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Sure do. I remember stuffing like 35 3.5 floppies into the disk reader to install. You had to set aside one or two of the early disks because they had to be re-installed at a later stage. I used it to write a natural language parser in C++ in 1993, on OS/2 because that was the only operating system which could reach enough memory to do chart parsing.
I still don't see any of the other popular IDEs deliver the same blinding-fast compile time and self-contained EXEs. Deployment is true xcopy-deployment with no runtime dependencies other than Win32. So for me it delivers great value.
I will however agree on the pricing issue. Major reason why I don't upgrade the IDE often . Embarcadero releases a new version every year or so, but I find it harder and harder to see what's new. At least they are still working on the product.
One application I maintain is built using Delphi 7 (from 2002). The EXEs still work flawlessly on Windows 10 - even look like proper Windows 10 applications. That may be more a testimony to how well MS backwards compatibility works, but still...
Lets not forget that it was a top engineer from Borland that went over to microsoft to build something small, what was it called again? Oh yes C#
Everything good from that language has been thought up by the same guy that made Delphi so great back then.
I use VS too when at work, but my own projects are all still in Delphi.
Even Delphi 7 (now more than 10 years old) still is a lot more productive than the latest VS.
Delphi was always best until and including Delphi 7. Then it went backwards real hard because Borland just did not care anymore and they where trying to incorporate dot net in Delphi.
Now thanks to Embarcadero Delphi XE10 is getting back on track again, granted the price is not cheap but the product really is way better then VS.
Delphi still is the fastest way to get Windows programs done well.
VS en C# are not bad, but when talking about database programming and memory managment VS is still decades behind Delphi. I miss DataModules so hard in VS and EntityFramework is just way to much overhead, slow and not flexible.
Also visual inheritance in VS is very bad supported.
Its just unbelievable that a tool like Delphi 7 (from 2002) can often do a better job than the latest VS !
Can't resist bringing up old memory, don't you? Absolute direct memory access. I still remember a small app I wrote as screen saver which inserts arrow keys, Page UP, Page DN into the keyboard buffer simulating like someone is editing the source code. Drive our network guy crazy thinking someone has taken control of the PC. Another one is simulating a crack on the CRT screen too, by manipulate video buffer directly. Fun those days. Yes all Delphian are grandpa/grandma now, I'm included.
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