Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 00:38 UTC, submitted by judgen
Windows "Microsoft recently extended 'It Just Works' compatibility for Visual Basic 6 applications through the full lifetime of Windows 8. Visual Basic 6 first shipped in 1998, so its apps will have at least 24 years of supported lifetime. Contrast that with the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 (2002), which is incompatible with Windows 7 (2009)."
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RE[5]: yeah, it's great.
by snorkel1 on Tue 12th Jun 2012 15:50 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: yeah, it's great."
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"I am not aware of any new company doing development of new products in Delphi."

It's only the stupid ones that are porting perfectly good Delphi apps to .net. It really is a shame, if they where smart they would port them to free pascal and save a ton of money and time.
.net is here now, but who is to say in 5 years, MS may dump it. I have Delphi 1 and 2 apps that recompile fine with Delphi XE2 and with Free Pascal and Lazarus I can leverage much of the code on other platforms.

Every time I write something in .net I think to myself, holy crap, I could do this in Delphi with far less code, this is really true when doing database work.

Forget VB 6 and .net, take a look at what you can do with Lazarus and Free Pascal, it's pretty darn impressive.

Some of my favorite libs and components for Delphi and Lazarus are:

Edited 2012-06-12 15:51 UTC

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