December 14, 2006

Unicode and CF Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap

According to Bob Swart, who quotes Nick Hodges, we'll get Unicode support in Delphi sooner than anticipated and CF support delayed.

Bob Swart has a report covering what Nick Hodges said at a conference in Holland, earlier this week. According to the report, some of the priorities in the Delphi roadmap are going to shift. In particular, the support for Unicode in the VCL seems to have been anticipated to the end of 2007, while the CF support in the VCL (that is the availability of .NET Compact Framework visual designers) will slip.

This blog post has started some discussions in the non-technical group, as expected. Specifically, the consideration that Unicode support might mean the end of Win95/98 support has spurred quite some controversy. While nothing technically prevents supporting Unicode on Win9x, this certainly requires some extra effort CodeGear might not be willing to endure. This is understandable. What is relevant, is it seems CodeGear is hearing what its customers are asking and the Delphi survey is being taken seriously. This is very good news.

I hope a new official roadmap will be published soon, even if as a work in progress.



Unicode and CF Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap 

Why don't they make a deal with the creator of
TNTUnicode controls, they work as ANSI components on
Win9x systems.

Then they would only need to revisit the code and if
necessary rewrite some parts of it.

And while taking that part they should consider making
WideString reference counted. :)
Comment by Miha [] on December 14, 10:00

Unicode and CF Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap 

 I can understand the shift, but I'm also afraid this 
will mean that the company I work for will step over 
to C# and Visual Studio. :-((
To bad I really love Delphi.
Comment by Eelco on December 14, 10:57

Unicode and CF Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap 

I'm very disappointed about this. CF has been 
demanded for many years now, people where forced 
towards VS, maybe didn't take the time to fill out 
the survey anymore...
Comment by TDaniel on December 14, 11:36

Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap 

I'm depressed to hear that 64-bit looks likely to be 
pushed back. Hopefully we can survive with a 32-bit 
memory space for a little longer, but VS2005 and C# 
just moved a little closer in to view, unfortunately.
Comment by A Sad Day on December 14, 11:54

Win 9x support 

I understand compatibilti issues, but Win9x is dead 
just liked DOS. Needs to write software for these 
older platform? Just use an old version of Delphi. 
Codegear could keep on shipping older versions for 
those needing to support older platforms. Shuould 
they not support features needed to support today and 
tomorrow application because of yesterday OSes?
Comment by Luigi D. Sandon on December 14, 14:03

Unicode and CF Shift in Updated Delphi Roadmap 

I would like to see Highlander support 2.0 .NET CF 
compilation.  CF VCL.NET would be nice also. I never 
use the form designer anyways.  I always use one form 
and just add and remove the controls from the form.
Comment by Tom Birch on December 14, 17:52

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