Delphi was officially launched 12 years ago, on Valentine Day (the legend tells this was a Valentine present for VB, more probably it was because of the SD Conference the launch was part of). Two years ago, I build a rich web page with material from the time. Here you can find my Delphi 10th Birthday page.
There are two picture in the page I'd actually share on the blog. The first is the invitation to the launch party:
The second is an image of the two beta floppies I still have (I recycled all of the others!), from two different early beta rounds of Wasabi. Later betas were delivered on CD. (Yes, I know my NDA said I could not say I was on the beta, but that was 12 years ago... and my 1,500 pages book getting out soon after the product somewhat proves I had some information on it):
As much as you can complain with Borland/CodeGear about slips in the recent years, it is not very common to have a fully working and updated product (see the leak I received yesterday) after 12 years. How many other development tools for Windows of the same period are still there, supported and in wide use? How many programming languages of 12 years ago do you keep using?
Happy Birthday to Delphi... and to its R&D Team!