But if you’re still clinging to Delphi 7, it’s time to let go. Seriously.
There is, however, one part that needs a clarification and that’s:
If you’re familiar with Borland Developer Studio 2006, this is analagous to the feature
called “Delphi for Microsoft Win 32”. That’s important because the IDE is still .NET-based, even though it doesn’t target .NET.
That’s not correct. The Delphi Win32 IDE is not “.NET based”, not even close. In the Win32 IDE there are a small number of features, mainly related to code parsing like refactoring, implemented using .NET but the post I wrote back in November 2004 is still accurate today. In case you’re wondering that post may look a bit odd only because it was moved from the old Borland blog server and the comments were preserved by appending them to the post.
So, rest assured the IDE is very much written in Delphi Win32 using the Win32 compiler/RTL/VCL that ships with the product. If you still have doubts there have been plenty of people who have removed the .NET dependency from the IDE which you simply couldn’t do if the IDE were truly “.NET based”.
Ok, now that I got that out of my head I can go enjoy my weekend. You have a good weekend too!