A commenter on my blog suggested that Cross Platform could be a big win for Delphi, making it “the first” to achieve this. This I think says a lot about the awareness and expectation of (some) of the people asking for cross platform, because far from being first Delphi would be way behind the curve in this area.
In providing a handful of examples of previous and current efforts it occurred to me that Embarcadero are preparing to go head-to-head with the likes of Nokia’s Qt, without the advantage of being an open source platform and without being able (initially and without more work) to target the additional handheld platforms that Qt already supports.
We might pooh-pooh FreePascal and Lazarus for being gentleman amateurs in a sport of professionals. I do not think that Nokia and Qt can be dismissed so easily. And again, I find myself wondering if Embarcadero are really thinking straight on this one.
So that’s the “Qt” part of the post dealt with. What about the “hush hush“….?
Well, it also occured to me that Embarcadero’s view of what the Delphi community wants may have been skewed by the roadmap of some 2 years ago, which positioned Commodore as the next release after Tiburon.
That is, the roadmap that gave the impression that Delphi 2010 would be the release to deliver 64-bit support, coming as it did after Tiburon (Delphi 2009).
Indeed, I have seen people mention that Delphi 2010 already supports 64-bit and had to disappoint them on that score. I thought I had seen this on StackOverflow (in a comment, not a question or answer) but, perhaps because it was in a comment, the search facilities on StackOverflow are proving inadequate to the job of finding it again.
Suffice to say that the reaction to the further 2 year delay for 64-bit support is a mixture of both dismay but sometimes more prominently shock, or at the least surprise.
This surprise might explain why Embarcadero believe there isn’t a great call for 64-bit, because in my experience, when people already know or think they are going to receive something, they do not make a point of continuing to ask for it.
At one point Nick Hodges was talking about a winter 2008 time-frame for Commodore. News of the “no change” in priorities may have dribbled out in the meantime, but clearly I think it has passed some people by.
I think that in many cases people already thought they were going to get 64-bit so perhaps didn’t think they needed to keep banging on about it.
The silence of the demand for 64-bit was perhaps deafening.
This has been only a (relatively) brief post, but noteworthy for being the 64th post published to my blog. I felt that worth a mention given the subject matter.
Sadly however my 100,000th visitor recently passed without fanfare or celebration. Who-ever you were, thank you and I hope you enjoyed what-ever it was that you read.