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Delphi is a programming language and development environment for building applications. First released by Borland in 1995, Delphi supports rapid application development (RAD) and object-oriented programming with language features like interfaces, class helpers, anonymous methods, and generics. Its visual component library lets developers create user interfaces on Windows platforms through drag-and-drop design tools. Delphi can compile code to run on multiple operating systems using the FireMonkey framework or target specific platforms through VCL (Visual Component Library). The language has seen widespread adoption in fields like finance and industry due to its native performance capabilities and the ability to easily integrate legacy systems coded in other languages such as C++.