I was at a RadStudio XE2 launch today and got very excited about multiplatform deployment using FireMonkey. Now our main app is heavily reliant on the TMS VCL components so the obvious question is - are you working on something that will allow us to easily convert our current Windows only programs to use firemonkey based components? i.e., will you be supporting firemoneky in the near future so that we can work on making MacOS versions of our software?
Great question! I'd like to know too since the potential to convert apps to work on Macs is important. Also, will the current components work in XE2?
TMS? Any response - we would love to hear what you are contemplating. As I see it, for me, the future will require cross platform support so my decision to continue with TMS software, which I have been very happy with, largely depends on what you are planning.
Looking forward to hearing more. I have just put in my order for Delphi XE2 and can't wait to see if it lives up to expectation.
I am very excited about FireMonkey as well--however, some of us old-timers that were burned by Kylix have obvious concerns. I can completely understand what Bruno is saying in that it will have to prove itself--I am taking the same view even though I can't wait to play with the new toys! I don't think in any way that Embarcadero is the same as Borland and that FireMonkey will be handled anything like Kylix; however, if you lost thousands of dollars back in the day and were basically told to jump in the creek by Borland, you can understand many of the component vendor's trepidation.
Bruno, I too am looking forward to hearing your views on FireMonkey. Having tried it out on both Windows and OSX I agree that the approach is somewhat different to VCL and that Embarcadero possibly still has some work to do to make this a stable and mature technology. However, my view that it does have a great future ahead of it and that it won't go the way of CLX and Kylix.