Delphi

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by rinseout, May 24, 2005.

  1. rinseout macrumors regular

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    How can I get into Delphi programming via my iBook; at least enough so that I can say "yes I have some skill with Delphi". Is there a free Delphi compiler or something?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Delphi is a Borland product. It runs on Window only. There is a sort-of version of it that runs on Linux (x86 only iirc). There is not a Mac version. Virtual PC?
     
  3. _pb_boi macrumors 6502

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    Learn Pascal instead; very similar. In school we used them interchangeably. You can get Pascal compilers for Mac. First google result is this

    andy.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Delphi is much more than the language. It is the whole IDE as well as the class Library and GUI toolkit. It's similar to the relationship between Cocoa (the class library and toolkit as well as the language support) and Objective-C. You could learn Objective-C without learning Cocoa which is what you are suggesting doing with Pascal and Delphi.

    Pascal knowledge will be helpful to anyone wanting to learn to use Delphi though.
     
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  7. caveman_uk Guest

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    Apparently you can integrate FreePascal with xcode - link . Sadly the images on that site seem to broken but maybe the instructions are helpful? As someone else has mentioned - Delphi is windows only but kylix (Delphi+Borland C++) is available on x86 Linux. You either need vpc or a cheap real PC to do 'real' Delphi.
     
  8. MacNeXT macrumors 6502

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    I run Delphi 6 Enterprise edition under Windows 2000 under VPC 7 on my iBook G4 1,2 with 512MB Ram, which is not bad. But ofcourse, that's subjective. I did some revisions and added some functionality to a database app I wrote three years ago. I also had to run Interbase server in the background. It ran surprisingly well.

    Give it a try. Make sure you have lots of RAM, preferably more than I have. I think my system is the bare minimum for acceptable VPC speed. Don't use Windows XP, and staying with Delphi 6 might not be a bad idea (lightweight IDE).

    There is no Delphi for Mac OS X and it's highly unlikely that there will ever be a Mac version. Kylix is for Linux/x86 only, if i'm not mistaken. Not even FreeBSD.

    Don't know about free Delphi.

    Good luck.
     
  9. rinseout thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh well

    It's not such a great big deal; I was just looking for something new to put on the old resume, and there are a number of jobs that seem interesting that are requiring Delphi. There's also a whole pile of other languages that I could learn, so maybe I'll find something else...
     
  10. Nermal Moderator

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    It's called Kylix, and none of the system requirements on the CD list an x86 processor. Having said that, I tried to install it on my iBook (under Yellow Dog 3) and it failed, saying that it couldn't execute a binary file (which I think is Linux-speak for unsupported CPU).

    Edit: I also tried it under Mandrake 8.2 (I think) as that was listed in the documentation as a supported distribution. It still didn't work though :(
     

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