BDNradio: Delphi Hour #7 with Nick Hodges

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Listen to the replay and read the chat log of the live broadcast of Delphi Hour #7 with Nick Hodges interviewing Jason Vokes, Director of Products EMEA for the Borland Developer Tools Group

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This is a log of the chat room during the live audio chat from August 23, 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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NickH: aikimark: "Nick, hope I wasn't too nit-picky with my comment on your strings presentation" - No problem -- I'm more embarrassed at those numbers errors.

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jkaster: skamradt: "Nick, how about using .net 2.0 with BDS 2006 artical that is on your "todo" list?" - nick: I don't have anybody to do this yet.

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jkaster: Marco bails Nick out ;)

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jkaster: Make sure you sign up for "wants news" for your account there, and you'll get BDN blasts

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jkaster: European Developer's Conference in September

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jkaster: Delphi Oktoberfest

jkaster: the woman in that video used to work here, Kathy (Kat) Berkland
jkaster: she actually does speak German although she's an American

jkaster: there *are* some multilingual Americans ;)

aohlsson: aikimark: "I sent a potential evangelist to you and your HR department "dropped the ball"" - Please send it to me, and I'll take care of it.

jkaster: PeterNort: "what magazines :)" - jason: can't say yet, but major magazines in major European countries. Contracts are still under negotiation.

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jkaster: Marco's blog

jkaster: bwhite: "might as well talk about it now." - indeed!
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jkaster: PeterNort: "Can we expect Class Operators in *classes* for Win32 too in the future?" - nick: Class Operators are kind of "un-Delphi-ish". They're more conducive on the .NET side with garbage collection.

jkaster: MarcoZ: "Do you have any numbers based on feedback or the like, that show you how wide-spread VCL .NET actually is?" - nick: we do have information on that, but we really can't share it

jkaster: aikimark: "how about some Select Case structure equivalent to ease migration?" - nick: it's on the list, but it never seems to rise up above the line. john: you can vote on the feature requests in QC

jkaster: lbg: "That about the newsserver? Will it just be renamed Or will there be an clean up :-)" - john: newsgroups will be migrated and on the new domain

jkaster: bwhite: "Can Turbo create components? i.e. is the wizard there?" - nick: general guideline is this: look at what BDS Pro does, and that's what Turbo does. But the Turbo Explorer doesn't allow you to install package. for design-time use.

jkaster: aikimark: "the realtime transcription of the livechat log doesn't work" - yes, on my todo list. thanks.

jkaster: PeterNort: ""Extending the case ... of statement"" - thanks peter
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jkaster: don't miss the DevTracks at Hamburg on September 4th - DevCo talks about JBuilder, Peleton, BDS 2006, InterBase, Trailblazer (that's the official agenda)

jkaster: bwhite: "I preferred Michael's explanation about everyone being eligible for an upgrade" - nick: 100% of our customers are eligible for an upgrade

jkaster: sakura: "What will the price be in Europe, higher prices than 500 Euro have been seen :(" - pricing will be revealed Sept 5th

jkaster: Ronald: "can you say anything about win32 unicode support in highlander?" - nick: this is a very difficult issue for us. I am acutely aware of the need for many of our customers to get Win32 Unicode support. On the other hand, doing Win32 Unicode VCL the right way is a non-trivial task.

jkaster: MSANGALI: "Do you have plans for out-of-the-box AJAX components for ASP.NET in next versions of BDS?" - nick: we will support ASP.NET 2.0 in Highlander, and as a result, we should support the Atlas project from MS, and those ASP.NET components. john: Steve Trefethen has blogged about doing AJAX in the current release.
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jkaster: Troy's TNT Unicode controls for Delphi Win32

jkaster: bmcgee: "reminder: Someone was going to post the slide deck Anders was showing in the road trip." - thanks for the reminder again, Bruce

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