Well I for my part would like see the IP V6 branch of Arno Garrels as the
next ICS V8 (with support of older Delphi versions, XE2 firemonkey and x64
bit) because it is a REAL step forward for ICS and useful without new
language mumbo jumbo. ;)
I'm not saying there might be a time to make a cut and say that's it for now
only the current and following Versions of delphi. But come on, IP V6 IS
coming and it is big and it will be needed also in "legacy" applications
developed with older Delphi versions.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: twsocket-boun...@elists.org
> [mailto:twsocket-boun...@elists.org] On Behalf Of Arno Garrels
> Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:00 PM
> To: ICS support mailing
> Subject: Re: [twsocket] Should next ICS version support
> anything beforeDelphiXE ?
> François Piette wrote:
> > I'm planning the next ICS version.
> Interesting, I'm planning it since last year as well, namely
> in the IPv6/FireMonkey beta branch and while porting ICS to
> XE2 64-bit. What are your actual plans except abandon support
> for older compilers?
> > Being unable to use any features added to Delphi in the
> last 10 years
> > is very restricted. Maybe we need to cease support for old Delphi
> > versions ?
> Abandon Delphi 7 support was just stupid unless someone
> rewrites ICS to take full advantage of the new and powerful
> language features at the same time, sorry ( I won't be the
> guy doing this ).
> Actually the tweaks required to get current ICS compiled from
> D7 up to latest RAD Studio version are **very minor** (oh,
> this property StrictDelimiter doesn't exist in D7? **come on**).
> BTW: Indy still supports D5!
> Taking into account that many of the new language features
> can't be used without problems before XE/2010 (because of
> bugs), it makes *no sense* at all to abandon D7 if at the
> same time support for D2007 is kept. It would make sense
> though to start a _new version from *scratch*, such an
> incarnation of ICS ;) would then of course support only XE+
> or maybe D2010+, is that your plan?
> > --
> > francois.pie...@overbyte.be
> > The author of the freeware multi-tier middleware MidWare
> > The author of the freeware Internet Component Suite (ICS)
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