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1 billion smartphones in 2013 - massive opportunities for Delphi and C++Builder developers Several analyst firms predicted that by 2013 more than 1 billion smartphones would be shipped. ABI Research said the number would be 1.4 billion smartphones would be active around the world. The 1 billion smartphones shipped number happened, according to the latest IDC smartphone research business wire release. Quoted from the IDC release: "According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldw...
Windows XP end of life April 8, 2014 - easily move your Delphi and C++ apps forward It's 2014. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP (Microsoft recently announced that they will continue to provide virus warnings until summer 2015). By moving, now, to RAD Studio XE5, Delphi XE5 and C++Builder XE5 you can move your apps forward to Windows 7 and 8 and take advantage of many of the new Windows features with support already built into our latest releases. You can also expand the reach of your apps to Mac OS X, iOS and Android. Before your customers and users e...
Google Glass for the Delphi developer spectacle wearers like me :) Google has announced availability of Google Glass frames for prescription glass wearers like me. They will also have sunglasses for those who want cool shades. Four prescription frames, , called the "Titanium collection", are available today for $225 each minus lenses ($150 for sunglasses). My VSP vision program will also pay for some of the costs of my prescription lensed Glass :) I can't wait to update some of my Delphi XE5 Google Glass apps. Here are some of the recent Google Glass news li...
FireMonkey and VCL Styles - articles, blogs, videos, docs and examples I've been receiving emails from developers asking for information and links about learning more about styles in their VCL and FireMonkey Delphi and C++ apps. I've put together a list of some of the many articles, blog posts and videos to help you learn more about styles. Embarcadero DocWiki Customizing FireMonkey Applications with Styles - http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/XE5/en/Customizing_FireMonkey_Applications_with_Styles Working with Native and Custom FireMonkey Styles - ht...
Chris Rolliston blog posts - Loading the app’s icon into a TImage (Windows/Android) Chris Rolliston, Embarcadero MVP and author of the book "Delphi XE2 Foundations" recently wrote two blog posts with source code showing you how to load your application's ICON into an FMX TImage component forAndroid and Windows. The code contains an "AppIconLoader" that you can use in your Delphi projects. You can find the two posts at: Loading the app’s icon into a TImage on Android - http://delphihaven.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/loading-the-apps-icon-into-a-timage-on-android/ Loading the a...
Some interesting RESTful web services to explore with Delphi and C++Builder With the new REST Client Library components for Delphi and C++, you can build desktop (Windows and Mac OS X) and mobile (iOS and Android) applications that leverage a wide range of Internet REST/JSON functionality. In my REST component use I've found a bunch of cool web services site. As I've written in past blog posts, you can use the REST Debugger that is included in Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio XE5 to explore these services and then use the REST Client Library components to integrate the...

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Alternatives to the Android Emulator Jim McKeeth, delphi.org, has blogged about ways to set up the standard Android Emulator, "8 Tips to Speed Up Your Android ARM Emulator (AVD)". The good news is there are other Android Emulators appearing that show better performance than the default emulator. Here are a couple of options along with the links to Jim's blog posts about using the Android emulator, or an alternative, using Delphi XE5. Alternative Android Emulators Genymotion - http://www.genymotion.com/ Manymo - https://www...

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QR Code Generation Using Delphi XE 5 / DelphiZXingQRCode Žarko Gajić shows you how to add QR Code generation to your Delphi VCL and FireMonkey applications. His article uses a Delphi wrapper for the ZXing open source barcode image processing library (http://www.debenu.com/open-source/delphizxingqrcode/). Zarko has written two recent articles on his "On Delphi Programming" blog: Generating QR Codes Using Delphi – DelphiZXingQRCode – Open Source Unit by Debenu - http://zarko-gajic.iz.hr/generating-qr-codes-using-delphi-delphizxingqrcode-open-source-u...
Using the REST Debugger will help you prototype your Delphi and C++ REST apps As part of the new addition of the REST Client Library components in Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio XE5, we also include a REST Debugger so that you can explore REST Services and use it to help prototype the property settings for your app's REST Client components. We also provide the source code to the REST Debugger and you can build other platform versions (Win64 and OSX) of the debugger. You can also customize and extend the REST Debugger to add capabilities you need in your own development...

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Some cool FireMonkey multi-device components... There are many available Delphi and C++Builder components that will let you build cool desktop and mobile applications, fast. Here are just a few of the many component sets for FireMonkey. TMS Software - Components for FireMonkey including TMS Cloud Pack for FireMonkey, TMS Component Studio for FireMonkey, TMS Grid for FireMonkey filters, TMS Instrumentation WorkShop for FireMonkey, TMS Pack for FireMonkey, TMS TableView for FireMonkey, TMS WebGMaps for FireMonkey, TMS WebOSMaps for FireMonk...

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