Thursday, June 28, 2007

CFBuilder: The Future

Well to put it bluntly, it doesn't have one.

With CodeGear announcing the removal of the WinForms designers from the upcoming Highlander release, there really is no place of CFBuilder.

It was a fun tool to work with. It helped me learn a lot about many new IDE OpenTool API's I hadn't used before.

I really didn't expect it to be so popular (my ISP threatened to ban me because of the downloads!), although because of this popularity it got to the feature stage it was today.

I really must say thanks to Jeroen Pluimers for giving me the motivation needed to get the releases out to you guys and for his wonderful Class Helpers. His work with Class Helpers for CF specific features just proves how valuable they are for Delphi developers.

What does the future hold for Delphi and CF development, who knows.

I guess the burning question everyone is wanting to know is whether or not they will see my little game that I wrote for the CF framework. Well, I'll be honest and say a decision is yet to be made. Perhaps 60% (yes) - 40% (no) as I write this.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

so it's for sure there won't be native .NET winforms in future Delphi's? :( And what for VCL .net - they will cut it off too? What about promising for native NET CF support in future Delphis? Btw, where can I download yours CF helper to be able to compile for PocketPC in D2006 - download from CodeGear is broken...

Regards, Slava "Hoaxer"

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a delphi lover from the first version and I'm developing a complex db application. It'll be temporary win32 application and it would be migrated to .Net and CF.
My decision was taken thanks your CFBuilder I tested some time ago.
Now I'm developing my application with delphi for win32 and I have to downsize to bds 2006. Probably I'm in late to M$ migration...
For CodeGear eventual reader: my SA 'll finish at 31 december.

10:39 PM  

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