Sure, we’re talking about a prerelease beta. Anything can change till release. But I think that you can trust some bits bellow ;-). Also, greetings flies to Embarcadero for giving us the permission to discuss this.
First, to let you know how that the embedded packages received only bug fixes, shown by the bumping of their version numbers (in the chart bellow there are comparisons with Delphi 2009):
- Rave Reports: from 7.6 (in D2009) to 7.7
- Indy: from 10.2.5 to 10.5.5
- TeeChart Standard: from 8.03 to 8.05
…well we could say that in the Internet arena IntraWeb stayed to version 10 (I cannot say that it received bugfixes because they doesn’t have a minor version number) but… there is a new ‘Import WDSL’ wizard with support for SOAP 1.2:
…and now the SOAP support:
…and there are plenty of options:
…but the biggest enhancement in this release is the Help System. Guys, is big from almost all points of view:
- Size (319 MB on my disk – which, if we take in account that we speak about text stored in “Microsoft Help Compiled Storage File” archives, is a lot)
- Code Samples – there are 533 of them. Yep, 533. See for yourself…
…and what’s very neat is that Help tries to connect to Internet to grab the latest version of that piece of info from the corresponding Wiki page.
- Content – I found everything I wanted. Please don’t take this as an ‘is perfect’ statement. But, again, I found everything I wanted. Way more usable and much much better than D2009’s Help which (with all it’s updates) was in already good shape.
- What’s new – There is a distinct ‘What’s new’ chapter, grouping all the new things with sub-chapters detailing what’s new in each release starting from 2007. So, you have What’s new in D2007, D2009 and of course in 2010.
- Speed – no wait. Real time. ’nuff said.
…but the best thing (imho) for all of you which fight with the Unicode is a bunch of hints, info, things to look at (etc.) regarding to the Unicode conversion and/or Unicode usage in your applications:
It is impressive their effort to do the Unicode conversion as smooth as possible and from our personal experience the conversion is much easier than it sounds, and it hasn’t so much to do with how big is your code base but with how respectable we’ve been with the inner workings on the
So, what holds you back to upgrade to Delphi 2010?
(the above isn’t an advertising question. I’m really interested what holds you back)