Delphi 5 Enterprise is Borland's latest high-end Rapid Application Development release. I've been using Delphi for years now, and can only say that it's improving with every release. Delphi, using object-pascal as it's programming language is, in my opinion, the fastest, safest and most intuitive way to develop Windows applications. Delphi features the Visual Component Library (VCL) with all common Windows components such as buttons, edit boxes and menus and many more. In particular, Delphi 5 Enterprise contains components for creating database and Internet applications. Ever wanted to create your own FTP client? Delphi 5 Enterprise is definitely the way to go. For new users, Delphi should be the primary choice in development environment. Object Pascal is a language that is easy to learn, yet powerful. Furthermore, Borland is currently (fall 2000) developing Delphi for Linux - known as "Kylix" - so in a while you will be able to use your Delphi skills to create Linux applications! Delphi has language features such as method overloading, object inheritance, virtual methods, and in-line assembly language. The integrated development environment (IDE) has an editor with syntax-highlighting, code insight (allowing you to inspect variable values while debugging) and fast shortcuts to that procedure call you are looking at, but don't know in which source file to find. The debugger is powerful and allows you to step through the code, view the raw machince code generated by the compiler (and even step throught it!), breakpoints, variable evaluation and much more! But the best feature is still the online help system! I learnt Delphi entirely by using it - it's simply great. All the procedures, objects and error messages are thoroughly documented and there are numerous examples throughout the help system. If you are and old Delphi user - get Delphi 5. If you are a new programmer - Delphi is definit
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I've been using Delphi for years now. What can I say... I'm a big fan of pascal, always have been always will be. When Borland first announced that they'd be doing a windows version of pascal I shuddered and left it on the shelf for a few years. A mistake I'll always regret. The advent of Object pascal enhancements and the ease with which Borland have made windows app developments certainly bring Pascal into the new millenium and beyond. This latest release will please anyone who is considering learning a new language as it's basic simplicity caries right through from your first 'hello world' app to a multi-tiered database engine for web deployment. Depending on which verison (Standard, pro, enterprise) you gpo for there are various standard components [Wee drag and drop code widgets which make life easier]. Check their website for more details on these specifics. Features I like the most are :- . The VCL (Borlands clever way of doing drag-and-drop code reuse) . The IDE (Environment) has a killer debugger which will make even large project relatevily simple to find bugs in. . Extensive help . A huge following on the internet so example source is easy to come by. . A new Linux extension (Kilix) is due soon which should allow projects to move relateively effortlessly to Linux.
This program is the new release from borland and it just keeps pn getting better. As a programmer i would highly recommend delphi as the tool for writing programs for windows based machines. It has a easy to use interface that without much learning can bring good results but as you use delphi more and start to dig deeper into its tools and functions you realise how powerful a program it is. I ahve created 4 programs with delphi my first has been a huge success and this is due to the way delphi lets you feel like you control it and not like you are trying to tame a tiger .
You might not know this but, Borland Delphi 5 Enterprise, Professional and Standard version are all written with the previous version of Delphi another world Delphi 4. From this it shows that Borland or Inprise has great pride in thir product and it is also a very powerful tool. If you found any of the Microsoft Visual programming tools is easy to use then you will find this is even easier to use. There are people out their in the programming world trying to clone this RAD tool. Some are very sucessful and some not as sucessful. There are also alot of open source delphi project around the net for users to use. This allows the User experience how powerful Delphi is.