Following your request, in the next week, we’ll have some posts and polls about the cross-platform support in the next Delphi version. But since then, let’s have a look at the results from our last poll (thanks once again for your participation!).
First of all,… at our question ‘What version of Delphi do you use as your main development version?’ the results even if somewhat expected, shown some interesting things (comments after):
- Delphi 2007 is still #1 followed closely by Delphi 2009. It seems that Unicode was a very important hurdle. I say was because as you’ll see bellow, there are many of us who will upgrade to Delphi 2010.
- 69% from you use either Delphi 2007 either Delphi 2009. That’s quite a lot. If we add also 9% of Delphi 2006 and 1% of the braves who use Delphi 2005 (all my respects folks), this means that approx. 80% of us are on the new IDE, Galileo.
- “The old guard”, is represented mainly by Delphi 7 with approx. 15%. I think that this is due mainly of Delphi 8 shock, IDE stability issues in the period between D8 (ouch! (again) – I cannot find anyone which use it) and D2005 / D2006, and of course, the Help problem. Both of them in very good shape in Delphi 2010. Ok, perhaps Help still needs improvements (as always), but the IDE is one of the best I’ve seen. Way faster than Visual Studio’s.
So, here we are. Well, what will happen next?
At our question ‘Will you upgrade to RAD Studio 2010?’ the results are as follows: (The ‘Positive Pack’ is pictured in green whereas the ‘Negative answers’ are in tones of red/blue)
Before we start, just a small NOTE: You gave enough answers in ‘Other’ category. I move them, if it made sense, in the predefined ones in order to have a clearer picture. And now some comments:
- Overall RAD Studio 2010 is a success. There are already an impressive 41% of you which will upgrade (Software Assurance plays an important role on this – according with your comments). If we’ll add the other 26% which will do, but perhaps latter, we have 67% of you which will upgrade. After this we have 15% which are undecided and want to see more. Here a special mention for a comment in ‘Other’ section:
Undecided – I want to but haven’t managed to convince my boss yet
Hyia son! 🙂 You can show him this blog – perhaps it will help!
- The ‘boss & price’ theme is the main reason for not upgrading. An everlasting theme discussed till death over all the battlefields. Just some quick responses:
* someone wrote Unfair prices outside the USA – did you tried to contact the central HQ – sales department?
* someone else wrote unable to afford it – do you know that are different prices for different SKUs?
* another one wrote I will but my boss say Delphi 2006 is good enough – Boy, that’s wrong. If he’d talk about D2009, well, let’s say let it be, even if D2010 is significantly better, but Delphi 2006?? Can you show him this blog (with the reviews in it) please?
- Only 3% won’t upgrade because they wait for other features. 64-bit compiling and/or Cross-Platform of course.
But about the future we’ll speak next week. Till then what do you think about the above results?