By: Cary Jensen
Abstract: Whether you are in the early planning stages for migrating an existing application to Unicode-enabled RAD Studio, or in the midst of the process, Delphi Unicode Migration for Mere Mortals can help. Written with input from many of the leaders in the RAD Studio community, this white paper provides you with valuable techniques and advice that will smooth the way.
Do you have an existing Delphi or C++Builder application that you need to migrate to the current version of RAD Studio? If that application was originally created in RAD Studio 2007 or earlier, there is an additional concern. Your application may need to be modified to take into account changes to the String, Char, and PChar types, which are now fully Unicode-enabled.
There are a lot of different ways that RAD Studio's Unicode support can affect your existing applications. And in order to help RAD Studio developers migrate their existing applications, we reached out to those in the greater developer community who have made the switch, asking for their advice, techniques, and tools that helped them with their Unicode migrations. The result is the white paper "Delphi Unicode Migration for Mere Mortals: Stories and Advice from the Front Lines"
This white paper includes both a technical overview of how RAD Studio implements Unicode support, as well an exploration of various parts of your applications that may be affected by these changes. Advice, code samples, and general observations regarding Unicode migration from some of the top names in the RAD Studio community are included.
Topics covered in this white paper include a detailed look at RAD Studio's new UnicodeString String type, how to work with external files and libraries, changes that may affect pointer operations, new units and classes that can ease your migration, and much more. You will also hear from some of RAD Studio's most popular third-party vendors, and how they managed the Unicode migration of their tools and classes.
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