Today Embarcadero and Barnsten showed Delphi XE2 in action at the Delphi XE2 world tour in Brussels. Pawel Glowacki showed us that we can create Mac apps from using FireMonkey in Delphi.Delphi XE2 allows you to create Mac / iOS apps ?
Well … now that Delphi XE2 is finally available, the testers are no longer under NDA and I can safely say you can create Mac and even iOS applications using Delphi XE2 and FireMonkey. If you want to know more about FireMonkey, feel free to have a look at the information available on the Embarcadero website, or even have a look at this very interesting post about FireMonkey by Andrano Lanusse (Embarcadero Technical Lead Evangelist for Latin America & Caribeean). Today I won’t be going into a lot of detail about FireMonkey or what you can do with FireMonkey though …
Setting it up
If you were at the World Tour in Brussels, you might have seen and heard Pawel Glowacki talk about using PAServer to deploy and debug Delphi XE2 FireMonkey applications on the Mac. If you have a Mac and already have Delphi XE2 you might be wondering what he was talking about and how you can set up your machines to actually run Delphi XE2 FireMonkey applications on your Mac and still develop and debug them on your Windows Machine. Well … it actually is a lot easier than you would think.
For those of you who want to get started right away, but are wondering how you should configure everything, I prepared a little Screencast. This Screencast guides you through the setup and configuration and even shows you how to develop / deploy and Debug a simple ‘Hello World’ application on your Mac which was developed using Delphi XE2 and FireMonkey on Windows. The Video is Hosted on YouTube and I have embedded it on this page. It might be interesting to look at the HD version in FullScreen Mode on YouTube thought …
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEB38jlrbYY?rel=0&fmt=22&hd=1&w=853&h=510]Setting up Delphi XE2 and your Mac to run and debug cross-platform applications using Delphi