Monday, August 7, 2006

They're baaaack...

Yep.  The rumors are actually true.  There will be "Turbo" versions of Delphi, Delphi for .NET, C++, and C#.  You can read some information here about it:,1895,2000205,00.asp

and here:

Yes, there will be free versions of the Turbo's.  They're the Explorer editions.  Go to to get information and news about the availability of these editions, along with tutorials, games and contests.


  1. That's excellent news

    It's the best move for Borland (oh forget that, it's DevCo) since years

    GO TURBO Delphi GO

  2. Hi,

    that's great, let's hope it is not tool late. (I am looking forward to the "discussion" on on this news. All the people who never even looked at Borland products saying that nobody needs them... ;-) )


  3. One again great, exciting news!

  4. You guys are really kicking some a$$ and getting things going again. Flood the market...

  5. Uh, you do realize that by the time the turbos are available, students will be too busy to notice you, and pretty much the only professionals still paying attention will be those of us who already use Delphi right?

    Yup, self defeating implementation of a good idea - that's classic borland too.

  6. I think it is awesome news. I have programmed for Delphi for more than a decade now, but have never been able to afford the tools I use at the office. Recently I gave the Express IDE's a shakedown and they rock. If the Turbo versions are as good as suggested, I reckon the small development shops and hobbyists will flock to it - perhaps even the schools.

    Loyalty, I think, is easier to build when someone is developing things they enjoy, which is often not the same as what they do at work. Borland has been neglecting the community for a while now even while boasting about it.

    Very nice change indeed.

  7. The relentless negativity of people like C Johnson is so tiresome--I can't remember the last time he posted anything positive or even interesting.

    The fact is that there are always a million reasons to NOT do something and many fewer reasons TO do something. It's so much easier to tear down than to create.

    No doubt C Johnson thinks his views are terribly insightful, but I would never hire someone with such a grim and boorish outlook--which is probably why so many people in non-tech are in my kill file :-)

    My company has used Borland products since TP3.0 and we have NEVER found a better substitute. We're looking forward to seeing the new products. Good luck!

  8. I'm with Mark Andrews on this. I'm really pleased to see the old white-and-yellow boxes back. Turbo was always an excellent product (TP 5.5 was my favourite) and if the new breed have half the spirit and consistency of the originals it will be a worthwhile exercise.

    If they got a cheap new version of Delphi out there, producing Vista-friendly code, they just might lure away some of the people currently downloading VS2005 and retooling to C#... after all, there's nothing quite like Delphi for producing lean & mean Windows binaries, and the 'old Borland' values still mean a lot to some of us!

    Good luck!

  9. hm.

    "©2006, Borland Software Corporation"

    To be honest, I have expected something "better" :-(

  10. Don't get my previous comment wrong! I defintely love to see the Turbo being back, but why is there still Borland? Hadn't this been a great oportunity to introduce the new company? Even if not all docs are signed yet?

  11. @Olaf, hey, they need to reserve *some* good news for September 5! <Big Grin> I, for one, am *very* excited about this news! Go for it guys!

  12. Well, they still might publish a higher resolution image of the box. One where you can read the text in the red-black box.

    Maybe all is set yet, and there are only a few "artefacts" left ;-)

  13. Too bad my screen reader cannot describe pictures yet! Being blind, I missed out on that part of the puzzle. This certainly is even more reason for optimism that Tod Nielsen's "matter of weeks" may indeed be a "matter of very few weeks" now...

  14. Turbo Delphi? that sounds weird since Delphi (without the Turbo prefix) is a already a complete IDE package.

    one so not good thing about Turbo Delphi box's design, the graphics used referring to the old 16-bit windows UI!!!

  15. FYI, in the News page on the turbo explorer site, the first press release links back to itself.

    Where is the the TurboMan link? Doesn't work.

  16. An absolutly necessary step finally taken. If C Johnson sees it as a forced move, that may be a reason for his mood. However, as far as I recall, students are never TOO busy for anything.

    "A fixed all-in-one solution" in must be clarified before launch. Does it mean "no 3-d party packages", "no IDE extention", "no BPL generation", all of the above? Whatever the answer, the Explorer (why not Express? Is it a dog fight or what?) editions are fine, I just want this clarified. With the current feature matrix, I doubt that a newbuyer understands if there is an IDE in the Explorer edition or not.

    "Old white-and-yellow boxes back". Are you shure about boxes? The pictured objects may be books with a disk under cover, exactly like Turbo Pascal 1.0.

  17. This is GREAT! As a long time Delphi user I will gladly shell over $500 for the Pro version to show my support. Hopefully they will announce the new company when the Turbo products are released in September.

  18. Jose Castillo ReyesAugust 8, 2006 at 12:01 AM

    Excelente Noticia, estaba seguro que DEVCO venía con buenas y nuevas noticias...

    En realidad ésta es una muy buena movida!!!

    Ahora hay que dedicarle más tiempo y trabajo al sitio:

    Ahora, recién empieza "LA GUERRA DE LOS IDES".

  19. "LA GUERRA DE LOS IDES" (The ide's war).

  20. This is truely intresting news. When available it would be nice to put together small video demo's. I personally would be willing to try to schedule appointments with area universities to show students and faculity.

  21. This is the best news I have seen in years. It is EXACTLY what I had hoped for!

    Dropping "Borland" in favor of "Turbo" is a stroke of genius. Congratulations!

    Give it a little time (Mr. C Johnson - get a life) and you will be able to turn the market in favor of these tools again, just like Borland did at $49.95 years ago. That's when I came on board.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  22. Hurray! It's about time!

  23. Impatient Delphi LoyalistAugust 8, 2006 at 3:58 AM

    Kudos to the DevCo team! A new generation of Pascal and C++ coders are needed to invigorate software development and the Turbo Explorer is the right direction. Streamlined tools that make us productive is really what we look for.

    I impatiently await the release of Turbo Delphi Pro...after all I am the Impatient Delphi Loyalist.

  24. Hurray DevCo!! I know alot of us have been hammpering for a low cost version. Thank you for hearing us.

    One place that needs some clarification, will the Turbo product line replace all the current products or will there be two different lines (The Turbo series and the current BDE series)?

  25. Andrei GerasimenkoAugust 8, 2006 at 5:38 AM

    Elswere in the Net it is said that Explorer versions will not allow to install 3-d party components, but will allow to use them externally. Some our customers ask for Delphi source code, have nothing to compile it with, and are not very happy about that. I hope Explorer versions will help.

    I also hope that before the Turbo launch date there will be another service pack, included into Turbo versions of course, so that Turbos will be as stable as TP was.

  26. Mark Andrews -> Now DevCo has to try to maintain momentum and interest for a month. They've gotten their news stories on the various feeds, even including ABC. When the turbos are finally released, they will be OLD news to the news outlets and will only a passing mention at best about how the files are available for download.

    This is definitely self defeating. Instead of waiting for the announcement until everything was ready, DevCo jumped the gun and wasted a bunch of publicity opportunities. Now DevCo will have to try to rebuild the excitement again after then finally make the uploads available - an exercise which is more often a futile failure than a success.

    As for my negativity - notice that DevCo's own staff has finally moved from condeming every nay sayer to admitting that they have serious problems both in product and corporate culture.

    Sticking your head in the sand doesn't change reality.

  27. C Johnson,

    Of course we're not perfect and have some work to do. Everyone does. However I found this post on "Creating Passionate Users" to be very insightful.

    Excitement and enthusiasm, is *not* "burying one's head in the sand." It is a choice. I choose to be positive. There is already plenty to be negative about in this world.

  28. C Johnson --

    I see that my dream of reading a comment by you that doesn't sound like it was written by Eeyore remains unfufilled.


  29. C Johnson:

    Why are you such a boring soul? Please remove your tainted glasses and clean them please!

  30. Go DevCo! I can smell the turbo meal cooking finally! That's the move!

  31. Frank Borland

    Finally,you've found yoursetf,

    the way we love.

  32. Love the idea of a reasonably priced Delphi again. Over ten years ago (Turbo Pascal 3), I decided that Pascal would be my last new language after years of new OS and languages with each new machine. It was sad, about 5 years ago, when the excellent Delphi books disappeared from Barnes and Noble, and I resigned myself to coding in a lonely, forgotten language (that was still working great for me). Why in the heck didn't the new company retake the Borland name? - InPrise or whatever it is called, certainly didn't need it any more.

    Three Cheers for Turbo!

  33. Greeeaaaat, I have waited for thousand years.


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