With a few exceptions, says this review, Kylix is everything a
Delphi developer could want, providing anyone with skill in the
former a remarkably easy start in the latter. Unfortunately, there
are also a few missing components.
"...The downside is that Kylix does not have all the
features that are availble to Delphi 6. The largest is the web
Delphi 6 is currently shipping with web services. Web services
is what MS is pushing in .NET for its distributed achitecture.
Remote Services and procedure calls are handled via XML, HTTP and
SOAP. Delphi has an excellent set of tools for building server side
tools and also for building clients that use web services. (Borland
had an excellent demo where an app was built from scratch that had
an edit box (text box for the MS developers), a button and another
edit box. Upon hitting the button, the application takes the text
in the first edit box, submits it to the "babbelfish" web service
and then gets the translation back from the service and sticks it
in the second edit box. It took about 5 minutes to build this
application. Delphi actually builds the whole interface for your
client based on the WSDL file available.)
Unfortunately, Kylix does not have this in the current shipping
version. It seems that, to insure the application would ship in a
decent time period, Klix hit a feature freeze and web services
didn't make it. Borland did not put it in stone, but they said it
MAY be added in a future patch. This is one of the components that
will not compile correctly from Delphi to Kylix."
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