My prediction is that 2013 will be a great year for Delphi. There are two main reasons for this.
First, Delphi will be turning 18 on February 14th, given it was launched on Valentine's day in 1995. Now differently from people, it is a bit unusual for a software product to still be alive and kicking at this age. Delphi is a mature product, with millions of users, although not everyone has moved to the latest versions. Using this product, writing books about it, and now being its product manager has been a joy and a privilege. It is true Delphi might have lacked some of the bells and whistles of other tools (soon to be faded away by newer bells and whistles). On the other hand, few development environments let you stay current in terms of core technologies and platform and remain productive and bring your code over with limited change through such a long period of time. We are talking about Windows 3.1 days, and the first Visual basic, and Visual Fox Pro, and Clipper, and the beginning of Internet, and no Microsoft .NET in sight, and a whole different world back than.
Second, Delphi is getting a mobile brother. The new mobile version, initially for iOS will bring new life and many changes to Delphi as we know it today, while preserving the language, development environment, user interface approach, and database acces model so many Delphi users are familiar with. Change will involve embracing a new compiler and some new tricks in the Delphi language, moving to FireMonkey for the user interface, and adapting to the new ecosystem of the mobile platforms. The new product brings along native cross-platform development for Windows, Mac, iOS, and soon Android within a single IDE and based on the same source code, same user interface set of widgets, and same database access architecture. There is nothing exactly like this in the industry today.
So 2013 will be the year Delphi fully matures and gets its 2.0 revolution at the same time. It is easy to guess it will be exciting, despite the complaints and frustration every change and small revolution causes. I'm sure you'll appreciate the huge effort Embarcadero is putting behind this product, and the fact that by adding new life to Delphi, everyone who invested in the product will be much better off. That's why I really hope the Delphi community will be able to overcome the inevitable issues and help us pushing Delphi to 2013 and beyond.
Delphi is getting back!