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16 – CodeRage, Delphi RobotRage and Technology

I am actually sitting outside a closed coffee shop using their free wifi in hopes I will be able to upload this. I am on a family vacation and I didn’t think about the fact that I wouldn’t be able to easily get online whenever I needed to.

You may have noticed a change in format where I am using a lot of content I recorded from PDC. Well that is because I am busy putting together session for CodeRage III that is coming up next week. This looks to be a great conference. The trick with Virtual conferences is actually taking the time to be committed to attending. When you are still at work or whatever it is just too easy to get busy doing other things. So do yourself a favor and schedule time to attend at least a couple of sessions where you are 100% in attendance with no other distractions. You will be glad you did.

For more information on CodeRage III check out It runs from Monday December 1st from 5 AM to 8 PM through Friday December 5th, so chances are you can find a time that works with your schedule.

Speaking of CodeRage, one of my sessions is the Revenge of Delphi Robot Rage. This is a session where you can create a bot to compete in a 3D arena against other bots that were also created with Delphi. The winner gets bragging rights and a valuable development related prize. This year the arena is Unreal Tournament III, but you don’t need to buy the game to compete. You only need Delphi Prism. Now Delphi Prism isn’t out yet, but this was the first open Beta, and a lot of people were able to get in on the beta, or pick up a beta CD at PDC. If you weren’t able to do that, then you can still download the RemObjects Oxygene trail and use that. If none of those work for you, then maybe you can get creative and find another way.

For more information visit where you can download the SDK. The only requirement is you submit source that can be compiled in either Delphi 2009 or Delphi Prism. You have until midnight Pacific time on December 3rd to submit your robot. That way I will have time to have them face off and record the battle.

For the podcast this week I have what I believe is a real treat. After I finished recording Episode 12 with Nick, marc and Allen at PDC we all started discussing technology, specifically where it was headed and where it had been. This is a real candid conversation, and I happened to record it as well. Keep in mind everyone here was just talking as themselves, and not speaking for the companies they work for, so there are no official statements or anything like that. Just four guys having a nice conversation. We started out talking about how long the 64-bit architecture would be enough before we needed to jump to whatever is next . . .

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PDC Exhibit Floor

I recorded a few videos at PDC 2008.  This one is a walk through of the exhibit floor.  I didn’t want to post all the videos at once, but I must admit I am posting them slower then I expected.  A lot of that has to do with preparing for CodeRage.

I this video I walk through the Exhibit Floor and show off a few of the vendors.  It is 9:48 long.  Again it is available in your choice of formats.  Let me know in the comments which is your favorite, or if there is one you really need to have (not just that you think is cool).

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Episode 13 – Allen Bauer live at PDC2008

This was recorded live at PDC2008.  You are getting it unedited and raw, but in your choice of formats: Audio or Video!

  • Talking about Delphi 2009 and Delphi Prism.
  • Discuss language compatibility going forward between the two languages.
  • Allen’s role in developing Delphi.
  • What is new with Embarcadero.
  • The future of .NET and Win32
  • Windows Azure
  • Multicore technology
  • Touch, Multitouch, Surface and Windows 7, and PDC2008!

Allen Bauer is the Chief Scientist working on Delphi for Embarcadero’s CodeGear.  You can read his blog at the Oracle at Delphi and follow him on Twitter.

Whatever format you get, it is 10:49 long.

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Screencast 4 – Delphi Prism WPF – Hello World

Another screen cast for Delphi Prism, this one is a WPF for Hello World.  Same as the WinForms, but WPF.  No naration this time.  2 minutes and 11 seconds.

Didn’t think I would get any more done at PDC, but I found some time . . . .

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Screencast 3 – Delphi Prism first look

I recorded a quick first look at Delphi Prism in Visual Studio 2008.  Just a short overview of only 3:24 seconds to create a Hello World video.  This was recorded live while sitting in the hall at PDC2008.

More to come!  Let me know what you think and what you would like to see.

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12 – Nick, marc & Allen on Delphi Prism

Sitting down with Nick Hodges, marc hoffman and Allen Bauer at Microsoft’s PDC2008 to discuss Delphi Prism. Get answers to all your questions about what Delphi Prism is, and the future of Delphi. Leave any questions you have on Delphi Prism here, and I’ll get the answers for you.

A little late to on this podcast, but it is some good information. The audio quality is not as good as I would like, but you can certainly hear what is going on.


More on Delphi Prism

There is a flash mob / Open Space session on Delphi 2009 and Prism at PDC2008 in the Open Space area at 3:30 PM.  See everyone there.

Also, I have a good conversation going on with Jay Faubion on my Delphi Prism post.  A lot more information in the comments.  Thanks Jay!

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No Podcast Today

I had wanted to do something cool from PDC2008 for the podcast this week, but due to a series of events it just didn’t happen.  Hopefully I can get something put together for tomorrow.


What is Delphi Prism?

Sometimes being on-site slows you down. The WiFi is spotty and just finding a change to sit down is a challenge. The news about Delphi Prism is out. What is Delphi Prism? It is Delphi with full .NET 3.5+ support running in Visual Studio, with a number of the high power database solutions you would expect from CodeGear / Embarcadero.

Behind the scenes, this is accomplished with a stack of

You put all that together and you have a pretty exciting solution for .NET development.

Check out the impressive list of language features available in Delphi Prism, that are not available in C#.  We talked about a lot of these in Episode 5.  Notably:

Not to mention all the cool things you can do with the database tools.

I am sure there is much more to come about Delphi Prism.


First Delphi Flash Mob at PDC2008

At 1:45 AM today Allen Bauer will be presenting an open space session on Delphi 2009.  Be sure to show up with your Delphi questions and to find out what is new in Delphi 2009.  I’ll be there and would love to meet you too.

I picked up my Delphi Prism DVD too.  I’ll post some interesting details on that later.  Just in case you missed the news (or didn’t see it coming), it is powered by the RemObjects Oxygene compiler.  From what I can tell they have exclusively licensed it. 

PDC has been really interesting.  I’ve been live posting to Twitter as much as I can, and much more frequently then I can here.  I’ve already done a couple of interviews that I will be posting later too.  Need to find some good WiFi.  I am on one of the provided PC’s right now.  BTW, IE 8 Beta doesn’t seem it like WordPress’s Admin page.  Don’t think I can get Firefox installed though.