Embarcadero C++Builder XE5 Delivers New iOS Support

Embarcadero Technologies delivered C++Builder XE5, which enables C++ developers to build native Windows, Mac and iOS apps in C++.

Embarcadero Technologies, a maker of tools for application and database development, announced the release of C++Builder XE5, a C++ application development suite to target both desktop and mobile devices.

C++Builder XE5 enables the millions of C++ developers worldwide to now create natively compiled Windows, Mac and mobile apps in C++ from a single source project. Unlike other solutions, C++Builder XE5 enables developers to compile true native apps for multiple devices and form factors—code that runs directly on the CPU, taking advantage of the underlying operating systems, APIs and hardware.

Embarcadero officials said the new solution represents a major breakthrough for developers and enterprises targeting both desktop and mobile devices. Organizations can now leverage their C++ skills, code and libraries across all key devices—Windows, Mac and iOS, all with the same source-code base. This helps enterprises streamline their development efforts, as a single team of coders can now target these major platforms without requiring separate teams for each, delivering significant time and cost savings.

"C++ is one of the most popular languages in use due to its power, flexibility and promise of native portability," Michael Swindell, senior vice president of products at Embarcadero Technologies, said in a statement. "By targeting Windows, Mac and iOS native app development from a single source, C++Builder XE5 is the first development solution to deliver the full potential of the powerful C++ language. With XE5's multi-device capabilities, our customers are gaining up to 10X improvements in schedules and budgets."

With both C++Builder XE5 and Embarcadero's RAD Studio XE5, launched earlier this year, developers can produce true native applications for Windows, Mac and mobile, and get them to app stores and enterprises quickly. True native apps are compiled and run directly on the device hardware without scripting or interpretive layers, enabling developers to deliver the best user experience possible.

A recent survey, sponsored by Embarcadero and conducted by Dimensional Research, found that while 85 percent of Windows developers are tasked with developing mobile applications and 85 percent prefer native applications, only 17 percent believe they can reasonably deliver native mobile applications for two or more platforms.

Additional information on C++ Builder is available here.

Embarcadero honed its iOS support with RAD Studio XE5 and brought it to C++ developers with C++Builder XE5. At the launch of a key release of RAD Studio earlier this year, Gary Barnett, principal analyst at Ovum, said, "Embarcadero has drawn on a long and impressive history of delivering solid development tools. Developers can create multichannel apps that are truly native for each platform, and do it using one code base in a single development environment."

Embarcadero developer evangelist David Intersimone spoke with eWEEK about the future of developing for devices and what Embarcadero is doing to enable developers in this video.