Like most people who work with Delphi, I was initially pretty stoked to get hold of a copy of the latest IDE to play with some of the new [amazing] features of the product but at $500US for a product I’m just playing with, and not very often at that, just doesn’t seem appealing any more. Fortunately, they left enough of the good stuff in the Starter edition that it remains well worth the $150 I have to pay for it, and I actually do get the chance to have a go at FireMonkey, Generics, Attributes, Enhanced RTTI, Source Code Management Integration and most of all [for me personally] ... Live Bindings.
So, what’s the point of the post .. well, I expect that now that I have a totally new perspective to play with, I might be able to come up with a post or two on how Embarcadero can improve the Starter Edition and make it a bit more appealing to the target audience and perhaps one or two on how Starter Edition users can replace [part of] what Embarcadero has hacked out with third party tools like CNWizards, TWM’s Enhanced GExperts, Model Maker Code Explorer ... and more. Something of a self appointed advocate perhaps. With any luck, not the only one.
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