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[4]: yeah, it's great.
by moondevil on Tue 12th Jun 2012 08:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: yeah, it's great."
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I think Delphi is great and thanks to Turbo Pascal I've learned how modular programming, object oriented programming and proper type checking can be used, with the same capabilities down to the metal of other single letter languages.

Having said this, the move from Anders to Microsoft, and the disorientation Borland as a company faced, has made many companies move away from Delphi.

I do consultancy work in Germany, here most offers that have Delphi references, are either to migrate a legacy application to .NET, or some maintenance fixes in a "legacy" application.

I am not aware of any new company doing development of new products in Delphi.

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RE[5]: yeah, it's great.
by snorkel1 on Tue 12th Jun 2012 15:50 in reply to "RE[4]: yeah, it's great."
snorkel1 Member since:
2012-02-25

"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:

http://www.delphi-gems.com/index.php/controls/virtual-treeview

http://www.ararat.cz/synapse/doku.php/start

http://www.trichview.com/

http://www.progdigy.com/?page_id=6

http://www.ararat.cz/doku.php/en%3asqlitewrap

http://www.devart.com/pgdac/

Edited 2012-06-12 15:51 UTC

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RE[6]: yeah, it's great.
by moondevil on Wed 13th Jun 2012 06:25 in reply to "RE[5]: yeah, it's great."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Thanks for sharing

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RE[6]: yeah, it's great.
by zima on Wed 13th Jun 2012 12:43 in reply to "RE[5]: yeah, it's great."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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

But are there around any contemporary notable applications done in Delphi? Genuinely curious here - I can recall UI of Windows Skype version, Dev-C++ (yeah, oh the irony; my uni even used it a "standard IDE" of sorts in C++ classes), both not started very recently, and that's it. What else?...

"It is really a shame that politics spoiled Delphi's future."
How is it spoiled? Delphi still rocks, and there is also Lazarus and Free Pascal, which is actually really nice.

...that's this spoilage (of its future) right here. Yeah, Delphi is around, it's nice - but it sort of lingers on, doesn't seem to have that much of a future.

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RE[5]: yeah, it's great.
by zima on Wed 13th Jun 2012 12:47 in reply to "RE[4]: yeah, it's great."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Having said this, the move from Anders to Microsoft, and the disorientation Borland as a company faced, has made many companies move away from Delphi.
I do consultancy work in Germany, here most offers that have Delphi references, are either to migrate a legacy application to .NET

One has to wonder about the level of turmoil happening now at MS Skype division... ;) (its Win version supposedly having its UI done in Delphi)

Though really, in the case of Skype UI, that might easily end up for the better.

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RE[6]: yeah, it's great.
by moondevil on Wed 13th Jun 2012 17:42 in reply to "RE[5]: yeah, it's great."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

One has to wonder about the level of turmoil happening now at MS Skype division... ;) (its Win version supposedly having its UI done in Delphi)


Only the early versions were like that. When they went multiplatform, it was rewritten in C++/Qt.

I remember having read about this somewhere.

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