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3 weeks until CodeRage 8 C++ conference starts (February 25 and 26) It's three weeks until our CodeRage 8 C++ online technical conference starts. On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25 and 26 (6am to 6pm each day) C++ industry and Embarcadero technology experts will present 24 educational sessions covering C++Builder XE5 including building applications for Windows, OS X and iOS. The technical session schedule is listed at http://www.embarcadero.com/coderage/coderage-8-c-plus-plus-sessions. We are still putting the finishing touches on the complete lineup and if y...
Controlling my Philips Hue Lights using C++Builder for iOS Last Friday (January 31, 2014) in my blog post, "Managing my Philips Hue Lights from a C++Builder FireMonkey Desktop", I showed you how to use C++Builder XE5 to build a Windows (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X application to control my Philips Hue wireless LED lights. In this blog post, I will show you the screens and code for the C++Builder for iOS version of the project. I reused the code and the data module and built a mobile UI on the main form. I tested the application on my iPhone 4s and set t...
Planning a vacation? Do it mobile REST Client style using C++Builder and Delphi I am planning a vacation during my wife's winter break. To remind me of the number of days until I leave and to be able to see what's happening with the weather, I've built an iOS mobile application using C++Builder and Delphi (I finished the code for both versions and posted this blog while I was watching Seattle overwhelm Denver in the SuperBowl). The UI contains a TTabControl to contain three tabs for Weather, Browser and Settings. The app uses TGeocoder to get the latitude and longitu...
Managing my Philips Hue Lights from a C++Builder FireMonkey Desktop As part of our recent "Making the Connection: Programming Devices and Gadgets with RAD Studio" (https://www.embarcadero.com/rad-in-action/programming-devices-and-gadgets) I showed developers how to use the REST Client Library components with Delphi XE5. In this blog post I'll show you a C++Builder XE5 FireMonkey application that I built to find and control the same lights. The application uses the REST Client Library components (the Philips Hue lights SDK supports REST/JSON), Project Indy TIdHTT...
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...
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...

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Customizing and Creating VCL Styles Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio include various VCL styles out of the box. These can be used for your Windows applications and customized via the included Bitmap Style Designer (Tools->Bitmap Style Designer). You can also create a new style from scratch. The easiest way to get started with a brand new style is to use the VCL style template in the Bitmap Style Designer as a guide. Below is a general outline of the steps required. a) File->'New style for VCL or FireMonkey' to start wit...
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...
Cool Windows and Android multi-device blog posts by Francois Piette, Embarcadero MVP Francois Piette, Embarcadero MVP from Belgium, is blogging to show developers how to build Delphi multi-device apps for Windows and Android using FM. He includes source code in his blog posts and some projects are also available for download. FireMonkey, Android, Windows and PostMessage (December 15, 2013) - http://francois-piette.blogspot.be/2013/12/firemonkey-android-windows-and.html. In this article, Francois shows how he wrapped the messaging systems for Windows and Android with a class,...

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