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February 14, 2012 - Celebrate Delphi's 17th birthday during 3 live webinars Delphi version 1.0 was launched at the Software Development Conference on February 14, 1995. The several thousand developers gave the team a standing ovation during the launch. This year we are celebrating 17 years of continuous innovation for the Delphi language, run-time library, Visual Component Library (VCL), database connectivity, application architectures, IDE, tool chain, and the new FireMonkey next generation business application platform. On our world tour stops for Delphi XE2 last f...
24 Hours of Delphi - Tuesday, December 20 - current session schedule The following is the current agenda/schedule for the 24 Hours of Delphi that takes place next Tuesday, December 20 from 12:00am PST (08:00 GMT) and ends December 21 at 12:00am PST.  During the 24 hours we will have special guests, live presentations and demonstrations, live Q&A, and additional sessions from CodeRage 6 and our recent series of Delphi XE2 webinars.  You can register to join the fun online at http://forms.embarcadero.com/forms/24-HoursofDelphiRegistrationIntl The following i...
Join me for the 24 hours of Delphi - next Tuesday, December 20 I will be online on December 20 from midnight to midnight. I'll be demoing, playing videos, talking to developers, and answering your questions across all of the time zones on planet Earth. I hope you will be able to join me for part of your day. This special online event filled with technical information, tips and tricks will help you get the most out of Delphi. You can register to take part at http://forms.embarcadero.com/forms/24-HoursofDelphiRegistration. Whether you’re new to Delph...

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Visit the CodeRage 6 virtual exhibit hall - it's open! Our technology partners have exhibits in the CodeRage 6 virtual exhibit hall.  Many of them are offering special deals for CodeRage 6 attendees.  The conference has 24 hours until it ends.  Now is a great time to visit the virtual exhibit hall and see what our partners are doing to support our Embarcadero Delphi, C++Builder, RadPHP, Prism, and RAD Studio XE2, DB PowerStudio, and InterBase product releases. Partners participating in the CodeRage 6 virtual exhibit hall include: Chant Inc. i...

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Want more...Agility Are there any of today's software development teams that aren't using some form of agile method? Dictionary.com defines agility as "the power of moving quickly and easily" and "the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly".  Both of these definitions fit perfectly with what developers (individually or in teams) need more of in their projects. Early computer software methodologies involved so-called "heavyweight" or "ad hoc" methods. When I worked at TRW in Los Angeles in the 1970's we us...

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Want more...Platforms Platform is one the most overloaded terms in computer technology. When someone talks about supporting a platform they might be referring to an operating system platform, hardware platform, mobile platform, database platform, graphics hardware and software platform, service based platform, application based platform, a framework, or an architecture.  Operating system platforms in use today include Windows (desktop, server, and Mobile), Linux, OS X, iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Unix (and it's vari...

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Want more...Magic Programming is magic.  Developers are pulling software rabbits out of their hats every day. At the same time, what we do is also very real to our users.  When my daughters were young they played Magic the Gathering card game by Wizards of the Coast.  I would buy the card packs and individual cards for them and they would spend hours assembling their game play decks.  They would also trade cards with each other and with their friends.  They would play against each other and also go to the local h...

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Want more...Creativity I've always thought that software design and programming is a very creative process.  Developers create something from nothing using their mind, hands, hardware, and development tools.  I love that we can create software anywhere.  I can be sitting at my notebook computer on the beach, in a coffee shop, at home, at work, in an airport, on an airplane.  One of these days it would be cool to work on programs while riding a bike, skydiving, surfing, and scuba diving (talk your about extreme program...

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Want more...Languages I recently re-watched "The Lord of the Rings" (LOTR) movie trilogy. Remember the LOTR phrase, "One Ring To Rule Them All"?  Could there ever be "One Programming Language To Rule Them All" (OPLTRTA)?  In the early years of our industry there were loads of new languages appearing each year (History of Programming Languages).  There were also attempts to create best of all worlds programming languages.  PL/I was an attempt to take parts of ALGOL, FORTRAN, COBOL, and added numerous data types, dynam...

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Want more...Speed Quintus Arrius, in the movie Ben Hur, implores the rowers to give him "Battle speed!... Attack speed!... Ramming speed!"  On October 15, 1997, the rocket powered car, ThrustSSC, driven by Andy Green, set a world land speed record of 763 mph. ThrustSSC is the first car to break the sound barrier on land. The qote, "I feel the need, the need for speed", from the movie Top Gun, says a lot about what drives our native code compiler team. Who doesn't want more speed and fast optimizing compilers? ...

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