Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Bit the bullet: Delphi 2009!

So, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Delphi upgrade, to D2009. The offer was too tempting and I have started to become frustrated with being left too far behind with Delphi 6.

Thanks to one of the distributors in the UK, Grey Matter, we got the D2009 upgrade for 20% off. This was a promotion they were running for those who didn't want to take advantage of June's "Buy Delphi and get RAD Studio free" promotion. Apart from a slight, but only curious interest in Delphi Prism, there wasn't enough to tempt me, in these economic times, to not take the 20% off instead.

And so I will chronicle my journey to take our 10 year old product, written in Delphi 5 then Delphi 6, to Delphi 2009. The challenges I forsee are more to do with API headers written for some of the hardware devices (clocking terminals) that we support with our T&A product, but time will tell.

To start with, it will be a case of getting the main part of the software converted and see how that goes. I have the latest versions of all our third-party products such as Raize Components 5, TMS Component Pack, ReportBuilder Server & Enterprise 11 and TsiLang Translation.

Could have some fun with older components like the Crystal Reports VCL component for Delphi (for Crystal Reports 7). Anyone got any experience with that?

Should be "interesting"...!
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