John Kaster

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Diamondback sneak peek coming soon!

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I just finished recording a Diamondback "sneak peek" that our marketing department wanted by tomorrow … er … this morning for an email marketing campaign.

The delphi.non-tech newsgroup is abuzz with the news of diamondback, and several participants are wondering why the IDE’s new history view is so valuable, so I made sure to include it in the sneak peek. Those of you who were wondering won’t have to wait very long to find out why it’s so cool.

The flash file is almost 15 minutes long and took me about 3 hours to do, mainly because I kept trimming things out to get it shorter. The new IDE features are just so powerful it’s hard to not explain all the great things going on behind the scenes that seem so simple when the IDE does them for you.

This sneak peek (watch for it!) shows:

  • New IDE features
    • Support for Delphi for Win32, .NET, and C# projects in the same IDE, at the same time. You can have a project group with multiple projects for any language/platform at the same time
    • Welcome page has news feeds
    • Error Insight
    • Help Insight
    • Refactoring
    • History View
  • New Language Feature: For .. in .. do

The debugger was also shown a bit, but I didn’t really discuss it. There’s just so much to show I think we’re going to need about 8 hours of BDNtv episodes. Gonna be busy for a while …

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Written by John Kaster

September 13, 2004 at 2:26 am

9 Responses

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  1. can’t wait to see the movie. If only it was released already…

    🙂

    Philip

    philip (gnegg.ch)

    September 13, 2004 at 2:54 am

  2. Can’t wait to see it.

    btw. If you think the newsgroups are abuzz, you should look at the blogs, it is almost a day job to follow them during the borcon.

    Ronald Hordijk

    September 13, 2004 at 10:29 am

  3. Yes, blogging is definitely picking up! Been trying to read what I can. If you find any really meaty ones, feel free to post them here.

    Thanks!

    John Kaster

    September 13, 2004 at 11:42 am

  4. John,
    About the history view, it’s the same feature of JBuilder?! I love that, can’t wait to see the movie!

    Anderson Barbieri

    September 13, 2004 at 8:44 pm

  5. Yes, the history view is very similar to JBuilder’s impmlementation.

    John Kaster

    September 13, 2004 at 11:03 pm

  6. Saw the sneak peek (turbo found it) and was very impressed with the refactoring. Looks very useful.

    One complaint though. It’s too bad you didn’t also include the ability to use C/C++ code, so older projects that use that can be maintained with this new sytem. Instead they just keep on adding new languages, as though the old ones didn’t exist and Borland had nothing to do with them.

    Some of us use more then one language, and even if the refactoring isn’t present it would be nice to use the same IDE to compile all projects. (like kdevelop does on Linux).

    I think that means I’m waiting until the next version of CBuilder (which traditionally has been able to Compile Delphi Code).

    Chris Bruner

    September 17, 2004 at 10:37 am

  7. At the meet the C++ team at BorCon this week, John Thomas and George Paolini said our C++ customers will have official, public information about Borland’s C++ plans by December 15th, 2004. You’ll be able to find out then.

    John Kaster

    September 17, 2004 at 4:50 pm

  8. Unoffically then, will the IDE be able to support external compilers nicely, or will it be totally geared towards Delphi and C#.

    Chris Bruner

    September 21, 2004 at 7:57 am

  9. The IDE has support for registering additional personalities and debuggers, so other languages can certainly be added to it.

    John Kaster

    September 23, 2004 at 10:50 am


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