Friday, April 18, 2014

XE6 - New Look and Feel

One of the first things long time Delphi Developers may notice about XE6 is that it has new look and feel.

One thing I have learned over the years is that when you change the user interface in any way you will get a divergent number of opinions.    My opinion of this change is simple:   I like it.

I have made two similar screenshots of XE5 and XE6, so you can compare the differences.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Delphi XE6 - Easy to upgrade

Delphi XE6 was just released yesterday!   My team of 10 Delphi Developers has been moving fast.

Several Open Source Libraries that my team uses have been updated to support XE6.  

We were able to internally update our commercial libraries such as TMS, SmartInspect, Envision, RichView, FastReports and few others because we did not want to wait.    The latest version of FinalBuilder already supports XE6 so that made our build easy.

We now have our primary application working with XE6.   It was quite easy to do.    

Our code base is over 2 million lines of code.    We have 178 Packages (all have been converted)  We have 650+ DPR, several of these have been converted.   Finishing all of the secondary applications (DPR's) right now, and expect to have our conversion complete in the next 3 weeks. 

This has been a VERY EASY upgrade.   We were upgrading from Delphi XE.

I had some headaches with the license registration, but once you get past that the product works well.