Apr 152011

Embarcadero just announced a new free version of TMS Software’s Smooth Controls Pack special edition is being released to registered users of RAD Studio XE, Delphi XE and C++Builder XE.

TMS Smooth Controls Pack allow you to build cool user interfaces with a smooth look and have additional types of controls not included in the base VCL components. While source code is not included, the expanded version with source code is available from TMS Software.

Apr 142011

Elevate Software recently released Version 2.05 Build 6 of their ElevateDB database tool. For those not familiar with ElevateDB, it is a prepackaged database solution that can be directly compiled into Delphi, c++ Builder and Lazarus applications.

ElevateDB also run in a client-server mode using a small, but powerful server executable that can be connected by clients using Delphi, c++ Builder, Lazarus as well as though Visual Studio .NET languages via the ElevateDB .NET Data Provider or through additional development platforms using the Elevate ODBC Connector. A newer addition to the ElevateDB family is a PHP extension for Windows based PHP servers.

ElevateDB supports a large subset of the SQL-2003 standard, making the transition to integrate this database easy, while still following standards.

Support for Elevate Software products is primarily via forum / newsgroup or email. Aside from being a great product, the support provided by the owner/developer Tim Young is outstanding. There is a Team Elevate group that also assists other fellow users.

I’d strongly recommend, if you’re in need of a database tool, to check out this product.  The pricing is designed to be very fair and reasonable when compared to other commercial products. In fact, I think it is a GREAT value when all is said and done. If you require source code, there is options to purchase the source code editions for a reasonable surcharge.

Disclaimer: While I’m not being paid by Elevate Software for this mention or an employee of Elevate Software, I am a member of Team Elevate.

Apr 132011

Cary Jensen just released a great book on the introduction, basic and advance usage of ClientDataSets in Delphi.

Some of the topics include:

  • Improve your software using powerful Delphi ClientDataSet features
  • Master the art of cached updates
  • Understand the role of in-memory data
  • Build multi-tier applications using Delphi’s DataSnap

Cary is a great technical writer and would strongly recommend this book to database developers using Delphi.

Apr 102011

Simon Stuart recently announced a new concept in packaging and delivery for Delphi libraries and components, taking the “App Store” approach.  This looks to be a unique approach and in particular, could be a great idea for non-commercial components.  Commercial library distribution could also be great, depending on each company’s need for protection or license distribution.

For more information and updates, read Simon’s blog post at http://tinyurl.com/3mduar9

Apr 102011

Having used Turbopower’s Orpheus grid for several years as a paying customer, the company decided to get out of the tools market and released as open source on SourceForge.

Nick Hodges, while working for Embarcadero, took over the administrative duties of the project on SF. The team of Roman Kassebaum, Ben Oram, Sebastian Zierer and Armin Biernaczyk, however, have allowed the Orpheus library continues to thrive, updating the code to be Unicode compatible, for Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010 and the current Delphi XE IDE’s. They’ve also done work to move assembler portions to pure Pascal.

While there are many open source projects and developers that are out there, I wanted to take the time to thank these fine developers for their work.

To view the project and download the source code, visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/tporpheus/