Delphi was originally a confidential research project at Borland which evolved into a product that was to be called AppBuilder. Shortly before the first release of Borland's AppBuilder, Novell AppBuilder was released, leaving Borland in need of a new name.
Delphi (aka Delphi 14, code named Weaver; number 13 was skipped), was released on August 25, 2009 and is the second Unicode release of Delphi. It includes a new compiler RTTI system, support for Windows 7 direct 2D, touch screen and gestures, a source code formatter, debugger visualizers and the option to also have the old style component palette in the IDE. The new RTTI system makes larger executables than previous versions.
Here are some key of "Delphi":
- RADically reduce development time and build Windows applications up to 5x faster than with other development solutions
- Speed your way from prototype to production with visual drag-and-drop tools and a powerful component library
- Free your customers from keyboards with dazzling touch based UIs
- RAD IDE with fast drag-and-drop design
- More than 250+ VCL controls
- Built-in touch and gesturing support
- dbExpress with support for 9 major databases
- DataSnap n-tier middleware with JSON, REST, HTTP, COM, and XML
- Debugging support for multi-threaded applications
- UML / code metrics and audits
- Target Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 from single source