Delphi is a form of Object Pascal that is most commonly known due to Borland Delphi that was popular in the 1990's.

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What happened to Borland Delphi? [closed]

I have the impression that Delphi isn't very popular anymore. But now at work I had to make some changes to an old Delphi program that we are still using. I used Borland Developer Studio 2006 and it ...
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Best Practices for Handing over Legacy Code

In a couple of months a colleague will be moving on to a new project and I will be inheriting one of his projects. To prepare, I have already ordered Michael Feathers' Working Effectively with Legacy ...
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WPF vs. WinForms - a Delphi programmer's perspective?

I have read most of the major threads on WPF vs. WinForms and I find myself stuck in the unfortunate ambivalence you can fall into when deciding between the tried and true previous tech (Winforms), ...
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Where can I find inspiration for a good user interface? [closed]

I've got a mental block as far as desigining the main screen interface for a desktop application that I'm currently upgrading. When I first developed this program the screen resolution was 640 X 480. ...
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What features contributed to the evolution of Pascal?

I am compiling a detailed history of the Pascal language, and there are a few details I am missing. There are so many features today that we take for granted. What features significantly contributed ...
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Is there a precedent for the license on a compiler restricting the kind of development you can use it for?

It was recently let slip that the new EULA for Delphi XE3 will prohibit Client Server development with the Professional edition without the additional purchase of a Client Server license pack. This is ...
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Best practices concerning exit in Delphi [duplicate]

A co-worker and myself are having a debate on whats best. Both concepts work and work well but is there a general consensus on not making a call to exit? Whats better? To call exit within a ...
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From Delphi to C# for Dummies

I'm a Delphi and C# coder and have been given the assignment to introduce the most fundamental concepts of .Net/C# to my coworkers in some trainings. They are seasoned Delphi Win32 coders but still ...
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Delphi vs C# for GUI programming [closed]

I'm coming from PHP and Python background with little knowledge of C, I have done many web based application now I'm thinking of Desktop application for windows platform. A friend told me to go for ...
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How is Delphi XE2 going to work across platforms?

So I've been reading a little about Delphi XE2 and I probably will go to the world tour thing in Chicago coming up later this month and ask this question if no one can answer it here. What I wonder ...
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Which of these 3 languages is easiest to convert to Delphi? [closed]

I am intending to purchase some source code for my Delphi program. It is not too big an algorithm, but it is not available in Delphi and I'll have to translate it to Delphi. However, I have not ...
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Is there any express edition like thing in Delphi? [closed]

I visited the site of Embarcadero and read about Delphi. Though the new version is named Delphi XE, but it is not Express Edition. I want to learn programming in Delphi. Is there any Express Edition ...
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Is Oberon really “a better Pascal”? [closed]

Reading Niklaus Wirth, one can notice that despite some popularity of Pascal, he is not glad that Oberon (as a "polished" successor of Pascal and Modula) didn't get much popularity. I never did ...
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What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?

Does anybody know how O'Reilly chooses topics to publish? For some reason, I don't see how it can be based on demand. The reason, I ask, is because they haven't published a Delphi book in almost 12 ...
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What have my fellow Delphi programmers done to make Eclipse/Java more like Delphi?

I am a veteran Delphi programmer working on my first real Android app. I am using Eclipse and Java as my development environment. The thing I miss the most of course is Delphi's VCL components and ...
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Is integer used too much as a data type?

Do most application developers use signed integers in places where they really mean to use unsigned integers? I do it all the time, so do my co-workers. I haven't seen a lot of other extensive ...
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What is needed to deploy an application that uses Microsofts new LocalDB?

I'd like to know what microsoft components need to be installed for this new LocalDB to run on a users machine. Now in CTP3: SQL Server Express LocalDB LocalDB is a new lightweight deployment ...
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What is the justification of use .inc files to declare and implement code is some Delphi RTL units?

Starting with #Delphi #XE2 many of the new RTL units related to Vcl styles, OSX and so on, uses inc files to declare types, classes and implement code (just like the FPC does), what is the ...
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What are the most common ways used to migrate a Delphi application incrementally to .NET?

If you have several million lines of Delphi code and want to incrementally migrate to .NET/C#, what strategy would you use?
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If I open a port and add an exception to the Windows firewall, should I ask the user first?

I have an application running with admin rights, which in order to work, need add a port and register himself to the exceptions list of the Windows Firewall. the question is, is considered a bad ...
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In what specific ways did Delphi influence the C# language

I am specifically looking for language influences (as opposed to framework). At first glance C# seems to be an evolution of C/C++ or Java. But we know C# has the same designer as Delphi, and he even ...
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How to call modern Pascal?

Should the developers who creates programs with Delphi, FPC, Lazarus agree with the name of the language? This struck me since every possible variation not only adds confusion for new programmers, ...
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Delphi interview - requirements

I must help my TL(Team Lead has experience with C# and is a beginner in Delphi) to make requirements for a Delphi Developer position. So I've start to document this. Until now the list is: Strong ...
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Library version control best practices

I may be violating some StackOverflow terms by asking a question which is more likely to yield discussion than a clean answer. Here goes, however. I've developed some software for a small company ...
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Delphi Build Server - Do I need to check in .dres files?

We're using final builder to build a Delphi project and the person managing the build server noticed that projects with no .dres files were not building because they're not in SVN and because they're ...
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Scripting custom drawing in Delphi application with IF/THEN/ELSE statements?

I'm building a Delphi application which displays a blueprint of a building, including doors, windows, wiring, lighting, outlets, switches, etc. I have implemented a very lightweight script of my own ...
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Delphi Conversion to Prism?

At my office, we are about to embark on an epic journey of converting an old Delphi 5 application to something more modern. One of our options is to convert to Delphi Prism, but we want to see what ...
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Switching Programming Languages [duplicate]

I'm a senior level Delphi developer looking for move into either C# or possibly Java roles. I have around 8 years of development experience of which pretty much all of it is in Delphi, I have very ...
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Delphi doesn't have Lambda Expressions and I'm a Delphi programmer, what am I missing out on?

I'm nearly clueless as to what a lambda expression is, but I have a hard time believing that I couldn't finagle something to the same effect in Delphi (albeit with 900% more code). What is the big ...
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How can you be certain that a controversial change made to your software really is best for users?

Background: we have recently made a significant change to the UI of our software. All previous versions used a MDI interface (windows floating around inside a parent window.) The new version uses a ...
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Seeking Delphi (Pascal) code beautifier

Preferably a tool which will run from inside of the Delphi IDE (I use Delphi 7), but I can accept a standalone program. Should have the ability to define rules (X space indent, no tabs, one statement ...
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How to make a legacy system time-zone sensitive?

I need to implement time zones in a very large and old Delphi system, where there's a central SQL Server database and possibly hundreds of client installations around the world in different time ...
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What are the career options in Delphi [closed]

I am a fresher working in an Antivirus company in India. We work in Delphi 7. now i know that delphi is not very widely used. My concern is that I will be something of a pariah in the industry ...
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Is Power++ worth buying/learning? [closed]

I found Power++ and to my suprise it looks like a good alternative for Delphi and Visual Studio. Anyone used it? Can you tell me if it is worth it buying/learning it?
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Has anyone used RemObjects' Hydra to mix a large Delphi project with new C# additions?

(Hopefully this is deemed suitable for Programmers, not StackOverflow - I could imagine it getting closed at SO because there's no obvious 'right' answer.) We have a large Delphi 2007 VCL project ...
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Multi-platform design with Delphi, Java, MySQL and CouchDB

What are the most obvious drawbacks to this idea for an enterprise(ish) model using the following technologies. Browser based and native developed GUI using Delphi to connect to Datasnap server ...
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Anyone using Intel Performance Primitives library (IPP) with Delphi?

I'm considering purchasing the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP) library for use with my Delphi applications. I'm interested in the signal processing functions. Mainly for re-sampling and ...
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What's with Delphi's support cycle?

This is a chart I whipped together showing the length of active (meaning ongoing bug fixes and service packs) support offered for each version of Delphi. It is based on the published support data ...
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Delphi to Java change - career advice

I'm a Delphi developer with aprox 5 years of experience. But now, Delphi seems to be dead, and the job opportunities are smaller. So, I want to begin learn Java, because I like it, and the job market ...
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How to Document the Security/Encryption Code of an Application

I am working on an application that I developed a security layer for. It uses the hardware ID of the hard drive, MAC address and another hardware serial key, to lock the software a particular piece of ...
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Functions with side-effects in Delphi/Pascal

What is the proper approach to functions that have side-effects in Delphi/Pascal? For example, I could have a boolean function DeleteFile that returns True if the file was deleted and False ...
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Mobile applications in Delphi

Many of us know that Delphi executables are little bit gigantic, but again it is acceptable as nowadays 1.5 mb is not a big issue in PC. But what about mobile devices? Currently Firemonkey supports ...
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How did Delphi influence the .NET Framework?

As opposed to influence on the C# language, did Delphi influence the .NET Framework too? At first glance .NET is Microsoft's version of Java, but .NET has properties similar to Delphi. Are there other ...
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What is the best strategy for quickly implementing small business applications?

I'm not a software developer, but I have previously developed a project-specific Access application for another employer. My current employer would like me to help organize their workflow and data for ...
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Resources for up-to-date Delphi programming [closed]

I'm a developer in a small department and have been using Delphi for the last 10 years. Whilst I've tried to keep up-to-date with movements there are a lot of changes that have occurred between ...
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Understanding HTTP Cookies in Indy 10 for Delphi XE2

I have been working with Indy 10 HTTP Servers / Clients lately in Delphi XE2, and I need to make sure I'm understanding session management correctly. In the server, I have a "bucket" of sessions, ...
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Scalability: How does splitting a database table work on different replicated SQL Servers?

I would like to know more about the general concepts behind dividing data of a database into different servers. For example, suppose I have a SQL Server database which has a massive table. Assume one ...
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Memory concerns while plotting escape from DLL Hell in Delphi [closed]

I work on a program with about 50 DLLs that are loaded from one executable, it's an old organically grown program where the only rationale for creating a new DLL is that one previously didn't exist to ...
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Design Patterns in Delphi [closed]

Delphi has a few problems implementing some design patterns because some features it lacks, like multiple inheritance and no pure abstract classes. Are there any good resources or ...
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Provide an OnChange event for an internal property which is controlled externally?

For fun and by request I am updating this ImageGrid component, a kind of listbox for images that has a FileNames property of type TStrings. For ease of writing, I have been misusing its ...