The Turbo Days are back!
I have been a passionate Delphi developer for the last 5 years and I can assure you that there is some truth in what I read somewhere: Once you start using Delphi, every other IDE and language appears inadequate!
Now, before you start baying for my blood, let me put on record that I am some one who learned and programmed in Fortran, C, C++ (including programming using templates/generics way back in 2000-01), and then did some basic J2EE programming during 2000-01, and then programmed Dot net using C# when it was still in early Beta (late 2001-early 2002), and even after it was officially launched, and so I know what I am talking about.
Simply put, there is nothing that even comes close to the thrill of using Delphi for development. That will be similar to saying: Simlply put, nothing even comes close to browsing using Mozilla Firefox! Hope you get the gist of it :).
The best news in the last few years for the Delphi community is this: Borland DevCo is in the process of recreating the magic of Delphi by launching the Turbo product range [Delphi for Win 32, Delphi for DotNet, C# and C++] that is available for free. You can download it from here.
There is a lot of renewed interest from the community, and there are lots of free introductory and advanced tutorials out there too. More info available here at the blog of Allen Bauer, Chief Scientist, Borland DevCo.
Now, hear this: Evans Data conducted a Spring 2006 IDE developer survey, and know what? The long dead and buried Delphi was rated first (yes, you read it right!) in the most important “Compiler/Interpreter” and “Debugger” category! More info from the horse’s [David I, who is the Vice President, Developer Relations and Chief Evangelist of Borland DevCo] mouth here.
Of course, this is not meant to take anything away from the obvious bitter truth that, like Macs, Delphi is a third or fourth rate citizen in the world of programming, languishing behind the products from the behemoths like Mircrosoft, IBM/Sun. The good old days of Delphi being the “big new thing” probably will never be back, but one can wish for a momentary glance or two at glory! It has almost the feeling of a classic Asterix story — Gauls v/s Ceaser(s)!
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