Recently I have been working on a .NET project in Delphi 7. I hear you think, yeah right this guy needs a vacation. Well the last part is certainly true, I need a vacation.
Well the story is as follows.
This project needs to show flow diagrams based on related data in a database. ASP.NET is a very good way for generating dynamic flow diagrams. It can be used to read the data from the database and create the (mostly image)controls dynamically on a webpage. So the webbrowser can be used to view the diagram.
The maintenance application however is a win32 Delphi application hosting a webbrowser component. The choice for Win32 Delphi 7 was based on skills and existing library's.
More specific "Why not a win32 application?" or "Why not a .NET application?"
Well the answer is skills, existing code base and last but not least speed. I just can not build my apps faster then using Delphi 7.
But again with a browser in the application I can fully use the .NET features from the webapplication. It is just a matter of good interfering the browser in the beforenavigate2 and ondocumentcomplete event, so that user thinks it is one application.
In this way I can pick up a browser navigate, cancel it and take it over with a win32 form.
The webapplication is written in Delphi 8, which was not always that easy because of the rough site of Delphi 8.
However I feel that I can fully profit of the .NET framework and Win32 in a single application.
I call it a Hybride .NET Application.