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  1. Better GUI separation and abstraction

    Rethink the dataset centric, drag and drop approach to GUI design. Support alternative approaches to application design such as MGM/MVC/MVP. Add VCL and tooling support for these practices.

    621 votes
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    • Improve optimization of generated code

      The Delphi compiler could generate more efficient assembly code if it would do some simple optimizations. Thing to look for : Make better use of the fact that lots of operations already set flags (so a comparison can be avoided). Improve in the register-allocation (don't do "MOV eax, ebx; SHL eax, cx" when eax will be re-used anyway - SHL ebx itself then). Don't emit opcodes that have already been emitted and will give the same result - try to re-use the previous result instead. Etc, etc.

      527 votes
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      • Better support for Bidirectional user interfaces

        Every thing has been said in the following link. http://vcldeveloper.com/news/firemonkey-and-support-for-bi-directional-text/

        As stated in the link there is no consistency even in the VCL for how BIDI is handled.

        If Firemonkey supported BIDI across the board the VCL issues would not matter for me anymore.

        484 votes
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        • Built in profiler and profiling and resource debugger

          Include an out of the box profiler with resource and memory debugging.

          233 votes
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          • An OnAfterShow event

            Sometimes we need to show various things when a form is shown, like another form, starting a progressbar, the form's OnCreate and OnShow just don't do the work as both are fired before the form is shown, Instead of hacking our way out or using the OnActivate event, an OnAfterShow event would be perfect

            210 votes
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            • Support for loading minidumps

              Please, add support for loading/using minidumps. Either in MS's format or invent your own (provide a library to create them).

              This is invaluable for debugging application crashes.

              206 votes
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              • Lower price tag.

                The product is really expensive, lower the price tag so new programmers can look at it and see the power of Delphi by themselves. I really love this product but with the price I'm stucked to 2005 version.

                201 votes
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                • "Lock Design" per form

                  I see this as a right click on form, toggle Lock Design, and the form (just that one) could or could not be edited (GUI elements can not be moved, components can not be added, etc...)

                  184 votes
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                  • Show hint on disabled controls

                    If a control is disabled (Enable = False) then the mouseover hint is not shown. Add new propertys
                    DisabledHint and ShowDisabledHint .

                    168 votes
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                    • Easy package installation

                      A tool or SDK to make installation of third-party components and packages automated and very easy.

                      DelphiPI did something that makes it a little easier.
                      code.google.com/p/delphipi

                      162 votes
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                      • a dependency injection framework.

                        Dependency Injection is getting to be so commonplace -- and so powerful and useful -- that it should become part of the Delphi RTL.

                        158 votes
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                        • PDB debug info generation support.

                          To make Visual Studio interop debugging possible ...

                          155 votes
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                          • Add Undo functionality to forms designer

                            In the forms designer, CTRL-Z should undo the last selection, move, resize, or change in property editor. Of course, unlimited undos would be even better.

                            123 votes
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                            • Multithreaded Compiler

                              Take advantage of multiple cores by compiling multiple separate units simultaneously.

                              120 votes
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                              • more open and documented OTA

                                More facilities to create Delphi plugins including complete Editors

                                105 votes
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                                • Bring Turbo back

                                  A free version of Delphi would be great for everyone, and I mean a real free version that can compete with Visual Studio Express!

                                  105 votes
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                                  • Delphi AST generation

                                    Use Delphi parser to generate an abstract syntax tree that can be hooked into. The visitor pattern could be used it iterate over the tree and produce various delphi related tools.
                                    Maybe a design time version of this could be created in the IDE that allows for a RAD approach to tooling.

                                    96 votes
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                                    • Gecko or Webkit tWebbrowser

                                      With Windows 7 not being shipped with IE in Europe; one will quickly need choice for embedding a webbrowser inside a delphi App. IE base only won't cut it!

                                      83 votes
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                                      • 76 votes
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                                        • Delphi compiler Obj Output format

                                          I wish Delphi will be able to use and product Obj Files in COFF format instead of just OMF.

                                          OMF is obsolete.

                                          This itself will open doors to many excellent third party libraries.

                                          62 votes
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