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What features would you most like to see in Delphi?

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

    613 votes
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  4. Built in profiler and profiling and resource debugger

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

    258 votes
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  5. 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

    228 votes
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  6. 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.

    226 votes
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  7. PDB debug info generation support.

    To make Visual Studio interop debugging possible ...

    200 votes
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  8. "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...)

    192 votes
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  9. 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 .

    170 votes
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  10. 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.

    152 votes
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  11. Multithreaded Compiler

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

    139 votes
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  12. more open and documented OTA

    More facilities to create Delphi plugins including complete Editors

    122 votes
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  14. 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.

    109 votes
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  15. 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!

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  16. a native MVC framework for the web.

    Provide the ability to build websites using a native, MVC framework. WebBroker and the new RTTI could be leveraged here very easily.

    77 votes
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  17. 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.

    66 votes
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  18. DLL like BPL (DllMain)

    Currently, the initialization/finalization sections of Delphi units are executed from DllMain in DLL. This leads to all kind of problems with DllMain - here is just one example with Interbase components: http://qc.embarcadero.com/wc/qcmain.aspx?d=15944
    The BPL, on other side, have a separate functions for it (Initialize/Finalize), so there are no problems with them, but.... BPL is BPL. There are a lot of work to make BPL behave like pure DLL, with no affinity to Delphi.
    The suggestion is: allow to declare analog of Initialize/Finalize function for DLL too, so this work won't be executed from DllMain.

    62 votes
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  19. Dynamic Generation of Interface Section

    Having to cut and paste the declaration from the implementation section to the interface (or vice versa) is totally unnecessary and complete violation of DRY. (I realize this can be automated somewhat by declaring first in Interface section and then using Ctrl+Shift+C).

    There should be an option to have the interface section generated completely from the declarations in the implementation by declaring the visibility of the method using keywords such as private; e.g.

    procedure TMyUnit.SetSomePropValue(value: integer); private;
    begin
    {blah}
    end;

    Failing that - at the every least - the IDE should automatically propogate changes made to the name or parameters…

    57 votes
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  20. DUnit IDE integration for failed test

    DUnit is available in Delphi for some versions now, but one feature would be really useful: when a test fails, double-clicking should bring me to the source code location where the assertion failed. (or an error occured)

    52 votes
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