Want that app ‘to go’? RAD Studio dev tool now supports Android, iOS

embarcadero_logo_300wEmbracing the growing market for mobile applications, Embarcadero Technologies has updated its flagship RAD Studio so developers can use the IDE (integrated development environment) to write C++ or Delphi programs for both Android and iOS devices.

Over 85 percent of Windows desktop developers have received requests to develop mobile applications, Embarcadero found in a commissioned survey of 1,300 programmers.

With the addition to these mobile platforms, RAD Studio XE5 the IDE provides a way to write native, CPU executable code for Android, iOS, Windows and Apple OS X from a single console, according to Embarcadero.

Because RAD Studio encompasses these widely used platforms, a developer can maintain a single code base for a program that needs to be available on two or more of these platforms. It also could allow enterprises to create apps for their workers’ favorite personal devices — the trend known as BYOD (bring your own device).

In addition to being able to compile programs to mobile platforms, RAD Studio XE5 features a number of tools to ease the coding process for writing portable applications.

It comes with a REST (representational state transfer) client to connect an app to REST-based services provided by social networks, payment services and other mobile backend services.

The package also comes with a collection of ready-to-use Android interface controls and can connect with lightweight databases often used for mobile applications, namely IBLite and SQLite.

RAD Studio XE5 provides the ability to write programs in either C++ or Delphi. Embarcadero also offers editions of the IDE devoted to each language on its own, C++Builder XE5 and Delphi XE5.

Embarcadero will hold a Web seminar on September 12 to further explain the new features of Rad Studio XE5.

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