I'm not so sure about the whole Delphi/C++/Win paradigm anymore, insofar as
utilizing these tools in the Linux arena. Looks, I've used Delphi for about
5 years, going back to Delphi 2. It's a great product. I used Delphi 4
last year to create a kick-ass client server application, where our
employees could interact remotely (via traditional Win type 'forms') with
data stored in our SQL Server (6.5). The system was technically the best
thing going in our enterprise. However, people had a hard time utilizing
the features (believe me, it was easier to use than say a word processor).
A few weeks later, I through together a dynamic HTML program...wasn't very
difficult, and it wasn't very pretty. However, our employees loved it.
Loved it! WHY? Because it was fast, efficient and simple to use. They
"understand" links now. They "understand" how to click on something to get
back information, and they "understand" how to fire up their web browser.
They also understand that traditional client server applications are
difficult to get installed on their "machines" and don't want the hassel
Where am I going with this discussion? Well, I'm not so sure that
C++/Delphi/VB type development platforms are all that necessary in this new
web paradigm. I ran across a really neat application (Joe Rock's Beer
Recipe Calculator http://www.jrock.com/recipe_calc/ ) that I'm sure my users
would got crazy for...not this particular set of datum, but this type of
form and function. It's incredible.
How did he do it? Well, I've written the programmer/developer several times
to get more specifics and have been unable to do get a response (probably a
frat boy out partying [enjoy it while it lasts guys, 'cause it's over before
you know it]) but it looks like he did this program with the following open
tools: Linux (OS), Apache (Web Server), PHP (Scripting engine - think of it
as Cold Fusion only 'open', or ASP) and MySql (an open source DBMS. Ummmm.
Let's see here. No Delphi, no C++, no VB, No proprietary anything...runs
great, gives the users what they want, steady, rock solid, free....you get
Well, these are just my thoughts. Personally, I'll probably upgrade to
Delphi 5 and leave it in the box (Corporate Buy), 'cause I want to encourage
Inprise/Borland...But, and it's a BIG BUT...I'm personally going to
concentrate on the PHP/MySql combination and release an application that
isn't proprietary anything...runs great, gives the users what they want,
steady, rock solid, free....you get the idea.
>I'm waiting for C++ Builder. I've used the product on several work
>projects. If Delphi is as good for Object Pascal as C++ Builder is for
>C++, It's sure to be a winner. C++ Builder allows me to work on the
>project (not on Windows). I'm not one who spends late nights poring over
>API manuals for win32, obviously. I'm a engineer (Hardware). I have
>better thing to do. I use software to run equipment, create tests and
>interfacing. C++ Builder does this for me very nicely.
>> Borland/Inprise are planning on creating a Delphi IDE for Linux. Sothat,
>> Delphi programmers can now write applications for the Linux OS. I am
>> also planning on using Delphi for Linux, but I am not sure if it'll be a
>> advantage or a disadvantage. I decided to ask the question on this
>> newsgroup (and not the Delphi newsgroups), because I know that
>> you have experience in Linux development. Can anyone please give
>> me the prose & cons of Linux development and your harts opinion
>> on Borland/Inprise's idee.
>SuSE Linux 6.2 on a Cyrix 6x86PR233