Delphi 64-bit Compiler and 64-bit VCL in action
05/04/2011 8 Comments
Delphi x64 used to be a very hot topic for long time … but finally, after a lot of roadmap overhauls and promises from Borland, CodeGear and lately Embarcadero, and after a lot of FUD and “Delphi-is-dead” discussions on various blogs, forums and other Delphi haters, the FIRST, OFFICIAL and PUBLIC release of Delphi 64-bit (beta) was just announced by Embarcadero, and is available here. To be fair, under Embarcadero Delphi absolutely got a better treatment and we witnessed so far more commitments toward the product quality and the openness for the user demands. Hopefully with the new release (x64) and the future developments (X-Platform/Mac/Linux, … maybe ARM compiler ?!) Embarcadero will earn the “Delphi Saver” mark and will be the best home for the good-old Borland tools.
Aside from the announcement, David I. made a very informative visual presentation of the new Delphi 64-bit features and IDE integration also pointing out the major differences when programming for 64-bit.
Even that I absolutely recommend to watch the full video, I took the liberty to extract (from the official video) just the part demonstrating the new Delphi x64 IDE integration, to highlight how smooth the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit will be.
As seen into the video (and detailed bellow) to re/compile a regular Delphi project for x64 (basically without any code changes !), you just have to add/switch the target platform from 32-bit to 64-bit into the updated Project Manager including now a new configuration node named “Target Platforms”. I expect that into the future RAD Studio versions (XE2, XE3…) we will witness how the target platforms will be extended with Mac-OS/X, Linux … an who know, hopefully ARM 🙂
Not a definitive conclusion, but as we can see, the 64-bit Delphi IDE integration is looking quite good, being simple and intuitive. Hopefully, Embarcadero will provide more information and features demonstrations of the new Delphi x64 soon.
Great work so far from the Embarcadero guys ! … And now the Delphi-haters should step forward and start complaining 🙂
Delphi 64-bit references/blogs:
– Delphi 64-bit Compiler Sneak Preview – Official Website
– Delphi 64-bit Compiler Sneak Preview and Beta – Official Announcement
– Delphi 64-bit Sneak Preview – Marco Cantu
– Delphi 64-bit Compiler Sneak Preview available now – Embarcadero Forums
– Delphi 64-bit Compiler Preview and Beta Program – Andreano Lanusse
– Delphi 64 beta official after all – Eric Grange / delphitools.info
– Delphi 64-bit Compiler Sneak Preview – Radek Červinka / delphi.cz
– video – Delphi 64-bit Compiler Sneak Preview – Official Youtube Preview