Why I Keep Choosing Delphi
Early on I learned Turbo Pascal, which was a huge step up from the Basic and Batch File programming I cut my teeth on. When Delphi came along I thought it was brilliant and fell in love immediately. I had no interest in learning other programming languages or tools. Delphi did it all, and that was great. I found myself plenty of work and enough to keep my interest.
From there I went back to full time Delphi programming, but the new company I was working for bought into the “there aren’t enough Delphi developers” myth and decided to move to C# & WinForms.We immediately were able to hire some more C# developers, but as we got to know them we found out they had a background in Delphi development, but they bought into the “there are no Delphi jobs” myth and rebranded themselves as C# developers. In the end the project took 4 times longer than it should have, despite having more developers. We really should have stuck with Delphi.
I moved to a new job doing Delphi development full time, and then that company bought into the C# & Silverlight are the future. Since I had C# experience I started working on the new Silverlight front end. The backend and the desktop app remained in Delphi (with a little C++).
Throughout all of this, I still found myself choosing to Delphi for personal projects. Occasionally I’d try personal projects in other tools and languages as a way to get to know them, but I still found Delphi to be a better solution for most general purpose projects. One of the defining characteristics of Delphi for why I keep coming back to it, is that it makes the common tasks really, really easy, while keeping the rest simple and possible.
So many “rapid prototyping” tools that make the common tasks as easy as Delphi does, makes anything beyond the “ideal” scenario hard or impossible. While other general purpose tools don’t do anything to optimize common scenarios, often times making these simple tasks more complicated than they need to be.
Now with multi-platform development Delphi is more important than ever. The approach Delphi and FireMonkey provides makes it quick and easy to do the most common tasks, while also keeping all the platform APIs and features within reach.
Delphi really invented the 3rd party component market as far as I am concerned. When it shipped all the source code for the VCL and included a robust OpenTools API and component model it made it even easier for others to build, share and reuse code. All the technology partners are a huge part of why I choose Delphi.
Delphi also has a huge commitment to the code we as developers develop. I attend a lot of general software developer groups, and it is common to hear developers complaining about how they just finished porting their code to one release only to have it all break again because a new release of their non-Delphi programming language or framework just came out. Sure, it isn’t perfect, and sometimes there are incompatibilities or breaking changes from version to version, but on comparison Delphi is so much better at this than any other language or platform out there that I have seen.
I started out choose Delphi because it was what I knew. Now I choose Delphi because it gets the job done. The fact it is faster for development is nice, but only part of the equation. I used to have a hat that said “Delphi does it all, especially Windows” and that is more true than ever today.
So why do you Choose Delphi? Share your reasons in the comments or on your blog #WhyIChooseDelphi
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