Delphi [Non]Starter Edition: No VCL Source!

After an initial welcome (and purchase!) I find myself having to curb my initial enthusiasm.  Most of the omissions from the Starter Edition, as compared to the Professional and higher editions, make perfect sense and are in fact pretty much what I myself described as appropriate for a “Community Edition” some time ago (tho I still think that the attitude toward database access is from a bygone age – DBExpress should be included).  Other omissions were a little questionable, and others downright bizarre. But I have now learned of a single, crucial omission (not advertised) that renders the entire “Starter” moniker meaningless: No RTL/VCL Source Code!

Delphi: Community Edition (A Proposal)

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things.  Of shoes, and ships, and sealing-wax.  Of cabbages, and kings.  And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings. And why the cheapest version of Delphi costs a new user as much as a pretty reasonable second-hand car.  Why even an upgrade costs as much as a half decent new PC (excluding monitor).  And what might be done about that.