Friday, June 16, 2006

What a Week... OLE'!!

I must say that this has been a quite a week for DevCo.  It started off with Nick Hodges arriving on campus, signing his offer letter, getting a new email account and ordering his new machine.  It's all good.  I mean we have a new key hire... it's been a good week so far. 

Then early this afternoon, Steve Shaughnessy stopped by my office beaming and smiling... "Jens just signed!  He's in Mike's office right now!"

Immediately after my jaw was retracted from the floor, and my eyes were firmly back in their sockets, I said, "WooHoo!!!  That's fantastic news!!"

So who is Jens?  Well I'm referring to Jens-Ole' Lauridsen (usually pronounced as "Yens").  Steve Shaughnessy and Jens-Ole' were the dream-team behind the JDataStore product.  For many years Steve and Jens developed and maintained that product.  They also produced a .NET version called, for lack of a better name, NDataStore which was shown in preview form at the 2004 BorCon.  Later in 2005, Borland decided to end-of-life the JDataStore and to stop development of the NDataStore product... a sad day indeed.  As I'd explained in my introduction to Steve, Jens had also left Borland last year.  In fact they both went to work for the same company.  So I'm pleased to announce that we now have the dream-team behind the JDataStore and NDataStore products now in charge of the BDS database/connectivity pieces.  What does this mean for JDataStore and NDataStore?  Well... basically Nick will now be helping us decide that.

I'm also hoping that I'll be able to make an announcement concerning a new Delphi Compiler engineer within the next couple of weeks!  Once we have all the i's dotted and the t's crossed, I'm sure folks will be pleased with what we'll have to say!  (No, as totally fantastic as it would be, it's not Danny).

Yes, it's been a good week for DevCo.  We had a DevCo "all-hands" meeting here in Scotts Valley with Tod Nielsen following our weekly DevCo board meeting.  Things are progressing very well and the interest has been outstanding.  Of course I can't make any announcements, but I do know that we're very close to having some news to share.

So what could be better that a week like this?... OK, besides already having an investor selected and being a separate company...  Well how about taking a little respite?  Yep, I'll be out next week on vacation.  All the kids are going away to a house-boating and wake-boarding trip with a bunch of other teenagers out on Lake McClure.  So it's just me and my awesome wife without the kids!  As much as I like my co-workers and communicating with the wonderful future "DevCo" customers... I have to admit that spending a week of quality time with her is just a good continuation of an already great week.

See you week after next!