How long ago did you start using Delphi?
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- I wrote an installation manager for my client-server application in 1999 using Delphi 5. The application itself was written in vb6. Delphi was, for me, was quite remarkable because I did not have to install any run-time files to make it work.
I then found the original version of Visual Studio to be more annoying than helpful. By the time 2010 rolled around it was increasingly difficult to do the things I wanted to do in vb6 running in a modern OS. I was bedeviled by sub-classing problems making the IDE unstable. So I bought a copy of Delphi XE. It took me 2 years to learn the Object Pascal port the application so that I could:
1) Write something more trivial than an installation manager.
2) Coordinate translating the app into 9 additional languages.
3) Create an application that doesn't look like a museum piece.
I had numerous annoyances with Delphi that I may write about some other time; but here are the positives:
1) The lack of external dependencies other than the OS and language files has reduced my support time dramatically. As a one-man band ISV, this is huge.
2) Being able to include the report designer component of Fast-Reports has increased value to my customers and allows me to say you can design them yourself or I will do it for you at the posted hourly rate. This was not a possible response using Crystal Reports; you remember, named licenses and additional fees.
3) The IDE for me is comparatively stable. Code insight and error insight are laughable and pathetic. However, most of the time the IDE does not crash.
I purchased a copy of XE7 but I am still finding little issues. On the whole, developing for Delphi for the Win32 platform has been a better experience than working with Microsoft tools. As a Microsoft Partner I get Visual Studio for free. The cost of upgrades and subscriptions for Delphi will almost assure that I venture no farther than XE7. If I am fortunate enough to live long enough, I cannot visualize being XE37 fifteen years from now.Apr 28, 2015
- Delphi 1 - before that Turbo Pascal -- Maybe version 2? Still have a thing for that old Turbo Pascal.May 2, 2015
- Just casted my vote and saw the results. There are many ways to interpret. This what came to my mind :
Over 65% who voted are really old timers. That's a cause of worry. Whatever the reasons are, new guys are not getting on. I am not sure why. Maybe because Delphi has become a bit unaffordable so companies rather use other software and train their guys there. Makes business sense.May 2, 2015
- Easy there, youngster. We're not old timers, we're seasoned developers. 😊May 2, 2015
- Hahaha bill! Hear ya!May 3, 2015
- Delphi 1 in '95May 5, 2015
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