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Come See Brian Long Talk about Android Development with Oxygene at BE-Delphi

October 7, 2013 in Events, non-tech

I’m told that our friend Brian Long will be giving a presentation at BE-Delphi’s annual developer event in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 21.

Brian is a great presenter; we had the pleasure of having him as a guest speaker at DSConf and he has presented on Oxygene for Android and iOS in the past — so if you’re anywhere near Antwerp in November, make sure to check out his talk, and the conference in general.

From Brian’s session summary:

Oxygene is an Object-Pascal based language previously well know in its .NET incarnation as Delphi Prism. Oxygene for Java produces Android apps that run where Android does – in Android’s Dalvik VM. It is for those who have a background in Delphi or a history of Pascal programming from previous times, or anyone who fancies something a bit different from Java, and who wants to use the standard Android APIs in the Android SDK to build lightweight, standard Android applications (or, for that matter, Java applets, servlets, etc.) that can run on any Android device of your choosing.

We’ll look at Oxygene for Java’s capabilities and features in the context of building and deploying an Android application using OS-native controls. We’ll see how the product works, bump into some enhancements to the evolving Object Pascal language and show that Oxygene for Java is a first class citizen in the world of Android development.

You can find out more about BE-Delphi at be-delphi.com.

2 days of Delphi Prism training in Mainz, Germany

March 5, 2011 in .NET, Elements, Events, iOS, Mac, MonoDevelop, MonoTouch, Oxygene, Platforms, RemObjects, Tools, Visual Studio, Windows

Delphi Code Camp logo RemObjects will be presenting at the next german Delphi Code Camp. As every year, the Entwickler-Akademie hosts the event. This time it will take place from May 2nd to 5th in Mainz, Germany. Each day presents a full-day power-workshop, and on two of them I will give hands-on experience on Delphi Prism. One full day will be a general introduction in .NET and development with Windows Forms, the next day we will concentrate on Mac- and iOS development.

The agenda in short:
Monday, May the 2nd: Daniel Wischnewski on patterns and practices with Delphi.
Tuesday, May the 3rd: Bernd Ua on Multithreading with Delphi.
Wednesday, May the 4th: Sebastian on Windows Forms development with Delphi Prism.
Thursday, May the 5th: Sebastian on Mac- and iOS development with Delphi Prism.

Hope to see you in Mainz.

Short summary in german:
Vom 02. bis 05. Mai 2011 findet in Intercity-Hotel Mainz das diesjährige Delphi Code Camp mit Daniel Wischnewski (Mo.: Patterns), Bernd Ua (Di.: Multithreading) und meiner Wenigkeit (Mi.: Delphi Prism: Windows Forms und Do.: Mac- sowie iOS-Entwicklung) statt.

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DSConf in Review

February 14, 2011 in .NET, Android, Cooper, Data Abstract, Delphi, Elements, Events, iOS, MonoTouch, non-tech, Oxygene, RemObjects, Visual Studio, Xcode

DSConf

It’s Monday February 14, 3AM and i’m jet-lagged and back home from Las Vegas, where our three-day Developer Solution Conference ended – what seems like a few hours ago – on Thursday.

DSConf Las Vegas was the first conference we have ever organized, and has been the first state-side events of our partners in crime, the Developer Experts.

This being our first event, and having a lot of time, resources and money invested into this over the past three or four months since we started planning, we were of course nervous about how the conference would go. Did we have the right mix of content? would our one-track, half-sessions/half-workshop approach work? would people like the event? heck, would anybody show up?

To say that we’re very happy with how the event turned out would be a tremendous understatement. interest in the conference was great, and with 40 registrations, we certainly reached our goal as far as pure numbers of attendees go. But what’s more important, people really dug the concept of DSConf and our sessions+workshops approach, and again and again attendees approached me (and my fellow staff) telling me that the conference was “exactly what [they] were looking for” or “just perfect”.

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DSConf was held at the MGM Grand, where we had access to three rooms, one for the main session and workshop, one for breakfast, lunch, afternoon sneaks and Embarcadero’s sponsor booth, and a third where attendees could break out to, to sit down and code, away from all the action.

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Day 1 started (after a brief introduction of all the staff) with an overview of the development tools, with Jim and Olaf first looking at Delphi XE and Delphi Prism XE, and Daniel then giving an introduction into Xcode and Objective-C (with a little bit too much focus on how “weird” Objective-C is, if you ask me [i love it – i don't think it's weird at all ;], but people enjoyed it and learned a lot). After lunch (a great mix of Asian food provided by the awesome MGM Grand catering staff), Daniel Wolf started his session on UX design and paper prototyping, followed by a hands-on workshop on the same topic, which everyone seemed to agree was the highlight of the day:

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Photo: Jim McKeeth

We closed with a workshop for the development tools shown earlier in the day, before releasing attendees to dinner and a free Poker Training session put on by MGM staff especially for our attendees. Those not interested in poker joined us back in the conference room for some late-night coding.

Day 2 came bright and early, with the keynote from Embarcadero’s David I – giving an overview of the current Delphi XI and the plans for the future, including a demo of Delphi/x64 and some hints at what’s coming down the road with VCL+. After that, we dove into multi-tier. First Jim gave us some background on why you’d want to bother with multi-tier in the first place, then Olaf and Daniel took the down-and-dirty road of showing attendees how to do data access the old fashioned way – custom REST and JSON parsing, and all those gruesome details.

After lunch (mediterranean food, which i did not get a chance to eat but was told was excellent once again) Holger and Jim dove into Data Abstract, showing how to create clients and servers with either Delphi or Delphi Prism.

Every conference needs it’s hick-up, so the last three hours of the day saw me on stage with Holger and Daniel leading developers thru our workshop and working with Data Abstract for .NET in Delphi Prism. I’m not an on-stage kind of guy, but things went well, and Daniel clearly enjoyed telling me how to use my product on the big screen ;).

If you’ve been to conferences before, you know that usually half the audience is checking their mail or catching up on twitter while talks are going on. But – just as in the workshop the day prior &dasnh; pretty much every attendee was following along with the workshop, as we plugged thru the details of DA/.NET, DA LINQ, RemObjects SDK Roles and creating custom web service methods that performed mathematical operations only Daniel will understand. While we were on stage guiding the workshop, the rest of the team roamed the room to answer questions and assist attendees who ran into problems.

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After the dinner break (i went to eat an excellent Teppanyaki with the RemObjects crew and a few friends), attendees met again for an “open bar and networking” evening.

Day 3 was all about mobile development, with three sessions dedicated to iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android and Windows Phone 7, respectively. The iOS session touched briefly on MonoDevelop, but then focused on Xcode (personally my favorite way to develop for that platform); the Android session was given by our guest speaker Brian Long (who’s presentation, if i may say so, was one of the highlights of the conference), providing a great and in-depth introduction to MonoDroid (a topic unknown to myself, as well, up to that point). Last but not least, Jim introduced the attendees to Windows Phone 7 development with Silverlight.

All three sessions consisted of about two-thirds of an in-depth view at the platform and development tools themselves (with Delphi Prism being used for all three .NET based tool chains, although the principles shown would have applied just as well to C#), and one third of a look at how Data Abstract rounds those platforms off with multi-tier client functionality.

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Next up came the part i was most excited about: Jim spent half an hour giving a sneak peak at a new top-secret project that has been brewing in our labs for a while now: “Cooper”. DSConf attendees were the first people outside of RemObjects to ever hear about Cooper, but now that the word is out: Cooper is a new compiler that brings the Oxygene language (that you all know an love from Delphi Prism) to the Java and Android platforms. Just like Oxygene, when first releases, aimed at bringing the “full .NET experience”to Pascal developers, Cooper does the same for Java. it links directly against the Java class libraries and generates 100% true Java (or Dalvik, Android’s variation of Java) executables, and is a “true” Next Generation Object Pascal for Java. (We’ll have a video reproducing the DSConf session up on RemObjects TV within the day, and stay tuned for more information, soon!).

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“Cooper” was met with a lot of excitement from the attendees, and i believe it will be one of the most interesting products we’ll be shipping this year.

But, time to move on, and day three of DSConf ended with a set of workshops putting the knowledge from the morning to use – with the help from Daniel, Brian and Jim on stage, attendees went on to build mobile clients for the Data Abstract server created the day prior, for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.

 

So people showed up, all the sessions went well, but the greatest part of the conference for me has been talking to all the attendees – many of which long time customers who’s names i’ve seen again again but who i had never met, and just as many who were completely new to our products.

There’s two things attendees said to me that i will never forget. The first was a long-time customer coming up top me, telling me how long he’s been using our stuff and saying “Thanks. You guys have made me a lot of money.” That must be among my favorite customer quotes ever. The second was a guy – new to DA – who looked me up, said he’d loved what he’d seen, and asked what Data Abstract would cost. I told him, and after looking at me – flabbergasted – for several seconds, he said “That’s all? That’s per deployment, right?” Nope, i told him. That’s the flat license, per developer.

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Photo: Nate Woolls, TeamRO

So we’re very happy with how DSConf turned out. Tired, yes, but very happy. So happy in fact, that we’re already planning the next event. I cannot go into details yet, but stay tuned to http://dsconf.com for more information soon (and sign up to the DSConf newsletter to stay up to date).

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Only Two Weeks till DSConf Las Vegas!

January 25, 2011 in .NET, Android, Cocoa, Data Abstract, Events, iOS, MonoDevelop, MonoTouch, non-tech, Oxygene, Platforms, Relativity, RemObjects, Visual Studio, Xcode

It’s Tuesday January 25, and we’re only two weeks away from DSConf Las Vegas, the first of our Developer Solutions Conferences that RemObjects Software is putting on in partnership with our friends at Developer Experts.

A lot of things have been falling into place over the past few weeks, and we’re very excited about the event. We have finalized our time table, which i know many of you have been looking forward to seeing, and there’s a lot of exciting sessions there. We’re also very happy to welcome on board as guest speakers Brian Long, who will be joining our own Jim McKeeth on stage to cover Android development with MonoDroid, and David “I” Intersimone from Embarcadero who has agreed to kick off day two of the conference with a keynote on the state of Delphi, present and future.

New Mobile Platforms for Data Abstract

Personally, i’m most excited that we’ll be showing off support for not one, not two, but three new mobile platforms in Data Abstract for .NET: MonoTouch, MonoDroid and Windows Phone 7. All of these are new for our next upcoming “Spring 2011” release, and DSConf attendees will be the first to not only see this in action, but also get their hands on a pre-release of Data Abstract for .NET that supports these frameworks.

While we have long supported native development for iOS with our Data Abstract for Xcode edition (and that prefers my personal favorite for working with iOS, by a long shot), having all three platforms supported by DA/.NET gives a unique opportunity to share non-UI code between the three client platforms, if that is your goal – something we’ll be covering at the conference.

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Meet the Team

Jim McKeeth will be representing RemObjects Software on stage, next to our guest speakers and the Developer Experts, but the entire RemObjects Software executive team will be on site in Las Vegas, including yours truly (Chief Architect), Carlo Kok (Chief Engineer on the Oxygene compiler that is the heart and soul of Delphi Prism) and Mike Orriss (General Project Manager). We’ll be looking forward to meeting and talking to all of you, discussing our products or answering any questions you may have.

And a Sneak Peek at “Cooper”

Also (and i’m not supposed to mention this ;), DSConf will be your chance to get a sneak peek at project “Cooper”, a very exciting technology that we have been working on related to (but not part of) Oxygene. I can’t go into more details yet, but suffice to say you will want to see this.

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Come to DSConf

If you have not registered yet, don’t hesitate and head over to dsconf.com/registration now to reserve your ticket – at only $799 for the whole three-day event. We’re looking forward to meeting you in Las Vegas in two weeks!

yours,
marc

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DSConf, Special Holiday Offer

December 13, 2010 in Events, short

If you have been holding out on getting your ticket for DSConf Las Vegas so far, now is your chance to save 15%, by taking advantage of the Special Holiday Offer:

Special Holiday Offer!

Use discount code »XMAS10« between now and December 25 to save 15% off the regular registration price of $799!

Register Now!

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Meet Us in Las Vegas!

November 9, 2010 in Android, Cocoa, Delphi, Events, iOS, Oxygene, Xcode

As you might already have heard about yesterday when the website went up, we haven’t had enough of conferences, yet – to the extent that we’ve partnered up with the guys over at Developer Experts to create our first own conference. DSConf Las Vegas will take place on February 8-10 at the MGM Grand in – you guessed – Las Vegas, and we hope to see many of you there.

“DSConf” is short for “Developer Solutions Conference”, and we’re trying to do something a little bit different from the regular conference circuit, here.

Most developer conferences are made up of a loose collection of talks from various speakers on various topics. While they (hopefully) provide a lot of good, interesting and intriguing content, there is no overall “theme” or consistent narrative to the conference. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – don’t get me wrong. As i’m typing this, i’m sitting in a hotel in Austin, Texas for the great 360|iDev conference that follows then traditional model, and it’s been an awesome conference so far. The same is true for a lot of successful conferences, from WWDC to PDC.

But, based on the success of some of the events that Developer Experts have already been putting on in Germany over the past year or so, we wanted to put on an event that is a little more coherent – and this is where the “Solutions” part of the conference name comes in. Developer Solutions Conferences will be centered around a specific topic, and provide a coherent set of sessions and workshops that provide attendees with a solution to that specific topic.

For DSConf Las Vegas, this topic can be roughly summarized as “Delphi Developers looking beyond the comfort zone of their familiar set of tools and exploring cross-platform and, more specifically, mobile development”. A particular focus will be set on business applications (we think there’s enough events out there on iPhone game development, already), and of course we will also touch on (but not exclusively focus on) how our own Data Abstract can figure into this picture.

The conference is a three-day event, made up of both regular “presentations”-style sessions and extensive hands-on workshops. We want attendees to have the chance to both learn about the tools and technologies we are showing, as well as to get a chance to try them out first hand, with assistance from speakers and RemObjects staff. Workshops will give attendees the opportunity to follow along to build their first app using the covered tools, as well as bring their own in-progress projects, work on them and get help and support from the team on site.

Technologies we will be covering at DSConf Las Vegas include Xcode and Delphi Prism in Visual Studio and MonoDevelop (both with a non-exclusive focus on developers familiar with or coming from a Delphi background), iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 development with Xcode, MonoTouch, MonoDroid and Silverlight respectively, and data access using Data Abstract.

Read more about DSConf Las Vegas at dsconf.com.

We hope you’re as excited about DSConf as i am, and i hope to see you in Las Vegas in February!

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November Events

October 23, 2010 in Data Abstract, Events, iOS, non-tech, RemObjects, Xcode

2010 has already been a busy year for us, but we’re not stopping, yet. We got two (three, really) very exciting events coming up this November.

 

First, we are proud sponsors of 360|iDev, one of the premier developer conferences for iPhone and iPad, which is happening in Austin, Texas on November 7-10 (thats Sunday-Wednesday).

Not only are we sponsoring the event, but Jim McKeeth will also be presenting two great sessions, one on basic multi-tier concepts and architecture, and a second one going more hands-on with Data Abstract for Xcode. This second session will also most likely feature the first public preview of our all new Schema Modeler for Mac that Alex and myself have been busily working on over the past half year. And i’m not going pretend that these will be the (only ;-) highlight of the conference – there’s an incredible number of awesome sessions by great speakers planned, as you can see on the published schedule, including one by our good friend Kirby Turner on the Fundamentals of iPad Programming.

In addition to the session, there’s also a boat-load of other things going on, including hands-on workshops, parties (gotta have parties!), a Community App Award, and more.

i myself will be attending as well (although i’m not presenting anything), and i’m very excited to meet you there! It’s my first visit to the Lone Star state, so i’m looking forward to the trip on that front, too.

Oh, and before i forget: if you have not reserved your ticket yet (and shame on you if you have not, really), you can use “RemObjects” as discount code when signing up, to save 15% off the (already ridiculously low) cost of $599 for the event.

 

Second, is a pair of training events on iOS development here in germany by the Developer Experts. Daniel & Daniel have come and visited me here in Berlin for an in-depth, firehose-style training on all things new (and some old) with Data Abstract across all three of our platforms. In the middle of November, they will be passing their knowledge on in two events co-sponsored by german Macwelt magazine and RemObjects Software. These two two-day events are happening in Hamburg (November 11/12) and Munich (November 15/16).

 

Not enough for you? That’s fine — we got more events coming up in December and the new year. Keep watching our events page at remobjects.com/events to find out about thee events and more!

 

thanx for reading,
marc

iOS ROad Show in Denmark

August 12, 2010 in Events

Are you interested in iOS and Xcode development?  How about sharing data between platforms?  Will you be in the Aalborg, Denmark area on Tuesday the 21st of September?  Then we’ve got a show for you!

Jens Fudge pointed out that Denmark isn’t to far off, and you know what that means?  “ROad Trip!”  Jens is coordinating with Uffe Koch of Huge Lawn Software to host a mini-workshop in Aalborg, Denmark.

Here is what we have planned:

  • Sharing data between a PC, Mac or Linux with an iOS device
  • Proper data architecture for a mobile device
  • What’s new in RemObjects SDK and Data Abstract for Xcode and iOS
  • And Uffe said something about Pizza

This event is free, and I am planning to cover most of the same material I will be covering at 360iDev, plus some.  So if you are near by we would love you to join with us!  Leave a comment here, and we will email you with more details as the event gets closer.

We are still working things out, so plan on more details coming out as things get closer!