January 13, 2007
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>.
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!
5 words for you Marco,
Dont even think about it...
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.
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...
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
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
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
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.
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