CodeGear Developer Network (CDN) - Community Newsletter - March 2008

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: CodeGear (from Borland) Developer Network (CDN) News is an email newsletter for members of the CodeGear Developer Network.

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Members receive the following newsletter if they expressed an interest (by setting the CDN News flag in their member profile) in getting community news updates. You can join the CDN membership and/or update your membership information, email address, and contact flags at

Upgrade to JBuilder 2007, Get Instantiations Swing Designer, FREE! A USD$199 value

Buy JBuilder 2007 before March 26, 2008 and you’ll receive a coupon redeemable for a free copy of Instantiation Swing Designer – a USD$199 value. Coupon must be redeemed by March 31, 2008.

3rdRail, High Power Ruby on Rails IDE, version 1.1 is now available

The new 3rdRail version 1.1 includes support for Rails 2.x, an enhanced, integrated debugger, support for Mac OS®/X 10.5 and Ubuntu 7.1 - as well as updates to the 3rdRail IDE and 3rd-party components.

Here are just a few of the new features found in 3rdRail 1.1:

  • High performance, integrated debugger (additional features not found in open source edition) - Fully integrated with 3rdRail IDE, Support for both Ruby and Rails, Support for ERB debugging (Embedded Ruby, RHTML), and Detailed formatters for Ruby and Rails specific data structures
  • Complete runtime for both Rails 1.2 and 2.0
  • RESTful services support (Representational State Transfer)
  • Develop using Rails 1.2 or 2.0; plus conversion tools to move applications from Rails 1.x to 2.x
  • New Rails 2.0 features supported in all areas of 3rdRail, including: Explorer, Dependencies View, Code Navigation, Refactoring, Project Commander, and Code Completion
  • Additional OS Support: Mac OS®/X 10.5, in addition to Mac OS®/X 10.4, Ubuntu 7.10

Free trial download is available at

Additional 3rdRail product information is available at Community Choice Awards

The open source technology we all use every day is the result of a the blood, sweat, and tears of a few passionate individuals. The Community Choice Awards are your opportunity to say thanks, and tell the world which open source projects you find most useful, fun, or interesting. Read more about this exciting event at

Voting starts at the end of April!

Delphi/400 and Delphi/400 for PHP

Today, Monday March 10, we announced two new products: Delphi/400 and Delphi/400 for PHP. You can find out more about them on the product page.

  • Blog entry -
  • Press release -
  • Product Page -

JavaWorld editor’s Java IDE choice threaded conversation - let them know you use JBuilder

Have your voice heard. Take a minute and tell the editor and readers of JavaWorld that JBuilder is your IDE of choice by posting comments to the informal survey thread on the JavaWorld forums. Go to
and leave your comments.

Athen O’Shea, Editor, posted the original message to start the thread. The discussion is attached to the recent article, by Andrew Binstock, comparing Eclipse v3.3 and NetBeans v6.0.

In 2007, JBuilder was named the Best Java IDE by InfoWorld Magazine. In the article, Andrew said, "I found a very smooth, very robust IDE with many innovative features. It’s safe to say that CodeGear decided to throw everything it had at this release - and succeeded brilliantly, …JBuilder feels solid throughout - a remarkable achievement given its status as a first release on Eclipse."

Learn how JBuilder saves time and money over other Eclipse-based IDEs at

Recent CDN articles and blog entries

Using String Attributes in ECO IV dbExpress Applications - This article discusses a potential problem with using string attributes in ECO IV applications which use the dbExpress persistence mapper, and provides a solution to overcome it.

The PDF of the presentation from Unraveling the Complexities of Existing Applications and an encore new webinar on Monday March 17th at 10:00 am PST!

List of main third party components compatible with Delphi 2007 for Win32 and RAD Studio 2007 - This article has a list of the main components used in Delphi, compatible with Delphi 2007 for Win32 and RAD Studio 2007

Developer Camp Session "JBuilder Product Address" - replay - David I introduces "Application Factories" at CodeGear Developer Camp in Tokyo

The Delphi for PHP Roadmap - This article discusses the planned feature set for future releases of Delphi for PHP

The 2008 Delphi Survey - This document discusses the 2008 Delphi Survey and how to take it.

JBuilder 2007 and Swing Designer - building Swing based GUI applications - This article contains a demonstration video and information about the special promotion "Upgrade to JBuilder 2007, Get Instantiations Swing Designer, FREE!"

Developer Camp Session "Ruby / Ruby on Rails Development with 3rdRail" - replay - David I demonstrates how to develop RoR application using 3rdRail at CodeGear Developer Camp in Tokyo

Developer Camp Session "3rdRail and CodeGear Updates" - replay - David I talks about 3rdRail and CodeGear product updates at CodeGear Developer Camp in Tokyo

Using Aliases in IBConsole - Implementation of Server Side Database Aliases in IBConsole

Blackfish SQL transaction log files - Overview of the purpose, configuration and truncation of Blackfish SQL transactional log files

Elite Suite for Intraweb and VCL for the Web is now Open source

Windows Vista - Service Pack 1: Merkwürdigkeiten (Teil 1)

codegearbuntu in distro heaven

CodeGear on the Shareware Radio show…

Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene #60

Thread pools <> Task handling.

Lock my Object… Please!

A Critical[Section] Difference: Windows XP vs. Windows Vista

JavaWorld editor’s Java IDE choice threaded conversation - let them know you use JBuilder

When being "objective" is being "biased"

Situational Application

Question: how many layers is to many?

Ruby scalability?

Upcoming and online and in-person CodeGear events and replays

Common 2008 Annual Meeting
March 30 - April 3 2008, Nashville, TN
CodeGear booth - come and see what we're doing with Delphi

Evans Data Developer Relations Conference
April 7-8 2008, Burlingame, CA

JavaOne 2008
May 6 - 9 2008, San Francisco, CA
CodeGear booth - stop by and see what we're doing with Java

RailsConf 2008
May 29-June 1 2008, Portland, OR
CodeGear booth - see the latest things we are doing for Rails and Ruby

Understanding XML
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - 11:00 CET

Delphi XML Programming
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - 15:00 CET

Understanding Web Services and SOA
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - 11:00 CET

Delphi for Win32 Web Services Programming
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - 15:00 CET

Delphi for .NET Web Services Programming
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - 11:00 CET

Delphi Interoperable WCF Programming
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - 15:00 CET

For a complete list of upcoming live webinars (taking place on European time), go to

For more country specific events please go to the regional CodeGear pages.

CodeGear in the news

CodeGear™ Enhances JBuilder® IDE with Instantiations Swing GUI Designer - Move Helps Java Developers Easily Create Swing-based Graphical User Interfaces

CodeGear™ Now Offering Delphi®/400 Products that Help Developers Rapidly Modernize IBM® System i™ and AS/400™ Applications for Windows and Web 2.0 (March 10, 2008)

CodeGear's 3rdRail IDE for Ruby on Rails Is Recognized in Jolt Awards (March 6, 2008)

A Compiler for Every Child - Yahoo! Tech (February 8, 2008)

CodeGear™ Software Development Tools To Be Installed on up to 1 Million PC’s in Russian School System Russian Federal Agency of Education Standardizes on CodeGear. Products for Teaching Software Programming.

Where to buy CodeGear products

Do you need a new license for a CodeGear product? Are you on a older version of one of our products? is your trial license expiring? Do you need to add user licenses for our database products? Now is a great time to get up to date! We have resellers and online shopping sites in many countries and regions of the world. To find a reseller or a e-Shop site near you click on the following link:

Write or translate a CDN article and get paid!

The CodeGear Developer Network "Get Published" Web application allows you to contribute technical articles, news, opinion essays, interviews and other articles. You can also translate an existing article into your spoken language. Many of the articles listed above were written by CDN members. If your article is published, we'll even pay you for it! Do you have knowledge to share with other members? Write it up and head for

Find Solutions Fast in Code Central

Code Central is a database driven repository of code samples, components, projects, models, patterns, tools, and more. Code Central allows you to store, search, and retrieve submissions by product, category, date updated, submitter, copyright type, or keyword. Quick links are provided to the most popular authors, popular downloads and highest rated entries. Code Central is your community repository. Feel free to contribute and share your examples with CDN members.

Reporting product problems and feature suggestions using Quality Central

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