Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Something just froze over...

Yep.  It actually happened.  CodeGear's CEO, Ben Smith, is now officially blogging with his initial post here.  Yes, there was some fear and trepidation in the halls when he started asking around about how to post to the blog server.  I guess we shouldn't have been too concerned since he is a rather tech saavy guy.  He walks around with his little IBM laptop permanently attached.  I regularly get IM's from him since he communicates heavily via that medium.  I know he regularly reads a lot of blogs and other online sources (I get comments regularly about my and other folks blogs from him).  Oh, there he is on IM again... :-).  So if you haven't already, feel free to welcome him into the community and post some comments on his blog.  Be sure to encourage him to continue blogging and communicate regularly.


  1. Impatient Delphi LoyalistFebruary 22, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    First of all, congratulations on the impending release of Delphi 2007 and PHP for Delphi. I think this has surprised everyone and caught us off guard. There is belief that the tide has turned and now it needs to gather momentum.

    I think the critical part that is still missing are the updated roadmaps. I still do not see it in the CodeGear website. The cynical part of me wonders how CodeGear can release Delphi 2007 and Delphi for PHP even before the roadmap is published...

    Us developers need the demonstrated roadmaps because it provides us a guiding light towards our own software development. We also need to plan, make budgeting forecasts for software costs and all the other necessary things outside of coding. Having a roadmap also shows the COMMITMENT that CodeGear is taking for the FUTURE OF ITS SOFTWARE PRODUCTS. I have to emphasize that it is ESSENTIAL to us developers and whatever roadmap you put out, we will hold you to it.


  2. I agree with Impatient Delphi Loyalist.

    First, I am glad that CodeGear is moving forward with some new products.

    Our company has been using Delphi for 10 years. We have a mature product, but the company has just decided to rewrite all the codes to Visual C++. The reason is: our customers are using 64 bit, there is no 64 bit Delphi compiler, and it is not clear when it will be available. Our customers are impatient, and we need to do something about it. I am a developer; I really love Delphi and would not want to switch to Microsoft products. The problem is, our management considers that Delphi is dying, because CodeGear was separated from Borland, and there is no clear roadmap from CodeGear.

    Why don't you update your roadmap, and make commitments to your customers?


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