Andreas Hausladen has released his latest DevExtensions and IDEFixPack for Delphi 10.2, just the latest release of fixes for things that Embarcadero should have fixed before pushing the “It’s Ready” button.
Andreas’ work always presented something of a quandary to me. Whilst it was great that someone like him was able and willing to improve the product in the way that he did, it was also a constant source of disappointment to be reminded that there was even the need for it in the first place.
Now I should be clear… the title of this post is a paraphrased reference to the title of the 4th book in the Hitchhiker trilogy by late, great Douglas Adams. But it does not mean that Andreas is leaving Delphi behind for good.
Sadly however, for those still keeping up with the release cycle, future releases of Delphi are unlikely to be supported by anything he releases in the future as he has chosen not to renew his update subscription. As a result he will not be able to compile or verify/validate his code for any releases after 10.2.
For me personally this is no great loss, as XE4 is the last release I stumped up for and even then is used increasingly infrequently. Never-the-less hopefully Andreas will continue to support that for a while longer at least.
As noted in his reply to comments on his post/announcement, it’s not simply a matter of cost (in case anyone was thinking of rousing a “Hit the Donate button” campaign with thoughts of changing his mind).
Having said that, if – I’m somewhat ashamed to say: like me – you have used, and/or still use, even only occasionally, the results of Andreas work but for some reason have never hit that button before now, why not take this opportunity to say “Thank you” and do that right now.
I for one am going to do exactly that, right now.