Delphi -> Kylix
Posted on 2003-11-11
We're starting a project which will probably have to use Linux. This is because it is a safety-related system and XP is not allowed to be used for such systems. Linux is because it can be formally proved to be safe.
Now, that handily means that we can use Kylix to do the development. Having had something like 8 years of experience with Delphi, I have had none with Kylix beyond getting it out of the box, running it, and doing a "hello world" program.
Can anybody with *experience* please list the pitfalls and differences between Delphi and Kylix? Possible issues I can think of right now that we will need: multithreading, multiple serial ports (ie more than COM1 and COM2, an expansion serial card or two), a parallel IO card (eg ICP/DAS or MOXA), TCP/IP networking (TServerSocket and TClientSocket would be VERY useful...), and event logging (equivalent to NT event log).
Superfluous rubbish like COM, SOAP, etc are most definitely NOT required. Simple, fast, proven, raw socket comms are all that is needed, something which I have a large amount of experience in anyway.