Monday, June 7, 2004

Anders Hejlsberg still evokes all manners of awe..

Chris Sells' post, My First Presentation For A Distinguished Engineer, underscores the level of respect and awe that Anders Hejlsberg still commands as a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. It is just interesting when other folks seem to be thoroughly enthralled and "star-struck" about the fact that Anders requested a technical briefing. I worked very closely with Anders during the early days of Delphi (and TPW 1.5 and Borland Pascal 7.0), and I must say that he is certainly a very charismatic and approachable person. He has an uncanny knack of being able to tell you when an idea was complete bovine scatology, yet your ego and self esteem remained completely intact. In fact, while Danny and I were at the Windows 64-bit briefings back in March, Anders had specifically requested that we try and meet for lunch. Unfortunately, he is also a very busy man and we were unable to connect. Anders is certainly deserving of all the accolades he receives.