January 13, 2007

Farewell, Jon

Jon Shemitz announced he is taking a job outside of the Delphi world, and not doing .NET either.

Jon Shemitz, consultant and author of a Delphi book, a Kylix book, and a recent .NET for Delphi developers book, has announced he is leaving the Delphi world taking a job as embedded Linux C programmer. Good luck to Jon for his new job.

I have to say this prompts a few questions. As Victor said in the same thread, "instances like this that make long time Delphi enthusiasts very sad indeed". The fact that the Delphi community looses relevant people is indeed a problem, and I hope CodeGear is still in time to reverse the trend. I hope I can keep being part of the community for long (and it seems CodeGear is interested), but I don't want to remain alone <g>.



Farewell, Jon 

You won't ever remain alone... Ás I've said before, 
and will say again, I will forever be loyal to 
Delphi (or at least as long as I will live)... ;-)

Live long and code Delphi!
Comment by Bob Swart [http://www.drbob42.com] on January 13, 17:59

Farewell, Jon 

 5 words for you Marco,

Dont even think about it...
Comment by Femi Akintoye on January 15, 11:06

Farewell, Jon 

It is always sad to see kinship go. Lou Gerstner of 
IBM once said, "An organization is nothing more than 
a collection of its people to create value." 

We as customers get attached to the products but it 
is the people within the organization that creates 
the products that is the key. Does CodeGear have 
what it takes to succeed?..CodeGear doesn't realize 
that by wholeheartedly supporting .Net, Microsoft 
is "killing it softly", one tight grip after 
another. By piggy backing on someone else's 
intellectual property, Codegear is positioning 
itself to loose this game. It is always so much 
easier to say "Why not use the existing libraries 
that .Net provides. This way we can concentrate on 
more important things." This is a lazy excuse and 
CodeGear seems to have this mindset. Customers will 
always follow the innovator of technology.

As I've always believed, there is no innovation in 
being a follower.

Comment by Impatient Delphi Loyalist on January 16, 07:20

Farewell, Jon 

Dear "Impatient",

the "use existing libraries" mindset was certainly
true of Borland. I don't think it is (or hope it
isn't?) true of CodeGear... or at least we don't know,
as we haven't seen a CodeGear Delphi Roadmap yet.

I'm with you: better to be a leader in a smaller niche
than a followed in a larger playground. Particularly
if the leader is a marketing powerhouse...
Comment by Marco Cantù [http://www.marcocantu.com] on January 16, 09:32

Farewell, Jon 

I want Delphi to be, at least, the third on the 
competition, and then start thinking it can be the 
first one. How do you set this up? I don't know for 
sure, but I hope someone in CodeGear knows it and 
believe it.

A community is not enough, and enthusiasm is not 
enough either, right?. We need CodeGear to raise from 
the ashes, literally, and be the best developer 
company ever. If their market goal is just to secure 
its share of the market, just forget it. 

Delphi is and will be my sword, shield and helmet 
bacause it is still great and useful, but if CodeGear 
doesn't invent a better sharper and flawless tool 
soon, maybe not so many people will risk everything 
on it.

Please, don't get me wrong. I really believe in 
CodeGear and Delphi potential, I am really 
comfortable programming with Delphi, you have no idea 
how much I like to teach Delphi and to praise about 
Delphi's capabilities because I think its way is 
really cool, but I will do it as long as they are 
valid and competitive. Right now, I know a CA-Clipper 
developer that is trying to do a web framework, and a 
dynamic language with CA-Clipper: Outstanding! but 
with Delphi I have it in the palm of my hand, and I 
can focus on doing some really productive web 
application in 15 days, plus a GUI, plus a web 
service or a whole distributed application, and do it 
sustainable, and I can choose the backend I want. I 
want it to be even better than this, because I'm 
seeing this success in another tools, tools that I'm 
not that comfortable with.

BTW, the way that I see it, Turbos were the great 
things they were, not just because they were really 
good tools, but because they were what the schools 
taught then, I learned TurboBasic, TurboPascal and 
Turbo C++ in the school, and there were books about 
them and then there were a community. MKT and RM is 
important too.

Fame is not enough. CodeGear have to renovate itself 
by hearing what its community have to say, but also 
by hearing what its potential community have to say. 
Give us the best language and IDE, empower us with 
the greatest capabilities, and then we are not going 
to be alone.
Comment by Salvador Gomez Retamoza [] on January 17, 03:33

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