DevExpress is one of my favorite Delphi component vendors. So I was interested to read Julian Bucknall’s blog post outlining DevExpress’ plans for XE2, 64 bit and FireMonkey. While DevExpress will fully support VCL in both 32 bit and 64 bit flavors, when it comes to FireMonkey he said,
we’re going to take a long term view for our support for FireMonkey. We will not support it immediately. Instead we will experiment to see what is involved in converting our controls to use it and will also monitor feedback and the market for it in order to make better informed decisions next year
So, quite sensibly they are taking a “wait and see” strategy. Personally I think the demand for FireMonkey components will be significant. So I’m anticipating DevExpress committing to FireMonkey in 2012.
FireMonkey support in Hydra will ship soon™ after Delphi XE2 is generally available, and will be a free update to any customer with an active Hydra subscription.
Personally, I’m hoping TMS jump in and commit to FireMonkey.
Which components would you like to see for FireMonkey – please comment?