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Delphi XE2 FireMonkey: the reason you should not have used assembly

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

Right now, I’m porting a bunch of stuff over to FireMonkey in Delphi XE 2 so it can run cross platform.
(Be sure to attend the RAD Studio XE2 World Tour when possible, this stuff is way cool!)

Having avoided Windows x86 assembly in my own sources for years, I’m astonished by the number of 3rd party libraries that do.

Right now, third party libraries that you want to use with FireMonkey need these requirements:

  1. In order to run on x64 or OS X:
    Don’t rely on x86 assembly instructions, or provide alternatives for other platforms than Windows x86
  2. In order to run on the an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch iOS device (which all run on Arm), or iOS simulator from the iOS SDK (which is not an emulator, it runs x86):
    Be compatible with Free Pascal 2.5.1.

And the fact that you should have separated your business logic from your UI logic years ago :)

Of course that was what the Future proofing your Delphi apps seminar from Simon Stuart was about.

What baffles me is that so little 3rd party code adheres to that.



Today and tomorrow I’m be at the German conference; I’ve already met a lot of people in the Delphi XE2 tutorial and look forward to meet more tomorrow.
Contrary to what the schedule says, my session on a pragmatic Delphi code generator will be in German, I’m sure most attendees will like that.

Sunday I’ll fly to SFO to speak at the conference in San Jose, CA.
There, my preconference tutorial on Delphi Certification and sessions on XML and XSLT will be in English, as I’m sure more people there understand that better than German :)

6 Responses to “Delphi XE2 FireMonkey: the reason you should not have used assembly”

  1. Don’t fly on sunday lol, the date ain’t so good lol.

  2. François said

    See you soon Jeroen.
    I guess there’ll be quite some excitement this year…

  3. I’m hoping to present two sessions for CodeRage covering this subject in great detail (all aspets of Delphi as relates to both future-proof design/development practises including the abstraction of Business Logic from the UI)

    Appreciate the link and mention, and have placed a Pingback on the article you linked to.

    Whether my sessions feature at CodeRage or not (I’m fairly sure they will), they will be definately placed online after the event!

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