Friday, 28 November 2008

The smallest Hello, World in Delphi

This is the source code:
program p;
Writeln ('Hello, World');

Program info (Delphi 2009):

* Code size 14284 bytes
* Data size 12988 bytes
* Initial stack size 16384 bytes
* File size 21504 bytes


* Using a standard .cmd batch file, this application can be started 10000 times in 77 seconds on a standard Core 2 laptop using Windows XP. That means 7,7 milliseconds per run.

A minimal GUI app:

program p;
MessageBox (0,'Message','Hello, World',MB_OK);

Program info (Delphi 2009):

* Code size 11744 bytes
* Data size 12984 bytes
* Initial stack size 16384 bytes
* File size 18432 bytes

Both run on:

* Windows 95 and later
* Windows NT 3 and later
* Linux using Wine

In order to understand the relation to other languages, you can have a look at this article about Java (translations tools here).


Fábio Gomes said...

Why the console version is bigger than the GUI version?

Dels said...

isn't 1 empty form take around 70kb on Delphi (due to vcl use)?
oh i see you must be code that directly on .dpr :D

Lars D said...
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Lars D said...

A minimal Delphi 2009 app with 1 GUI form is:

Code size: 398652 bytes
Data size: 28612 bytes
Initial stack size: 16384 bytes
File size: 505856 bytes

Executables are bigger with Delphi 2009 than with previous versions, probably because everything now uses UTF-16.

A Delphi executable can be run on all the same platforms that I mentioned in the blog post, and it requires no external DLLs or runtime. It can be installed on a computer where you have only guest permissions.

Leonardo M. Ramé said...

Fabio, the Console version is bigger because Writeln code is implemented by the compiler, instead of MesageBox's that is only a wrapper function to the one provided by Windows API.

Victor said...

I wondered where this post was going to, until I read the article about Java. That really put a smile on my face :-)

You cheated a bit by calling a program that launches a Windows dialog a GUI app.

For folks who are looking for a way to create really compact Windows GUI apps with Delphi, take look at KOL.