The language is much less annoying (oh how i hated Type and Var sections in the times).
The gui programming style can be similar or can be modernized.
The designer and component library is vastly improved. Third party components are cheap compared to today's "cloud" prices.
There are libs for everything.
Can be compiled to native binaries(not sure this will leave 'experimental').
Feels like a direct replacement to me.
And Delphi is still around, no need to talk as if it was dead.
In Germany, it has a regular section on the .NET developers magazine and an yearly conference.
Their pricing is a bit of a barrier to entry for new apps now.
That was Borland's mistake with their Inprise change, to abandon grassroots developers and focus on this kind of companies.
This was last year's conference, https://entwickler-konferenz.de/program-en/
Anyone using this hardware, is running Delphi on their network.
Basically losing the entire market where devs are allowed to choose their platform, because they won't be aware of it.
I suppose wining and dining the executives puts food on the table too.
That'll probably allow 99.99% of students and hobby programmers and a good chunk of small businesses to use it free forever without ever hitting this mark and seems to me like one of the fairest schemes to use expensive software out there. It's what we always wanted 15, 20 years ago.
Imagine Microsoft or SAP or whoever offered you to use their Windows Server Datacenter or ERP or even Office suite for free until you made a $5000 profit off of using their programs...
Besides it's funny. 5000 income - 3000 delphi license leaves... not much?
You're right, it is not very visible by going to the normal Delphi page. Not sure why - I think our website folk want to push people to the trial not Community. But here's the link: https://www.embarcadero.com/products/delphi/starter
Like 1600 and you get 1 year of support. After that you pay the yearly subscription fee to stay on support (about 400 or so). If you skip a year, you are back to the "never have been a paying customer" status.
It is not cheap.
Not all bad though, I do like Delphi itself, but the customer hostile attitude of the company does leave a bad aftertaste and make me want to ditch it.
This coming from a python guy who is looking to build a native admin area for a web product.