Happy Birthday Delphi!

February 14th is Delphi’s 25th Birthday.  Yes Delphi was introduced on Valentine’s Day, so no wonder I love it!  Anders Hejlsberg must be a proud papa!  Any tool that lasts 25 years in the software business is a great success.

I was a Turbo Pascal fan in school and graduated to using Delphi as my primary dev tool when version 2 shipped.  It was just better than anything else at the time!  VB didn’t have the speed of compiled code and I hated the language, but not quite as much as I hated C/C++.  Pascal was just so much more readable and elegant.

Not a day goes by that I regret not being a member of the M$ herd and dealing with all the churn in their APIs.  Delphi kept moving forward with an eye on backwards compatibility.  It says a lot when you can compile 25 year old source essentially unchanged.  This is one of the reasons I have seen, and helped build many industry leading applications using Delphi.

A lot of things have changed in the development space in the last 25 years, and Delphi has grown up during that time.  It now supports multiple operating systems, has a cross platform UI library, and is reaching for the clouds.  There is little you cannot do today with Object Pascal!

If you think Delphi is an old outdated technology, then think again.  Check out all the #Delphi25th celebrations. Give it a try…you never know it just might be your cup of tea!

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