Borland Delphi 3.0 Professional

Borland Delphi 3.0 Professional

Borland Delphi 3.0 Professional PC CD development tool visual programming data 

Application 

Windows 

Borland  

1997 

CD 

$98.99
Packaging
Borland Delphi 3.0 is both a RAD (rapid application development) IDE and a programming language (formerly known as Object Pascal).

But Borland Delphi 3.0 is more than just the IDE and the programming language. The feature-rich standard library of Delphi, the Visual Component Library (VCL), abstracts the Windows API with a nicely designed hierarchy of classes, components and controls. The VCL contains many useful classes and graphical controls to build great Windows applications in a short time.

Easy to learn

Learning Delphi is easier than learning most other languages. The Pascal-oriented language is clear and easy to read and you can learn the language very fast by just looking at other peoples’ code. As small software businesses often don’t have the resources to put a developer in learning mode for half a year, this point might be one of the most important. Although Delphi is easy to learn, one should never forget that developers are most productive in the development tool they already know. It could be a good idea to use Delphi for internal side projects first when it comes to learning the new language.

Small file size

One nice attribute of applications that are built with Delphi is the small file size. This is possible because Delphi applications are independent of a big runtime library like the . NET framework. A simple graphical Delphi application is just about 300KB in size and can be downloaded even over a 56k modem quite fast. Because the files of a Delphi application are so small, software businesses can target customers over the internet much easier. Around 40Ͽf internet users in the United States are still browsing the web with 56K modems. In most other countries this number is even higher. Especially if a software business is targeting consumers, they should keep the file size and dependencies like the . NET framework in mind when choosing a development tool.

Performance

Delphi applications that are compiled as native Win32 programs are almost as fast as natively compiled C++ applications. This makes Delphi well-suited even for graphic-heavy and math-intensive applications. Additionally, graphical interfaces developed with Delphi are much more responsive than their counterparts in . NET and Java and just feel better.

Safe future

Although there are always rumors about Borland abandoning Delphi, Borland demonstrated their commitment to Delphi over a very long time. Even applications that were written in Borland Delphi Desktop 3.0 still work with only minor modifications in Delphi 2005. While Microsoft stopped supporting Visual Basic 6 and let Visual Basic developers down without an easy upgrade path to . NET, Delphi’s future has never been brighter. Additionally, the new communication policy from Borland and their clear roadmaps for Delphi’s future help stopping the rumors about the death of Delphi and demonstrate the commitment of Borland once again.

Big third-party market

One of the best things about Delphi and its community is the big number of third-party tools and components. There are many high-quality free and commercial graphical components and libraries that can be plugged right into your applications. The good component model of Delphi encourages building reusable code and leads to this amount of ready-to-use components. Are all components of good quality? No, of course not. Like for all development tools, there are components and libraries of good and bad quality. But just dismissing all libraries and components because there are bad ones seriously reduces your productivity and I highly recommend taking a look at projects like Indy, JCL and FastMM4.

Highly productive RAD environment

The Delphi IDE contains a powerful GUI designer, refactoring tools, file versioning and other neat features that make writing code and designing great GUIs very productive and straightforward. Especially the GUI designer is very well designed and so intuitive that no other IDE can match the ease of use of Delphi (at least for me).

For Windows (32-bit Systems) [*Please review compatibility/platform sections in 'What You Get']

WHAT YOU GET:

This item is for the original media, and includes only the media (ie. CD, floppy ...) UNLESS specifically stated above and/or in the title. If more than just the media is included, it will state which items are (ie. box, manual, etc ). Items that come in a sleeve refer to a generic CD sleeve (typically white) and will be sent with shipping protection to avoid damage during transit. If available, we will also send the front and/or back CD inserts if in stock. If these are important to you, please message us to verify we have them available to send. Please do not assume items are included other than what's stated. Again, ask questions PRIOR to purchasing if you have any concerns.

IMAGES:

All images/pictures are stock photos and are for reference only, mainly to show the type of game you will be getting. Please read "WHAT YOU GET" for what is included with the media. Screenshots may vary based on your own computer system, video card, monitor, etc.

COMPATIBILITY:

Computers are like people, each one is different. Unlike console games, a computer game may install and work flawlessly on one system but may need adjustments on another. This is due to a variety of factors, mainly the OS platform running, video card you have, drivers, protection software installed, etc. Many times manufacturers release updates to games to fix bugs and add enhancements. We would be happy to help get the game going on your computer, but ultimately compatibility issues are the responsibility of the buyer. We suggest going to Google and searching for the name of the game along with the words "system requirements" to determine if your system is suitable. Ultimately, we are not responsible for software compatibility problems or publisher's errors.

PLATFORM:

Stated within the auction is what platform the game will work on (ie. Windows, Mac, Linux...) This is a generic statement and specific platform versions (ie. XP, Vista...) will have to be researched by the buyer. Games that came out PRIOR to XP or higher will not specifically state they will work on that release, but only because they came out before those versions were made. Many, if not most, will work on XP or higher with a few quick adjustments. We provide instructions with all items purchased on how to do this adjustment using the Program Compatibility Wizard. If we find out that an item will definately not work on a specific version, we will state it. For DOS games, you may need to play it with a free DOSbox program if the Program Compatibility Wizard does not work.

64-Bit Windows OS Systems:
For 64-bit Operating Systems, older games most likely will NOT work due to 64-bit systems not being able to run 16-bit programming code (most games prior to 2000). For DOS games, you may need to play it with a free DOSbox program.

Macintosh Systems:
For Macintosh programs, most older games will need to be run in Classic Environment if you have a MAC OS X 10.0 - 10.4 version. Please research Google on how to do this, or send us a message for information prior to purchasing. If your MAC OS system doesn't support Classic Environment (ie. MAC OS X 10.5 or Higher OR Intel Macs), you will have to try running it using the free program called SheepShaver, but compatibility is not ensured. Please research prior to purchasing or ask questions.

MEDIA FORMAT:

Please verify you have the required hardware in order to use the specified media (ie. CD, DVD, floppy drives, etc.) If the item comes as a floppy disc, make sure you have either the needed 3.5" floppy drive or the bigger and older 5.25" floppy drive.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SMOOTH PURCHASE:

  • Ask questions PRIOR to purchasing an order to avoid any confusion.
  • Be patient if there are problems during installation or gameplay. Typically someone else has already ran into that problem and has listed a solution online. Contact us and we will do our best to help.
  • Be sure to update your video card drivers and search for updates to the game from the manufacturer.


  • SHIPPING:

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