The 25 days of C++mas - December 24 - Twas the Night before C++mas...

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In honor of the many talented contributors to the ISO C++ standard, STL, Boost, Clang, LLVM and everything else that helps make C++11 much more easy to teach, learn and use and also to our C++Builder XE3 engineering team for the release of our C++ 64-bit compiler for Windows, I offer this short poem on this day before C++mas.  My apologies, in advance, to Clement Clarke Moore, all English teachers and poets galore.
    Twas the Night Before C++Mas

    Twas the night before C++mas, when throughout the lab,
    The build farm was churning, the smoke tests were fab.
    The new code was checked into Github with care,
    In hopes that St. Stroustrup, soon would be here.

    The engineers were huddled in scrum interactions,
    Their thoughts full of objects, inheritance and abstractions.
    And scrum master with his backlog, and I with my diff,
    Had just focused our brains for a sprint retrospectif.

    Out on the Hudson server, there arose such a klaxon,
    We sprang from cubicles to see why we're bug maxin'.
    To the build screens, we ran like lightning bolts,
    Tore open the message logs, and smoke test results.

    Who could we leverage, to shore our builds up,
    I knew in a moment, it must be St. Stroustrup.
    More RAD and visual C++ engineers we must aim,
    And he tweeted, blogged and emailed them by name!

    "Now Alisdair! Now PJ! Now Hans and Peter!
    On, Thomas! On, Steven! on Walter and Beman!
    To the bottom of the heaps! To the top of the stacks!
    Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away the hacks!"

    They spoke not a word, and how their fingers did roar!
    With autos, lambdas, templates, and range based fors.
    With classes, and enums, and constructors galore,
    They completed the tasks and the build farm did soar!

    He sprang from his compiler, to his team sent a tweet,
    And away they all went, like calling delete.
    And I heard him exclaim, when the job was well done,
    "Happy C++mas to all, and to all a good run!"

Watch/Download the C++Builder 64-bit Compiler Preview Video

Additional details about the 64-bit C++Builder compiler are available in the preview video.  Watch the C++ 64-bit compiler preview video on YouTube at You can also download the MP4 video file at  The preview video is 9 minutes long.

Try the C++Builder 64-bit compiler

The C++Builder XE3 and RAD Studio XE3 free trial downloads have been updated to include the new C++Builder 64-bit compiler.  Trial downloads are available at

Happy C++mas!

During the first 25 days of December leading up to Christmas, I will blog about the release of the C++Builder 64-bit compiler for Microsoft Windows and C++Builder XE3 support for building VCL and FireMonkey 2 applications.

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