By: John Kaster
Abstract: Frequently asked questions (and answers) for Turbo Delphi, Turbo Delphi for .NET, Turbo C++, and Turbo C#
The Turbo product family includes Turbo™ Delphi®, Turbo™ Delphi for .NET, and Turbo™ C++.
When the Turbos were originally released, the product line included both free Turbo Explorer and paid Turbo Professional editions as well as a Turbo C# product. The Turbo 2006 Professional products were discontinued after the release of the newer Delphi 2007 Professional, C++Builder 2007 Professional and RAD Studio 2007 Professional products.
The Turbo Explorers are fixed turn-key solutions for students, hobbyists, and non-professionals looking to quickly get started on Windows® and .NET programming with C++ or Delphi languages.
The Turbos are being released from the Developer Tools Group as part of our long term commitment to the developer market.
Enterprise and Architect Editions are offered in our multi-language CodeGear RAD Studio line. We do not have plans at this time to offer Enterprise and Architect levels of the Turbos.
Yes. Explorer Edition can be used for developing software for both personal and commercial use.
Turbo Explorer editions are available for download from http://cc.codegear.com/free/turbo and http://www.turboexplorer.com.
Everything. Go to places where non-programmers hang out. Write articles or blogs about programming for beginners, kids, teenagers, scientists, etc. Spread the word to colleges, professors, high school computer teachers. Build your own viral videos and put them up on YouTube and other video sites. Burn CDs containing the Explorer download and take them to your local users groups.
The products were released in September 2006.
Only one Turbo product can be installed on a PC or VM at a time. In addition, the Turbo products cannot be installed on a machine that has the Borland Developer Studio 2006 installed.
The Turbo Explorer editions cannot use 3rd party components or plug-ins. Upgrade to the Professional editions of Delphi, C++Builder or CodeGear RAD Studio to use other VCL custom controls, components and experts, including those from 3rd party vendors.
The main difference is that the Explorer edition comes with a fixed set of over 200 software components for building hundreds of different types of applications limited only by your imagination. The Professional editions include additional components, and most importantly the Professional edition allows you to customize the included components, create your own from scratch, and add any of thousands of available 3rd party custom controls and components. The Professional edition also allows you to add any of the hundreds of available custom 3rd party IDE plug-ins to extend the capabilities and features of the IDE.
Feature Area / Product
Turbo Delphi 2006 ExplorerTurbo Delphi for .NET 2006 ExplorerTurbo C++ 2006Explorer
Delphi 2007 for Win32C++Builder 2007 CodeGear RAD Studio 2007
Limited to one of the above per computer
Additional flexibility - can install Delphi Win32, Delphi .NET and C++Builder on one computer
Delphi command line compilers not included
Enhanced 2007 compilers including better C++ standards conformance and parameterized types for Delphi for .NET
Delphi command line compilers included
Powerful Code Editor speeds coding with syntax highlighting, Live Templates, Code Completion, refactorings, integrated debugging and more.
New build system based on MSBuild
Improved project management
New unit testing and UML code visualization for C++
Visual design and component library
Visual designer with visual alignment guidelines, full drag-and-drop component support, and Object Inspector to customize components and user interfaces
More than 200 included components
Can’t add third party components
New components for Windows Vista
Ability to add third party components plus Rave Reports, Indy Internet components, VCL for the Web with AJAX, InterBase Express
Create and register your own components
InterBase 7.5 Developer Edition
InterBase 2007 Developer Edition
VCL for the Web
C++ COM and ActiveX functionality
Windows XP, 2000
Windows Vista, XP, 2000
Build database apps with access to InterBase 7.5 and MySQL 4.0
Support for newer database versions InterBase 2007 and MySQL 4.1/5.0 and next generation dbExpress 4 database infrastructure
Includes InterBase 2007 Developer Edition
Includes Blackfish SQL database with development and deployment license
Yes. The Turbo Explorers include a comprehensive set of VCL components.
Yes. Having access to the VCL source code is a great instructional resource for understanding how to use the VCL.
Yes. The same level of ECO functionality in BDS Professional is included in the Turbo Delphi for .NET with persistence to XML files. ECO is built using the .NET Framework and is not available in the Win32® products.
Yes. UML design functionality is included in the Turbo Delphi and Turbo Delphi for .NET. UML design functionality is not currently available for any of the C++ products.
Yes. There are no restrictions commercial use of the Turbo Explorers.
Yes. The Turbos are based on BDS 2006 Update 2 and several of the hotfixes.
Yes – Turbo C++ has the same compiler capabilities as C++Builder in BDS 2006 Professional.
Yes. Since the Turbo products and the BDS are binary compatible, hot fixes and updates designed for BDS will be compatible with all the Turbo versions.
Yes. Some of the functionality in the IDE is managed code that requires the .NET Framework. However, the apps you build in Turbo Delphi (Win32) do not need the .NET Framework.
No. It’s available in Delphi Professional edition and above.
Yes. Bug reports and feature requests will still be in the Delphi, Delphi.NET or C++Builder projects in QualityCentral (qc.borland.com).
Turbo Assembler is built into Turbo Delphi and Turbo C++.
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