Back in the Nineties there was a lot of fuss about “pure Java”. This meant Java code without any native code invocations that tie the application to a specific operating system.
It is possible to write cross-platform Java code that invokes native code, but it adds to the complexity. If it is an operating system
…continue reading Time for another look at “pure .NET”
RemObjects is previewing a new native Mac IDE for its Oxygene and C# compilers. Oxygene is a Delphi-like language (in other words, a variant of Object Pascal) which targets iOS, Mac, Android, Windows Phone and Windows. RemObjects C# shares the same targets. Both can compile to .NET assemblies for Windows, or to Mono for cross-platform
…continue reading RemObjects previews native Apple Mac IDE for C#, .NET, Oxygene
There is something liberating about working without a keyboard – and I do not mean stabbing hopefully at a touch screen. Voice control means you can sit back, easily refer to books or papers, and input text more quickly and naturally than is possible using a keyboard. Some conditions including RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) may
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I have been writing about Embarcadero’s RAD Studio XE3, which includes Delphi and C++ Builder, and as part of the research I set this up for cross-platform development on a Mac.
My setup uses a Parallels Virtual Machine to run Windows 7, on which RAD Studio XE3 is installed. This is convenient for Mac
…continue reading Hands on Cross-Platform Windows and Mac development with C++ Builder XE3
Xamarin has released Xamarin Mac which adds Mac support to the existing iOS and Android compilers from the company:
MonoTouch: apps for iPhone and iPad using the MonoDevelop IDE on the Mac Mono for Android: apps for Android using either Visual Studio or MonoDevelop Xamarin.Mac: apps for Mac OS X using MonoDevelop on the Mac
…continue reading Xamarin brings C# to development of apps for the Mac App Store
Embarcadero has announced 54% growth in sales of Delphi and C++ Builder, its rapid application development tools, in 2011 vs 2010. These tools primarily target Windows, but in the 2011 XE2 edition also support Mac and iOS applications. XE2 also added a 64-bit compiler, making this the most significant Delphi release for years. The company
…continue reading Cross-platform Windows and Mac lifts Delphi sales by 54%
I am by no means an Apple fan. For one thing, I find Windows (and Linux) stable and fast, so you are not going to hear me argue that my computing life was transformed once I made that Switch (with a capital letter). Admittedly that is partly because I am familiar with how to fix
…continue reading Why developers need a Mac
I have been trying out JetBrains AppCode, a new IDE for Apple’s Objective C. The company is best known for its IntelliJ IDE for Java, and AppCode essentially takes the same core IDE and reworks it for Objective C. AppCode is itself a Java application, but unless you have a religious objection to this I
…continue reading Review: JetBrains AppCode for Objective C
I am sure all readers of this blog will know by now that Delphi XE2 (and RAD Studio XE2) has been released, and that to the astonishment of Delphi-watchers it supports not only 64-bit compilation on Windows, but also cross-platform apps for Windows, Mac OS X and even iOS for iPhone and iPad (with Android
…continue reading Delphi XE2 FireMonkey for Windows, Mac, iOS: great idea, but is it usable?
Julian Bucknall at componnent vendor DevExpress writes a thoughtful post arguing that Embarcadero will focus on Delphi’s new cross-platform FireMonkey framework in future, and that the VCL (Visual Component Library) which has been at the heart of Delphi since its first release will receive little future investment.
Bucknall notes that ex-Borland employee Danny Thorpe
…continue reading Delphi team focusing on FireMonkey, VCL winding down?