Delphi XE8

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Embarcadero Delphi XE8 is the complete software development solution for rapidly designing, coding, and extending "connected" apps across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and IoT. Build industrial strength and Business ready solutions incorporating multiple native client platforms, mobile extensions, smart devices, cloud services, Enterprise and embedded data.

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Delphi XE8 review by <span>Dmytro G.</span>
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Solution for fast and simple app development

What do you like best?

- You can develop crossplatform apps very fast. Deploy app to Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android in one click

- Components, Your app is created from components, so you have a lot of ready to go code

- You have built in solution to work with HTTP requests, API, authorizations via OAuth

What do you dislike?

- Crossplatform works only for simple apps. If you wanna create something complex, you should add platform dependend code

- Price. You are very limited with free edition of Delphi and license price is high

- You don't have native IDE on Mac OS X, you should install additional app to build this in XCode

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great solution to create simple platform independent apps if you are good with component approach. If you wanna create compex cross-platform app you should write platform dependent code and only after this

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's very fast approach for creating apps if you need to solve simple tasks. For example one component can fully automize work with FTP server (downloading and uploading files, etc). It's a great tool if you know how to apply this. We wrote simple app to translate CSV file using Yandex API during one week.

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Delphi XE8 review by <span>Viacheslav K.</span>
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Crossplatform tool for app development

What do you like best?

- You can create apps for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android using one development envirionment

- It's so fast to create apps , you can create your app from ready bricks of code called components, for example drawing edits, labels, buttons on windows, more complex ones

- Rebuild your application with one click and deploy to new platform, maybe it will require some platform dependent code

- You have a lot of components for example for working with FTP, Databases, etc.

- You can even have components that can work with 3D models on your windows

What do you dislike?

- You don't have native IDE on MacOS X

- Price is very expensive for small company

- Sometimes components are very limited and expanding it it's not so easy task

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can develop, test and deploy software very fast. Also you don't need to fully re-write your app for new platform, just write some platform dependent code, build for new platform and you are good to go.

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Delphi XE8 review by <span>Philippe P.</span>
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Very efficient tool, need a new marketing policy.

What do you like best?

Very effective Wysiwyg RAD IDE tool for windows. Modern OO language with strongly typed variables. Very easy to understand and use can create a good applications in short time even for many platforms : Windows, macOS, iOS, Android.

What do you dislike?

Very changing and non coherent commercial policy :

1/ Prices are rising and rising and rising:

XE2 pro update price in 2011 : 500 euros with mobile dev. library.

XE10 pro update price in 2017 : 1730 euros without mobile dev. library.

2/ With "pro" licenc you don't have Client server database connectivity.

3/ Even with the new 'starte' free edition prices are not OK for beginners so 'No new blood '.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try the free starter edition so considere to by the pro & C/S option for the development because it is a complete IDE and easy to use for targeting Windows, mobile dev Option for other plateforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create software products sold to clients. Mainly with Delphi XE2.

Delphi XE8 review by <span>David L.</span>
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Delphi, the best all round front end development tool

What do you like best?

I like that I can develop a single code base that will run on all smart devices, and also on my Mac and Windows machines and even on Linux.

What do you dislike?

There are major upgrades twice a year, and each time one has to uninstall everything Delphi related and reinstall everything. This adds a day or two of work every six months.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am actually using Delphi XE10.2 now. Accounting Software. Incentive and Loyalty Systems. App Development. Stock Control. An easy environment to develop apps with back end databases like SQL Server and Oracle, and Cloud Databases like mySQL in a heterogeneous environment.

Delphi XE8 review by <span>Alan I.</span>
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Great codding and easy to use

What do you like best?

The natural step it is to develop from a PASCAL user to a Borland Delphi User to this, the User Interface is easy to understand and pretty much like other product from embarcadero .

What do you dislike?

When compilling is really slow , but only the first time, after that everything worked fine. For new user there is not much documentation avalible .

Working whit PHP is not that aggile than other tecnologies and not many frameworks from external developers to use . Better Grids. Better integration with Web Services

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better integration with Oracle

More documentation for begginers

more examples of migration of .pas files

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this IDE to design a new version of a old software for conecting PLC and controlling the batch of our main product in plant. Basicly we migrate from PASCAL to Delphi and create a User interface because the first version of the software doesn't have any. It was the natural step.

Delphi XE8 review by <span>Jon R.</span>
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Delphi

What do you like best?

Very powerful development tool that can be used to create applications that run on a variety of platforms. Generates code that uses the device's native instruction set rather than requiring a run-time VM interpreter or converter (to convert byte code to CPU instructions).

What do you dislike?

The quality of Delphi itself suffered for several years but has improved tremendously with recent releases and Embarcadero is committed to continuing that trend. As an example, they're doing a better job of releasing updates/fixes for previous versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a development tool that can be used to create applications for multiple platforms (devices and operating systems) without creating and maintaining multiple versions of the same application, give Delphi a trial run. A single project with a single set of soure code can be built for five different platforms (Win32, Win64, OSX, iOS, and Android).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating software applications that are sold as well as applications that are used internally.

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