Delphi since 1.0 baby! Hehe. I use both lazarus and delphi, but do almost all of my initial work in delphi then port it to lazarus. I'm currently using delphi 2007 but expect to be upgrading to the latest and the greatest shortly.
Yes. Something so easy to use, read, maintain and produce "good enough" results with will not easily die. Please, please, post your articles. "They" are probably writing our names down somewhere right now ....
The more articles on Delphi development there is on the web the better - as long as there good!!!
Delphi since D4 & now DXE since 1999 - I got an extra $2000 bonus back in 1999 thanks to Delphi. It was so easy to make sure our apps were Y2K compliant compared to COBAL, VB, etc.
Also, there for a while Borland had a much better C++ compiler than MS did - in my humble opinion.
Our bread & butter app is Delphi 2007 with some linkage to .NET via the Hydra libraries from RemObjects. I wanted to move the app to DXE, but the whole Unicode thing would be a nightmare for us.
I think Delphi developers are still out there, but mainly for maintenance development. I've seen a lot of Delphi devs hired to port apps to C#. I think the C# learning curve is easier for a Delphi dev - at least if was for me.
I'm currently moving to the web in the form of ASP.NET MVC 3 & HTML5 to get the cross platform thing going on...including mobile. This type of development takes a whole different mind set and make my brain hurt.
Delphi development taught me how to be a developer, has helped me provide for my family, allowed me teach others how to develop "good code", and will always be my 1st love.
I probably will never touch Pascal in my life, but one thing I can say about this:
Write them! Write them well, not only you will help people here (even if they were only a few) but you will also attract people that will find your articles on google and will love the content so much that they will join the community, making the community even better.
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I've used Delphi since Turbo Pascal as my sole language for desktop.
All my work (medical equipment) is Delphi.
There has never been a technical reason to switch, and many technical reasons to stay with Delphi.
It is still the most advance language IMHO.
Interesting. Forwarded a link to your QuantumCatch website to a friend of mine. He is an aye specialist and is involved in projects in eastern Africa (Tanzania). I might be involved in a system for diabetes care in Ethiopia and Tanzania in the future.
Yep, pretty interesting work i've stumbled into.
Another thing I love about Delphi, is that I spend ZERO time dealing with Delphi issues, but spend all my time using this great tool to solve real world problems!
I consider programming to be very easy compaired to the actual problems I work on.
Yes - I still have a couple of production apps in Delphi. I do not use Delphi for new apps, these are all Visual Studio .. Dot Net.
In it's day, Delphi was a brilliant product - producing lean mean EXE's that could do heaps without even being installed, or requiring a runtime. Dot Net has made us all a bit lazier, but more productive. The Visual Studio environment also aids productivity .. sorry Delphi .. I think your days are numbered.
I started with Turbo Pascal 1.0 and worked my way up to Delphi 2010, but wasn't planning on upgrading any further.
My question has certainly brought several people out of the woodwork... and I am glad!!! I like the fact that this is a facet of a damn good part of development that is not just fading out. Yes it seems to be lacking with a few features (recently) like what VS offers... But... the minute you have a decent Delphi developer in your team, you will find someone who will be able to follow and develop things in just about any language you can thing of ... (at least that's my humble opinion).
"You cannot code for stupidity"