Top 10 Reasons to be a Delphi Developer

I found this article on the top 10 reasons to be a Delphi developer. I’m curious what your top reasons to be a Delphi developer would include.

Top 10 Reasons to be a Delphi Developer

DelphiThe job of a software developer is pretty interesting. You learn programming languages to develop a variety of software to digitize the world, but while doing this, you sometimes fall into situations where a small error takes away your sleep for many days and nights. The best of this experience comes out when you actually find the solution and give a tap to you with a smile on your face saying “OMG! Was this small issue making me restless?” It may happen with any software developer, but the final outcome is always pleasing that is why the job of a software developer is pleasing the youth across the globe.

Depending upon the programming languages you have studied and implemented the chances of being stuck in a small issue may vary. A complex language may get you restless nights many times during a software development. On the other hand, an easy programming language with simple syntax writing and other useful features can turn your life as software developer into a life that everyone would love to have. Delphi is such a programming language, which is known-as one of the easiest programming languages with easy-to-write syntax.

Top 10 Reasons to be a Delphi Developer

If you want to be a software developer, you may not want to start with a difficult language, which puts your morale down. So, to keep your passion of being a software developer up with full enthusiasm, starting with Delphi programming language will be a brilliant option. Starting your career as a Delphi Developer brings you several benefits.

Let us have a look at some of the top reasons to understand why you should be a Delphi Developer:

  1. It is a combination of programming language and Software Development Kit (SDK), which allows application development for desktop, mobile, consoles, and web.
  2. It is a simple programming language with clear syntax.
  3. Code written in Delphi, is easily readable; for example, you can concatenate strings using the “+” sign rather than any function.
  4. Documentation of Delphi is well-organized to help you give a quick start.
  5. Comes with an Integrated IDE, which allows you to easily develop GUI using drag & drop, addition of event handlers, and many other features.
  6. Supports real-time testing, making it easier and faster to find and fix issues.
  7. Supports Rapid Application Development (RAD) with features, such as an application framework and visual window layout designer.
  8. Supports client-server architecture and SQL databases.
  9. Supports complete Windows API.
  10. Allows creating components for easy integration in the IDE.
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27 Responses to Top 10 Reasons to be a Delphi Developer

  1. It comes with an Integrated Integrated Development Environment?

  2. Mason Wheeler, you didn’t know????!!!!!

  3. TonyE says:

    Double integrals are that much more powerful Mason 😉

  4. David Champion says:

    Delphi is too expensive. There needs to be a Community version. It needs to be free to encourage hobbyists and open source projects.
    Embarcadero continues to price themselves out of the software market with product SKUs and prices that only work for them and not their customers.

    Doesn’t matter how good the software is.

  5. NC says:

    Sometimes it’s not very easy for us to use Windows API. Can someone show me how to use the Windows Pointer API or the Realtime Stylus API from Delphi?

  6. Roman Krejci says:

    I remember times when I was eligible to upgrade some 3-5 yrs after the purchase (Early D 32-bit versions). Now 2 yrs after XE5 purchase I am out 🙂 Not enough time to even learn about new techniques and features. Definitely a step backward. I wonder whether this policy change of embt proved profitable or not.

  7. Nico Dreyer says:

    Same feelings here regarding the heavy price. After much saving and finally upgrading to XE8 Pro(Including Mobile Add-on which added more on the price), I was out of pocket to take the software assurance. Mid year fixes came out for the IDE and I can not apply them, so I need to keep on working on the buggy IDE whilst I know there is fix, but I can not afford it!

    Now Berlin is out and the only option for me is to upgrade both XE8 Pro and the Mobile including Software assurance subscription for a year. All of that is too expensive! Embarcadero, how about, “If you have any version of Delphi XE and any additional Add-on, upgrade to Berlin and only pay for the XE8 Pro upgrade and we will include the Add-on and one year’s subscription for updates on Berlin, but limited to only Berlin”?

    You have my email, you are welcome to contact me. Yours faithfully since Delphi 1.0

  8. My top reason (and I was there for D1 beta – VBK) was that it was the best way to target the dominant server and workstation platforms with native code until Linux took off and Delphi took a detour into FMX. I have XE6 and I haven’t fired it up in nearly a year (let alone considered upgrading) because it can’t target Linux, let alone IoT microcontrollers. FreePascal/Lazarus is way ahead of Delphi if you aren’t particularly interested in Android or iOS (I develop for both, but not in pascal).

  9. Massimo Basirico' says:

    I loved Delphi (I started using it in 1996) , I love Delphi, but now I am using Android Studio, Visual Studio and X-code…all for free….I would use Delphi for sure, try new feature, develop for mobile… if I can paid 150euro… no more…sorry my point of view…

  10. Gerard says:

    Totally agree with Nico. Paying for new features ok, but paying for bug fixes: why? If you buy any other kind of product, you do not expect to pay for fixing non-working parts either.

  11. Been with Delphi since version 1.0 and have purchased almost each and every version, though I have actually only used 1, 2, 5, 7, XE2 and 10 Seattle. The reason for not using all the intermediate versions I paid for, and my main gripe about Delphi, is that new versions of Delphi come out way too often. As i need to port legacy apps, begun under Delphi 1, migrating to a new version of Delphi takes me a year of waiting for component vendors to follow, to adapt the code, and to test it. I cannot afford the time and uncertainty of doing this every 9 months. I wouldn’t mind paying more, even 2-3 times more, to have a stable version of Delphi which would remain current for at least 2-3 years with updates and bug fixes to that version.

  12. Paul Taylor says:

    Like Nico Dreyer , I had been a daily Delphi user from the beginning (I beta tested the initial release for Borland). Borland truly valued loyal developers.

    Whereas, Embarcadero show how little they care by demanding so called “valued developers” pay 80% of the full price to upgrade a FAULTY XE2 product I paid over $2000 for, just 8 months earlier.

    By faulty, I mean over FIVE THOUSAND BUGS were fixed in the next release which I refused to pay for (again). The Australian telephone sales support rep made it clear “TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT”, that says it all. . .

    I think Embarcadero’s upgrade policy is possibly the very worst in the entire software industry.

    The number ONE reason to be a Delphi developer is to make Embarcadero wealthy. Many Delphi developers are migrating to Visual Studio and other up and coming tools like the open source “GO” programming language. Microsoft are welcoming ex-delphi developers with open arms and cannot do enough to help you get up to speed with Visual Studio.

    Paul Taylor – Perth

  13. Nico Dreyer says:

    To echo Paul Taylor’s feelings …

    Just been on Embarcadero’s website. They have now included 1 year subscription update but still to upgrade from XE8 to Berlin 10.1 with the Mobile Add-on is $1399 USD! That is too much, if they just allowed the Add-on packs to be part of the actual product? Other’s do.

    Embarcadero Management, this is why we are at the bottom of the list:
    http://pypl.github.io/PYPL.html

    I can speak 4 languages, English, Afrikaans, Sesotho and Delphi. I am sad to think that I might have to go back to 3.

    Here in South Africa schools have reintroduced Delphi as a training language, but business seems to go C#. The number one reason is the cost of software, not the people’s salaries. Scary.

    You have my email on record, you are welcome to engage. Just search in your customer database. I have been dealing with both local suppliers and the UK sales team.

    Nico Dreyer – South Africa

  14. Rob McDonell says:

    I agree with many of those 10 points. For me also, I love the strong typing and fast compilation which brings many bugs to light right away. And single EXE deployment (at least on Windows) is wonderful.

    Unfortunately I also agree that it’s just too expensive now. So I continue to develop on old versions of Delphi, and leave money on the table which Idera *could* get if the product was better value for money.

  15. shaunroselt says:

    Delphi is really nice, but it is just too expensive.

  16. Peter D. says:

    I have to echo the sentiments here that the software is just too expensive. Along with that, there have been too many releases since Delphi 2010, all of which required more cash outlay. Since 2010 there have been 10 releases, none of which were cost free.

    I also find it annoying that the pro versions always require additional payment if you want the complete product.

    Another disappointing practice has been my paid-for version of 2010 equates to nothing. In the past Borland etc. would always give their customers a price break for being a customer. Now an arbitrary date was given a few years ago, and my sales rep sent me an email saying “Upgrade now or your existing version of Delphi will amount to having a screen door on your submarine.” From that point I understood what Embarcadero really cares about.

    I have written to various employees with my concerns and I have never been answered. I’ve been using Borland products since Turbo c and started using OOP with Turbo Pascal. I have been learning and using Java, Python, php and other related, FREE software. I have found they aren’t Delphi, but they work without the huge cash outlay.

  17. lkessler says:

    I like how well its optimizing compiler works to make the resulting program one of the fastest there is. And while debugging you can inspect and step through the machine code line by line.

    I only wish they included a line level performance analyzer like AQTime. The cut down version included with Delphi doesn’t do that nor does it optimize 64 bit. You have to pay big bucks for full AQTime to get that.

  18. Hector Maldonado says:

    Well almost 100% people here said something related to the price. I hope embarcadero take these comments into account. Embarcadero can make much more money if they have a larger developer community.

  19. David Heffernan says:

    “I like how well its optimizing compiler works to make the resulting program one of the fastest there is.”

    That is simply not the case. The Delphi compilers produce very poorly performing code when lined up against comparable compilers.

  20. Yves says:

    Hey folks… I’m brand new to Delphi. Although there were a couple of Delphi apps where I previously worked.. started a new gig with a Delphi shop.

    Looking forward to it.
    😉

  21. Daniel says:

    Delphi developer for 10 years (in companies). The reality is that I only updated applications that were soon written in other languages like Java or C#. Delphi (in real world) is legacy. This is the real market. All companies use mainly Delphi 7. So outdated IDE. I’m starting to hate my job already. Nobody invests in Delphi anymore. EBen if companies use Delphi, they can’t find developers so… ia going down for sure. Too bad. I liked it.

  22. Nico Dreyer says:

    Best of luck Yves. If you have a large wallet then you will be fine. I am now trying to figure out how to get $1399 for a very needed upgrade from XE8 to 10.1 Berlin. XE8 is too buggy. And that is an upgrade, not a new user! Ouch!

    Daniel, don’t give up. From your finger tips to the ears of the Powers at be at Embarcadero. If the pricing is better on the product more developers will return. I still find creating apps in Delphi a lot faster than any other language. I’ve been programming for more than 24 years and I am praying that the “old school” people involved in the product’s life cycle will give those people at Embarcadero a call and ask them if their ears have not been ringing?

    If you are still concerned, what I can recommend is to improve your skills perhaps towards C++. There you can use C++ Builder, similar IDE. Then if something should fail, you can always go over to Visual Studio. There will always be a demand for C++ developers. The next option after that is C#.

    So, Embarcadero, where are you in this discussion?

  23. Nico Dreyer says:

    I have brilliant news!

    I refer you to a current special just launched by Embarcadero:
    https://www.embarcadero.com/radoffer

    If you upgrade to Delphi 10.1 Berlin Pro, they will include the Mobile Add-on pack as well as 1 Year worth of Subscription! Limited time, but still worth looking at it.

    Miracles do happen!

    Thank you Embarcadero!

  24. cdneve says:

    Same feelings as everyone here. Really cool platform and language, but waaaaaay too expensive. Make a darn community edition. And make it not buggy!!!

  25. Nico Dreyer says:

    The new update 2 on Berlin 10.1 is much better. There is still quite a mind set change using Firemonkey and the WYSIWYG on Android and iOS in the designer view needs some attention but it eventually do deliver. You just need to play around and remember what works with what controls.
    It does beg the question if developing in the native languages are not better? But then you have multiple source code centres to maintain.
    To be honest, I am still of the opinion that Delphi/C++Builder/Html5 Builder etc, should have been the largest front-end dev community, but it is shrinking at a rapid rate; and that is where I would have started focusing on, as Embarcadero.
    Maybe it is the pricing, maybe it is their arcade old style edn website, but the world is changing every two years and as a development tool house, they need to drive that change and not try and follow.

  26. Slappy says:

    I agree with others – the price is too high.
    But what I like on Delphi is the Starter edition which is free now (in 2017). It is perfect for hobbyist developers.

    I use it together with RAD & Installer (http://www.rad-installer.com) to create Inno Setup installers directly in IDE.

    Delphi + R&I is the most Affordable IDE on the World!

  27. Nico Dreyer says:

    Thanks Slappy! Rad-installer looks like a nice product. Will go have a look.

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