi User Group, of some great workshops they have com...
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FireMonkey in Action LIVE!, London and Dublin Following on from South Africa, this week I've had the pleasure of visiting two more cities with over 80 more developers to talk about RadStudio XE2 and FireMonkey. First stop was London and Tower42 where I again was presenting with David I. This was a great event with so many customers sharing their excitement at XE2 with seeing 64bit Delphi and also FireMonkey for Delphi and C++ Builder enabling true multi-platform development for WinMac from the same code base. [caption id="attachment_1...
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