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Friday, 16 March 2007

Support & Maintenance for Delphi 2007 Win32 Profes

Filed under: Software Development — Jan @ 7:41

With the imminent public release of Delphi 2007 for Win32, Michael Swindell blogged about the new options to buy Delphi 2007, in particular the electronic download. If CodeGear also releases a free trial as Borland had been doing for some time, Delphi will now truly be shareware!

But I’d like to talk a bit more about the “Support & Maintenance for Delphi 2007 Win32 Profes” that gets added automatically to your CodeGear shopping cart when you put Delphi 2007 into it. This is not some overpriced extended warranty. Nor is it one of Digital River’s tricks to increase DR’s revenue.

“Support & Maintenance for Delphi 2007 Win32 Profes” is in fact what Borland used to call “Software Assurance”. If you buy this, then for the next 365 days, you get all releases, including major updates, of all personalities in CodeGear’s RAD Studio (previously Borland Developer Studio or BDS). These are Delphi for Win32, Delphi for .NET, C++Builder and C#Builder.

Since CodeGear looks set to update Delphi annually or even have more than one release per year, this seems too good to pass up. Since you can renew this contract anually, you can effectively get all Delphi releases for only $360 per year (if you choose the Professional edition, which is what most shareware authors need). That comes to only $30 per month, which is very little money if Delphi is your bread-and-butter development tool.

The products you receive as part of the Software Assurance contract are full licenses. They do not expire if you let your SA contract lapse. However, if you let it lapse, you’ll pay full price again for the next update. SA cannot be purchased separately. You have to buy it together with a new license or upgrade license purchase.

There have been some complaints in the past that SA was not good value, because Borland took far more than one year between Delphi releases. But we’re not buying from Borland any more. This CodeGear thing is a very different beast.

Last Wednesday, I saw a big picture of Tod Nielsen, Borland’s CEO, on the front page of the weekly IT section in the Bangkok Post, with an article on how he was going to change the world. (Or something like that. I forget the details.) Ben Smith, CodeGear’s CEO, on the other hand, took the time to write a comment on my very own blog. (His initials are BTS.) I know which approach I like best.

1 Comment

  1. Hey man,

    I am a student, majoring in Data Communications, but I am interested in learning how to do programming for the Windows XP/Vista world.

    I have been a big time editpadlite fan for along time. I am also legally blind, and editpad makes it very easy for me to edit in. The only reason I haven’t upgraded to editpadpro, is because I don’t have the money to right now, am an unemployed student and can’t afford the cost right now. Besides, the lite version does what I need it to anyway, am not intereted in syntax highlighting anyway, and that would probably only annoy me, but I plan on upgrading to pro once I get some money.

    The last programming language I used, was QuickBasic 4.5 for DOS, and Turbo Pascal for DOS, 10 years ago back in the MS-DOS 5 days, and I really haven’t gotten much into Windows programming yet.

    The problem moving to Windows programming, I think, has been, I took a class in Visual Basic 4 some years later, but found it not to my liking, mostly because it lacked Pascal’s compact exe design, so I looked into Turbo C++ for WIndows, but found Windows C programming to be quite difficult to grasp. learning curve was way too difficult on the Windows side.

    what I’m looking for, is a programming language for Windows thats easy to learn as it was in the MS-DOS days, and supports Windows, Linux, and even portable devices like USB and U3 devices.

    Windows programming just seems so difficult, that I just gave up on it I think.

    I’m not looking to develop software for a living, but I am looking to develop small programs for my personal tastes, like small free programs that will help other visually impaired people like myself, like alternative magnification software that doesn’t cost $600, and is portable device intelligent, something along those lines, Just having trouble getting into the Windows world of programming, because it seems so much more difficult then MS-DOS programming was.

    take care,
    Tom

    Comment by tcoburn — Thursday, 2 August 2007 @ 2:15

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