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UCL as a Delphi package name suffix – remember before the KSDev days?

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/31

A while ago, I noticed the UCL as a suffix in a few 3rd party Delphi package names.

It was from a version close to the very first FireMonkey release. FireMonkey is based on the OpenGL based VGScene (and in part DirectX based DXScene) which was bought form KSDev in 2011.

Contrary to VGScene and DXScene, the early versions of FireMonkey were buggy and when updating to a new version you had to cope with a lot of breaking interface changes. In Delphi XE2 for instance, there were two totally different implementations (FMX for Windows and OS X; FMI for iOS) that merged after Delphi XE3.

Around Delphi XE6 it became more stable and now – apart from some design issues I wish they had done differently – it is coming along sort of OK for Windows and OK for cross-platform development.

Compared to the VCL you have a lot less HiDPI issues but the designer is much more layered (which gives you the same design-time pain as WPF) and the default “Live Binding” is still buggy as hell (though if you use something like MVVM or roll your own UI bindings it becomes bearable).

A long time ago – during the Kylix era – Borland developed the cross-platform CLX library which – for the UI part – was based on Qt and ran on both Windows and Linux.

It looks like before the KSDev take over there seemed to be a UCL (would that have been for Universal Component Library or Universal Control Library?) as the name pops up in quite a few package names.

Browsing through the source code I could not find any hints so I really wonder what UCL was about. Was it again based on Qt (which compared to the Kylix era has become much more mature and has widespread use) or a different technology like LCL (given that in Delphi XE2 they used FreePascal to compile for iOS)? I rule out OpenGL as otherwise the VGScene acquisition would have been done a lot earlier.

–jeroen

Posted in Delphi, Delphi 10 Seattle, Delphi 10.1 Berlin (BigBen), Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Delphi XE8, Development, FireMonkey, Kylix, OS X FMX, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Delphi: considerations regarding rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications (via: +Simon Stuart)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/15

Simon Stuart yesterday posted a very interesting post on G+ that explains on this (edited) topic:

#Rendering   I was having a conversation last night … with +David Berneda regarding rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications.
Specifically, custom drawing/rendering on a FireMonkey Canvas.

I just want to summarize the points I raised, and some of the conclusions I’ve come to having been working with rendering in FireMonkey since the end of June this year.

–jeroen

via: Simon Stuart rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications. Specifically, custom drawing/rendering on a FireMonkey Canvas.

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, FireMonkey, OS X FMX, Software Development | 3 Comments »

At #SXSW 2014 this week, Embarcadero Launches Appmethod, A New Multi-Device Development Platform For Native Apps (via: @TechCrunch)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/06

The @appmethod secret.

The @appmethod secret.

Wow. Out of the blue, I just read Embarcadero Launches AppMethod, A New Multi-Device Development Platform For Native Apps | TechCrunch. And I’m impressed.

In short:

At SXSW 2014 (which is running now, its agenda has a schedule from March 7th till March 16th), Embarcadero announces appmethod, to be released in beta on March 18th, 2014 for building native cross platform applications. Many have found out you can apply for the beta at www.appmethod.com.

More and more people are bumping into the appmethod link, for instance on FaceBook, on Google Plus, at Delphi Bistro and #Appmethod starting with the @appmethod secret by Joy Ruff.

Below are a few my observations from following all of the above links. Read them, especially the TechCrunch. I expect interesting posts from others to follow really soon now (:.

I’m only a few hours ahead of you readers, but I’m having a positive vibe just for these reasons: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Android, C++, Delphi, Delphi XE5, Development, iOS Development, JSON, Mobile Development, Object Pascal, OS X FMX, Pascal, SOAP/WebServices, Software Development | Tagged: , , | 15 Comments »

Some great Delphi XE4 iOS push notification demos by Luis Felipe González Torres done in English by Anders Ohlsson

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/06/20

On the blog from Embarcadero MVP Luis Felipe González Torres are some great Delphi XE4 iOS demos.

However, the blog is Spanish (that’s probably why he is not on DelphiFeeds), so if you do not understand that you had to live with the Google Translate versions of the pages.

Until CodeRage Mobile that is: Anders Ohlsson gave a English presentation:

Creating Apple Push Notification Services (APNS) for your Mobile Applications

iOS supports the Apple Push Notification Services (APNS) This session will show you how to create a push notification services as part of your mobile application. APNS is service for sending information to iOS and OSX devices. This session will show you how to create server and device applications that create notifications containing the device token and JSON payload property list.

via CodeRage Mobile – Conference Sessions.

Basically he covered these Spanish blog posts where you can download the source code (Google translation in parenthesis):

  1. Delphi XE4 iOS. Adicionando soporte a Notificaciones Remotas (Video y Código Fuente) |.
    (Delphi XE4 iOS. Adding support for Notifications Remote (Video and Source) |)
  2. Delphi XE4 iOS. Flexibilizando el Soporte a Push Notification. Solucíon mas elegante! |.
    (Delphi XE4 iOS. Easing the Push Notification Support. More elegant solution! |)
  3. Delphi iOS XE4. Apple Push Notification. Capturando la notificación cuando la aplicación no se está ejecutando. |.
    (XE4 iOS Delphi. Apple Push Notification. Capturing the notification when the application is not running. |)
  4. Delphi iOS XE4. Apple Push. Configuración del Ambiente (Muy importante) |.
    (XE4 iOS Delphi. Apple Push. Environment Settings (important) |)

Important things:

–jeroen

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE4, Development, FireMonkey, iOS, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

CodeRage Mobile day 2 QA

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/06/19

I had a bit of trouble getting into CodeRage Mobile: somehow the confirmation email never reached the pluimers.com servers. After retrying today, @EmbarcaderoTech sent a GotoMeeting link that worked.

Later I will try to trace back about the mail issue (:

I’m in now, and since I usually loose the QA information, here is a dump of the QA for today so far.

Will try to find time for post editing and getting the URLs clickable.

Welcome to CodeRage Mobile! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE4, Development, FireMonkey, OS X FMX, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

 
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