BDNradio: The Delphi Hour #1 with Nick Hodges

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Nick's first live chat/radio broadcast as the Delphi Product Manager

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This is a log of the chat room during the live audio chat from July 12, 2006 on the Delphi Hour with Nick Hodges, Delphi Product Manager.

Note: This log is only the chat room transcript. There is much additional information covered in the audio replay that is not available in this chat log. For all upcoming live chats, see EventCentral.

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jkaster: Turbo Pascal 1.0 on our museum site

aohlsson: Feel free to ask questions at any time, using the "/ask" command or the "ask" button.
jkaster: Malcolm Groves and Allen Bauer just came in

aohlsson: blackbird: "Why is it called "Nick's chat" and he's not chatting?" - Nick is talking. He's interviewing David I right now.

jkaster: Nick is talking, not running the chat room
jkaster: he's talent and host
jkaster: we're production staff

jkaster: MrPMorris: "What is going to be different about DevCo's approach in comparison to the one taken by Borland?" - David: all the things I mentioned, that we are developer focused. The decision making process is "Developer's first". Nick: I'm completely focused on building a product I would want to use in the job I just had, which was a Delphi development job.

jkaster: Serge, we CAN do TV already
jkaster: Don't want to block out lower bandwidth people when video is not essential
jkaster: we did TV for the BDS 2006 tour webcast

jkaster: MsDayna: "it would also be nice if all components supported multi-byte character sets. do you agree that is important?" - Malcolm: We just walked out of a meeting on this very topic to come here! it's INCREDIBLY important. We've just been discussing Unicode enablement and what steps to get there. Allen: There will be a Unicode VCL. It's not a matter of convincing us. We know.

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jkaster: Product roadmaps

jkaster: blackbird: "Will there be a "Delphi Win64" or will everything 64-bit be .NET-centric?" - Michael: You can go to the web site to see it on the roadmap. 64-bit managed code is in Highlander. Native 64 bit is later.
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jkaster: Repost of the roadmap URL, just above

jkaster: MrPMorris: "Will some of the new language features available in dotnet 2 such as Generics be made available in the Win32 compiler?" - allen: Yes, but I can't commit to what level, how much it will be, and when it occurs. We do want parity between the platforms.

jkaster: Serge, you have your browser configured to behave the way it's behaving
jkaster: Serge_D: "is there plans to continue extend IDE with new editor features and to make API finally Open and allow extend IDE" - nick: Yes. Allen: In every release we try to make it more open. So yes.

jkaster: jthurman: "I've known a couple of people who have said "BDS is now just playing catch-up to VS. I'm just going to skip the games and switch to VS." How is DevCo/Delphi going to compete with VS in the future, as opposed to just trying to stay current?" - Nick: That is a very good question, and something we've been discussing here. What I'll say now (as Michael looks at me carefully) : I don't think it's in our interest to be a VS.NET clone. There are things we're looking at doing that allow us to provide different functionality for the same kinds of things VS.NET does. I don't want to chase VS.NET. I want to provide a BDS solution for the problems developers face.

jkaster: bmcgee: "Can you talk about how the next DevCon will be different from the previous one? Aside from the company name." - david: The call for papers is up. There are conferences all over the world. Germany, Brasil, and more.
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jkaster: Serge_D: "with latest discussions in non-tech, is there plans to support new languages/styles (Ruby?)" - michael: there are languages that are tuned for other types of development. "DevCo" is gonig to be a developer software company. We'll be supporting other languages as well. We're actively looking at other languages, and other types of development.

jkaster: Serge_D: "With Together being left for Borland, is there vision on having alternative solution, and/or separate Together from the BDS. Same for StarTeam, other cross products" - David: in all the presentations around the world, we've been saying we can pick and choose what we want to use.

jkaster: MRCarver: "Is Intraweb the only future for WIN32 web development in Delphi ? If so, can we expect long term support on this behalf, or will dotNet development be compelled in the future?" - Nick: I spoke with the IntraWeb guys this morning. Other Win32 platforms, WebBroker and WebSnap are still there and usable.

jkaster: KevinRF: "At the recent VSLive, Microsoft hinted at releasing .Net 3.0 soon (whatever that means). Why would I upgrade to Highlander/D2007 if it only supports .Net 2.0? Will/can Highlander support the new features such as LINQ?" - Nick: .NET 3.0 is a confusing moniker for what .NET 3.0 is, because it's really .NET 2.0 + WPF.

jkaster: any specific questions for Malcolm (head of marketing and technology for APAC region?)

jkaster: Serge_D: "one of the thing is missing today is Help/CHM generation from the code... any consideration here (if not to take in consideration Together or Python based solution). It is appear to be half cooked today." - Nick: that is a top priority for me, to get that situation squared away

aohlsson: What do you mean by "signal drops"? If it's cutting out on you, it might be your connection. If you mean slightly different levels of different people in the room, it's almost impossible to fix, since people move around etc...

jkaster: MrPMorris: "Malcolm, I found your blog really useful when learning ECO II, do you intend to start blogging about it again?" - malcolm: <heh> in the spare minutes ... I was hearing from customers they weren't getting enough information about ECO. What's happened now is the ECO book, you Peter, Dick Walker, and others are contributing as well.

aohlsson: That's buffering on your side most likely. Nothing I can do. I'm listening to the feed itself, and have had zero drops.

jkaster: bmcgee: "Do you have a link for the ECO book?" - Nick:, do a Delphi search

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jkaster: doychin: "Nick, What are your top 10 features you want to see in the next versions of BDS?" - Nick: I'd like to see the help improved. Quality and performance are at the top of the list. Win32 support, including COM. Win32 client SOAP applications.

jkaster: bmcgee: "Was there another ECO book in the works that R&amp;D was contributing to?" - Yes, we all got too busy. Sorry. This other book is very good, fortunately.

jkaster: zote: "do you plan to support more databases to bdp/ECO PM? I need to SQL Anywhere... Port dbExpress drivers to BDP wil be fine ;)" - we'll do some chats about data access in the future. out of time for this chat. sorry

jkaster: bmcgee: "Is this other ECO book still a going concern?" - not currently

jkaster: jthurman: "There was a recent survey asking about how to improve documentation quality in the future. Can you tell us some of what you've learned from that survey and how it affects your future plans?" - Nick: it was a survey put out by the doc team, so I don't know the results.

jkaster: MsDayna: "one thing that bothers me about delphi is having to wait for an SDK to be implemented in delphi. Will you improve that speed of release? as service packs?" - Please let us know what SDKs you need done

jkaster: doychin: "MOre JBuilder chats?" - Yes, there will be

jkaster: blackbird: "How many years will it take for .NET apps to become as good as Win32 apps? IOW, what compelling reasons do we have to switch to .NET, either now or in the future?" - Nick: I've been meaning to write a blog entry about that. For "you" there may be NO compelling reasons to move to .NET. We're not telling you you MUST move to .NET, and we hope we're not implying that message.

jkaster: bmcgee: "Is there a link to the slide deck and roadmap picture Anders was showing on his road trip?" - we'll be posting that after we've got replays available for the presentation.

jkaster: chetta: "Why did you choose to use the MS HTML Help system over the old reliable .hlp system? The M$ html help system is not reliable and can be easily broken by other application." - we have commented on this in the newsgroups previously. A google groups search (and other chats) will help answer this question for you.

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