Friday, February 27, 2015To our big surprise, we found out yesterday a customer gave his feedback in the Embarcadero thirdpartytools forum (nntp://embarcadero.public.thirdpartytools.general) when asked for experiences with our ORM and related products;
The saying is, "a picture is worth a thousand words", but in this case, I would rather say "thousand positive words from a customer are priceless". It speaks for itself that our team was delighted to find out about this posting and it's an incredible motivation and boost to continue the development of our components.
The original post is here in its entirety and unedited:
Bernd I can tell you about my experience with Aurelius and other TMS products. One year ago I started a new project for a ERP and needed to have it in a more modernized way. Pretty much the way you intend to do. I had some goals: - using modern Delphi language features. I had no need to be compatible with anything from previous versions. - capable of going crossplatform (so it is FIREMONKEY): in my case i have an entire ERP running on android :) very nice this. This is important since we are now in a multi OS era. There is no guarantee on wich platform will remain in 10 years. - possibility of isolate modules, or even replace them in case of the vendor/open source gets out of the market (or just not get more updates) - something I could understand withou need to be a phD on the area. I choose the TMS products because they met this parameters for me. This is my current result: AURELIUS I have Aurelius as my ORM layer. I have an application based on MVP, so my Model part understands Aurelius entities. That are plain simple classes. I have created my base class with all funcionality needed and Aurelius does the rest. It is fast, and it is bugs free. I have it working on real conditions for 1 year now and did not get any problem at all. The Idea is simple, the code is modern, and it relies on the new delphi language features. It is compatible with mobile and then you can have all the functionality on Android or whatever you need. Using most of the important databases, including SQLite I am using frames to create the view part of my MVP. I wire everything with LiveBInding and Aurelius provides to you a TAureliusDataSet, a fantastic TDataSet descendant that publish by several ways the entities you get from the ORM. Right now it is very handy to me, since I have my data prepared on a parallel thread and when done it is set to the TAureliusDataSet. The result is a fluid application. You can Edit one entity, a TLIST<> or a Cursor to your database. You can access all the properties of your Entity as fields on the Dataset. It is very handy to deal with LiveBindings. See, since it is Firemonkey this is the only way if not manual). But I can tell you, after getting some experience it is reliable and fast enought for work based on XE7 REMOTEDB it is the product that permit you connect remotely, you have a server based on the http.sys that is the core windows http service and you "write" a server based on the documentation. I could add some flavors of my interest of the comunication between client and server. (there is another layer called Sparkle that is the real http transport here, but just to be simple) The good thing is that you isolate the native database drivers and you can have either mobile using it to connect to your database XDATA I am about to move my application to use it. In my case I am waiting for a new feature where I would be capable to use Aurelius over XData. XData is a OData standard way to share your data. You create your own server following the examples and you can use Aurelius in the server side to create your business module. With eh upcoming feature you will be also possible to use Aurelius with the Xdata result. Then you can hide business logic on the server side and publish only what is relevant. FLEXCEL This is the way to go for Reporting. It is not only reporting, but for me is a fantastic tool. It has a core based on excel spreadsheet, you can load, create, change, save them, in ANY Platform. But there is a way to use TEMPLATES. So in my ERP i have created XLS templates that are embeded on the exe as resources (25k), then I load it and pass the Aurelius results from queries based on Linq. The result is commonly a TList
or can be anything else. But the Entity objects can be directly accessed from the Excel Template! And the good thing is that it works on any platform! it is very fast. Much better than FastReports. Easier to work. You can do a lot more, and you can even let your customer create Excel templates (wich customer you have that does not know how to use them?) My ERP is already in use on a big chain pilot project. No trouble at all. I do not work for TMS, but their support was so help ful for me in many cases that I have to give you this information. I am extremelly satisfied. The price is not high for the product benefits, and the result is professional. Any other specific question please let me know... Eduardo Elias
Well, what more can I say than a big thanks to Eduardo Elias and many other customers who help shape our products every day, 7 by 7, year in, year out and who steer our developments!
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