C++Builder XE2 FAQ

By: Hitoshi Fujii

Abstract: Frequently Asked Questions for C++Builder XE2

    General Questions

    What is Embarcadero 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.

 

    Which editions are available and what are the differences between the editions?

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.

 

    What’s new in C++Builder XE2?

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.

  • Deliver applications across Windows and Mac
  • Create visually stunning and interactive applications using the FireMonkey application platform and new VCL styles
  • Connect everywhere with new DataSnap mobile connectors for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 as well as dbExpress support for additional databases including InterBase XE, FireBird 2.5, SQL Anywhere 12 and ODBC
  • New LiveBindings let you connect any data source to any VCL or FireMonkey user interface or graphic element.
  • Cloud computing support in C++Builder XE2 now gives you the ability to work with both Amazon and Windows Azure cloud data and deploy your applications to both Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure
  • Work smarter with an expanded developer toolbox including the new FastReport reporting solution and new versions of your other favorite tools like TeeChart, InstallAware, IP*Works, AQtime, FinalBuilder (in Ent/Ultimate/Arch only), IntraWeb and Indy.

For more detailed information on what’s new in C++Builder XE2, see the What’s New in C++Builder XE2 page.

 

    What does C++Builder include?

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.

  • FastReport VCL 4 RAD edition from Fast Reports so you can quickly design and generate reports
  • InstallAware Express provides an unsurpassed feature set, enabling you to build sophisticated installations in record time without any programming or scripting skills.
  • Rave Reports from Nevrona provides a wide variety of reporting solutions
  • TeeChart Standard from Steema provides quick and easy-to-use charting components
  • FinalBuilder Embarcadero Edition helps you automate your build process
  • CodeSite Express logging tools for building quality applications
  • AQtime Standard from SmartBear for performance profiling
  • Beyond Compare Text Compare lets you view differences between source files
  • IntraWeb from Atozed for building web applications in the same way you build C++Builder applications

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.

 

    Are earlier version licenses included with C++Builder XE2?

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.

 

    Can I give away or sell my older version licenses?

No. They are considered part of your XE2 license and are tied to your user account. They cannot be given away or sold.

 

    If I already had an earlier version and requested my free earlier version license, why do you send my same earlier version serial number again instead of a second one?

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.

 

    If I buy an Architect edition, why do I only get Enterprise editions of some of the older licenses?

Some of those earlier products are only available in Professional and Enterprise editions.

 

    Why can't I get version 2006 or the much older versions?

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.

 

    Why can't I manage C++Builder 6 licenses via my license manager and AppWave?

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.

 

    Why do I have to request the older serial numbers and downloads separately? Why don't you just send them all at once when I buy XE?

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.

 

    Why is there a limit of 180 days to request my earlier version licenses?

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.

 

    Which localized languages are the older versions available in?

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.

 

    What is Embarcadero® RAD Studio XE2?

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.

 

    What is Embarcadero All-Access XE?

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.

 

    Where can I purchase C++Builder XE2? How much does it cost?

You can find pricing and purchase C++Builder XE2 from Embarcadero Sales, one of our valuable partners, or our online Embarcadero Shop site.

 

    What is Support and Maintenance for C++Builder XE2?

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.

 

    Where can I get the latest updates for C++Builder?

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.

 

    Is C++Builder available in languages other than English?

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.

 

    Which types of licenses are available?

C++Builder XE2 is available with multiple licensing options including:

  • Individual named user licenses delivered via electronic software delivery (ESD) as a download an serial number. Discounted 5-packs and 10-packs are also available.
  • Network Named and Concurrent user licenses managed using Embarcadero AppWave and provide the additional flexibility of managing licenses on a license server plus software provisioning
  • Network licenses managed by Flexera FlexNet are available on a special request basis
  • Academic individual licenses for students and educators as well as volume licenses for classroom use

 

    What are the limitations of the Academic editions?

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.

 

    Who qualifies for the upgrade pricing on C++Builder XE2?

  • Professional upgrade eligibility – Upgrade pricing is available to registered owners of 2009-XE versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder. For a limited time through December 31, 2011, registered owners of 2007 versions of Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio products (Professional, Enterprise or Architect editions) also qualify for upgrade pricing.
  • Enterprise upgrade eligibility – Upgrade pricing is available to registered owners of 2009-XE versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder; Professional, Enterprise or Architect editions. For a limited time through December 31, 2011, registered owners of 2007 versions of Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio; Professional, Enterprise or Architect editions; also qualify for upgrade pricing.
  • Architect upgrade eligibility – Upgrade pricing is available to registered owners of 2009-XE versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder; Enterprise or Architect editions. For a limited time through December 31, 2011, registered owners of 2007 versions of Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio; Enterprise or Architect editions; also qualify for upgrade pricing.

Upgrade pricing is not available from Academic editions.

 

    Is Blackfish SQL licensed in C++Builder?

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.

 

    How is InterBase licensed in C++Builder?

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.

 

    Where can I find the open source project for the Subversion integration in Delphi XE2 and C++Builder XE2?

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/.

 

    What is the support status for different versions of C++Builder?

See the Supported Versions List for the latest information by version.

 

    Technical Questions

    Can I develop applications on one version of Windows and deploy to others?

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.

 

    Can I write a single application to deploy to both Windows and Mac using C++Builder and FireMonkey?

Yes. You can create a single source application that can be built and deployed to Windows and Mac OS X.

 

    How to the DataSnap Mobile Connectors work? Do I build the full mobile application with C++Builder?

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.

 

    Which languages, platforms and devices are supported with the DataSnap Mobile Connectors?

Language

Platform

Device

Java

Android 2.1 or higher

All devices compatible with the platform

Java

BlackBerry Java SDK 5.0 or 6.0

All devices compatible with the platform

Objective-C

iOS 4.2 and latest iOS SDK

All devices compatible with the platform

C#

Silverlight for Windows Phone

All devices compatible with the platform

     

 

    Will applications built with Delphi and C++Builder XE2 run on older versions of Windows including Windows 2000, 95, 98 and Me?

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.

 

    What are the pre-requisites for installing C++Builder?

To install, you will need to have installed on your system:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher
  • The Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Redistributable Package
  • Windows Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
  • MSXML 6

The installer will install the prerequisite software if you don’t already have it installed.

 

    I’m wondering about moving my existing code to Unicode. What do I need to do?

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.

 

    Do I have to register my copy of C++Builder?

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.

 

    Can I open my projects created with earlier versions of C++Builder?

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.

 

    Why do I need to install the Microsoft .NET runtimes and SDK with C++Builder?

Some of the functionality of the IDE requires these software packages.

 

    Will my users / customers need the .NET runtimes / SDK in order to run my apps built with C++Builder?

No. Applications produced with C++Builder XE2 do not require any .NET runtime support. The product produces pure native Windows applications.

 

    What are the differences between the ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling capabilities in C++Builder Architect and the standard ER/Studio product?

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.

 

    Can I install C++Builder XE2 on a machine with previous versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder on it?

Yes, C++Builder XE2 coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.

 

    What is Standard Library Technical Report 1?

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

 

    What is C++0x?

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.

 

    What’s different about C++Builder versus competing products?

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.

 

 



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