It is with sadness and excitement that as of yesterday, February 19th, 2016, I'm no longer an employee at Embarcadero/Idera. I will be starting a new position at Google (Alphabet) on Monday, February 22nd. This caps off a run of 24 years, 1 month, and 13 days at Borland/CodeGear/Embarcadero/Idera. I remember arriving at 1700 Green Hills Dr. on the morning of January 6th, 1992, naive, nervous, excited, and just in awe that they picked me to join the Turbo Pascal team.
I'm saddened by leaving behind a successful product, Delphi (and RAD Studio), I helped to build. I'm grateful to the customers who purchased the product throughout the years, for without them, none of this would ultimately be possible. As to the future of RAD Studio, I cannot say with any certainty. I'm also excited for the adventure that awaits me ahead.
I will likely remain around the Delphi/C++Builder community for a while and lend what little assistance I can. At least until my new position at Google begins to absorb more of my time and energy. Documenting and chronicling my personal projects will still happen as time allows. My list of projects still remains. I may even still talk about Delphi at times.
As for the burning question I'm sure many of my readers are asking right now, "Was this a voluntary move?". The simplest answer is yes and no. The timing and circumstances around my departure are my own. It was a choice I made. However, that does not mean that had I remained with the company, the voluntary aspect would have remained.
In some ways, I feel the same as I did when I first moved out of my parent's home and was out on my own. It's a little scary, but also exciting and exhilarating at the same time. While nobody is what they do, there is a lot of who they are in what they do. So, in many ways, I still see a lot of myself in Delphi. I'm sure all the others who have contributed over the years can say the same thing.
In my final email to my friends and colleagues, I left them with this piece of wisdom:
"You can always do more than you think you can, love/care more than you can imagine, and learn more than you can conceive"