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It’s been a busy couple of years since the last public roadmap. In that time, the patent pendingChange Views feature has delivered some massive competitive advantage win stories to customers using InterBase XE7 and InterBase was nominated for and won the prestigious IoTA (Internet of Things Award) for “Most Innovative Use of Data”.
Following on from the previous public roadmapInterBase has been on the rise, and here we are sharing the current plans for the next release of InterBase in 2017.
Features and Technologies Delivered in InterBase XE7
64bit Transaction ID’s – Allowing systems with the highest demand to run even longer
New ODS restore feature
Enhanced Journal Archive Management
Service API’s for Online Dump and Journal Operations.
Features and Technologies Expected in InterBase BigBang
This week (15-Nov-2016) at CodeRage the hood was taken off a number of things that have been worked on in the labs for project BigBang. This project will ultimately become the next release of InterBase and includes:
A focus on SQL Features
Common Table Expressions
Truncate Table – A fast way to delete data
Transaction Wait Time
Exclusive Isolation Levels
ISQL scripting enhancements
Faster core engine
Server-wide Performance Monitoring
New Platform Support
Latest Mobile & Desktop
InterBase ToGo on Linux
Ideas for the future.
InterBase releases are based on a specific On Disk Structure (ODS). The ODS helps manage new features and tells the InterBase engine what the database can do and what performance benefits it can take account of. This is one of the reasons is important to backup and restore when upgrading. – But what has this to do with the future?
Making mid-cycle ODS changes is something that we have been very reluctant to do with InterBase in the past because a change to the ODS will prevent you from using the database on an early version. E.g. if Update 2 had a newer ODS, then you would not be able to move back to Update 1 if you wished to. With the changes added for managing ODS in the restore in XE7, we are now comfortable that if we need to, we could move up an ODS during a release cycle. This may pave the way to new features mid-release.
Ideas under review for the future include
Scale Out / Load Balancing
Even Smarter, Faster Engine
More SQL features
Change Views 2.0
Change views working on Views
Option for Backup / Restore (rather than DataDump)
Enhanced Tooling (e.g. IBConsole)
Enhance Drivers for 3rd Party Tools (e.g. More ODBC, JDBC, ADO.Net enhancements)
Coded functions (enabling UDF capabilities with ToGo where platforms do not allow external libraries, e.g. iOS)
Today sees the release of RAD Studio 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary Edition. Here is a quick overview of what is new in 10.1 Berlin Anniversary Edition for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio. Also check the links at the bottom for more online resources.
Package your existing VCL code today ready for the Windows Store!
By far the biggest thing in this release for me is the ability to package existing VCL applications ready for use in the Windows 10 Store. Embarcadero is leading the market in enabling developers to reach this massive market place. With the “bring it with you mantra” we take for granted, many other developers are looking on in envy as they see that RAD Studio / Delphi / C++Builder don’t have to start from scratch to get into the Windows Store! – Awesome!
Windows Store support is available thanks to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that introduced the Windows Desktop Bridge. The Windows Desktop Bridge (previously know under its project name Centennial) enables developers to take existing applications based on the Windows API and package them as UWP applications (or appx packages) to be distributed directly to Windows users or to be distributed (and sold) via the Microsoft store.
Developer Productivity in 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary Edition
One other very cool feature added in Update 2 is Quick Edits. Quick Edits increase developer productivity by speeding common tasks in the VCL Form Designer. You can easily build forms, add new components and change their properties, customise layout, connect data sets & sources, and more.
New VCL Calendar Control
If getting to millions of new customers via the Windows Desktop Bridge and Windows Store, and enhanced IDE productivity enhancements isn’t enough, then two new VCL controls come in to support those already created in 10 Seattle. This makes reaching the new UI of Windows 10 exceptionally easy, while maintaining backward compatibility to older versions of Windows!
New VCL and FMX Styles for Windows 10
Finally, there are new styles that are added in 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary edition that enhance the look and feel of existing applications.
Following an update to OpenSSL to address some identified vulnerabilities, Google has stopped allowing submission of applications that contain certain versions of OpenSSL libraries.
While InterBase ToGo and IBLite are not affected by the vulnerabilities identified, the current build that is shipped with RAD Studio for Android is being stopped from deploying to the Play Store. To get around this issue, please download the latest build for InterBase ToGo and replace the .a file in your local deployment files.
While tested on 10.1 Berlin, this download should work for any RAD Studio customer who’s product shipped contained InterBase XE7 (XE7, XE8, 10.0 Seattle and 10.1 Berlin).
Download the latest Android InterBase ToGo from Code Central
Delphi Boot Camp add’s YouTube and Facebook streams to service demand.
Today was very exciting in the Embarcadero offices. Developers have been registering for Delphi Boot Camp in their thousands, with over 1000+ registering in the last weekend alone.
Having all this interested in Delphi is awesome, but also has raised quite a challenge for the team delivering Boot Camp due to physical viewing limitations in GoToWebinar. The decision was taken last week that we should add additional ways to stream this out to the 1000’s who were going to attend and Jim McKeeth started off looking into YouTube and Facebook streaming.
This morning, all attendees received an update email with the multiple streaming options included. During the first of the two live daily sessions we have seen huge numbers viewing on both Facebook and YouTube.
If you couldn’t get into GoToWebinar, either try the second session or watch the replay on YouTube later, keep an eye on community for the replays.
If you did watch the Boot Camp on YouTube, thank you to everyone who joined in with such fun discussions. (my personal favourite question was “So can I talk to Dolphins with this?” – I’ve seen some cool delphi apps, but that would be a nice hardware integration project) Please let us know what you think about these medias for the future.
You can also use the Starer Edition to qualify for upgrade pricing to RAD Studio or Delphi Pro / Enterprise or Architect editions. And with the mobile add on pack included along with the bonus pack, now is a great time to do that.
Visual LiveBindings is a technology that allows you to bind your data and objects (model) to the UI making. While LiveBindings is a key part of FireMonkey development, it is often overlooked by VCL developers.
A while ago I started a series of blogs on LiveBindings and how to use them with existing VCL applications. Covering seven blog posts, I looked at
Join Embarcadero experts and leading community MVP’s for 5 workshops from Monday 5th September to Friday 9th September.
Focusing on getting stared and using the FMX framework to create cross platform ready code, Delphi Boot Camp is a great way to learn new skills and ask leading experts direct questions on application development.
Introduction to Delphi: The IDE and Your First App
Getting to Know the Delphi Language
Building Effective User Interfaces with FireMonkey
The final part of the Boot Camp is the programming book! Delphi is the home to modern Object Pascal programming and you can get up to speed with the modern Delphi / Object Pascal language with the help of Marco Cantu’s awesome handbook.