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Hi, we had a small application made for us  (I think made with delphi) which we never received the code for and now cannot contact the programmer. We need to make changes to it and was wondering if it would be easy to decompile the exe,
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More than likely, you won't get the exact source code back because usually when code is built into an executable it is done so with instructions to the compiler to make optimizations where it can. If the code was obfuscated during compilation, then you certainly won't get back the original source code.

I am not experienced with Delphi, so hold out for more responses from others who may have experience with decompilation of that language.
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Check out the tutorial @ http://thelegendofrandom.com/blog/archives/1472

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DeDe ( Delphi Decompiler )
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make sure to build a clause like that into future contracts.

Excellent point.  A legal means to this end would be to require the source code to be placed in escrow by a trusted third party fiduciary, to be released to you in the event of x, y, or z.

I've personally used https://www.escrowtech.com/ for this purpose.
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