RAD Studio XE8 the Multi-Device Application Platform
App development today often extends far beyond the device with the need to build connected apps that support real time communication and access to enterprise data and cloud services. RAD Studio's Multi-Device Application Platform makes it possible for developers to deliver truly connected computing from the desktop and mobile devices through to back-end services and data. With the new Enterprise Mobility Services in RAD Studio XE8 mobilize your Enterprise faster and smarter.
Rapidly connect your apps to your enterprise databases and services on-premises or in the cloud with FireDAC enterprise database connectivity, DataSnap or EMS n-tier middleware, and access to cloud-based RESTful web services and BaaS providers.
Create multi-device client apps with the FMX Framework
The FireMonkey FMX Framework is the app development and runtime platform behind RAD Studio. With the FireMonkey framework, you develop apps fast using visual components. And you don't have to maintain separate development projects to deliver your app natively for multiple device form factors on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
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Get high performance access to all your data sources with FireDAC
RAD Studio's FireDAC data access technology enables your application to seamlessly connect to a wide variety of data sources while retaining vendor-specific database features and native performance. You get high speed database connectivity for Microsoft SQL Server, InterBase, DB2, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, Firebird, SQLite, PostgreSQL, other popular embedded and server databases, and ODBC.
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Build server-side data and app services with DataSnap
DataSnap (included in RAD Studio Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect editions) enables you to create data and application services, like Custom APIs, that can be accessed from client apps on Windows, Web, iOS, Android and more. DataSnap servers support REST, JSON, COM, HTTP, TCP/IP, and other standards for ultra-flexible connectivity from virtually any platform. Apps can be hosted on your server or in the cloud.
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Mobilize your workforce faster and smarter with new Enterprise Mobility Services
Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS) is a new turnkey solution for today's interconnected, distributed apps, offering an easy to deploy middleware server that hosts loadable custom API and data access modules. EMS is based on open and standard technologies, including REST HTTP calls and JSON data formats, and provides major SQL database drivers along with a built-in encrypted SQL datastore. With its user management and authentication plus user and API analytics, Enterprise Mobility Services is ideal for enabling secure access from mobile and desktop apps to Enterprise Databases. EMS is a middleware solution that is stateless, restful, scalable, and secure.
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Access cloud based RESTful services
RAD Studio has a REST Client library, available on all platforms, and focused on simplifying the invocation of REST services by any third party provider. The library features authentication support and JSON response manipulation, with dataset and LiveBindings mappings. The three core components make it easy to parameterize your requests in many different ways and easily access web services and backend as a service (BaaS) providers.
REST Client Library video >
Connect with BaaS providers
Integrate cloud based services from Back-end as a Service (BaaS) providers, Kinvey, Parse, and now App42, with components for popular BaaS services push notifications, authentication, and storage. You get easy access to these common services in the cloud without having to build them yourself or maintain them. Add user authentication to your apps. Use push notifications to engage your users. Access data and object storage in the cloud.
Choose RAD Studio Enterprise, Ultimate or Architect editions for the full Multi-Device Application Platform feature set. Professional edition includes client support for both the VCL and the FMX frameworks, FireDAC local/embedded database connectivity for select databases, and the REST Client library. Professional edition does not include DataSnap or remote server database connectivity. Professional C/S Add-on Pack includes support for remoter server database connectivity and Enterprise Mobility Services.