The latest version of Embarcadero RAD Studio has been announced, with better support for creating apps that provide a shared user interface optimized for different devices including gadgets and wearables.
RAD Studio’s main elements are development tools for C++ and Delphi, the object-oriented Pascal spin-off. The RAD tools share visual designers and libraries, you just choose the language. RAD Studio can be used to create apps for Windows, Android, iOS and Mac OS X. Embarcadero says that the new version lets you extend existing Windows applications and create new ones that connect desktop and mobile devices with gadgets, cloud services, and enterprise data.
The ability to create one user interface that’s optimized for different devices and form factors comes from a new behavior API that lets you create a single shared master form with device specific views generated by RAD Studio for the devices you select as discussed in this video tour of new features:
Another improvement in this release is the ability to extend Windows apps extended using WiFi and Bluetooth app tethering, including Bluetooth LE for connecting to lower power devices.
A feature called Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS) will, according to Embarcadero, give you a turnkey solution for interconnected, distributed apps via a middleware server that hosts loadable custom API and data access modules. EMS is based on open and standard technologies, including REST HTTP calls and JSON data formats, and provides major SQL database drivers along with a built-in encrypted, embedded, and server-side SQL data store. It provides user management and authentication along with user and API analytics.
There’s also a new Parallel Computing Library aimed to boost multi-threaded app performance on multi-core systems.
Other RAD Studio XE7 enhancements include: Object Pascal Language enhancements; RTL enhancements; database and FireDAC enhancements; new PAServer manager; and FireMonkey enhancements.