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Wow – people still working on Delphi 6 and 7 based code! Got new votes for answer to get rid of empty DDP files

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/10/27

Only Delphi 6 and 7 used DDP files (still a nice concept: diagrams to help understanding your DFM files)

A long time ago, I wrote a stackoverflow answer and later a blog post on how to find and get rid of empty DDP files as both Delphi versions had the habit of creating them:

The blog post was when I helped moving an ancient Delphi project to a more modern Delphi version (due to some personal stuff going on I never finished it) and I never used such old Delphi stuff again.

This week that answer got quite a bunch of upvotes on the stakcoverflow answer which means people are still using Delphi 6 and 7 based code. Who’d ever thought that 15 year old versions would still be used today?


9 Responses to “Wow – people still working on Delphi 6 and 7 based code! Got new votes for answer to get rid of empty DDP files”

  1. Jeff Dyer said

    I use Berlin in my main day job but my own business software is still on D7 because I am using Crystal Reports. The amount of work to port all my financial reports to another engine would be impossible to justify.

  2. I am over 30 years with Pascal. Main Delphi is 7. I own XE but i do not enjoy its IDE.
    Tried Starter and still the IDE is not to my liking.
    Why? Small staff which make my programming life fun.
    Am i old fashion ?
    Since my software output dose not require Delphi 10
    and 7 is very stable so why not use it ?
    Is my software will be faster ? better to the user !! NO !.
    Will the user have a better screen to use NO !.
    Unfortunately Embarcadero will not make money on people
    like me. Sorry. And the price waaa. Out of my own pocket.

    • jpluimers said

      I like quite a few XE* versions because of VCL updates/fixes, Unicode and Generic.

      But I do understand your choice. Thanks for stating it.

      • I understand your need for Unicode and Generic but will my clients
        feel any difference in use with VCL updates/fixes. I do not think so.
        If a VCL has a bug i do not use it.period.
        After so many years with Delphi my programs a stable !!! except for MY BUGS.

        • jpluimers said

          A few of the bugs have to do with windows Z orders (modal dialogs getting stuck behind other forms) and well worth having the fixes.

  3. Andreas said

    I’ve met more D5 and D3 people than people on “modern”.
    Around D2009 there was no useful type for “String of Byte” any more, and the IDE got more and more bloated and unstable.
    So for my industrial purposes it’s not really a General purpose programming language any more.
    It’s more a niche thing – that I can’t take very serious.

    To add an example: To process Strings that don’t fit well into the modern Delphi world (like e.g. Linux File names – a sequence of bytes)
    using plain C is just easier to use than trying to work around all the “modern” string magic.

  4. Wolfgang said

    We stuck with Delphi 7. It needs lot of time to get rid of old deprecated components. And because of the daily business we have only little time for the changeover… But I hope we will manage this the next two years…

  5. Yogi Yang said

    I know of many open source projects that are still developed in Delphi 7.
    For example: AvERP, Bitvarm DMS, etc.

  6. xepol said

    You can teach either the new Windows OS tricks, and the D7 IDE is pretty stable once you add in Andy’s work. Doesn’t surprise me at all.

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