Delphi news and a tutorial for the layout view in the new VCL grid

23 September 2010

The new stuff for DXperience is coming down like rain in a monsoon, and sometimes our new VCL stuff seems to slip through the cracks. It doesn’t help that the VCL team are on a different release schedule than DXperience, but it is a pity: the VCL team is producing some great new functionality. To rectify this, I’m going to be donning the mantle of evangelist for our VCL subscription so you’ll be getting more news — and more frequently than of late — about our Delphi-related products. Ray will also help out if and when needed.

The first item on my agenda is to let you know that Build 53 will contain support for RAD Studio XE, including Delphi XE. Yes, we’re a smidgeon late with this but we’re making some great strides given that we have so many controls (and, as usual, adding the C++Builder support takes the longest time). We’re just about to make the beta available (I’m just reviewing the What’s New content, so we’re very close) and I’ll be announcing that when it’s ready. Build 53 is not just about XE support either: look out for ExpressQuantumGrid 7,  ExpressBars 7, and some new stuff in ExpressPageControl and ExpressLayoutControl.

Another item is that we’ve just uploaded a tutorial video on how to use the new Layout View in the upcoming ExpressQuantumGrid 7. This feature is amazing; just watching the video is enough to make your fingers itchy to get your hands on the feature.

The final item for now is that I will be presenting a webinar on the new features in Grid 7 and Bars 7 on October 14 (10am PT, details to follow). We’re putting into place a whole series of webinars on DevExpress topics and also on wider, more general subjects. There will even be some kind of “Meet the Team” type webinars too. They’ll be twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on (the first was this morning on ASP.NET MVC). Stay tuned for the announcement on the upcoming schedule, but for now I thought I’d let you know about the first VCL one so you can block off the date and time.

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