July 5, 2007
How many companies have a large number of Delphi developers?
In Greece, 4 out the 5 biggest SW companies with more than 10 developers, use Delphi whereas 1 chose MS Visual Studio ( they all used to be Turbo Pascal houses). Small companies from 1 to 5 developers use Delphi at 50% to 80% (I presume) BUT I think NONE is using Delphi for Web stuff. Mind you, all this is personal conviction after years of market experience and does not quote any official or other report !
In Spain you can find some with a (lot) more than 10 developers: Iberia and Globalia come to my mind. They have surely a lot of developers since they are big companies, although doing inhouse development mostly.
In Ukraine there are three, may be four companies with 30 - 100 developers, which are using Delphi, as I know Delphi is'nt quite popular here
Here in the states you'll find that to not be the case. Here in Arizona, there is one large delphi shop that is in the process of converting everything to Java. After that, I don't think there is a single Delphi employer.
I'm from Ukraine too, and I'd say, Delphi is popular here, especially in small companies. I can say, honestly, most are using cracked IDE :( . Price is too high for small companies. Anyways, in my company, we have 6 delphi developers currently, and about 8 usually. I hope CodeGear will show more support to post-USSR developers, comparing to Borland.
I live in Greece too but i don't think the usage of Delphi is as Petros said. The only SW houses that uses Delphi are indeed these old Turbo Pascal houses. But the small companies simply does not use Delphi at all but rather VS and generaly MS products.
I guess Mexico's case is not so different to the Ukraine's one, although I know some small companies that are successfully using it, I don't know a single large software company using Delphi, except maybe Smartware (longtime Borland partner). Here (Mexico and part of Latinamerica) we have two, maybe three entire generations of developers that were taught programming using old Borland's tools. Sometimes I think new developers think on Delphi like a Myth of a probably outstanding IDE and powerful programming language alternative, where they could do anything they want. We suffer of the typically fault of synapse between industry and education, but we are actively and openly combating it. While this happen, well organized marketing companies like Microsoft are doing their homework. Our large companies use to be rather outsourcing companies like the ones in post-USSR countries (I guess) and they use to develop what their clients wants and with the tools that their clients wants to: enterprise-supported technologies like J2EE or enterprise-supposed technologies like .Net
I am sure that many Chinese mainland developers use Delphi or C++Builder, but many of the copies are not authorized. BTW, Marco, I can not read this post inside Thunderbird 2. It did find out this post but could not display it in its Message Panel.
Salvador, you are absolutely right about outsourcing industry in Ukraine. Unfortunately very few outsourcing companies use Delphi, all three Delphi companies I mentioned in my previous post develop for local market
In Italy the delphi (and/or c++ builder) from codegear is limited only to passionate developers by many marketing errors done by the Borland marketing division. M$ organize big events with rich buffet and give away developer tools to much people only to diffuse it. Today I work more than an hour with VS 2003 doing a reverse engineering of a big library and I know now more than yesterday that I love Delphi but my boss think that M$ give a better support. Borland marketing and support was very bad in the past. Hoping that Codegear give us good products like the last EXCELLENT Delphi/C++ 2007 and give a better support.
The company (in Belgium, 30 developpers) where i work is using VB6. As they decided to move to Delphi, Borland announced the sell of the IDE, so the bosses choosed Java. I was very disapointed! Today it's to late because my company already invested into training in Java. Thank you Borland marketing!
Here in southern Arizona I can think of one company that uses Delphi, but I'm sure that they do not have anywhere near 30 programmers. One thing about the relative popularity of Delphi that I have always wondered about: it seems that there is more interest in it outside the USA than in its home country. The online community includes people from many countries, and I regularly use tools from Belgium, Slovenia, and Spain. How did this come to be? Are Americans afraid to use anything not made in Redmond? John
Well here in my country Nigeria, i feel sad to note that may of us can't afford the price of Delphi as a result of our poor economic and political condition. Also companies prefers not to automate sensitive information since they prefer using substandard development tool that cost less... In schools, the development tool choice is VS2005 and i quite reason along with that as a result of its many features... In my own school, of around 20,000 students, Delphi7 users are not more than 5... and not that we don't know VS2005, but we believe Delphi is more suitable for a SERIOUS application development Personally i use VS2005 for web application and still use Delphi7 just to keep up with my Delphi7 skills hoping that one day i will be able to afford Delphi2007 But In Nigeria, if i am to estimate total devoted Delphi users, they wont be more than 50, while VS users might get around 10,000 if i am accurate(VS2005 taking the majority)
Delphi is for small applications only and doesn't require a lot of developers. It lacks a standard proven method to communicate Delphi objects between applications and accross networks. It just has some "buy this extra" features which causes application engineers to be creative thus isolate themselves from the Delphi communitiy. --Just my two cents! Don't get me wrong Delphi is great for small projects.
Delphi supports or supported DCOM, CORBA, SOAP. Is Delphi lacking a standard, proven method, or the truth is *there is no standard proven method* to "communicate" objects? Java RMI, for example, is not a "standard" because it works in Java only, nor it is .NET remoting for the same reason. I agree that one of the errors made with Delphi was to rely on "standard methods" like DCOM, CORBA or SOAP intead of developing its own remoting technology.
We are a company(Wiltech Software Solutions (P) Ltd. in India. For the past 11 years we always had 10 to 15 Delphi developers. Right now, we are shifting to Visual Studio + C#, and and as of now 7 Delphi developers are in our team
I work for a big company (> 10000 employees) here in Sweden and in our department we are 15-20 Delphi programmers. I think that VS has a lot bigger customer base then Delphi in general here in Sweden, which is a shame. I know of at least 10 fairly large companies that are using Delphi.
I am looking for a number of Delphi developers to work in the UK. If you are interested please mail your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have around 10 developers that used Delphi. RAD Studio XE is excellent. But the TurboPascal was a legend....
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