What is the best set of development tools to develop Win32 Delphi applications? Include support tools such as automated build servers and modelling software. It would be interesting to get a list of the best tools for Delphi development so please provide a brief description of the tool, state why you use it, why you selected it over alternatives and the impact it has had on your development process. One tool per post please so te more popular and hopefully more useful ones filter to the top. I will update my answer below with my opinion of the tools we use here when I get some time.


Welllll.... the Delphi IDE would probably be a good place to start. What other Delphi-specific tools are you looking for?

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IDE Delphi 2007 Professional (soon to be Delphi 2009)

Automated Build Server FinalBuilder 6

Unit testing DUnit

Code profiling AQTime

Installer creation InnoSetup

Help file management Help & Manual

Code modeling and design ModelMaker 9

Code formatting Jedi Code Formatter

Source Code Management Subversion and TortoiseSVN

Issue tracking Jira

Bug reporting and logging MadExcept

File comparison and merging Beyond Compare

Object persistence framework tiOPF

UI testing ???

Code documentation ???

Luke CK
He did say 'one tool per post'!
Richard A
About Code documentation, I'd recommend our GPL tool, available from http://synopse.info/fossil/wiki?name=SynProject
A. Bouchez
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GExpert, adds several new features to the IDE: http://www.gexperts.org/

Delphi IDE Keyboard Shortcuts: http://delphi.about.com/od/adptips2005/qt/editorshortcuts.htm

Delphi online documentation: http://docs.codegear.com/

Delphi IDE / Tortoise SVN integration http://delphiaddinfortortoisesvn.tigris.org/

JEDI VCS: Delphi oriented open source VCS system: http://jedivcs.sourceforge.net/

Code documentation : Doxygen ( http://www.stack.nl/~dimitri/doxygen/ ) + Pas2Dox filter( http://sourceforge.net/projects/pas2dox/ )

Trac, Project management, Issue tracking, Wiki, Subversion web UI: http://trac.edgewall.org/

Bitten, Continuous integration: http://bitten.edgewall.org/

Pierre-Jean Coudert
He did say 'one tool per post'!
Richard A

The ones I use are:

CnPack. Ide Enhancements
. Automated Build tool


TestComplete for UI testing.

Erick Sasse
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JEDI JVCL an JCL from Sourceforge.net

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IDE: Delphi 2009

Automated Build: FinalBuilder 6, if you don't have the budget, go for WANT tool.

Unit testing: DUnit

Code profiling: AQTime

Installer creation: InnoSetup

Code modeling and design: ModelMaker 9

Source code versioning: Subversion

UI testing: TestComplete

Code documentation: Doc-O-Matic


A lot of good suggestions so far.

I would add the following

GExperts - IDE Integrated tools www.gexperts.org

ModelMaker Code Explorer - Great for additional refactoring amongst many other things http://www.modelmakertools.com/

CodeSite - Great debugging tool http://www.raize.com/DevTools/CodeSite/Default.asp

VirtualTreeview - Good Free Tree component once you get your head around how it works http://www.delphi-gems.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=38

I have to agree that FinalBuilder and MadExcept are both essentials as far as I am concerned.

There are also many great component suites around, TMS, DevExpress, etc..

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Delphi Speedup if you're not already on D2009

DDevExtensions gives you a few extra tweaks in the IDE

FastMM Included in the IDE from D2006 and up but you have more options if you run it youself

FastCode Highly optimised versions of some RTL and VCL functions

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I don't yet have the ability to add "comments", so I'm adding this as an answer: it was suggested by Joel Spolsky that such questions would be best phrased as "one tool per answer please" - this would allow voting on individual development tools, thus is more likely to give you a list, in order of popularity, of the best tools to have.

Good point I'll edit my question to reflect that idea.
Luke CK
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Pascal Analyzer (Proprietory) Tool for code analysis & improvement, including warnings (such as ambiguous references), possible optimisations, identification of potential memory leaks (useful as most mem reports only show paths actually taken during a test), repeated string literals (that may be best as consts), unused units in uses clauses, convention compliance, and the list goes on....

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GExperts - (FOSS) Integrated IDE tools (Already mentioned, but well deserving of further explanation). Features most used by myself include integrated grep search (which can include use of regular expressions) with a nice UI, code navigation (ctrl-g for quick search and jump to any method in unit), custom key combinations (eg you could set ctrl-shift-B to Build-All), ascii chart for any installed system fonts,

Note: FOSS - Free Open Source Software

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WinMerge - (FOSS) Diff tool with merging capabilites

Note: FOSS - Free Open Source Software

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AQTime is also a good code profiler. Provides function and line use metrics to give a developer a clue to where all the processing time has gone.

Ray Jenkins
I thought this was one of the features of AQTime which is made by AutomatedQA, who also make TestComplete. Is code profiling in TestComplete as well?
Luke CK
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Component Set (propietary): DevExpress QuantumGrid Suite
Component Set (Free): JEDI and JCS
IDE Experts: GExperts
Version Control System: JVCS/Free VCS
Exception Trapper/Log: EurekaLog
Localization Suite: siComponents of TsiLang


TeeChart Pro - I'd be lost without it for charting/graphing data

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CodeSite - great debugging tool, highly configurable

[yes, I am repeating some, but I think the idea was to put one in each post and let the good ones float up]

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Code formatting: DelForExp

Richard A
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Profiling: Prodelphi

Richard A

Source File comparison: ModelMaker Structured Difference Viewer

Richard A
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IDE enhancement Model Maker Code Explorer

I know this is repetition, but it needs to be in an answer on its own. This is my number 1, can't do without, desert island tool.

Richard A
"desert island tool" -- that's fabulous.
Stolen from 'desert island disks', etc. I can't tell you the oldest usage of the term, but I'm sure you could google it. :) Happy New Year.
Richard A
I can't live without it too!
Gedean Dias

Static code analysis is important. Especially if you work with someone else's code.

I like CodeHealer, which is great for flagging critical and otherwise difficult to locate problems.

Bruce McGee

Concerning Unit Testing, there is now a DUnit2 project.

It supports Delphi 2009 and brings some improvements over DUnit.


Just found another project, DUnitLite with extended syntax over DUnit.

Pierre-Jean Coudert
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DevExpress VCL components. Brilliantly simple to use and good-lookin' - aesthetics is a feature in itself.


Virtual treeview.

TntWare Unicode controls.