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As other posters have noted, Delphi is dead.

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This is not unexpected. Delphi has been on life support for at least four years.

Where Borland dropped the ball:

  • Borland became unfocused in the late 90's as they tried to reinvent themselves as Inprise, disowning their superior (at that time) development tools.
  • Borland moved to Dotnet and put a shell around MS's compiler. Delphi 8 was a complete failure. Users clamored loudly all over the net for updated support for Delphi 7 and Win32 apps.
  • The award winning Kylix could have been the development environment that opened up Linux for the desktop. It should have been a slam dunk. But it was a complete commercial failure as Linux developers only downloaded the free version and completely refused to buy the commercial version. Kylix is the perfect gold standard example of the failure of commericial software in the open source and Linux business model. Kylix is now listed on as a "classic" product: - Classic products
  • Anders Hjelsberg went to Microsoft and created a better Delphi-like program (C#.Net) than Delphi!

So Delphi is dead. But don't fear. Delphi is very popular with outsourcers in India and Russia, so you still have maintenance options.

Long live C#.Net!

Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:20 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Delphi is dead

# CODEGEAR: A new organization 100% dedicated to the Microsoft Windows Developer Tools Market.
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A new organization 100% dedicated to the Microsoft Windows Developer Tools Market.
Left by prair sund on Sep 13, 2007 11:16 PM

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Net technology is Microsoft dependent and we all know how that turns out in the end.They are pushing enormous amounts of money to propagate the stuff but I think it is doomed allready.Net applications are history.Do you remember nice stories about network computers and similar crap.Net based applications?Network office? Network storage?Where are they now?Meanwhile they are trying to promote the Sliverlight in the same way to muscle out Adobe Flash.
32 bit applications will be in use for many many years to come.
Just look at the way users rejected Vista and stayed with XP.Not even Windows 7 will replace XP in a long time.Companies are not idiots with money to waste on fancy looking applications.
My advice is to stay with Delphi.

Yes .NET will die off. That is why Visual Studio is now losing the .NET name (next version). Too many companies adopted the .NET technology without understanding when it should be used.
.NET just prepare for burial.
Left by senad on Jun 03, 2009 10:58 PM

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WOW that's the stupidest comment I have ever read...
Left by Enrique on Jun 08, 2009 4:27 PM

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