[Mono-osx] Delphi Prism and all those Cocoa bridges

marc hoffman mh at elitedev.com
Tue Feb 24 13:44:16 EST 2009


> I guess I see Delphi as a step back now, after using C# for 4+  
> years. I actually avoided .Net and C# for the longest time - with  
> some weird notion that I was a dedicated "Delphi programmer", but  
> the switch is like night and day. I don't think I could go back.

Agreed. Delphi/Win32 is definitely a step back from C# and .NET.  
However, Delphi Prism is not Delphi/Win32, and it is (imho, and im not  
just saying that because im selling it ;), imho a step forward from  
C#. If nothing else, the language is a lot more advanced and feature  
rich and has many things C# developers can only dream about - while at  
the same time not missing out on a single feature that C# does have.

> I'm sure Mark won't take offence if I also say, using a VM to run  
> Visual Studio and then running Interface Builder on the Mac is a  
> complete and total kludge.

i somewhat agree, and somewhat disagree. i dislike having to use a VM,  
as well, but it's important to remember that "real" Mac developers  
using Xcode and Objective-C, too have Interface Builder as a separate  
application. So having IB external is pretty much "by design", whether  
you have the extra barrier of the VM, or not. but yes, i too would  
love to get rid of needing VMware and Windows at all, and these days  
VS is just about the only thing i do use it for ;)

> A MonoDevelop version would really improve the situation, so let's  
> hope that happens :-)

it exists now. we just cannot ship it while MD is under GPL. :(


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