The Oregon Delphi User Group is a community-sponsored group of Delphi developers and enthusiasts in and around the Portland, Oregon metro area. We offer periodic meetings presented by leading developers, authors, and community members who graciously share their experiences with the group and focus on the Delphi Integrated Development Environment and related technologies.

Home Automation with FireMonkey

11/10/2015 6:00 pm


One of our members has been diving into the FireMonkey framework and has written his first Android app. This is not a formal presentation--he will simply share some of the journey he undertook as he used FireMonkey and REST services in both a Windows and an Android app to control home automation devices with Delphi XE7.


Mike Shkolnik is a Project Manager in the Portland area and while he's been "using Delphi since it was Turbo Pascal on a CP/M card in an Apple II," he is completely self-taught and does not consider himself an expert. (In other words, he's like many of us!)

Five Years of Updates

09/08/2015 6:00 pm


Many Delphi developers have not upgraded in quite some time. Some say Delphi 7 was the last great IDE, others got up to Delphi 2007 but never jumped into Unicode. There were some great language enhancements in Delphi 2010, but then the XE line started and the update rate increased dramatically adding 64-bit, FireMonkey, FireDAC, add-on tools, cross-platform capabilities, REST and JSON support, and many other things.

For some, the updates were considered little more than paid bug fixes. For others, the updates piled up on the virtual shelf with little time to figure out new features before the next version was out. But many of you just closed your wallet and stayed with what you had, comfortable in a fairly stable environment and getting third-party components to add support that only appeared in much newer versions of Delphi.

With Delphi 10 Seattle just released, this might be a good time to look back at the whole XE line of upgrades and review the changes that have taken place. There have been NINE versions of Delphi in the last five years, which is a nightmare if you're a component developer and a challenge to keep on top of if you're busy running a business. For developers that do upgrade, I suspect they either skip several versions at a time or just stick with one that is fairly stable for what they need to do and let the others pile up.

Tonight, we'll look through the following lists of "What's New" and pull up the IDEs to take a look at the highlights of the new and enhanced features you may have missed. This will be an open discussion as it's unlikely any one person could be familiar with every single new feature! (Case in point: The speaker has had very little time with FireMonkey and has no experience with FireDAC, so any attendees with knowledge in these areas are welcome to share their experience with the group.)

Developer Tools

07/14/2015 6:00 pm


Recently, the OCCA's monthly meeting was on My Favorite App. It was a roaring success and sounded like a good idea for this group. So this month, our topic will be on a similar vein, but with a focus on developer tools. This will be an open forum led by David Cornelius but with the hope that each attendee will have something to share.

Shared Projects in Oxygene - Part 2

05/12/2015 6:00 pm


In March, we introduced the concept of Shared Projects using Oxygene, a Pascal compiler that works inside Visual Studio and generates applications for all the major platforms--including Windows Phone.

This month, we'll continue that exploration by branching away from the Windows desktop and take a look at how the same shared classes we used previously can also help us build ASP.NET web sites and Android apps.


The code for everything demonstrated during both parts of this presentation is on GitHub. Feel free to download make suggestions or improvements.

Tech Talk

04/07/2015 6:00 pm


There is no formal presentation for this meeting. We will meet as friends in the programming industry and talk about whatever geeks will tend to discuss when they get together!

Shared Projects in Oxygene - Part 1

03/10/2015 6:00 pm


A little over a year ago, we discussed one application in several different languages covering Delphi, C#, Oxygene and even JavaScript. It's very unusual that a company would want to do this in real life given they'd have to support several different languages, but it made for some interesting discussions and comparisons. Usually, a company attempts to minimize the number of supported environments to prevent fractured development teams and keep support costs down. Many software tools over the years have promised write-once/build-or-run-anywhere solutions. That's the promise of Delphi but it doesn't support all platforms and not everyone is satisfied with how Android and iOS are supported.

Tonight, we'll look at an advanced language that really does build applications for every major platform today: Oxygene.

Oxygene is an Object Pascal-based language from RemObjects Software that works inside Visual Studio to build a wide variety of types of applications. From console-based utilities to .NET Windows Forms applications to ASP.NET web sites to mobile apps on Windows, iOS, and Android, you can use one IDE and one modern programming language to support them all! (And if you don't like Pascal, they also offer C# and Swift compilers!)

This will be part one of a two-part session and may extend into a third if there is enough interest for some of the advanced concepts. We'll start with the idea of a Shared Project in Oxygene and show how your platform-agnostic classes can be shared among all your projects without creating DLLs or copying your code.

Then we'll show the built-in support for unit testing and move quickly into a simple console application. Next, we'll build a familiar .NET Windows application using WPF. If there's time, we'll show the Windows Phone app as well which has many similarities to the WPF application since they both use XAML.

Our next session will cover ASP.NET and Android and possibly iOS (depending on the resources available--a Mac is required for building an iOS app).

Tech Talk

01/13/2015 6:00 pm


There is no formal presentation for this meeting. We will meet as friends in the programming industry and talk about whatever geeks will tend to discuss when they get together!

Tech Talk

11/06/2014 6:00 pm


There is no formal presentation for this meeting. We will meet as friends in the programming industry and talk about whatever geeks will tend to discuss when they get together!


09/16/2014 6:00 pm


Are you yearning for capabilities or libraries that you see available for .NET but have a solid Delphi application that you don't want to throw away? Would you like to start a new .NET application and utilize large sections of code or a third-party library you have in Delphi? Or what if you just want to add a plug-in architecture to your application (either .NET or Delphi) that allows for the eventual possibility of incorporating the other environment?

With Hydra you can have this today! This is not a free product, but one purchase price (from RemObjects Software) gives you support for Delphi 7-XE6 and Visual Studio 2008 and up plus starts a one-year subscription of updates and support.

In tonight's meeting, you will learn how to take an existing Delphi application and add Hydra support, first to incorporate a Delphi plug-in, then to load a .NET plug-in. You'll also see the same concepts applied to an existing .NET application to give you the flexibility to start with either platform. Both visual and non-visual plugins will be demonstrated.

The development tools used will be Delphi 2010 and Oxygene (inside Visual Studio 2013).

Last Supper

06/09/2014 6:00 pm


We don't usually meet during the summer months of July or August, and with the future of ODUG still uncertain, this will be the last meeting for a while. We may pick back up in the fall depending on who's in the area and the interest level.

In the absence of a specific topic, we may continue or follow-up on last month's discussion about more frequent upgrades to Delphi and the uproar over the price. Or we may talk about branching and merging source files with subversion. But most likely, we'll just chat as good friends that enjoy software development.