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What features would you most like to see in Delphi?

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  1. 41 votes
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    • use VersionInfo from dproj for msbuild

      At the moment it is necessary to work with the .res file to have version info updated in the compiled executable.

      15 votes
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      • Binaries should be forward compatible

        Delphi binaries (.dcu, .dcp, .bpl) should be forward compatible. This would make the upgrade path much easier!

        8 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.

          221 votes
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          • 6 votes
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            • Please show the files used in a build process

              Please show the files used in a build process. The res, pas, dcu, dcp and bpls. Sometimes its hard to know what file is used in a compile time.

              12 votes
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              • Release the source code for Bold

                Release the source for Bold and let the community continue development. See https://forums.embarcadero.com/thread.jspa?messageID=211773

                29 votes
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                • FastMM4 IDE integration for memory leaks

                  If FastMM4 creates a detailed memory leak log file, the IDE should offer a GUI which allows to jump to the source locations where the leak has been created.

                  14 votes
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                  • 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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                    • extra TStream functions: ReadInteger etc

                      Please add the following functions as default to the TStream class:

                      TStreamHelper = class helper for TStream
                      public
                      procedure WriteInteger(aValue: integer);
                      procedure WriteCardinal(aValue: Cardinal);
                      procedure WriteDateTime(aValue: TDatetime);
                      procedure WriteBoolean(aValue: boolean);
                      procedure WriteDouble(aValue: Double);
                      procedure WriteAnsiString(AString: AnsiString);

                      function ReadInteger: integer;
                      function ReadCardinal: Cardinal;
                      function ReadDateTime: TDatetime;
                      function ReadBoolean: boolean;
                      function ReadDouble: Double;
                      function ReadAnsiString: AnsiString;
                      end;

                      function TStreamHelper.ReadBoolean: boolean;
                      begin
                      Read(Result, SizeOf(Result));
                      end;

                      procedure TStreamHelper.WriteInteger(aValue: integer);
                      begin
                      Write(aValue, SizeOf(aValue));
                      end;

                      etc

                      5 votes
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                      • TThread.Synchronize/Queue with params

                        TThread.Synchronize and TThread.Queue only accepts a "procedure of object". Very annoying, because if you want to synchronize something, you almost always need some data to be used in that synchronized function. It should be very easy to make an overloaded TThread.Synchronize with a "procedure(arg: array of TObject) of object" function.

                        I have modified once the RTL myself: only the "TSyncProc" record should be expanded with an array field...

                        6 votes
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                        • 'Procedure List' addin

                          I am in love with the cnWizards's Procedure List addin.
                          It allows you to press Ctrl+D and search for a method by part of its name.

                          In my past I have used the GExperts Ctrl+G to to exactly the same.

                          This is also present in the Lazarus IDE.

                          I believe it is high time to add this magic to the standard toolset of Delphi. This will eliminate the need to use cnWizards and/or GExperts being the onlyreally useful tool in those Experts.

                          17 votes
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                          • Enhance DB components to integrate SQL deveolpment

                            There are third party components (like DAO from allroundautomations.nl) which integrate perfectly with sql developing tools supporting the parameter syntax uses in delphi.
                            Would be great if ADO components would have this too.

                            4 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 .

                              170 votes
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                              • Add wildcard in searches

                                Allow wildcards (% or * etc) in the search boxes ... such as searching for components in the tool palette

                                This will greatly help with searching for objects

                                example
                                ww%combo

                                2 votes
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                                • The ability to create forward references to classes that aren't defined

                                  At the moment, if you have two classes that refer to each other, they have to be in the same unit, otherwise you'll get the dreaded "circular uses" error. By allowing forward declarations to classes that aren't defined in the interface section but are defined in implementation, this would get around that. A side effect would be to allow types that are unknown but usable as parameters to functions.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • The ability to create variables anywhere inside a begin-end block

                                    At the moment, you create variables at the start of functions, procedures etc. Why not allow them to be created anywhere inside a block of code (like practically every other modern language out there)?

                                    21 votes
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                                    • Improve Debug Visualizers

                                      Debug visualizers must support descendant classes, eg. if I make class like this :

                                      TMyStringList = class(TStringList);

                                      debugger doesn't know that object of TMyStringList is TStringList and doesn't show visualizer loupe icon

                                      Currently with OTA is possible to write debug visualizer but only for classes that can be serialized to string, this makes Visualizers *very* limited.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • bundled runtime packages

                                        Packages could be a good instrument for providing a plugin architecture to an application.
                                        But it is only useful for applications with only a few 3rd-party components - otherwise the effort to maintain these application at client side is a lot.

                                        Bundled packages could solve this problem. My idea is to compile multiple runtime-packages into one. The application have to load these bundled packages and share them with additional packages.
                                        So at client side only the bundled package has to be up-to-date and additional packages could be loaded dynamicaly as plugins.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • A code coverage integrated tool

                                          I'd like to know what is the code coverage percent of my unit test suites (DUnit) !
                                          It is very usefull to extend test where it is needed, and is part of the application robustness.

                                          14 votes
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