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<h1>Embarcadero Webinar – Useful C++ Features You Should be Using</h1>

The Embarcadero webinar are usually excellent and short providing you insight on the latest features for C++ Builder.  Even if you do not use the product there is a possibility that you will pick up some new clue on how to use C++.

David Millington knowledge on the product line is a breathe of fresh air and hopefully puts this compiler on a better path for getting updates or upgrades.  The future of the product will be for Linux server application development by the fall.  In comparison with Visual Studio, Rad Studio does cost money but the product is superior in usage and application development.  You can use Visual Studio Community which is free but it is at times confusing and very misleading on the development side.

The features you will view are from the Berlin release which is the latest in the future for the Embarcadero C++ Builder and Delphi.  Baron Software strongly recommends you to watch and see whether Berlin fits your application development team.  Each license can be renewed on a yearly basis but this provides you with any major upgrade done during the year which is very cost effective.

Learn about the latest features of C++11 that you can take advantage of today in C++Builder 10.1 Berlin.

David Millington, Embarcadero’s new C++Builder Product Manager, will show cool C++11 code in the IDE that can be compiled for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android using the Clang-enhanced compiler.

C++11 language features covered will include:

  • Auto typed variables
  • Variadic templates
  • Lambda expressions
  • Atomic operations

Unrestricted unions and more, Click here to register for the webinar

Apple news that may be announced on March 21

Apple Products for 2016


Apple is preparing to make the annual product announcements on March 21st, 2016.  High expectations are there for newer geek toys from one of the favorite vendors which is apple.  Some of the possible noted things are:

  1. New iPhone 5se Headlining the event will be the 4-inch iPhone SE and a new 9.7-inch iPad. Rumors suggest the iPhone SE will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, but it will include new internal hardware that brings it in line with newer Apple devices. It is rumored to have an A9 chip, an improved camera, and NFC support for use with Apple Pay.
  2. New Apple Air 3. The new 9.7-inch iPad has been referred to as the iPad Air 3, but it may still be branded as an iPad Pro. The device is said to include many iPad Pro features, like a four-speaker design, a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, and display improvements for Apple Pencil support. It may also be the first iPad to feature a rear LED flash.
  3. Smaller iPad Pro.  The 12.9-inch iPad Pro may soon have a complement. According to several reports, Apple will unveil a 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the company’s March event. Like its bigger brother, the smaller iPad Pro would come with support for Apple’s digital stylus and its attached keyboard. It’ll also be cheaper than Apple’s current iPad Pro line, but like its larger counterpart, it will focus on the enterprise, according to reports.
  4. Apple Wristbands. Apple also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the event. Existing bands will likely be available in new colors and there may be new product lines.
  5. Apple Air Notebook. The MacBook Air could be getting a much-needed boost this month. Rumors suggest Apple will mostly go with a new 15-inch MacBook Air to complement its current 13-inch model. Both versions would come with updated specs, including better processors and perhaps even improved screens.
  6. iMacs. Apple products tend to fight one another to gain market shares and do not leave out the iMac which is still there but sometimes a forgotten child in Apple’s world.
  7. Tim Cook on privacy. Apple’s case with the FBI isn’t going away anytime soon, which means CEO Tim Cook will discuss it at the company’s March event. Expect Cook to talk extensively about privacy, his company’s commitment to it and how he plans to improve user privacy in the future. Apple has chosen privacy as its top political concern this year, and that will be made abundantly clear both in court and in the court of public opinion at its March 21 event.
  8. Improved iOS 9.   iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta will have the following enhancements:
  • Intelligent Search and Siri
  • Install size optimizations
  • Performance improvements
  • Transit directions
  • Split-screen multitasking for iPad


Idera and Embarcadero separate target businesses


Idera and Embarcadero have officially separated their businesses for software development Rad Studio that contains Delphi / C++ Builder and the Idera database tools.  This is a fantastic step in going forward and bringing both web sites with a fresh look on the future.

Embarcadero will continue to enhance the Rad Studio product that comprises of Delphi / C++ Builder plus the various tool kits that would enhance the product line. Seattle is the latest version that provides the software developer to build applications for Windows, databases, mobile devices and much more.


The Ultimate Application Development Platform for Windows 10, Mac, Mobile and IoT.

  • Rapid Development
  • Rich UI/UX
  • Measure User Activity
  • Build for Enterprise
  • Internet of Things
  • Embed Data Everywhere


Idera will be selling the various database tools on their own web site along with ER Studio making the company and product line stronger then before.  Listed below are the features for each product in the Powerstudio.


Perform Multi-platform Database Administration

  • Manage multiple platforms (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase) from one UI
  • Proactively manage space, data and performance with built-in analytics
  • Easily find and fix performance issues using intelligent diagnostics
  • Move schema and table data across different platforms with ease
  • Protect data security with view, grant and revoke of permissions

DB Change Manager

Automate and Manage Complex Database Schema Changes

  • Quickly roll out and reconcile database changes
  • Reveal, track, and report on database changes
  • Comply with database audit and reporting requirements
  • Protect data privacy within the database environment
  • Track changes from multiple major database platforms

DB Optimizer

Automate SQL Tuning and Profiling

  • Streamline tuning of SQL code on major DBMSs from one interface
  • Tune SQL like a pro with automated performance optimization suggestions
  • Tackle complex SQL queries with visual SQL tuning diagrams
  • Pinpoint problem SQL with database profiling of wait-time analysis
  • Load test alternative SQL queries in simulated production environment

Rapid SQL

Develop SQL Code More Efficiently

  • Create high-performing SQL code on major DBMSs from one interface
  • Easily build complex SQL statements with visual query builder
  • Quickly construct, analyze and execute SQL code with code analyst
  • Simplify debugging SQL code, functions, and stored procedures
  • Collaborate effectively across development teams with version control

[powr-twitter-feed label=”Everything Search Engine”]

Recently I downloaded a Windows utility for file searching that is extremely fast locating any type of file on my machines.  The software tool is called “Everything” and can be downloaded from Voidtools.  The software was created by David Carpenter and you can install either a 32 or 64 bit version.

Installing Everything is very simple, you download either the 32 or 64 bit Windows version, it takes a few seconds to index and locate all hard drives or USB clips that are known by the operating system.  You will have a shortcut on the desktop and when it comes to locating any type of file you can use the filter to reduce what you are looking for or just put the title in the search box and watch how fast it is found.  The utility is highly useful on a notebook where sometimes the hard drive speed is slower.

It out performs Windows Explorer by years and I have listed some of the features.  This software is highly recommended for all users, if you wish you can donate some money to voidtools for the outstanding work done.

  • Small installation file
  • Clean and simple user interface
  • Quick file indexing
  • Quick searching
  • Minimal resource usage
  • Share files with others easily
  • Real-time updating


Recently the lab decided to test out the Winbook TW801 Black Tablet on a trip to see whether it can hold up to durability, usability and just plain old device use.  The lab is reporting that the tablet performed well on a recent Los Angeles business trip that provided the person with internet usage on a strong wi-fi connection, creating Lazarus Pascal programs on the tablet during the work days and finally checking emails or performing typical duties.

Winbook TW801

The TW801 tablet has a 8 inch screen which is capable of enough space to view videos and documents.  The tablet also comes with a one-year Office 365 package but you have to activate within the time limit which was 15 days based on our research.

  • Multi-Touch Touchscreen IPS 16:10 8″ 1280×800 Display
  • Intel Baytrail-T Z3735D 1.33GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • Intel HD Graphics (Gen 7 GFX)
  • 2GB RAM & 32GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Windows 8.1 + Bing
  • Expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • Front and Rear Cameras (2 Megapixels each)
  • AC Adapter, Charges via USB Port
  • 1 x Micro USB 2.0
  • 1 x Full Size USB 3.0
  • 1 x SD (SDHC/SDXC)
  • 1 x Micro HDMI
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
  • 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth

The device costs between $99 to 129.00 depending if you can get it on sale, the functionality is pretty awesome with touch thus allowing the end user to use Windows 8.1 the way it was meant to.

The warranty is for one year from the vendor and as always you can get the additional extended warranty as a cheap add-on but that is up to the end user whether they want to do that.

Office 365 Personal includes

    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • Publisher
    • Access

Other available TW devices are the TW100 (10.1 inch), various different versions of the TW800 series and the TW700 which is the low end.

Using the Lazarus compiler the lab was able to design and develop working Object Pascal applications during the trip but the big key is to use the microSD card as much as possible, the flash storage gets eaten up fairly quickly if you decide to put too much on to the device.

We recommend that if you are looking for a cheap Windows 8.1 solution that you should give a solid look at the Winbook TW tablet series to see whether it fits your needs.

Go to www.microcenter.com for more additional information