For forums, blogs and more please visit our
Developer Tools Community.
By: Hitoshi Fujii
Abstract: Frequently Asked Questions for C++Builder XE2
Embarcadero C++Builder® XE2, now with FireMonkey, is the only true visual C++ development environment - designed for ultra-fast, component-based creation of highly-maintainable, visually stunning applications for Windows and Mac OS X. C++Builder’s fully visual two-way RAD IDE and thousands of available components speed and simplify building visually-rich and data-intensive end-user applications.
C++Builder XE2 is available in five editions – Starter, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect. See the C++Builder XE2 product editions page and feature matrix for details on the differences between the editions.
C++Builder XE2 is filled with hundreds of new features and enhancements to help you build ultra-rich Windows Mac and mobile applications ultra-fast.
For more detailed information on what’s new in C++Builder XE2, see the What’s New in C++Builder XE2 page.
C++Builder XE2 - C++Builder XE2, now with FireMonkey, is the only true visual C++ development environment - designed for ultra-fast, component-based creation of highly-maintainable, visually stunning - applications for Windows and Mac OS X.
DB PowerStudio XE Dev (in Ultimate edition only) – DB PowerStudio provides fast SQL database development, database change management, SQL profiling, and SQL tuning
ER/Studio 9 Developer Edition (in Architect edition only) - ER/Studio helps data architects discover, document, and re-use data assets and gives you the power to easily reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases.
InterBase XE Developer Edition - InterBase XE Developer Edition provides developers with the best cross-platform database to build and test database applications for embedded and SME applications.
Additional Tools - RAD Studio includes a comprehensive set of additional tools to help you do more than ever before. These are generally special editions of the tools created to be bundled with C++Builder and the feature sets may differ from the full commercial versions.
Partner Software - C++Builder users have access to a variety of free and trial editions of tools and components from Embarcadero Technology Partners accessible from the product launcher as either a partner DVD ISO or online from the Embarcadero developer network.
Yes. With C++Builder XE2, you get access to licenses for older versions – C++Builder XE2, C++Builder 2010, C++Builder 2009, C++Builder 2007, and C++Builder 6. See the C++Builder Previous Versions web page for further details.
No. They are considered part of your XE2 license and are tied to your user account. They cannot be given away or sold.
Your earlier version license and the XE2 you upgrade to are considered one named user license that covers both versions. If you already own an earlier version and go to the web page and request the same version license, you will just get a re-send of your existing serial number.
Some of those earlier products are only available in Professional and Enterprise editions.
Version 2006 included some third party licensed code that we are no longer able to ship. C++Builder 5 and earlier were discontinued years ago and we don't have plans to bring them back.
That version used an earlier version of our licensing technology. We are looking at offering those older versions as apps in a future version of AppWave.
It could be a little confusing for some customers when they purchase RAD Studio XE2 and receive twelve different serial numbers and download links. We tried to keep it simple by just delivering the XE2 license and allowing them to request the other licenses as needed.
The real limit is 180 days after the XE2 version is no longer available to purchase. We aren't enforcing it at 180 days from the purchase date for each individual user.
The earlier versions are available in English, French, German and Japanese. For versions 2007 and later, there is a single download and you choose the language at install time. For version 6, there is a separate download for each localized version.
Embarcadero RAD Studio XE2 is the ultimate application development suite and the fastest way to build data-rich, visually engaging applications for Windows, Mac, mobile, .NET, PHP and the Web. RAD Studio includes Delphi, C++Builder® and RadPHP™, enabling developers to deliver applications up to 5x faster across multiple desktop, mobile, Web, and database platforms.
If you’re interested in C++Builder XE2, in combination with development tools for the Delphi programming language, .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails; plus a complete range of database design, management and performance tools, Embarcadero All-Access is the solution for you. Embarcadero All-Access XE provides all the application development and database tools you need – when you need them. It’s the easiest to use ‘toolbox’ solution for any size team of developers, architects, performance testers, and DBAs. All-Access is ideal for both large enterprise teams working on a wide range of technologies; and for smaller teams, consultants, and individuals who find their time split across the software development life cycle.
You can find pricing and purchase C++Builder XE2 from Embarcadero Sales, one of our valuable partners, or our online Embarcadero Shop site.
Support and Maintenance can be purchased at the time you purchase your C++Builder product or upgrade. The support and maintenance agreement gives you a year of upgrades (including major version releases) and a specified number of support incidents. See the Support dropdown menu item of our web site for additional information.
Updates and additional software for C++Builder users are available on the registered users download page at https://cc.embarcadero.com/reg/c_builder. More major new feature upgrades are available only to users with current Maintenance agreements. Notifications for those upgrades are delivered via email and the upgrades can be downloaded via the Maintenance Portal web site by following the instructions in the email.
C++Builder is available in English, French, German and Japanese. The installer lets you choose any combination of languages and it’s easy to switch between languages in the IDE.
C++Builder XE2 is available with multiple licensing options including:
The Academic edition can be used only for learning in an academic or classroom environment. Educational institutions cannot use the academic version to produce software for use within their institution. Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing to commercial licenses.
Upgrade pricing is not available from Academic editions.
Blackfish SQL is no longer included with C++Builder as of the XE version. If you have a Blackfish SQL license from a previous version, you can continue to use it. As a replacement, we recommend InterBase which is available in multiple configurations is a great choice as an embedded database.
InterBase XE Developer Edition is InterBase XE Server licensed for up to 20 users and 80 logical connections. You can install InterBase Developer Edition on a server for testing purposes using the serial number included in the C++Builder XE2 readme file or you can download and request a serial number from the InterBase download page at https://downloads.embarcadero.com/free/interbase.
When you’re ready to deploy applications using InterBase, Embarcadero offers a variety of editions (Desktop, Server and To-Go) and a variety of licensing options (flexible server licensing, multi-packs and OEM licensing). Contact Embarcadero Sales or partners for more information. See the license terms in the C++Builder license.rtf file for additional licensing details.
The open source project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/radstudioverins/. The repository for the open source code is available from the "Code" tab when you're logged in to SourceForge web site or athttps://radstudioverins.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/radstudioverins/trunk/.
See the Supported Versions List for the latest information by version.
Yes. You develop applications on the Windows version that is most productive for you. You can develop applications on Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP, Server 2008 or Server 2003. Applications built with C++Builder will run on all of those Windows versions plus Windows 2000.
Yes. You can create a single source application that can be built and deployed to Windows and Mac OS X.
The DataSnap Mobile Connector feature generates connectivity code that you can incorporate into mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. You develop your mobile applications using the standard development tools and languages for each platform such as Objective C with the Xcode IDE for iOS, Java for Android and Blackberry, or Silverlight for Windows Phone 7. You then use the DataSnap Mobile Connector code to provide connectivity to your native C++Builder or Delphi DataSnap server.
Android 2.1 or higher
All devices compatible with the platform
BlackBerry Java SDK 5.0 or 6.0
iOS 4.2 and latest iOS SDK
Silverlight for Windows Phone
Because of the use of Unicode as the default string type, Windows 98, 95, and ME will not run applications produced with C++Builder 2009 or later. These operating systems do not support Unicode strings, and Microsoft has dropped support for them. Applications built with C++Builder XE2, XE, 2010 and 2009 and VCL will run on Windows 2000 or later. Applications built with C++Builder XE2 and FireMonkey will run on Windows XP and later.
To install, you will need to have installed on your system:
The installer will install the prerequisite software if you don’t already have it installed.
Most existing code will work fine using the new default UnicodeString. Code that does byte level manipulation of string data, or that carries data in string variables probably needs to be examined and perhaps updated to account for the new character sizes inherent in Unicode string data. For more information, see the documentation and Embarcadero Developer Network for information about moving existing code to Unicode.
Yes. When you first run the product, a small application will open and ask you to register the product. Once that is done, and your product key is validated, then your product will be registered and installed.
Yes, you should be able to do so, depending on the installed components required by your projects. C++Builder XE2 uses the MSBuild system for the build engine, and thus requires a new project file if you are upgrading from version 2007 or earlier. However, the IDE will seamlessly update your projects to the new format.
Some of the functionality of the IDE requires these software packages.
No. Applications produced with C++Builder XE2 do not require any .NET runtime support. The product produces pure native Windows applications.
The ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling and visualization in C++Builder Architect is a subset of the full ER/Studio. C++Builder Architect doesn’t include metadata import/export capabilities or access to ER/Studio team repository servers. It includes limited reporting functionality (HTML only). The ER/Studio functionality in C++Builder Architect supports a specific set of databases in line with those supported by dbExpress, while the full ER/Studio products offer flexible configurations for those databases and more.
Yes, C++Builder XE2 coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.
TR1 is the first official ISO extension to the C++ Standard Library, including many components to enhance library use and development, including a reference counted smart pointer and function call wrapper for better resource management; tuple, array and hashing containers; regular expressions; random numbers; improved function binders to simplify calling library algorithms; and type traits.
More details may be found in the final public draft available on the ISO committee website at: http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2005/n1836.pdf
C++0x is the informal name for the next version of the C++ Standard. While the standard expected until late 2010 many features are now well defined. More details may be found on the ISO committee website. A good place to start would be:http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2009/n2871.html. There is also good information on the next C++ standard in the Final Committee Draft at http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2010/n3092.pdf.
C++Builder is the only true RAD C++ environment and framework designed for ultra-fast and highly-maintainable application development for Windows and Mac OS X. No other C++ development environment offers a more comprehensive included visual component library for quickly building rich user interfaces, rich ecosystem of additional components and tools, and rapid development of database applications.
Free 30-day trial! Develop for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, devices and gadgets!
More social media choices:
C++Builder on Google+
@RADtools on Twitter
Server Response from: ETNASC04