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>.
January 13, 2007
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
5 words for you Marco, Dont even think about it...Comment by Femi Akintoye on January 15, 11:06
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. IDLComment by Impatient Delphi Loyalist on January 16, 07:20
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
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
Post Your Comment
Click here for posting your feedback to this blog.
There are currently 0 pending (unapproved) messages.