Upcoming Delphi versions according the roadmap:
Release: Early 2007
- -Support for .NET 2.0
- -Additional refactorings and unit testing
- -Delphi .NET support for generic types, partial classes, and nullable types
- -VCL for .NET 2.0
- -ECO for .NET 2.0
- -Seamless project conversion to .NET 2.0.
- -IDE design surfaces for .NET Compact Frameworks (using VCL.NET on CF)
- -64 bit .NET apps written using WinForms and VCL.NET
- -64 bit code generation will be added to the Delphi native code compliers to support native 64 bit development and debugging. (See update belowe)
- -IDE and VCL runtimes to support Unicode.
- -VCL for Avalon
The image of the roadmap shows a Delphi Vista (mid 2007) and a Delphi for Win64 (2008) which are not mentioned in the article itself. Delphi for Win64 however is mentioned in the release of Highlander so the roadmap image seems not to be in sync with the article?
About 64 bit code generation which was stated in the article like this:
"In addition, 64 bit code generation will be added to the Delphi native code compliers to support native 64 bit development and debugging"
You could conclude that this would be in Delphi Highlander early 2007. But as I said this conflicts with the image.
John Kaster has updated the article, where it now says:
64 bit code generation will be added to the Delphi native code compilers to support native 64 bit development and debugging after the initial Highlander release.
IMO this means that it will not be in the initial release of Highlander, but it will be added shortly after the release. It also means that the image is still out of date!