nicconics, on 11 July 2012 - 01:23, said:
Does .net being installed anymore even matter? 4.0 gets installed with windows updates now, so unless the person has not ever updated their machine, they have .net.
Yes it matters. For one everyone isn't up to date on things such as much of the Government and DoD are still running XP with IE7. (Navy is currently in the middle of a multi-month upgrade to Windows7 with IE8)
Second lets say I developed a little app back when .Net 2.0 was current. My client uses that app and it works great with no issues for years. Then when 4.0 comes out they decide to clean house and remove prior versions of .Net. Breaking changes have occurred between .Net 2.0 and 4.0 so now (if the app runs at all) errors begin happening or they have to keep the entire .Net 2.0 framework installed for the app to work. (or I have to update an app that was working perfectly fine).
In the case of Delphi since it uses a linker it compiles into the native code executable any components of it's framework (VCL) that is uses so the resulting .exe requires no external files. No framework is needed to be installed, no JIT engine, nothing. "It just works". Furthermore unlike the .Net framework the VCL is often source code sitting on your system so you can look to see exactly how it works under the hood. Many classes are just object oriented wrappers around the base Win32 C API's. You can even tweak them if you want all though directly modifying the VCL is NOT a good idea.
As I said though I haven't used Delphi since 7 so things may have changed (or my memory may be incorrect.)