I'm a long-time Delphi fan. Although I no longer code professionally, Delphi was my go-to for both big commercial apps and quick desktop utilities. I've yet to discover a faster way of putting an app together.

Having said that, for the last five years of so I've only really used MacBooks and don't really want to go back to Windows-land. But now... the dev itch is waking up and I need to scratch it. I have limited desire to use other languages (Pascal is my mother tongue), and even less desire to figure out how some of these horrendously over-complicated environments work.

So... imagine you're a Delphi addict AND a die-hard Mac user. Where do you go from here?

I'm not up for VMs and other ways of making the Mac think it's running Windows.

  • What research have you done on this, what was the result? What kind of applications/utilities do you want to develop?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jun 7 at 9:07
  • I looked at loads of options. Many of them just felt... too different from the way I'm used to working. Lazarus seems to be the best bet so far, but even that is a bit clunky. Commented Jun 7 at 9:42
  • Type of development? Right now just desktop utilities, self-contained apps that don't need connectivity to anything else. Commented Jun 7 at 9:44
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    Can I challenge the fact that my question has been closed as off-topic? The forum's tagline is "Answers for your Apple questions"! How is my question any different to the query about an IDE for R? apple.stackexchange.com/questions/192778/ide-for-r-in-osx?rq=1 Commented Jun 7 at 9:48
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    The other one should maybe have been closed for the same reason, but in a way is more specific than the question above. See apple.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2180/… for details about what we look for if people ask for software recommendations. Also, assuming there is no Delphi-lookalike, it might help to show which requirements are a MUST for you and on which there is some flexibility.
    – nohillside
    Commented Jun 7 at 10:25


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