[fpc-pascal] Delphi To Free Pascal

Peter Vreman peter at freepascal.org
Tue Jan 18 19:37:35 CET 2005

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Marco van de Voort" <marcov at stack.nl>
> To: "Skybuck at home.nl" <skybuck at home.nl>; "FPC-Pascal users discussions"
> <fpc-pascal at lists.freepascal.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 2:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [fpc-pascal] Delphi To Free Pascal
>> > This my test to see if free pascal can be used to compile Delphi
> Projects.
>> > I have thousands of delphi projects/project files etc... but for this
> test I
>> > simply create a new application and save it to c:\freepascal
> testen\hello
>> > world\version 0.01
>> > I notice how free pascal does not support delphi projects ?
>> >
>> > I still open and after running it, free pascal ide says:
>> >
>> > project1.dpr(4,8) Fatal: Can't find unit FORMS
>> True, forms is part of lazarus. And it is not 100% compat either, since
>> the .res format is different. (win32 dependancies had to be removed)
>> This will not even work with Kylix.
> I don't even use resources files. They probably contain version
> information
> and an icon for the application. I can miss those ;)
> What I would like to see is simply Delphi Project File support.
> So that a Delphi programmer can simply open a delphi project file with
> free
> pascal ide or the command line compiler and simply compile build etc.
> Voila.
> That would safe the delphi programmer a lot of time. Now the alternative
> is
> that the delphi programmers use fp.ini and has to add every single unit
> again and again etc... That's going to cost a lot of time per project. I
> would estimated 1,2,3 hours.
> This should work for simple console application and maybe even text or gui
> applications maybe with clx ;)

Use Lazarus. FPC itself doesn't even distribute the Visual Components so
90% of the Delphi projects can't even be used without Lazarus.

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