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  1. a flexible case statement

    a case statement for strings and other type not only for ordinal

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    • Change dfm format to xml/json

      Change the current format of dfm file to xml/json. This will improve dramatically search and replace capabilities from external tools and will also bring possibilities for program manipulation of dfm files (because of standard xml/json parser).

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      • Integrated Help Authoring

        Since we are talking about an Integrated development environment IDE there may be a reasonable case for including a Help Authoring tool to generate WinHelp, HTML and PDF files. Features would include easy help context number selection. Auto generation of help from source code, Multi-language support. Document-as-you- go could introduce a level of support for developer intentionality or aid Software archaeology after the event.

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        • A Delphi equivalent to ReSharper

          I am stuck with .Net as that's where the jobs are right now and my lifesaver has been ReSharper. A tool that is equivalent to it would be awesome!

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          • Reverse Statement feature in Code Editor

            This feature from GExperts takes:

            qData.FieldByName('AFIELD').AsDateTime := lDate;

            and converts it to:

            lDate := qData.FieldByName('AFIELD').AsDateTime;

            It should have a user-customizable kb shortcut, and should be built into Delphi.

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            • Android IDE (maybe this is a jbuilder request)

              there is no ZERO RAD in the Android IDE market place... Delphi change the world with windows, it's ripe for the pickings for Android

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              • Customizable IDE keyboard shortcuts

                The ability to remap the all IDE keyboard shortcuts to whatever shortcut I need. This includes adding new shortcuts for any menu items.

                This would go along really well with the new fast-action feature previewed at Delphi Live! 2009. In the fast-action window it could display the current keyboard shortcut. Maybe even provide the ability to edit the shortcut from there.

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                • Installer: Add option to disable Indy installation

                  The Delphi 2009 setup automatically installs the Indy library. If you want to use the current trunk version of Indy, you have to disable the Packages and to modify the library path!

                  Please allow to disable the installation of Indy (like the Delphi 7 setup did it).

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                  • Bitmaps in comments

                    To help document code, it would be great to embed bitmaps and other meta data directly into comments.

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                    • New edition of between Starter and Professional

                      New edition is Professional without Database components, or Starter with source codes.

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                      • System Driver Support

                        I would delphi compiler to produce system drivers for windows.

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                        • gdata

                          Delphi library for Google Web Services along with Yahoo etc and other major web services. so we can access Google Calendar, Google base etc.

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                          • Tabbed Document Interface (TDI)

                            The current way of managing multiple documents is via tabs (like web browsers do), however I think it should be done better than a hack on MDI to change the cosmetics. It should go beyond the current MDI limitations by:

                            1. managing child TDI forms locally to the component / parent TDI form
                            2. allow multiple TDI parent forms in an application
                            3. the TDI parent need not be the main form
                            4. ribbon controls (both the native and 3rd party e.g. DevExpress) placed on the child TDI can merge onto the TDI parent form's ribbon
                            5. the tabs can…

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                            • BIDI support for FMX

                              Support BIDI in FMX

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                              • Full BiDi (RightToLeft) support for iOS and Android

                                Full BiDi (RightToLeft) support for iOS and Android.

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                                • MRU list for tool palete

                                  Search for components to add can be tedious. Filtering is good. But a Most recently used list would work wonders since quite often you are repeating earlier actions. 10-20 maximum would ensure the tool palete lived upto its name - a palete - not a veritable storage room of paint pots.

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                                  • Add the features that Spring4D, natively on VLC and Firmonkey. Example: Filters in for..in, TEnumerator improved ... etc.

                                    Add the features that Spring4D, natively on VLC and Firmonkey.
                                    Example: Filters in for..in, TEnumerator improved ... etc.

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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!

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                                      • Native Decimal type + varDecimal support

                                        Decimal type for decimal arithmetic, like suggested here:
                                        http://qc.embarcadero.com/wc/qcmain.aspx?d=68381

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                                        • MMC VCL support

                                          Delphi already have support for Windows Services.
                                          Please, add support for MMC snap-ins too.

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