Nick had to wake up early today to do "A year in the Life of Delphi" webinar for Delphi developers from European timezone. It was excellent to hear some of the future directions of Delphi discussed. Of course these are only plans and "subjects to change without notice" but it gives the confidence in the future of Delphi. The year 2009 is going to be "transitional" for Delphi native compiler. Delphi Team is looking at completely new cross-compilation technology, the ability to target multiple backends natively and expanding RTTI. This will mean doing 64-bit afterwards, in 2010, to get everything right. It was also extremaly interesting to hear about plans to extend VCL to support Touch and Direct2D technologies. On the DataSnap front the plans are to give Delphi Prism the ability to build servers and also possibility to encrypt and compress DataSnap on-the-wire protocol.
Somebody asked about Delphi 2009 Feature Matrix. Here is the link.