As I mentioned in the podcast, Gurock Software is donating a free copy of their SmartInspect tracing and debugging application for one lucky listener. If you are interested in winning a copy then download the 30-day trial of Smart Inspect version 3.0. Test it out and then send me your short review and comments. I’ll share those comments in a future podcast and announce the winner then. Please post your entries as comments here, or if you would like to submit a short audio clip, you can email it to email@example.com. All entries must be received by Thursday, September 4st, 2008.
This very special episode features an interview with Nick Hodges, the Delphi Product Manager for Embarcadero‘s CodeGear. A lot of great information and news on the changes with CodeGear and Delphi 2009. This one is a little bit longer at 38:46 with all that we covered in our interview. You will probably find it just flys by though.
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Music provided by Kevin MacLeod.
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Embarcadero Technologies plans to release the next generation of its CodeGear—formerly Borland—rapid application development tools for Windows, Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009, on Aug. 25.
[UPDATE: This is when they will accept orders, shipping will occur later.]
Rather unusual for CodeGear to announce a release date in this manor. Usually they announce the release date when they release it. Is this a case of eWeek misstating some facts? Not the first time a news article has had some critical facts wrong. Or did they slip up and break embargo and release the release date prematurely? [Update: Nick wasn’t aware that Michael Swindell has given them the date for the article. All above board and accurate though.]
In my podcast on Monday I estimated it as next month, so it looks like I may have been too pessimistic. Be sure this is one of the first questions I will be asking Nick for the podcast on next Monday. Be sure to join us for that one.
In the very last paragraph they also give us the low down on pricing:
North American pricing beginning at $399 per license for Professional editions, $1,299 for Enterprise editions and $2,299 for Architect editions.
[UPDATE: This is upgrade pricing.]
The inclusion of pricing and release dates leads me to believe they have accurate data and just jumped the gun in publishing the article. Or the Embacardo merge has resulted in a new way of announcing release dates and prices.
Also in the article Michael Swindell, Embacardo’s VP of products, was sourced as stating:
In 2006 there were 1.75 million Delphi developers and now there are more than 2 million . . .
Great to see growth in the Delphi community. 250,000 developers, or 15% growth in 2 years is pretty good considering.
In answer to one of the proposed interview questions, the article also states that:
VCL for the Web . . . enables developers to build AJAX and Silverlight-enabled rich intranet and line-of-business Web applications . . .
It also states that the Architect Edition is a new edition. But I did some more checking, and there is an Architect edition of RAD Studio 2007:
Architect gets the full ECO package. Granted I think the inclusion of ER/Studio in the 2009 Architect package is a great upgrade. In additions to this nicely appointed Architect edition, I still am a strong believer in them keeping the Turbo or Personal editions going. If we don’t introduce students, occupational programmers and new developers to Delphi then it will be hard to grow the community.
I am collecting some questions to ask Nick in our interview this week. If you have any questions you would like considered for the interview please include them here. I want to interview him early this week, so post your questions right away.
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Update: Listen to the Interview.
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It was a lot of work, but we have Episode 1 online.
This week I introduce you to the podcast and share some of the latest news on Tiburon. Nick Hodges has agreed to be interviewed for next week’s episode, so be sure to check back for that. Total run time is 18 minutes and 30 seconds since I know you are busy.
Special thanks to Scooter Software for sponsoring this podcast with the 25% discount code on Beyond Compare version 3 (listen to the podcast to get the code). Also thanks to Jonathan Coulton for the music.
There was a noticeable lack of a podcast covering Delphi programming specific topics. Since I really wanted one to listen to I figured I might as well make one. I’ll interview people in the Delphi community that I think are interesting, and explore news and technology that looks cool to me.
I am going to start out with a weekly audio podcast, but in the future I hope to add video podcasts (or whatever you want to call them) and textual articles as well. It will be a lot of fun. Let me know what you would like me to cover, and if I like the suggestion I might do it.
Just remember, Delphi Rocked before Dot Net did!
Update: Episode 1 is out!