DX Delphi Features Part 01.

Delphi is the most powerful Object Pascal IDE and component library for cross-platform Native App Development with flexible Cloud services and broad IoT connectivity... It provides powerful VCL controls for Windows 10 and enables FMX development for Windows, Mac and Mobile.

Delphi offers modern Object Pascal with native compilers and component libraries for:

  • Windows.
  • Mac OS.
  • iOS.
  • Android.
  • Linux.

Programming in Delphi has never been so easy for developers with RAD Studio and there are so many awesome features that we would like to discuss in this review.

Let’s keep reading for more details!

I. Design:

Design fast, cross-platform native apps rapidly with the RAD Studio IDE. Benefit from agile early design feedback across a range of devices using live preview powered by real data, both on device and in the IDE. Simplify the design process, prototype faster and reach more platforms quicker.

1. Design faster with Live Data:

Live data at design-time helps developers speed up user interface design across all target screen sizes. Thanks to this feature, Developers will have a better vision on how data fits within UI design.

This feature supporting multiple sources including databases and REST APIs.

2. Design faster with powerful Component Libraries:

Drag and drop components to build your user interface, just simple like that!

3. Designed for Usability:

Adding usability is as simple as setting component properties in the object inspector!

From displaying the right keyboard for data entry, to positioning tabs in the right location based on the platform, usability is built in.

4. Smart Responsive Designing:

Build your UI once and have it run everywhere, on multiple devices with the flexibility offered in the FireUI multi-device designer.

5. Preview design changes instantly on a device!

FireUI App Previews lets you preview your FireMonkey application on iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows targets as you are designing the app.

6. Integrate data with zero lines of code!

With the LiveBindings Designer, you can visually connect UI elements to data sources ready to show data at both design time and run time. Connecting live data is never been so easy.

II. Develop:

The RAD Studio IDE helps developers write code faster and smarter via modern OOP practices.

Also, supporting agile development teams worldwide - smart developers design, refactor and build their code faster using RAD Studio.

1. High-Performance Compilers

Highly optimized compilers targeting all platforms ensures performance will match your desires.


2. Modern Developer Centric IDE

Split the panels in the IDE according to a wide range of preferences. Customize extensively and use multiple screens to enhance productivity further.

3. Modern OOP-centric languages:

With two language options: Delphi and enhanced C++, this will provide leading language features like Generics (Delphi), Asynchronous programming, very powerful Run Time Type Information (RTTI).

4. Develop with a smarter IDE!

Writing and editing code has never been faster! Code Insight™ delivers auto-code-completion based on your code and used libraries, supplemented by inline documentation to give hints and tips supporting you as you write code.

5. Agile Refactoring/ Managing Change:

Refactoring support keeps you fast and agile by removing the stress from those daily changes that could happen as things transform.

6. Keep your design Agile:

The VCL designer has the ability to rapidly modify the name, caption, alignment, layout, the color of a control, bind the control to a data source or data field, etc. It will extraordinary increase your productivity.

7. Write code faster with Live Templates:

Live templates are reusable skeleton code statements that enable developers to rapidly code recurring structures. Use built in templates or add your own, Live Templates are an invaluable tool for fast developers.

III. Debug:

With Integrated cross platform native debugging, you will be able to find the root cause of bugs and get to the bottom of it. Developers can debug applications running remotely on Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Linux!

1. Conditional Breakpoints:

Feel free to pause program execution at anytime, at any specified location or when a particular condition occurs as you need, in order to test and debug your application using breakpoints.

2. Explore the entire call stack:

The call stack is a perfect combination while using breakpoints, it enables developers to trace backward to discover the route the executing code took to reach the current location.

3. What is the value?

While your program has paused during debugging, you will able to see the current value of a variable easily. What you all need to do is to point the mouse cursor to any variable name shown in the Code Editor to display ToolTip Insight.

4. Cross Platform Live Debugging:

Deploy your app to any device using iOS, Android or Mac device and debug as though it was running locally. Locate any issues, recompile and deploy directly from the RAD Studio IDE ready to debug the updated application again.

Summary/ Verdict:

With so many great features come with RAD Studio, Delphi Developers will be able to max out their performance and increase their own productivity. There are still many more awesome features that we haven’t discussed in here yet, but will be covered in our next review. Stay tuned!

To be continued… Pls read the “DX Delphi Features Part 02.