[Lazarus] Please define "delphi compatibility"

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Wed Oct 10 21:03:49 CEST 2012

On Wed, 10 Oct 2012, Deon de Wet-Roos wrote:

> Hi
> 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?

Well, FPC/Lazarus is the best cross-platform programming language.
I myself am currently staking my career on this.

And there really are no egos involved in its development.

However, it is held dear by those that develop it, and it is ferociously 
defended from critique. This is what you observe on the mailing lists.
By itself, this can be considered a sign that it will live for a long time still :)
(touch wood)


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