Friday, October 06, 2006

3D Buzz Delphi Training Series: Programming 101 - Episode 1 (and Episode 2)

Following on from the recent release of the free Turbo Delphi version, I thought there might be many of you who will be interested in some video tutorials introducing Delphi from the ground up. Well just such a thing exists, thanks to our friends over at 3D Buzz.

This is the first part of a new training series on programming in Delphi, and they use Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition throughout. Nobody does training videos quite like 3D Buzz, so give it a shot and whilst you're at it, go take a look at 3D Buzz for more videos.

If you enjoy this video, please click anywhere on it to head over to youtube, and give it your rating or comments.

You can also check out the second video in the series as well here!

Ben (8:37 PM)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition available for free

As posted sometime ago, Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition has indeed been released over on Borland's dedicated site for it here.

Well worth checking out, here's a quick guide to getting it all installed.

Head to http://www.turboexplorer.com/mirror and download and install the following in this order:

  1. Turbo Explorer prerequisites
  2. Turbo Delphi Explorer edition
  3. Turbo Explorer hotfix rollup (the first download listed on the page)
Turbo Explorer Prerequisites
The Prerequisities can be downloaded as one zip file from the above site, but some of them you will probably already have. They are as follows:
When you go to install Turbo Delphi, the setup is supposed to start Borland's bootstrap utility to check for these prerequisites before continuing, but it didn't in my case - meaning it can install without meeting these conditions. Run the 'prereqs.exe' in the Install directory wherever you extract the temporary files to, and you'll be asked if you want to install any prerequisites that aren't present already on your PC. If you've extracted the prereqs zip file to the same directory as you put the temporary setup files in, you should be able to install these as part of the Bootstrap Utility.

Turbo Delphi Explorer edition
In order to run Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition itself, you need to head to http://members.borland.com/download/trial.aspx?sid=620 to get a product key. Create yourself a BDN login with borland.com if you don't have one already (which is free).

You can install without having the product key in place, but you won't be able to actually use it until you've placed your product key text file in your Home directory. The home directory is outlined in the e-mail Borland will send you, but it will normally be 'C:\Documents and Settings\
' if you're using Windows 2000 or XP.

Turbo Explorer hotfix rollup
Once you've installed Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition, you should install the hotfix rollup. This is just a rougly 8MB download, and the actual install of this hotfix rollup only takes a few seconds.

You're now ready to start using Turbo Delphi - enjoy!

Ben (7:54 PM)

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