A customer speaks out on TMS components …

  

To our big surprise, we found out yesterday a customer gave his feedback in the Embarcadero thirdpartytools forum (nntp://embarcadero.public.thirdpartytools.general) when asked for experiences with our ORM and related products;
The saying is, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but in this case, I would rather say “thousand positive words from a customer are priceless”. It speaks for itself that our team was delighted to find out about this posting and it's an incredible motivation and boost to continue the development of our components.

The original post is here in its entirety and unedited:

Bernd

I can tell you about my experience with Aurelius and other TMS products.

One year ago I started a new project for a ERP and needed to have it in a
more modernized way. Pretty much the way you intend to do.

I had some goals:

– using modern Delphi language features. I had no need to be compatible with
anything from previous versions.

– capable of going crossplatform (so it is FIREMONKEY): in my case i have
an entire ERP running on android 🙂 very nice this. This is important since
we are now in a multi OS era. There is no guarantee on wich platform will
remain in 10 years.

– possibility of isolate modules, or even replace them in case of the vendor/open
source gets out of the market (or just not get more updates)

– something I could understand withou need to be a phD on the area.

I choose the TMS products because they met this parameters for me.

This is my current result:
AURELIUS

I have Aurelius as my ORM layer. I have an application based on MVP, so my
Model part understands Aurelius entities. That are plain simple classes.
I have created my base class with all funcionality needed and Aurelius does
the rest.

It is fast, and it is bugs free. I have it working on real conditions for
1 year now and did not get any problem at all.

The Idea is simple, the code is modern, and it relies on the new delphi language
features.

It is compatible with mobile and then you can have all the functionality
on Android or whatever you need. Using most of the important databases, including
SQLite

I am using frames to create the view part of my MVP. I wire everything with
LiveBInding and Aurelius provides to you a TAureliusDataSet, a fantastic
TDataSet descendant that publish by several ways the entities you get from
the ORM.

Right now it is very handy to me, since I have my data prepared on a parallel
thread and when done it is set to the TAureliusDataSet. The result is a fluid
application.

You can Edit one entity, a TLIST or a Cursor to your database. You can
access all the properties of your Entity as fields on the Dataset. It is
very handy to deal with LiveBindings.

See, since it is Firemonkey this is the only way if not manual). But I can
tell you, after getting some experience it is reliable and fast enought for
work based on XE7

REMOTEDB

it is the product that permit you connect remotely, you have a server based
on the http.sys that is the core windows http service and you “write” a server
based on the documentation. I could add some flavors of my interest of the
comunication between client and server. (there is another layer called Sparkle
that is the real http transport here, but just to be simple)

The good thing is that you isolate the native database drivers and you can
have either mobile using it to connect to your database

XDATA

I am about to move my application to use it. In my case I am waiting for
a new feature where I would be capable to use Aurelius over XData. XData
is a OData standard way to share your data. You create your own server following
the examples and you can use Aurelius in the server side to create your business
module.

With eh upcoming feature you will be also possible to use Aurelius with the
Xdata result. Then you can hide business logic on the server side and publish
only what is relevant.

FLEXCEL

This is the way to go for Reporting. It is not only reporting, but for me
is a fantastic tool.

It has a core based on excel spreadsheet, you can load, create, change, save
them, in ANY Platform.

But there is a way to use TEMPLATES. So in my ERP i have created XLS templates
that are embeded on the exe as resources (25k), then I load it and pass the
Aurelius results from queries based on Linq. The result is commonly a TList
or can be anything else. But the Entity objects can be directly accessed
from the Excel Template!

And the good thing is that it works on any platform! it is very fast. Much
better than FastReports. Easier to work. You can do a lot more, and you can
even let your customer create Excel templates (wich customer you have that
does not know how to use them?)
My ERP is already in use on a big chain pilot project. No trouble at all.

I do not work for TMS, but their support was so help ful for me in many cases
that I have to give you this information.

I am extremelly satisfied. The price is not high for the product benefits,
and the result is professional.

Any other specific question please let me know…

Eduardo Elias

Well, what more can I say than a big thanks to Eduardo Elias and many other customers who help shape our products every day, 7 by 7, year in, year out and who steer our developments!

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