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What features would you most like to see in Delphi?

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  1. Hudson / Jenkins CI IDE integration (build status)

    Hudson / Jenkins open source CI frameworks offer a remote monitoring API which allows to control the status of a build, and submitting new build jobs. The IDE could display the build status for a Delphi build on the CI server in the workspace to give a faster feedback about broken builds.

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    • Delphi to have implicit "cast operator" support

      So I can write:
      my_string_var := some_teditcontrol; // not my_string_var := some_teditcontrol.text;

      example2:
      my_bool_var := some_tfield_var; // and not: my_bool_var := some_tfield_var.AsBoolean;

      Motivation: this would ease out and remove the somewhat clumsy endless textual constructions the poor developer have to write and worse - read.

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      • Add IDE option to run projects unit tests on save

        If this option is enabled, then whenever I save the source files, the IDE will compiles the asssociated unit tests (just a project in the same folder or project group). This happens in the background so I do not have to switch projects. The result (number of failures) will be displayed in the workspace.

        p.s. this is not my own idea but taken from a book about legacy code maintenance

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        • Refresh Color SpeedSettings options

          Please add some more color schemes, I just installed my fresh copy of Rad Studio 2010 and I am sick of same old (ancient !) color SpeedSettings options. These colors are awful, these days we have more that 16 colors available !

          It would be nice that we can share color options just like Visual Studio users can (hint. google search: Visual Studio Color schemes)

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          • some form for visual indication to links with other components (like Excel!)

            some form for visual indication to links with other components (like Excel!)

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              • Support for using Visual Studio as the dev environment for Win32 Delphi

                I know it sounds traitorous, but being able to use the Visual Studio environment for Win32 Delphi development would be truly awesome.

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                • Bitpacked records and arrays

                  Now Delphi can pack minimum bytes only. Packing bits is a MUST. It's already implemented in FPC. Though I think C syntax is better. If both syntax can be handled, it's even better.

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                  • Framework for Aspect Oriented Programming

                    Is very usefull, if we want transport code only with a switch into the parameters option of compiler

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                    • Differential pricing based on purchasing power

                      Keep the Delphi product range priced as it is in its traditional markets. Make a special Russian variety of Delphi for sale in former CIS countries. Price this product at realistic prices for that region, but make the Russian version only runnable when it detects an IP address that matches that region and is not in a VM. Do the same for a chinese version only operable in China. Consider the ROI not as the direct sales, but from the value-adding synergy of a large world user base. Also employ a Moscow-based salesman and a Shanghai base salesman to aggressively…

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                      • FastCGI support

                        support FCGI

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                        • load dfm dynamic

                          basicly, load dfm dynamic like load a html. it is useful for generating a form......

                          event function binding when loading dynamic dfm is also useful.

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                          • Graphical Programming with Classes and Objects with less code in the VCL

                            Programming in a Envioment more productive, simulation for real objects, simple conectivity with some parts outer Delphi, a enhanced IDE, tools api wizards, database conection more easy to work, like Bussiness Process Management self programing, less forms with edits, i thing more visual like delphi 7 with diagrams
                            http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/images/30330/DMDiagram.jpg

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                            • Numbers in Binary

                              Binary numbers are used very often, just like heximal. Using hex numbers instead isn't always good.
                              Maybe also Octal numbers (very rare)

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                              • Delphi Ent. subscription < 1.000 USD. No extra price

                                I dont want to purchase new Delphi, and loose support for old ones. If there was affordable subscription, EVERYBODY quickly pass new versions and CodeGear earns much more..

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                                • Makes anonymous methods really anonymous

                                  Anonymous methods should not require to define a type: it should be used on the fly

                                  example:
                                  property ASum:integer read (begin Result:= FIntA + FIntB end;)

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                                  • Code Proofreader from GExperts integrated into IDE

                                    being able to simply type ";=" and have the IDE auto-correct it to ":=" makes typing faster. Shortcuts like "fbn" immediately expanded to "FieldByName" are also very useful. When your ideas are flowing -- the last thing you want is to be slowed down by typing. The Proofreader also corrects case for you, if you wish. If I had to create 500 Live Templates for all my corrections/expansion shortcuts, I would go crazy.

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                                    • Type inference for scoped enumerations

                                      If I assign a value to a variable of most simple data types I just assign a value, e.g.

                                      AInteger := 1;
                                      ADouble := 1;
                                      AString := 'Hello';

                                      etc. There's no need to specify a type:

                                      AInteger := Integer.1;

                                      However, with scoped enumerations commonly used especially in FireMonkey I do need to specify the type:

                                      Layout1.Align := TAlignLayout.Client;

                                      This is very wordy, frequently catches out newbies and means I often have to look up type names.

                                      Instead the compiler should know what type I am assigning to (or passing a parameter to) and /infer/ the type of the enumeration from…

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                                      • Hyperlinks inside the Delphi source code

                                        It would be very useful having special comments inside the source code which work as hyperlinks. Examples:

                                        // delphi://MyProcedure

                                        When clicked would jump to the implementation of MyProcedure inside the same unit.

                                        // delphi://MyUnit.MyProcedure

                                        When clicked would jump to the implementation of MyProcedure inside the MyUnit unit (inside the very same project or project group).

                                        // delphi://MyUnit

                                        When clicked would just open the MyUnit unit (inside the very same project or project group).

                                        // delphi://Lib.MyUnit

                                        When clicked would just open the MyUnit unit (inside the Library Search Path).

                                        Etc. etc.

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                                        • Adding a text note to any control - like a VISUAL TODOLIST

                                          Often Todo's refer to visual items like a form or a specific control. Now, attaching a note (which could be used as a Todo item or a persistent hint on how to handle a specific control, e.g. inside a team) would certainly be more straightforward and "visual." It could be implemented as a dockable/floating pane which shows the text content of the note when the user selects this (and only this) control.

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