But that’s OK, because with a few registry tweaks and a couple of command line switches, I’ve now got the new Delphi 2010 popping onscreen and running those same little apps and he’s every bit as snappy as his 16 bit ancestor.
Here is a quick little video of Delphi 1 running the "Hello World" app and Delphi 2010 doing a fantastic impersonation:
While writing this post, I was listening to the 10th anniversary interview with Anders Hjelsberg and Gary Whizin talking about the creation of Delphi. Great stuff, and check out the launch demos and scripts from Anders while you are at it. The DBBROWSE.DPR project still runs and works with no changes in Delphi 2010!
I definitely feel very honored to have the opportunity to work on a product with a legacy like Delphi. In an industry whose only constant seems to be rapidly changing technology, it’s a very rare privilege to get to work with a product that has enjoyed such a rich, long life. I’m especially grateful for the loyal user base who has kept us going for all these years. Delphi is a great product, but it would be nothing without the fantastic community that has sprung up around it.
The launch of Delphi 1 was a exceptionally fun, once in a lifetime, experience — I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything –but I do believe that the best is still yet to come for Delphi! Thanks everyone for being a part of it.
And for your parting gift, and reading this far down, here’s a picture of the back of the original Delphi 1 Client/Server box…
 Yeah, yeah, I know it’s been awhile, but really, the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I’ve found my blogging quill in the back of the my desk drawer so I promise not wait quite so long before my next blog post.