Delphi for PHP
Yes, folks, Delphi for PHP. What will those boffins at Borland (sorry, Codegear) think of next? I am really hanging out for "Delphi for QBasic". "Delphi for Command.com".
But don't get me wrong - I am a Borland fan from way back, being quite intimately familiar with Delphi versions from two to five, and CBuilder versions from five all the way up to five. I say "intimately", but that's just an expression, you realize? I mean, I was nowhere near there, and the so called "eye witnesses" don't know what they're talking about, and anyway where does it say those alleged acts are illegal, when applied to software? Unlikely, yes. Insane? Possibly. But... and here's where I quickly change the subject...
Why, this very day I developed in both CBuilder and Delphi, and did a damn fine job of it too, if I do say so myself. And I do so say. Often.
But, and here at last is the thing, it's just not exciting anymore. The spark is gone. Borland (Codegear. Whatever) doesn't turn me on like it used to, and I'm not even sure why. Perhaps it is the outrageous pricing of most of their products, or the fact that their $3000+ Delphi 5 Enterprise was delivered in a paper sleeve - for that price I expect a jewel case, dammit - or the tragic disappointment that was Kylix, or it could even be simply that I've moved on from the Windows experience to greener pastures of VMS and Linux. Or, in this specific case, it just might be that I don't really see the point. Developing PHP? Vim does quite nicely, than you.
Also, the last Delphi app I developed wouldn't compile on account of all these ":w" bits in the middle of the code. Damn buggy IDE.