Embarcadero: we are not interested in small developers (based on the results of the “world tour”)

    Since 1995, I have been programming in Delphi, I have always promoted Delfi in every possible way, and in general I am an ardent supporter of Delfi. But, having visited the Ebarcadero World Tour, I came to the conclusion that all programmers need to relearn from Delfi to C. Because Delphi is still a dead end. For many years, opponents of Delphi tried to prove this to me. And they managed to prove to people who Delphi are promoting to the masses.

    First of all: Ebarcadero does not like small developers. They are interested only in large companies that buy from them for many expensive licenses for development tools. And here comes the time for the sadness of the programmers who bet on Delphi: the cheapest License for Delphi costs $ 900 (at the same time, the latest Visual Studio from Microsoft can be obtained for free, thanks to the BezSpark program). Embarcadero has closed all programs to encourage developers to use their products that Borland had. Now Delfi is intended only for wealthy companies. Unlike Microsoft, which strongly supports small developers and encourages the use of their products to create programs. And that means we made a huge mistake, programming for so many years on Delphi and not wanting to relearn at Visual Studio. But who knew ten years ago that everything would turn out like this ...

    Further: after seeing “what has been done in the new Delphi” in terms of programming for Windows 8, I saw everything that has been built into Visual Studio for a long time. Well, and ways to get around inconsistencies are reminiscent of trying to shoe a flea with a huge sledgehammer.

    From the pros: in Delphi, you can now develop programs for Macs. For testing and debugging these programs, you still need a pop-up book, but the development process and the debugging process management are carried out from Delphi under Windows. And it seems that there are already people who use this opportunity to port their programs to Macs.

    Also, with two clicks of the mouse, you can stylize the form of your old application in the style of Windows 8. It will not work back to convert - the process is one-way. Before converting, you should offer the user to backup the project or copy the converted project to another directory (it would be logical to add such a feature). The resulting application is not a full-fledged Windows-8 application, it remains a desktop application. But it looks like a Windows 8 application.

    The visual data linking system has not added anything new. All this was already, but now it is built directly into Delphi and in some cases allows reducing the amount of manual code.

    In general, the conclusions are as follows: if before the conference I was thinking about acquiring a new version of Delfi, then after the conference I refused this idea and seriously thought about moving to Visual Studio. With the purchase of Delphi by Embarcadero, the Delphi language through the efforts of Embarcadero turns into a programming language for large software companies and ceases to be a programming language for small companies and individuals. It's a pity.

    You should go to the conference of the “world tour” - to understand where Embarcadero and Delfi are going. And decide for yourself whether along the way with them further.

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