BDNradio: Delphi Hour #16 with Nick Hodges (replay)

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Nick and David I answer questions from the Delphi community

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This is a log of the chat room during the live audio chat from December 6, 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.

  Moderated Chat

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jkaster: holger: "Nick, do you know about these very cool Team Assist features in JBuilder? On your radar for Delphi?" - nick: yes, I do. I would say that we're heading in that direction.

jkaster: DaveK: "DevCon 200X seems to have taken a back seat ... any news ??" - david: it hasn't taken a back seat. we're doing planning. Part of the planning was related to the outcome of the company. Now we're hastily working on the 2007 business plan, part of which is the face to face developer conference here in the US.

jkaster: lfosdal: "Q: Any plans for in-IDE support of Subversion VCS in the upcoming releases of Delphi?" - nick: we really like subversion here at CodeGear

jkaster: efortier: "So, when is that Visual Studio Delphi plugin coming out?" - nick: It's not.

jkaster: MagF: "How many developers at Codegear is assigned on the Highlander project? Can you say anything at all on the progress on getting Highlander in our systems?" - nick: the number of developers is just right. john: except for the open reqs we have. david: CodeGear on the whole we have around 200 employees. nick: we've hired new QA people, head of worldwide sales, etc.

jkaster: award: "how about conference for Australia/New Zealand?" - david: there's been discussion of an Australian Developer conference in the spring, and some people from here will come down here. Check with Tim Jarvis in Melbourne or Malcolm Groves in Sydney.
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jkaster: For the Australian conference information

jkaster: jkaster: "On the newsgroups today someone asked about a list of DUGs. Is there one?" - david: Anders Ohlsson manages the user group relations. Anders is working on a web interface for this.

jkaster: lfosdal: "The help system in BDS2006 has taken a lot of heat and the problems greatly increase if you have a mixed BDS and MSVS/MSDN installation. Q: Are these coexistance problems addressed in the upcoming release?" - nick: I can't address the coexistence problems exactly because I'm not 100% sure what they are. To generally answer the help, it's getting a lot of attention. I anticipate vast improvement in future releases.

jkaster: DaveK: "Are there any DUG mettings held at CodeGear HQ ?" - david: we have held some in Cupertino, and also did them with other partners. I'm not against inviting Delphi customers here to Scotts Valley. We could have a Delphi Saturday.

jkaster: RobLove: "Any idea on the qtr for the conference?" - david: if everything gets approved, we're looking at Q2 sometime. But things could change based on product or roadmap timeline changes.

jkaster: DaveK: "Can you discuss what you can/can't discuss about what wil be in the next release? What's the policy?" - nick: the policy is we want to provide general guidance, big picture. david: so in 2007, more Win32, more .NET, more Delphi, more C++. nick: keep an eye on the software assurance programs

jkaster: MagF: "More Camtasia's?!?" - nick: I feel bad. I have a list, haven't done any in a while.

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jkaster: The problem with programming by Bjarne Stroustrup

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jkaster: What code DOESN'T do in real life (that it does in the movies)

jkaster: marioh: "what about a bcb hour? or invite people from the c++ team?" - david: we actually want to have product hours for each of the product. Some might be once a month, some might be once a week.

jkaster: MagF: "How about a function in Highlander that gives me an ETA for my projects? ;-)" - nick: We already have one. It's called the random function.

jkaster: holger: "is there a C++ product manager yet?!" - david: no, we're looking for one. nick: we have one identified, and we're moving to make things happen.

jkaster: lfosdal: "Q: Will there be any Vista specific enhancements in the next version? Or will that linger until the one after?" - nick: Vista will be in the product going forward.

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jkaster: Preparing your Delphi and C++Builder Applications for Windows Vista (replay)

jkaster: efortier: "any other Webinars planned?" - yes, there will be more

jkaster: holger: "next DevRel event, Monday?" - yes, on Monday and a Delphi hour on Wednesday

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