So Borland (or CodeGear) finally realized the web was a place where old Delphi developers may hang around on, and decided to release Delphi for PHP (!). I haven’t looked at the product myself, other than screenshots, but it sounds like someone at Borland or CodeGear got their flashbulb working a bit too late. Had this product been out a few years ago, it might have been an interesting package. As an IDE and framework platform, it may still have some merit, in particular for “quick and dirty” needs. And, I suppose, for someone who has spent a lot of time working with Delphi/Kylix and want to publish “generic PHP apps” without having to learn too many new things in order to do so, Delphi for PHP may be a good solution.
Having worked with Turbo Pascal since version 2.x (yes, I’m that old), and then Borland Pascal, Object Pascal, Delphi, Turbo C/C++, Borland C/C++, I would probably have been interested in Delphi for PHP, five years ago. But I’d say it takes a lot more than a revamped Delphi interface sporting PHP code, to get people with tools like ZDE and all the available PHP frameworks, to switch their development environment.
I wish CodeGear the best of luck, and I hope this will bring forth even more competent PHP developers.
Other related links:
Delphi Wiki: http://delphi.wikia.com
Slashdot: Delphi for PHP released
CodeGear: Delphi for PHP
First impressions: Tim Anderson’s ITWriting
Other impressions: The Joel on Software Discussion Group
InfoWorld: CodeGear extends Delphi for PHP, Vista, AJAX
Professional PHP: Delphi for PHP