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Next-generation Delphi and C++Builder development tools unveiled

25 August 2008

Embarcadero Technologies today unveiled the next generation of the CodeGear rapid application development (RAD) tools for Windows: Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009, geared specifically for both Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and workgroup client/server development.

Developers can now expand the global reach of their applications with built-in support for Unicode throughout Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009, resulting in applications operating properly on all language versions of Windows.

New and enhanced localization tools make it easier to translate applications.

The new release takes the Delphi and C++ languages forward with a host of powerful new programming language features such as Delphi generics and upcoming C++0x standard language features.

Multi-tier DataSnap architecture enables developers to use RAD to build high-performance, highly scalable database middleware applications. The middleware applications can be connected to via a lightweight, open communications protocol with thin, full-featured clients that can reside on virtually any native or Web client platform.

Other new and enhanced features of the two products include:

  • New Visual Component Library (VCL) components including Microsoft Office style ribbon controls, Portable Network Graphics (PNG) image support, dozens of new capabilities for existing controls, and the ability to seamlessly build powerful UIs for Windows XP and Vista desktop applications simultaneously.
  • Major new language features.
  • VCL for the Web for creating AJAX and Silverlight-enabled rich intranet and line of business web applications.
  • Updated built-in dbExpress support for CodeGear InterBase and Blackfish SQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Informix, IBM DB2, SQL Anywhere, Sybase and MySQL databases.

Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009 are now available worldwide for pre-orders. North American upgrade pricing begins at US$399 per license for Professional editions, US$1,299 for Enterprise editions and US$2,299 for Architect editions.

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