Ever heard of Skype? The Windows version is written in Delphi. Find out how much money Microsoft paid for Skype and think about how much money you can make with what "some people" call a "dead" language. :)Ever heard of C#? The fellow who created most of C# is the same fellow who developed Turbo Pascal and Delphi.
I guess I could turn things around and say I've been productively using a Win32 native version of C# (with Pascal syntax) since 1995! :)
Rocket science powered by Delphi! I've been told I got this recent discussion started. :) A bit of interesting related technical discussion from 2001: Exceptions vs Error codes
Delphi is used a lot in many engineering fields with major data acquisition systems. Look at the Comedi page at Control Pascal to see one interesting usage of Free Pascal and Lazarus (those programming tools are used here: http://www.nano.northwestern.edu/ ).
There are a lot of links to related stuff on this page: Development Options
Written back in 2007...
Recently, I've been developing a GUI program on this board:
I'm also developing console programs that should run on this
You can go to this page and set the top three weights to 1,1,1
or even 2,1,1 and click on Calculate and see the result:
The page above is no longer available. You can see here what the above page looked like: http://web.archive.org/web/20120520091944/http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/u32/which-language-is-best.php
The old page showed a summary of all the benchmarks for all of the languages. If you included "Memory KB" and "Code B" in the rankings, then Free Pascal came up at the top of the list (not that this really proves much of anything but it sure is fun).
Here is one page (for one benchmark): http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/u32/performance.php?test=binarytrees&sort=kb
New May 2015 - There is nice progress that can be read about in this forum thread.
I'm using this free (with source) widget set:
Here is another free (with source) widget set:
Please share your ideas, comments and suggestions. Thanks!
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