September 11, 2007

RAD Studio 2007: Trial and Documentation

The trial version of RAD Studio 2007 is available the same day the product is shipping.

The trial version of RAD Studio 2007 is available (here) the same day the product is shipping. It is a 14-day fully functional trial. I don't remember Borland ever releasing a trial version along with the actual product, as they used to become available only after a couple of months. Kudos to whoever made this decision. CodeGear is really becoming a different (and better) company than Borland has been for the last few years.

Nick Hodges has posted a collection of articles, videos and resources, related with Delphi 2007 and also an article on Developing and Deploying with Blackfish SQL. RAD Studio own home page, different from Delphi home page, can be found at:

It is also remarkable that CodeGear claims over 500 bugs have been fixed in the Delphi 2007 Update 3, which (according to a few blog posts) should become available shortly. Not only that, but the Delphi Win32 personality of RAD Studio 2007 also includes new features compared to Delphi 2007, like the dbExpress driver for Blackfish SQL and a brand new Query Builder.

PS. I'm writing this while hearing Pawel introduce "3rd Rails" in Milan. More about his event later. I'm going to cover RAD Studio 2007 in about an hour.



RAD Studio 2007 Trial and Documentation 

After running the trial installer for almost two 
hours I gave up.

What in the world is the problem with this new 
installer? What if every software company expects you 
to waste hours trying their software?

One cannot blame those things on Borland anymore. It 
is Codegear. 

The Delphi 7 installer was working fine. Can't see 
why it needed to change. Wasting hours for some trial 
installation. This can't be true, for god's sake.

B.t.w, I wanted to post this on Nick's blog. 

Symptomatic for Codegear, the links to their internal 
blogs on their site don't work.

I am so sick of this.

Comment by Fritz Huber on September 11, 23:34

500 bugs? Really? 

On the one hand, is it really good to admit that there were that many 
bugs that needed fixing?

But on the other hand, a vast number of those "bugs" were actually 
simply missing documentation - that's not a "bug" worthy of the name 
in my book.  "Embarassing omission/oversight" maybe, but not a "bug".

It would be more satisfying if honest-to-goodness bugs that have been 
languishing in Quality Central since Delphi 5 had actually been fixed.  
(QC# 5836 to name but one)
Comment by Jolyon Smith [] on September 12, 00:26

Delphi 2007 Update 3  

I installed update 3 last night. Unfortunate the help 
system failed to install.

In some of my projects I use visual form inheritance. 
When adding a form to a project from the repository I 
end up getting two units added to my projects instead 
of one, not a serious problem but quit annoying.

I am sorry to say that I will still use Delphi 7 for 
my important projects.
Comment by Henry-Rikard [] on September 13, 10:38

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