Lazarus Pascal Release Version 1.4

The free Pascal compiler, Lazarus version 1.4 has been released and can be obtained for free by clicking here!

The work involved by developers to get a free Windows / Linux / Mac compiler for anyone to use is simply amazing. The work is based on contributions provided to the programmers who provide free time to get this outstanding compiler ready. Everything you need to develop a Rad type of application which is driven using Pascal is quick and easy to set up. The application works pretty much like Delphi 7 did allowing users to drop components on the forms and set up simple code for events.

Lazarus is a Delphi compatible cross-platform IDE for Free Pascal. It includes LCL which is more or less compatible with Delphi’s VCL. Free Pascal is a GPL’ed compiler that runs on Linux, Win32, OS/2, 68K and more. Free Pascal is designed to be able to understand and compile Delphi syntax, which is OOP. Lazarus is the part of the missing puzzle that will allow you to develop Delphi like programs in all of the above platforms. Unlike Java which strives to be a write once run anywhere, Lazarus and Free Pascal strives for write once compile anywhere. Since the exact same compiler is available on all of the above platforms it means you don’t need to do any recoding to produce identical products for different platforms.

The IDE is exactly like Delphi 7 and gets you quickly into executing a simple “hello world” application in less then 2 minutes. You can use the debugger which is a little harder on the Mac but pretty much works the same on all platforms.

This is well worth the time if you are in the need of coding for Linux and Mac to get something done fast.

Delphi Developers Day 2015

Delphi Developers Days 2015 Tour

Delphi Developers Days 2015 Tour

 

 

Recently I attended the Delphi Developers Day 2015 in Chicago and boy was it fantastic.  The sessions were kept roughly to one hour of interesting subjects that pertain to the Delphi Developer.  The presentations were led by Cary Jensen and Ray Konopka along with the assistance of Loy Andersen gave all developers a chance to learn something new using the Delphi language.

Each developer receives a manual that contains the full presentation along with source code that can be read as well as downloaded from the DDD 2015 web site.   The code is updated as the tour continues into the European market.    The two days were packed with activities from the start to the finish with very little room to rest.  Embarcadero sent Jim McKeeth along with his fun gadgets for a night time presentation of what you can do with the latest Rad Studio / Delphi / C++ Builder XE8.

On a side note each day, lunch was provided and Embarcadero also purchased dinner for the first day night time session.

This was a great few days working with fellow Delphi programmers on the latest release of Embarcadero’s Rad Studio XE8 Delphi / C++ Builder release held at Holiday Inn Express Hotel Suites during April 13th and 14th.

If you ever get a chance you should attend if you are dealing with this great product.

DDD 2015

Class room in Chicago

The sessions are listed below:

 

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