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Delphi/c++ builder. Is it still worth using?

This is not a flame topic.

I am moving from and xbase++/clipper background to something more mainstream.

I have about 6 months experience so far in C# and ASP.NET but I am concerned about vendor lock in and cross platform issues.

Is using delphi/c++ builder still worthwhile?

What is the job market like? particularly in the UK.

I have read many times that a lot of xbase programmers have moved to delphi as a good choice.

Any points of view are welcomed.

Mike Grace
Thursday, December 12, 2002

I have used Delphi for 5 years now.

Its billed as RAD tool, and it certainly does this well.  More powerful than VB and not as quirky as C++.

However, if your concern is the job market, you may have already noticed that .NET is starting to make serious headway.

I have managed to keep myself employed as a Delphi developer, but I don't see a long future in it.  There just aren't that many firms here (Canada) that use it as a development tool.

I will be learning C# soon .... and this makes me sad.

Delphi Lover
Thursday, December 12, 2002

I think Delphi is still a good choice if your developing a product yourself, however if the job market is your sole concern then .Net or Java is a better choice. While I don't think Delphi will disappear anytime soon, the number of jobs for it will never be as great as the .Net and Java worlds.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

  Delphi is a great tool, but it seems to be hard to find a job as Delphi program.  I was a little surprised with this fact, because here in Brasil Delphi has a huge market, though Java has been growing in the last years too.

  But here were I live you wouldn´t have much trouble to find a job.  It´s a beautiful city and most part of it is in an island.  We have a lot of beaches and tons of pretty women.

  The avarage salary is low, even for Brazilian standards.  But it´s worth it. :-).


Ricardo Antunes da Costa
Thursday, December 12, 2002

1) From what I know the job market in the UK is terrible.

2) Isn't Delphi going to become a .NET language? Since the fellow who conceived of .NET also conceived Delphi they should share alot of similar concepts (ie. VB.NET and C# should seem familiar to you). Borland's web site proclaims " Borland® Delphi™ 7 Studio provides the migration path to Microsoft® .NET that developers have been waiting for."

There are rumours that Microsoft is going to buy Borland. For one that would mean that customers of the Delphi IDE would have to transition to VisualStudio, helping Microsoft's revenues. Despite anxiety from Slashdotters I think Microsoft might even be tempted to keep Kylix (Delphi for Linux) going as the Mono project (porting .NET to Linux, MacOS X, etc) appears to be increasingly important to .NET's adoption - Java's big advantage over .NET right now is that it is cross platform, if Microsoft can eliminate this advantage for free and/or by buying a solution they can cheaply/quickly gain stature in the eyes of customers who use a variety of platforms.

Walter Rumsby
Thursday, December 12, 2002

More Borland/.NET stuff -

Walter Rumsby
Thursday, December 12, 2002

Microsoft possibly buying Borland?

Geez. I was hoping to stay independent.

Mike Grace
Friday, December 13, 2002

"What is the job market like? particularly in the UK."

Hi Mike,

All I have for you is a link to a UK contractor forum that you might want to check out.

United Kingdom - Computer Contractor Forum

Don't quote me on this, but from what I have read the job market in UK is just as bad as it is here in the U.S.

Although, I did read an article from an online newsletter in India that new recruitment of IT specialists from other countries has been halted (somewhat).  Below, is a link to the article.  Note: the article mentions Indian IT workers, however, I am assuming that the block applies to IT workers from all countries.

one programmer's opinion
Friday, December 13, 2002

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