I mentioned the release of the free version of the Embarcadero C++ or Delphi development environment back on 19th July 2018.
This version is free to most people who make litte or no money from s/w development. There are full details of the precise license restrictions at the download links at the bottom of this posting.
This has gone down very well with hobbyists and open source enthusiasts and also allows “start up” companies to get going with a professional s/w development IDE and only have to pay when they start to make some genuine income.
Since it’s release two other advantages have occured to me.
a) Customers who are worried about ongoing support their software that I have supplied, should my company suddenly collapse (or be taken over) can now get hold of a genuine copy of community edition and can prove to themselves that the source code package I am supplying can actually be compiled and linked by someone else. I’ve always known this but now they can check for themselves. [This only applies to customers who are not in the software development business of course, but this applies to all of my company’s customers (that’s why they use my company)].
b) Anyone applying for a job at my company can now be asked to get a copy of Community Edition and be asked to develop or debug code using their copy as part of our interveiw/selection process.
Community Edition is great: Here are the links, if you are new to Embarcadero products go get it now!