Embarcadero tool gains multi-device development abilities
December 10, 2012 —
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“For this new client device world, native is key to the preferred types of applications that users want to use,” Swindell said. “Virtual code platforms, like Java and .NET on the server, work well for that environment because the primary driver for those platforms was code safety and protection...because these are enterprise applications that are going to be running large amounts critical data, with many users accessing them.
“We’re making the point that native code is really the choice for the new client,” he added. “Java and .NET are great for server applications, with ASP.NET and various Web frameworks, but for these client devices, the user experience is critical, as well as the ability to target all these devices. Java’s not available on all the devices, and .NET’s not available on all the devices. Native’s really the best way to target that.”
Swindell said today’s release targets three platforms: Windows PC and Windows slate devices, and Mac, all running on Intel processors. Support for ARM-based devices is expected next year, after support for Android and iOS systems.
“We see this only growing in diversity,” Swindell said. “The next step, we’re already starting to see automotive head units that are running flavors of Android, there are rumors of an Apple auto device and partnerships on the horizon, certainly smart TVs driven by Google’s platform, and the Android platform and Apple’s platform are working themselves out. We’re seeing these consumer device platforms invading everywhere, in our entertainment systems, our appliances, our televisions, and we see this only continuing to diversify.”
The traditional approach to dealing with new platforms as they are delivered has been to add another development team with another set of tools, and fund them through the revenue (or the opportunity for revenue) from the new product. But, he noted, every time you add a team, tools and new technology, you’re adding to your scheduling, development time and cost.
C++Builder XE3 is compliant with the C++11 standard that was just released, and Embarcadero has worked closely with the library standards groups on the update. Further, the company has added Embarcadero Standard Extensions to the tool, which lets developers using ANSI ISO C++ use the agile extensions to leverage such things as properties, methods and events as they would in C#, Delphi, Java or Visual Basic, Swindell said. The extensions also enable visual development and rapid prototyping, he said, “so it really helps speed the development of C++ coding and working with various visual frameworks and visual development.”
Finally, C++Builder XE3 includes a 64-bit compiler that the company said generates applications that can utilize more memory and data, and also access APIs, device drivers and system services that are 64-bit, so applications perform better and have more power.