In the comments to my previous post Tim Del Chiaro gave the very interesting explanation how “Delphi for PHP” got its name:
“Delphi for PHP got its name because it’s the only PHP IDE that offers a development style similar to Delphi for Windows with drag-and-drop visual development and a visual component library.
When building the Delphi for PHP IDE, the team took advantage of some of the great Delphi add-ins from the developer community including PHP4Delphi. We’re glad we could recognize you and other community members in the about box of the product.
If anyone else is interested in Delphi for PHP, they can get more information at http://www.embarcadero.com/products/delphi-for-php“
Today I made a new release of PHP4Delphi. Download version 7.2:
Some time ago the development of PHP4Delphi was frozen, but meanwhile I received a lot of questions related to compatibility with latest versions of Delphi and PHP. Finally I decided to make a new release with support of Delphi starting from Delphi 5 till Delphi 2010 and PHP 5.3.0 (both releases for Visual Studio 9 and Visual Studio 6).
It’s the real Comedy of Errors 🙂 Recently I looked in Google and was surprised how many links pointed to one of the products or the name is mentioned somewhere on the forum when the author means another product. I do understand now CodeGear’s point of view (see my second post), but the situations remains the same. I feel that mostly PHP developers use wrong name, because Delphi developers know the difference between “Delphi for PHP” and PHP4Delphi.
The best description of this disambiguation was given by Jonathan Benedicto:
“Delphi For PHP can run Delphi code, because Delphi For PHP can run PHP code and because PHP code can run Delphi code. This is because PHP can run Delphi code, because a PHP extension can be written in Delphi, using PHP For Delphi’s PHP extensions development framework. So, using Delphi For PHP, which, written in Delphi, runs PHP code, using PHP For Delphi, that PHP code, running in Delphi For PHP, can call a PHP extension being PHP, and the PHP extension can be written in Delphi, and executed in Delphi For PHP, using PHP For Delphi. So the end result is that Delphi For PHP, using PHP For Delphi, may execute PHP code, that may call a PHP extension, that may be written in Delphi, because PHP For Delphi can create a PHP extension from Delphi code, so Delphi For PHP can execute Delphi code, by calling PHP that calls a PHP extension written in Delphi. Oh, and did I mention that Delphi For PHP is written using Delphi For Win32?
Am I close to the truth? 😉 “
Delphi for PHP uses PHP4Delphi
I know many commercial products that use PHP4Delphi, but the fact that it used by my favorite company is most important for me. For more information about Delphi for PHP please visit Embarcadero site.