CodeGear Developer Network (CDN) - Community Newsletter - April 2008

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: This article contains the April 2008 community newsletter that was emailed to all members who have their "wants community news" flag turned on in their member profile.

    Join CodeGear at JavaOne 2008 - May 6-9, San Francisco

CodeGear will be exhibiting at JavaOne in San Francisco again this year.

JavaOne Survival Kit: Free Beer, Great Dev Tools

After you see the only morphing, transforming, self-teaching IDE at JavaOne you may feel like celebrating.  If so, let us buy you that beer.  After a long day on the show floor at JavaOne, you may need a break.  Come hoist brews with CodeGear Chief Evangelist David I and Community Manager Ross Turk as they discuss JBuilder 2008 the Eclipse-based Java IDE that gets smarter with every app you build.

We're gathering at 5:30 on Tuesday, May 6th just after the first day of JavaOne.
We'll demo JBuilder with Application Factories, sample organic beers with Brew Master Brendon Dobel and eat great food all at The Thirsty Bear Microbrewery right around the corner from The Moscone Center.

  Thirsty Bear Microbrewery -

While you're waiting for the party to get started, enter to win one of two American Express $1,000 gift cards in our "See-And-Be-Seen" T-Shirt Contest.
Enter now because the supplies are limited, the T-shirts are free and the money will be nice to have too.

  T-Shirt Contest - Community Choice Awards

The open source technology we all use every day is the result of a the blood, sweat, and tears of a few passionate individuals.  The Community Choice Awards are your opportunity to say thanks, and tell the world which open source projects you find most useful, fun, or interesting.
Read more about this exciting event at

Voting starts at the end of April!

    New CodeGear web site(s) look and feel

You'll notice a new look and feel for all of the CodeGear web sites including the main site, CDN, support site, CodeCentral, QualityCentral, and the blog server.  If you haven't been to some of these sites in the past week, you should come and take a look around.

One of the new features is the solution focused pages that complement the product features and benefits content.  If you are an Independent software vendor, consultant, OEM, a member of an Enterprise application development team, or a Web application developer for home and enterprise you'll find real solutions using CodeGear products.

Currently we are highlighting the following solutions:

  Database Applications -
  Software Archeology -
  Modernizing System i Applications -
  Web 2.0 Applications -

    Recent CDN articles and blog entries

Creating components using Delphi for PHP - Features how to create simple VCL for PHP components

Creating components using Delphi for PHP (II)

RAD Studio 2007 Help Update #3 is out

Interview with Marco Cantu - David I interviews Marco Cantu on April 23, 2008. The interview is available in WMV video and MP3 audio formats.
Marco talks about his Delphi 2007 Handbook and also about Delphi programming.

Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap - A summary of our intended plans for Delphi and C++ (Updated 23 April 2008)

Video: Modernizing System i and AS/400 Applications with Delphi/400 - Web seminar replay on modernizing IBM i applications with Delphi/400 and Delphi/400 for PHP

Blackfish SQL 8 for Java trial downloads now available - Download a 30-day trial version of the Blackfish SQL for Java database

How can I add the third-party VSS plug-in to JBuilder? - Using Software Updates to install the VSS plug-in

Release Notes: Apr08 Hotfix for CodeGear RAD Studio 2007

JBuilder 2008 Release Notes v1.2.1

Video: Basic Introduction to Delphi for PHP 2.0 - Quick overview of visual development using Delphi for PHP 2.0

Video: What's new in Delphi for PHP 2.0 - See what's new in Delphi for PHP 2.0

What's new in Delphi for PHP 2.0 - Overview of new features in version 2.0 of Delphi for PHP

List of main third party components compatible with Delphi 2007 for Win32 and RAD Studio 2007 - This article has a list of the main components used in Delphi, compatible with Delphi 2007 for
Win32 and RAD Studio 2007

CodeGear™ JBuilder® 2008 Release Notes - JBuilder 2008 Release Notes

JBuilder 2008 Application Factories Screencasts - CodeGear presents a series of screencasts showcasing the new Application Factory, code reuse and application knowledge transfer, capabilities included in JBuilder 2008. (last updated April 3, 2008)

3rdRail 2008 Release Notes - Updated Release Notes

3rdRail 2008 Installation Notes - Installation Notes Update

PDF Essentials for Software Developers and the New Gnostice PDFtoolkit 3.0 - In this article, we will explore various aspects of the new Gnostice PDFtoolkit 3.0. We’ll start with an overview of the PDF format, the design goals and architecture of the new PDF Processor core of PDFtoolkit, some interesting new features of v3.0, the QC systems and finally explore the demo of the new product.

What is an RIEA?

    Upcoming and online and in-person CodeGear events and replays

What's new in JBuilder 2008 - we'll show you why InfoWorld named JBuilder Best Java IDE in their 2008 Technology of the Year awards.  We'll also introduce Application Factories and Swing / GUI development.

  Thursday, May 1st at 11:00 A.M. PDT

You'll see why we say that JBuilder 2008 is focused on the overall developer experience across the entire application development lifecycle.  It brings support for UML modeling. Swing UI design, performance analysis, thread debugging, code audits and metrics, and team development and collaboration.
Not to mention support for deployment to the leading commercial and open source Java application servers -- all from a single, platform-neutral IDE.

JavaOne 2008
  May 6 - 9 2008, San Francisco, CA
  CodeGear booth - stop by and see what we're doing with Java

RailsConf 2008
  May 29-June 1 2008, Portland, OR
  CodeGear booth - see the latest things we are doing for Rails and Ruby

CodeWay Tour 2008 in France
  Marseille 20 of May
  Bordeaux : 22 of May
  Nantes : 29 of May
  Lyon : 4 of June
  Paris : 12 of June

Delphi-Tage 2008
  6/13 - 6/14
  Günzburg, Germany

Delphi for PHP 2.0 - Visual PHP Development
  6-May, 09:00 (BST) / 10:00 (CEST)$Delphi%20for%20PHP%202.0%20-%20Visual%20PHP%20Development

Migration auf Delphi 2007 - Dieses Seminar zeigt die typischen Knackpunkte bei der Migration von Delphi 5/6/7 auf Delphi 2007 und wie man diese umgeht
  6-May, 13:00 (BST) / 14:00 (CEST)$Migration%20auf%20Delphi%202007

Implementare ed utilizzare Web Services SOAP con Delphi 2007
  6-Maggio, 14:30 (CEST)

Delphi 2007 for Win32 – REST web service
  13-Maggio, 14:30 (CEST)

What's new in JBuilder 2008
  20-Maggio, 14:30 (CEST)

Modernizing your System i applications with Delphi/400
  27-May, 10:00 (BST) / 11:00 (CEST)

What's new in 3rdRail 1.1
  27-Maggio, 14:30 (CEST)

For a complete list of upcoming live webinars (taking place on European time), go to

For more country specific events please go to the regional CodeGear pages.

    CodeGear in the news

Press Release: CodeGear™ Introduces ‘Reusable Developer Intelligence’ with release of JBuilder® 2008 - Innovations include New Application-centric Approach to Development

Press Release: CodeGear™ Accelerates Web Development with New Version of its Visual Development Environment for PHP - Delphi® for PHP 2.0 speeds development of data-driven Web 2.0 applications

Delphi for PHP 2.0 press coverage

    Where to buy CodeGear products

Do you need a new license for a CodeGear product?  Are you on a older version of one of our products? is your trial license expiring?
Do you need to add user licenses for our database products?  Now is a great time to get up to date! We have resellers and online shopping sites in many countries and regions of the world.  To find a reseller or a e-Shop site near you click on the following link:

    Write or translate a CDN article and get paid!

The CodeGear Developer Network "Get Published" Web application allows you to contribute technical articles, news, opinion essays, interviews and other articles.
You can also translate an existing article into your spoken language.  Many of the articles listed above were written by CDN members.  If your article is published, we'll even pay you for it! Do you have knowledge to share with other members? Write it up and head for

    Find Solutions Fast in Code Central

Code Central is a database driven repository of code samples, components, projects, models, patterns, tools, and more.  Code Central allows you to store, search, and retrieve submissions by product, category, date updated, submitter, copyright type, or keyword. Quick links are provided to the most popular authors, popular downloads and highest rated entries.  Code Central is your community repository.  Feel free to contribute and share your examples with CDN members.

    Reporting product problems and feature suggestions using Quality Central

Quality Central is a "request" box for Borland customers. When someone posts a "request," other community members can agree, disagree, rate, vote, or comment on that topic. These requests will be problem reports, feature suggestions, ideas for community articles, requests for content on the CodeGear web site, and so on.

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    CodeGear employees are Blogging!

CodeGear employees are using blogs to keep you up to date on our products, development technology, work they are doing, news of interest to developers, technical information, programming tips, trivia, and more.  Check out the CodeGear blogs at

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