I don’t think it’s “news” anymore that news of the Delphi (or RAD Studio) formerly known as “Weaver” is starting to appear “on the wires”. I shall not add to the plethora of links to the links to the articles that link to the videos which you’ve no doubt seen already – you can find your way there on your own without my help. Suffice for me to give my first impressions.
Just to be clear, this is impressions of the news released so far, not based on actual “hands on” experience. That said, it looks good. Very good in fact, although I’m getting a bit fed up of my VS colleagues saying ‘yeah, we’ve had that since…’” LOL
So, keeping things simple for a change lets quickly run down the headline features:
- “Yay” for the return of the old-style palette.
- “Boo” for the persistence of the nonsensical TLabel and TPanel icons.
- “Yay” for checkboxes on Boolean property values.
- “Boo” for not having applied that to the revised Project Options property sheets.
- “Yay” for thread debugging enhancements.
- “Yay” for “IDE Insight” – could be prettier though (but not worth Boo’ing over)
- “Yay” for custom debugger visualizations. Nope, no “Boo” here either.
- “Yay” for background compilation.
- “Boo” for being able to edit whilst compiling (hopefully that can be prevented, to avoid inadvertent cock-ups via some config option without disabling background compilation entirely)
That’s a lot of “Yay” and not so much “Boo”, and the “Yay”s are bigger than the “Boo”s anyway.
I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on 2010 and taking it out for a road test myself.
I’m also still hopeful that there’s more to come in terms of news of new features that were mentioned at Delphi Live!. Is it too much to hope that the extended RTTI and Tools API object model might have made it into Weaver, and that they’re holding back on telling us about that yet…. ?
First the IDE news, then language and compiler/RTL news… I hope…