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Did you know that Delphi is the #2 Windows IDE?

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Micheal Swindell, the CodeGear Product Manager, provided the following data in a reply to a post in borland.public.delphi.non-technical group:

“Delphi has a developer population of approx 1.75 million users worldwide in  2006. Delphi has 15% IDE marketshare overall (7.7% ranked out of 100%) and is the #2 Windows IDE and the #4 IDE overall (C++Builder is #3 and #5
respectively).”

…and you thought Delphi was not big/good!!

It is just that not many people are aware of it. No, you can’t use it to create an ERP application (perhaps), but it is pretty darn useful for 80% of the commercial software work carried out in most of the companies, and it actually helps you to create it faster.

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Written by Proto

August 30, 2007 at 22:22 hrs

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  1. what is the diff b/w erp and commercial s/w?
    delphi might be superb language. python ruby lisp are all great languages than java.
    the point is about the eco-system surrounding it which makes java tick
    you have j2ee -beans, hibernate, jsf, webservice, xml all such peripheries around java which makes java a robust platform for enterprise applications
    i am not sure what is the situation in delphi, even though delphi might be a great oopl.

    Arun

    August 31, 2007 at 17:03 hrs

  2. What I meant to say was I am not sure whether we can use Delphi to create really huge frameworks (that is required for erp applications), at least I haven’t heard about something of that scale. I might be wrong too.

    Yeah, you are dead right about why Java succeeded. It was the availability of the cluster of tools/products built on top of Java. That could possibly a reason why Delphi didn’t become too popular. Another reason could be the that since it is the best IDE out there (at least for Win 32 DEV in terms of quality and #2 in terms of quantity), it is also pricy!

    CodeGear (Borland spun off the DEV tools to this new subsidiary a few months back) however is trying its level best to recreate the Delphi magic by issuing the free Turbo range.

    Another thing that Borland got wrong was to stop Win 32 tool improvement and go behind the DotNet bandwagon. But due to this, the Delphi for DotNet version is always a version behind the corresponding Visual Studio version. (MS releases DotNet 3.5 along with the VS version for 3.5). Delphi team has to wait for 3.5 to come out and then start the design work to make Delphi adapt to 3.5.

    But all said and done, having worked a bit with VB (1 year), VC++ (college days), Java (college days), I can clearly say that there is nothing out that beats the Delphi experience! (I haven’t worked with Ruby on Rails, so I don’t know about that).

    Proto

    September 6, 2007 at 12:47 hrs


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