A new year and a fresh start

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I've been wrestling throughout the past week with what direction I should be taking this blog in the coming year.  There's a lot of cool stuff coming down the pike for Delphi & C++Builder. I'm just not sure where to start.  There are all the Unicode changes, parameterized types (Generics) for Win32, some VCL enhancements, a Delphi Parallel Library (DPL) and some others that I just cannot talk about.

So, where should I start?  The Delphi Parallel Library stuff is cool and fascinating.  Information to prepare for the transition to Unicode is also important.  So what do you think?  Let's just make this post the official "suggestion box."  I cannot promise I'll cover or answer your question since it also has to pique my interest :-).

 Oh, BTW, the DPL stuff... I just made up that moniker.  This is no official announcement.

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  • Guest
    Peter Monday, 7 January 2008

    please would you give out some information about the new Unicode stuff (e.g. String becomes a UTF16 Unicode string, .....), migration hints, etc.

    Delphi Parallel Library (DPL). Sounds very exiting! My dual core cpu is waiting... :-)

  • Guest
    Zenberg Monday, 7 January 2008

    Allen, tell us more about parameterized types and it's implementme chanism please ...

  • Guest
    Peter Monday, 7 January 2008

    Andreas Hausladen wrote a very interesting langange enhancement for Delphi: http://andy.jgknet.de/dlang/

    What features can we see in the near future?

    -File Macros
    -Extended for-in loop
    -Generics for Delphi
    -Multiline Strings

  • Guest
    Filip Borkowski Monday, 7 January 2008

    I vote for DPL

  • Guest
    Daniel Sox Monday, 7 January 2008

    I definitely vote for DPL, been waiting a long time for something like that, as I've been using dual processor machines since NT days.

  • Guest
    Nick Bradbury Monday, 7 January 2008

    I'm practically salivating to get Unicode support in the VCL, so I wouldn't be disappointed if you started there :)

  • Guest
    Bruce McGee Monday, 7 January 2008

    I wouldn't mind seeing some "teaser" posts about changes we can expect to see in the IDE and VCL. Short, sweet and easy to digest.

  • Guest
    Erick Sasse Monday, 7 January 2008

    DPL! :)

  • Guest
    Thomas Clay Monday, 7 January 2008

    The biggest thing for me will be Generics. I've been hollering for that since Delphi 2!!!!

    Multithreaded applications? My applications are end user apps. Multithreading doesn't help much. And where it can, I use a TThread object.

    Unicode? Ok, some use here, but I still need to translate into other languages. At least the UI will handle it transparently now.

  • Guest
    Juan Antonio Castillo Monday, 7 January 2008

    1. DPL,
    2. VCL Enhacements
    3. Generics
    4. the others, you can't talk about. :D.
    5. IDE Enhacements
    6. Debugger enhacements

    Maybe I want to pop the 4, and insert it before 1.

  • Guest
    Ricardo Cardona Monday, 7 January 2008

    Hi Allen, very good news, DPL and unicode sounds cool, what about the VCL enhances like Ribbon, Theme or skinned application.


  • Guest
    Zenberg Ding Monday, 7 January 2008

    Whether the VCL has rewrited with generics?

  • Guest
    Mark Brindle Monday, 7 January 2008

    DPL then Unicode get my vote :)

    Looking forward to your comments; they're always worth waiting for.

  • Guest
    TOndrej Monday, 7 January 2008

    Unicode, please. Thank you.

  • Guest
    Cobus Kruger Monday, 7 January 2008

    Hi Allen,

    I’ve enjoyed the posts you have done regarding DPL, but what I am really interested in is what is in store for the VCL. Frankly, the framework has not kept up and many common control features introduced in Windows XP are still not there, almost seven years later. And many are small – edit banners, balloon tips and the like. Also, the ribbon control was mentioned once long ago (by Nick, I think) and never mentioned again. Then there is the TDBGrid, which still looks like a Win3.1 control. It needs much more work, but a simple re-skinning with support for checkboxes will do wonders.

    Without some of this getting attention, I’m afraid that Unicode, DPL and 64-bit will allow creation of more sophisticated apps – that still look and feel outdated.

  • Guest
    Philipp S Monday, 7 January 2008

    DPL, Multithreading, 64-bit stuff. Please.

  • Guest
    Peter Lock Monday, 7 January 2008

    I totally agree with Cobus. VCL needs a lot of improvments and this is an argument for me to buy new version. For a long time there was not significant progress. And customers look for nice and modern design.

  • Guest
    arni Monday, 7 January 2008

    I'd be mostly interested in generics, collections, etc...

  • Guest
    Jens Fudickar Monday, 7 January 2008

    DPL TOO!!!!

  • Guest
    Alfred Monday, 7 January 2008


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