FireMonkey Quick Start Guide - Set Up Your Development Environment
For developing FireMonkey applications, you can choose from RAD Studio, Delphi, or C++Builder as your development environment (this Quick Start refers to these products as RAD Studio). RAD Studio runs under Microsoft Windows. To try RAD Studio, you can download a trial version at http://www.embarcadero.com/products/firemonkey/downloads.
Instructions for the installation process are available at http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/en/Installation_Notes_for_XE2.
One of the major benefits of using FireMonkey is the ability to create applications for both Windows and Mac OS X from one codebase. When you create a Mac OS X application, you need to use RAD Studio on the Windows operating system, and target your application to Mac OS X. You can debug your applications running on Mac OS X, and then package them for Mac OS X. To debug and deploy an application to Mac OS X, you need to have the Platform Assistant installed on your Mac OS X machine.
Develop a FireMonkey application in RAD Studio, and debug/deploy/run on Mac OS X.
- Tutorial: Installing Paserver describes the steps to install PAServer on your Mac OS X machine.
You can also create applications targeting iOS. To build an application targeting iOS, you need to install Xcode and the Free Pascal compiler, as well as the special FireMonkey-iOS library, on your Mac OS X machine.
Develop a FireMonkey application in RAD Studio, debug on Mac OS X, and deploy/run on iOS.
- Tutorial: Installing FireMonkey-iOS Tools on Mac describes the steps to install the required tools on your Mac OS X machine to develop iOS applications.