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."
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[7]: yeah, it's great.
by snorkel1 on Wed 13th Jun 2012 15:31 in reply to "RE[6]: yeah, it's great."
snorkel1 Member since:
2012-02-25

"...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."

Yep, and that's because of Microsoft, if people actually knew they could use Lazarus or Delphi and get things done faster with no stupid dependencies on .net runtime frameworks they would love it.
I work for a big corp and the .not developers are always complaining that they need the .net version x.x whatever on all the PCs and the corp gives them a huge hassele because that's not the standard image. They get pissed off when I tell them if they had used Delphi instead they would not have these issues ha ha ha.

Delphi and Lazarus are great, but if people like us don't promote it know one will know about it because of the MS monopoly on this, and they do have a monopoly because they can afford to give all the express dev tools away for free because of the strangle hold they have on everyone.

It just blows me away how people get locked into windows. use .net for web development and your pretty much locked into using IIS,when you could use python or PHP or Perl etc and use Apache instead on your choice of linux or unix/bsd operating systems

The other problem is people are so afraid of trying something new.

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