Delphi Community Edition

Martin,

I got a new PC at the start of the year and it dawned on me a few days ago that I hadn't got an IDE and compiler of any type installed on it. So I thought about re-installing the free edition of Delphi I installed on my older PC a year or two ago. I still had the install exe on the older machine but on trying to install it on the new machine, it wouldn't install, with an out-of-date warning. So I went hunting to see if there was an up-to-date free version of Delphi and found this :-


This will also generate application files for the Mac OS and Linux, so maybe the possibility of writing a Mac version. :)

There are a few limitations, which you would expect, and it seems to have a time limit of about 370 days. What happens after 370 days, I'm not sure - I haven't read all the small print :). It might be that it can be re-registered for another year like other free hobbyist versions.

I actually didn't install it - it would only install on my C drive and I had three goes at installing it to see if I was missing an option to select a different drive, but I didn't find any. So I actually went back to my Delphi 7 disks and had a go with that, but it was pushing things a bit far to get it installed on Win10. :) So I opted to install the 2010 version which I had purchased about twelve years ago. I'm still on the Embarcadero (Borland) Developer Network, so have got access to an ISO file and the installation code.

Jim.
 
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So I actually went back to my Delphi 7 disks and had a go with that, but it was pushing things a bit far to get it installed on Win10.
@Jim Gu7thrie

Hi Jim,

I'm using Delphi5 on Windows10 without problems. :)

It's likely that the problem with Delphi7 is the installer, not the program itself. Try installing Delphi7 on your old computer, then copy the entire Borland/Delphi7 folder to the Program Files(x86) folder on your Windows10 computer. When you first run Delphi it will create the missing registry entries it needs.

I tried the Delphi Community Edition -- it is essentially just a sales promotion for full Delphi. After a while I received a stroppy email from Embarcadero, suggesting that I was using the Community Edition outside the licence terms, and requesting that I buy the full edition. In fact, I hadn't made any use of the Community Edition at all. I uninstalled it.

If you can't get Delphi7 working, or even if you can, I suggest Lazarus is the way to go. It's essentially a clone of Delphi7 and you will find it very familiar.

If you go for the Delphi2010* version, bear in mind that they changed to UTF-16 as the base string type, with 2 bytes per character. It can wreck a lot of older code, and makes it incompatible with some Lazarus code (which uses UTF-8).

*I'm not sure about the actual date of that change.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Jim Gu7thrie

It's likely that the problem with Delphi7 is the installer, not the program itself. Try installing Delphi7 on your old computer, then copy the entire Borland/Delphi7 folder to the Program Files(x86) folder on your Windows10 computer. When you first run Delphi it will create the missing registry entries it needs.
Martin,

I actually had an installation of Delphi7 on my older PC, installed when I first got the PC over eleven years ago when it was running Win7 - it was later updated to Win10 when the free upgrade came out a year or so ago. I tried to run it on that computer with no success, even when trying the compatibility features. So I opted not to go any further. :) I'm quite happy with the 2010 version - I've got one of Marco Cantu's latest books which matches up to these later versions and I'm finding I'm having to do a bit of revision, not having done any serious coding for about twenty years. :)

I've also got a copy of Turbo Dephi and I tried to instal that a few weeks ago in Win 10 on the new PC, with the same negative results.

Jim
 
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Hi Jim,

If you're wanting to work with T3/OpenTemplot, then you will need to install the free Lazarus IDE.

It is now set up to use LCL (Lazarus Controls Library) instead of VCL, and we're using a few language features that are not supported by Delphi.

Graeme and I are currently able to build Win32, Win64, Linux x86 and Linux Raspberry Pi from common source, although there are still definitely a few missing features :-(. Lazarus is also available for Mac, so hopefully it should build there as well...

OpenTemplot can be found at https://github.com/openTemplot/templot3

Cheers,
Alistair.
 
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