Anyone familiar with Delphi Prism, which is RemObjects’ .NET compiler (also known as Oxygene for .NET) will know it is a high-performance compiler with some lovely enhancements to Object Pascal and support for all features of its target platform, .NET.
Oxygene for Java is the same compiler, the same language, but targeting the Java platform. This allows you to build:
- cross-platform applications running on the Java Virtual Machine (as per the trivial Mandelbrot example I blogged about before)
- Java applets (some applets I built in Oxygene based on some online examples can be seen at this test page)
- Tomcat servlets, as discussed by Sebastian Gingter in this blog post
- probably most interestingly, Android apps. Oxygene for Java supports a full tool chain for taking Java compiled classes and making them digestible to Android’s Dalvik Virtual machine
- pretty much any other Java-based utility
In the middle of November I popped over to Antwerp, Belgium to deliver the launch presentation for Oxygene for Java at Be Delphi 2011. There are some pictures from the day’s sessions here, including a couple from my presentation that have the tell-tale Oxygene logo on the screen.
Be Delphi was a great inaugural day-long conference from a new Belgium-based Delphi community.
Since that launch presentation (and after a couple of other small jobs) I’ve spent a couple of weeks working on an Android project for a client, writing it in Oxygene for Java. More on that in another post.
I’m hoping to be making plenty of noise about this product over coming months in various forms, but until the next post, just note that Oxygene for Java is now available at the RemObjects store.