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Delphi XE is Here! What is "XE" in "Delphi XE"?

By September 14, 2010

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in Delphi XE :: I guess you already know : Embarcadero recently released a new version of Delphi: Delphi XE.

"Embarcadero Delphi XE is the fastest way to deliver ultra-rich, ultra-fast Windows applications. Dramatically reduce coding time and create applications 5x faster with component-based development and a fully visual two-way RAD IDE. Speed development across multiple Windows and database platforms - for GUI desktop applications, interactive touch-screen, kiosk, and database-driven multi-tier, cloud, and Web applications.""

The latest version of Delphi was Delphi 2010. Delphi XE, or what could have been, Delphi 2011, brings many new features and improvements:

  • Built-in Source Code Management
  • Built-in Cloud Development (Windows Azure, Amazon EC2)
  • Innovative expanded Tool Chest for optimized development
  • DataSnap Multi-tier Development
  • much more...
You can find more info on Delphi XE on the Embarcadero Delphi XE web page, including videos, what's new, FAQs, data sheet and alike...

What I am interested in is your opinion, not on the new Delphi XE, but what does "XE" stand for in "Delphi XE"?


If you think "XE" stands for something else, please add your ideas to the "comments" section below the blog post.
September 14, 2010 at 7:29 am
(1) marlon souza says:

“x” of Cross Plataform
“e” of Embacadero

i guess

September 14, 2010 at 9:53 am
(2) aedaniel says:

x = heterogeneous
e = embarcadero

September 14, 2010 at 11:29 am
(3) Dirk says:


September 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(4) Steven says:

Could be:X = 10 (as in 2010)E = Embarcadero

September 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(5) Carlos says:

it’s version 15:

“X” = 10 in romans
“E” = 5th character on alphabet

September 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(6) Rick says:

Expanded Edition

September 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(7) Pete Edwards says:

Its code for Zarko Rules !


Peter Rules !

September 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(8) biljana says:

I’ve read somewhere that it stands for cross-platform Embarcadero-style where a platform is a database platform rather than an operating system platform. Nice opinion :-)

September 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm
(9) Pete says:

It’s actually XI

XI as in Roman ’11′ for 2011

Just the advertisers made the obligatory spelling error.

September 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(10) Christiano Coutinho says:


September 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(11) jonathan says:

X = numerical 10
E = Extended = supports handheld pda, mobile, web application, cloud computing into one great application Tool = Delphi XE

September 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm
(12) jonathan says:

X = 10
E= extended support for cloud computing, Web applications, handheld devices.

September 15, 2010 at 12:18 am
(13) Bangkokian says:


Executive Edition – Marketing filtched from the chrome badge that adorns his FoMoCo wheels

September 15, 2010 at 2:16 am
(14) pbetlis says:



September 15, 2010 at 3:22 am
(15) Jimmy says:

eXpert Edition, what else :)

September 15, 2010 at 9:47 am
(16) G.K says:

32-bit again. Oh no !

September 15, 2010 at 11:04 am
(17) Szűcs János says:

eXtrEme Creativity!

There is already an XE in the world, namely Oracle XE!

What an excellent creativity to invent again an acronym what already exists for years!

I’d name it DID: Delphi Is Delphi.

September 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(18) Kenny says:

Xenophobic – an irrational, deep-rooted fear of or antipathy towards outsiders
Egomania – an obsessive preoccupation with one’s self

September 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(19) B says:

X = 10 (ten) = 2010
E = Extended

… so it would make for , which actually is what it is… ;o)


September 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(20) @nelson_integra says:

I think this name was derived from Oracle XE, that means eXpress Edition.

September 22, 2010 at 11:02 am
(21) Javadog says:

e(X)cuss me, but I’m having difficulty justifying the (E)xpense of upgrading to this product anymore when everyone else around me uses Visual Studio.

September 24, 2010 at 1:32 am
(22) Wutkrai says:

I love Delphi, but now I am learning Java, free IDE like Eclipse is my tools now.

Delphi ignore those developer who are leaning or are using for its own purpose, not for commercial. They should provide special version available for all developer to use it freely, but not for commercial.

Despite wanting to upgrate to latest one and be royal to Delphi, I didn’t do it since Delphi 7, just because it’s too expensive compare to feature I want, and its 30-days trial version block me out.

October 18, 2010 at 7:40 am
(23) TheAuthor says:

Leaving all our (one million lines of) Win32 code in Delphi 2007. All new development will be in Delphi Prism using RemObjects’ Hydra product to create a hybrid Win32/.Net application.

The enforced switch to Unicode in Delphi 2009 consigned Win32 Delphi to the scrapheap in our company.

Nice one, Embarcadero !

October 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(24) paulsm4 says:

Marlon souza (and the others who said pretty much the same thing) are correct:

“x” of Cross Plataform
“e” of Embacadero

I went to one of the local “RadStudio XE” presentations a few weeks ago; that’s what the rep explained.

January 25, 2011 at 11:21 am
(25) Carl says:

eXtra Expensive …. yeh, that’s it …

February 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
(26) sig says:

No joy for long time Delphi users, Pro 1, 3, 4, 5, and Studio 7. No upgrade for loyalty…

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