[Lazarus] Please define "delphi compatibility"

Deon de Wet-Roos ddewetroos at mweb.co.za
Wed Oct 10 20:31:28 CEST 2012


I'm a chemist in South Africa and I'm trying to start a new line in
programming.  I started out with Delphi 4 and being  a poor chemist I
thought Lazarus was the answer to my programming needs.  I cannot afford to
fork out thousands of Rands for a new programming language and besides
Pascal was the language I grew up with at varsity.  Can any of you guru's
advise me what the best option is? I like Delphi and made my first US$ 10
000 using Delphi 4.  I'd like to continue with Lazarus and pay a donation
for everything I earn using lazarus.  However it seems there are many ego's
involved with the development of lazarus and that makes me jittery.  If
Lazarus is not the best cross platform programming language then what is?
In South Africa we don't have the luxury of pensions and I'll have to work
until I die.  My idea is to develop technical solutions to companies in C++,
Pascal and Matlab but if I cannot count on Lazarus what must I do?


-----Original Message-----
From: Florian Klämpfl [mailto:florian at freepascal.org] 
Sent: 10 October 2012 07:43 PM
To: Lazarus mailing list
Subject: Re: [Lazarus] Please define "delphi compatibility"

Am 10.10.2012 19:32, schrieb Jürgen Hestermann:
> Am 2012-10-10 19:11, schrieb Florian Klämpfl:
>>> So the question still holds: What changes would be accepted and which
>>> would be rejected?
>> Does it matter for you? What are you working on?
> The answer is important not only for contributors.
> I am often doubting whether it is worth to stay with Pascal.

If you are in doubt, then switch. There are enough enviroments fitting
everybody's need so it is not necessary to stay with an enviroment which
does not fit perfectly one's needs.

> If it is an dead end I would not want to waste any more time on it.

How is this related to what patches lazarus accepts? There are e.g. Mse
and fpGUI only to name a two other options which follow very different
directions. If this does not fit you, you are indeed wrong in the pascal
world and you have to look somewhere else for other options.

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