Posted by:Ranjani Rao September 13th, 2011

Delphi is an Object Pascal based, strongly typed, high level, compile time programming language that supports structured and modular design. Its most touted properties are easy-to-read code, quick compilation, and support for multiple module units. Originating in 1995, Delphi has evolved many times over and is considered an ideal app development language for Windows, Linux, .NET, Mac, and iOS platforms. The origins of Delphi go back to 1985 when Object Pascal was developed by Apple Computer to supportMacApp, an expandable Mac application framework. Borland developed Turbo Pascal around 1989 for DOS and switched to Windows in 1994. This was when Delphi became a successor to Turbo Pascal and Delphi programming language came into being. Embarcadero Technologies purchased Delphi in 2008 and sold the Delphi IDE to Windows. .NET support began with Delphi 2005.

Over the years, Delphi matured from a simple Object Pascal language to a RAD tool. Today, it is used to address simple to complex development requirements and build high performing, scalable solutions for desktops, web, database, mobile, and distributed environments

The latest version of Delphi is Delphi XE2. It supports 64-bit Delphi applications, using the same source code to target Windows and OS X, creating GPU-powered FireMonkey (HD and 3D business) applications, building iOS apps for deployment on Apple’s App Store, extending multi-tier DataSnap applications with new mobile and cloud connectivity in RAD Cloud, using VCL styles to modernize app designs and lots more.

You’ll be surprised to know that some of the most popular apps you see around are based on Delphi. Take for example Global Weather 3D­ – a weather app that gives a 3D realistic look of the globe, Precision Helper – help authoring tool, SYMPAQ SQL – accounting system for US Federal Government Contractors, ZeeBORN Fleet Management – maritime management solution that also includes mobile access via web server on iPhone and Android smartphones, and CaptureFlux – Live video and/or audio stream previewing, recording, etc., and many more. Games such as Darwin The Monkey, Legend of the Warm Blooded Heros, VRC, Nemesis Online, etc., have also been developed with Delphi.

The Delphi Developer Conference 2011 is on in San Jose till tomorrow. The topics of discussion include RAD Studio IDE and Tools, Design / OOP / Components / RTTI, Database – Client/Server and Multi-Tier, Web Application and Web Services development, Cross platform development,  Mobile development, Native Delphi, Managed Delphi Prism, and RadPHP. Follow the event on Twitter to learn about the latest developments.

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