Original Delphi is too expensive - Are there Alternatives?
Question by Guest | 2013-07-31 at 23:45
Up to now, for several years, I have been using the Turbo Delphi that was freely available at that time for developing small to medium programming tasks. Unfortunately, I am coming more and more to the limits of the Turbo Version. Above all, it bothers me that I can not embed components into the IDE (a restriction of the free Turbo Version) and that the program does not provide automatic support for Unicode characters (in those days that concerned all versions of Delphi and it is very cumbersome to adjust).
Above all of the other things, these are the reasons, why I have been looking for an alternative for some time. I am more than satisfied with the programming language Pascal/Delphi and therefore, I would gladly stay with Delphi. However, the new Delphi versions are much too expensive for my circumstances and apparently, they are unnecessarily bloated. I tried to install a trial version and apparently my Windows XP is no longer supported because the program constantly vomits error messages. Also, I wonder why Delphi takes so much memory - the older versions came out with about 500 MB and they were much leaner and faster! In addition, sometimes I am working on my laptop and sometimes on my desktop PC and it seems to me, that I would have to buy two separate licenses for them - priceless for me!
My search for a suitable program/IDE to perform my programming projects, has led me to several other languages like C++ or C# and Eclipse. Nice point here is that the IDE is free and I was able to start immediately. However, I'm really used to the Delphi language and I don't like the way how even simplest tasks such as clicking on a button has to be programmed in languages like C++ and C#! While in Delphi, it is sufficient to click on a button in the GUI designer to assign a procedure, only this step alone takes ages in the other languages (listener and so on).
Now I am back to the beginning and I would like to ask here, whether someone can help me. Is there a real alternative to Delphi?
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