My previous post caused some very interesting discussions on the decisions that I am facing when starting on a new project. The suggestions were as varied as the choices in front of me. It seems that any of the alternatives can do the job, so why don't I just make a decision and move on? Because its at this crucial point that any choice I make will impact the direction of the application for many years to come.
I have been involved in many varied software development projects using many languages and development environments. I can tell you from experience that 3 to 4 good Delphi developers can totally outperform 30 Java developers on a similar sized project by a factor of several months. I can also tell you that a lone Delphi developer can take on the big boys and totally capture the market.
But that's the tool, what about the ingredients? There has been discussion on InfoPower, TMS, and DevExpress components. I must admit that I know and enjoy InfoPower and I can complete the full development of the application before I have to purchase. The ExpressQuantumGrid Suite requires that I purchase it before I can even start to code with it. Much though it has been recommended, and indeed it does look nice, its out of the picture for my development. I simply can't afford to purchase it at this stage. TMS is good and I have used that before, however I still fail to see the benefits in most of the TMS components, perhaps I'm missing something.
InfoPower from Woll2Woll has had a lot of negative statements against it. One comment on my last post even suggesting that it looks a little dated. I thought that perhaps that's due to its demo screen dumps that try to show too many things with background images, interesting colours and an oversupply of fancy icons showing something less than professional looking. In reality I wouldn't use all the fancy background textures and some of the other features, but I would use the excellent usability features that their tools can give you. For example, simply by dropping a component on a form and setting a few properties, I can automatically create a full input screen with its own menu and imbedded controls.
I'll discuss the Firebird vs ElevateDB decision in another post. Both are very fine databases, both I'd highly recommend.