XI: IntraWeb XI New Roadmap
If you are using IntraWeb 10, you should strongly consider migrating to IntraWeb XI soon.
We have tried over the last months to message the reason behind IntraWeb XI, but somehow the message has not been conveyed well. IntraWeb over the years has gained a lot of legacy code including support and design decisions made around browsers as old as IE 3.0, which did not even support frames. This has created a lot of baggage in the IntraWeb source code.
IntraWeb XI is a step to eliminate much of this old code which complicates the support of IntraWeb. There are some API changes, but our target is to allow users to upgrade projects of any size in less than 15 minutes, and maintain nearly 100% run time compatibility. Some features have been removed, but they are features that do not make sense in the current Internet world, and are used by few users today.
While XI contains some new features, most features are being pushed to XII. This will further stabilize the XI code and give users more confidence moving to XI from 10, and allowing us to put the new features in XII. This will allow users to move and take advantage of the new lighter code base, while allowing others to experiment with the new features in XII betas.
Download the latest version of IntraWeb XI now.
The New XI Plan
Revised from the original XI plan.
Our original plans for IntraWeb 11 are just too big to perform in
one step. During the beta, we still need to maintain 10, and overall it
would prolong the development. Because of this, we have decided to
split the original plans into IntraWeb 11, and IntraWeb 12. IntraWeb 11
will be a major change in our development process moving forward.
To differentiate this, it will be called IntraWeb XI (11 in roman
We wanted to avoid the confusing mess that some companies have
created with version identifiers (Windows 3, 3.1 numbers, 95, 98, ME,
XP, Vista, and finally back to numbers again, 7), but still somehow
signify that XI is not just the next version of IntraWeb, but a major
IntraWeb XII is the next version after XI and will contain the
with CrossTalk and ASP.NET. IntraWeb XI lays the groundwork for this
major step and will allow us to spend less time on maintenance
versus IntraWeb 10.
The goals of IntraWeb XI are:
- Simplified code base for easier maintenance
- Very high level of compatibility with IntraWeb 10
- Provide foundation for IntraWeb XII and beyond
New - Integrated Page Mode (In progress)
More information will be posted in the future on this topic.
New - Code Cleanup and Streamlining (Completed)
Despite the fact that IntraWeb some time ago dropped support for
Kylix, Visual Studio.NET, and Delphi.NET there are still many IFDEF
statements and extra code left over. We generally left them because we
did not want to risk changing working code. As part if IntraWeb XI we
will remove this extra code, and refactor many areas to be much simpler
now that we can focus exclusively on native VCL.
New - Simplified Build Process (Completed)
The source code tree has been simplified which makes performing builds easier.
New - More Source
We intend to ship more source code for developers to use.
New - Website (Completed)
The complete Atozed website is being redeveloped from scratch. We
will keep the general design and layout, however the content is being
reworked from scratch. Other parts of the Atozed site have already been
completed. Next is the IntraWeb section.
New - Unified Project Type
Services and GUI standalone can now be handled in a single project type.
IntraWeb XI will discontinue many older features to allow us to
the code base. Because there are
some users using some of the discontinued features, unlike previous
releases, IntraWeb 10 will continue to be supported after IntraWeb XI
is released for these features.
Discontinued - WAP and HTML 3.2
Both of these features have been mature for several years. While
they are supported up through IntraWeb 10, no major changes to their
functionality has been made since their introduction to IntraWeb
several years ago. A few users do use these features, but they add
complexity to the code base. WAP and HTML 3.2 users will continue to be
supported with our extended support of IntraWeb 10.
Discontinued - Older Browsers
We have yet to decide on what the minimum browser standards will be
for IntraWeb XI. We are investigating the following based on current browser usage.
Opera numbers continue to drop and are well below below 5%. Applications might run in Opera and no code will be added to prevent such, but we do not plan to make significant tests or investments in special code to run in Opera.
- Firefox 3.0 - Firefox 2.0 is rarely used.
- Internet Explorer 7. - IE 6 is waning quickly in usage in favor of 7 and 8. By the
time IntraWeb XI is released, IE 6's numbers are expected to be very
minimal. In addition, there are several active web campaigns to eliminate support
for IE 6. In early 2010, a mock funeral was held.
- Chrome, Safari
Discontinued - Development Environments
IntraWeb 10 supports Delphi 5 to Delphi 2010 (except Delphi 8), and
C++ Builder 5 through CDS 2010. At a minimum we know that we must
support Delphi 7. Supporting Delphi 6 and Delphi 5 do not require much
extra effort, but do complicate the build process quite significantly.
Our proposed development environment support for IntraWeb XI is as
follows. Users of discontinued environments will still be supported for
IntraWeb 10. IntraWeb 10 is not being "end of lifed".
These are the proposed supported environments. If there is enough
demand for ones marked as "no", they will be re-examined.
Discontinued - Client Side Data Sets (Completed)
These are not the VCL CSDS, but the IntraWeb ones. These use an
older technology, that we will replace at a later time using newer
functionality now available in browsers.
Discontinued - Client Side Charts (Completed)
For the same reason as Client Side Data Sets.
Discontinued - umPartial (Completed)
umPartial was many years ahead of its time. Even today umPartial can
do many things that AJAX cannot. However maintaining two
implementations has grown quite complex. From IntraWeb XI and forward,
we will continue to upgrade our AJAX support so that it can match all
the features of umPartial and also remain more powerful than other AJAX
Discontinued - Page Mode (Completed)
IntraWeb XII will contain a new more advanced page mode with more features and better integration with
Discontinued - Apache DSO (Completed)
CodeGear discontinued it a long time ago and we only "unofficially"
support it now, now we will fully discontinue it. Further, Apache can
now run ISAPI DLLs.
Discontinued - DynGrid (Completed)
The DynGrid depended on client side datasets (discontinued) and will
be replaced with an enhanced Silverlight based control.
Discontinued - Tracking Options (Completed)
IntraWeb 10 supports tmURL, tmHidden, and tmCookie. When the
and many users explicitly blocked all cookies. Browsers and websites
have matured, and on today's Internet, cookies are much more common. In
which to control cookies, control them with granularity by monitoring
them, rather than restricting all. Corporations, instead of applying
blanket policies, enforce URL based restrictions.
Using cookies to track sessions allows IntraWeb to implement many
more features, including a better page mode that is integrated with
application mode, and URL mapping. Because of this, all sessions in
IntraWeb XI will be tracked using cookies.
Some users used tmHidden or tmURL to allow single users to run
multiple sessions in separate tabs or windows. tmCookie does not allow
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