It's been a year since my last blog entry and while I've been busy writing Windows applications with Delphi, I've kept an eye on web technologies. I've done some PHP in the past and had purchased RadPHP XE but didn't upgrade to the XE2 version because there were practically no new features and the documentation, which was pitiful, was not improved one bit–in fact it was still labeled XE!
So I downloaded a trial and will document what I find here. Since my main profession is building Windows applications using Delphi, some of the things I discover and write about may seem elementary to others. But I imagine there are many who, like me, have been stuck in Windows and are looking for a way to break out. Perhaps the new Mobile Studio product coming soon from Embarcadero (but not yet priced or dated) will be a better fit, but this is what I'm looking at for now.
There are lots of things to install for HTML5 Builder. But then again, HTML5 Builder supports a lot of platforms (if you want to call them that). There are the HTML5 versions of all the web browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and there are lots of tablet and phone devices such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and WebOS. Some of these require supplemental tools and software development kits. Besides that web technologies have not been simple since you could hand code an HTML file in Notepad. But not to fear, the installer launches (almost) every single thing you need! (Almost, but not quite everything because if you're developing iOS applications, there will be a couple of extra things you need on the Mac side.)
Next comes the HTML5 Builder Android Project Tools installer. This does not, by default, install to the Embarcadero folder under Program Files, but to an Android Project folder–it is very much a separate application.
Before the Android Project Tools part is finished, it launches Oracle's Java SE Development Kit. By default, these get put into both Sun and Java folders under Program Files.
Then comes the Android SDK Tools setup. Huh? I thought we already did that. Oh, that was the Android PROJECT Tools setup. This goes into the Android folder under Program Files by default. When this finishes, it prompts you to load the Android SDK Manager, but you can do that later by selecting it from your Programs menu under Android.
Whew! That was a lot to install–and there's a lot to learn with this package. It's not a small upgrade from RadPHP, it's a whole new suite of products! Fortunately, the documentation is an order of magnitude better than its predecessor.
This will be fun!