Your reaction to the .NET initiative will depend on your programming background. If you come from the Java environment, from a traditional Windows tool (even if object-oriented), or from Delphi, you may find many new features or many concepts you are already familiar with. The .NET platform is a technical achievement that offers a staggering array of options and possibilities. Compared with the earlier Microsoft system interfacing technologies (the Windows API and COM), the progress is significant. The best part is that you can take advantage of the platform using the tools and languages you feel are best for the job, soon including Delphi.
In Chapter 25 we will examine specific changes to the Delphi language. We will look at deprecated features and types, new features that have already been added to the language, and examples demonstrating the use of .NET Framework classes from Delphi for .NET.