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Flotsam and Jetsam #112

  • Been a while, eh? 
  • Obviously the biggest news to cover is the Idera acquisition.  By now I’m sure you all are aware that Idera Software has acquired Embarcadero. (It always seems strange to me when a smaller company bys a bigger one, but never mind….)  They’ve done an interesting thing.  They’ve taken the Embarcadero database tools (what we used to call “DataGear”) and incorporated them into Idera’s software brand.  Then, they’ve left RAD Studio and Interbase under the Embarcadero banner as a separate entity.  I don’t know what the accounting setup is, but it does seem like a separate company altogether.  Neither website mentions the other.  Embarcadero put out a press release stating that they are exclusively focused on development tools, which I really liked to see.  It does seem like Idera wanted the “DataGear” stuff and have now set up “CodeGear” as a separate entity.  What that means I don’t know. But here’s to continued success under the new management.
  • Along those lines, I did have a conversation with Atanas Popov, General Manager for Embarcadero. He was quite confident in things going well as they execute on the roadmap.  He’s actually quite open and accessible – he publishes his email: atanas.popov@idera.com  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with him if you have any questions or issues about the path forward.
  • I can’t vouch for the book, but you can get Delphi Succinctly for free.
  • I will be presenting two days of material at the Danish Delphi User Group at the end of April.  I’m really looking forward to it, not only for the excellent conference, but also because my youngest will be making the trip with me.  I’ve talked at this conference twice before, and it’s always been fun.  If you are in thearea and want to excellent Delphi content (if I do say so myself), then you should attend.
  • My books continue to sell, and I’m very grateful to each and everyone of you that have made a purchase.  If you still want to buy, supplies are unlimited, but don’t let that stop you!  You can buy both books in paper copy, both on  electronic copy from LeanPub, and if you are really excited, you can buy them both as an electronic bundle for a $15 savings.  Again, you have my thanks and gratitude for your purchases.  The books have been way more successful than I ever hoped.
  • The bummer news is, of course, the departure of Allen Bauer from Embarcadero. Allen is a great friend, and I wish him well on his new endeavors at Google. He was with the Delphi team from the very beginnning.  His loss is a blow to the product.  But the team isn’t just one guy, so here’s to others stepping up to fill the void. 
  • Link of the Week:  Giving up on TDD by Uncle Bob.  Apparently a guy named Ian Sommerville “gave up” on TDD, and Uncle Bob refutes his argument. Uncle Bob doesn’t pull his punches.  Good stuff.
  • Flotsam and Jetsam #111

    • My friends David Millington and Roman Yankovsky have teamed up to offer a Christmas time special.  You can buy both of their tools for the price of Fix Insight.  What are those tools?  Well, David’s tool is Navigator – a powerful, easy to use way to navigate your code.  Roman’s tool is Fix Insight – a static code analysis tool.  Right now, you can get both for the price of Fix Insight – that’s a $40 in savings.  I can vouch for both tools as being very useful and of high quality.  Don’t miss this good chance to get two excellent tools at a low price.  (While you are at David’s website, be sure to download the excellent and free Bookmarks plugin. And did you know that he has some open source items available as well?)
    • ‘Tis the season for Delphi updates.  Of course, Delphi 10 Seattle Update 1 is out.  It even includes a few new features.  It is available for all people on Update Subscription.  (For those of you complaining about this, I hate to say it, but you were given plenty of warning and opportunities to get on board.)  Dr. Bob reports on two hot fixes that are also available.
    • It looks like I’m going to be speaking in Denmark in April at DAPUG’s annual conference.  I have spoken twice before, and have always enjoyed my trips there, and the fine hospitality provided by Jens Fudge and his family.  I’m looking forward to speaking there again.  Not 100% sure what the topics will be yet, but I promise it will be interesting.
    • I had a great time at EKON 19 – you should attend next year no matter where you are in the world – and the thing I enjoyed the most was my three hour seminar on Dependency Injection.  I covered Dependency Injection in Coding in Delphi,  but things have changed in the mean time, and there have been additions to the Spring for Delphi framework that make things even more powerful and capable.  So much so, in fact, that I’ve decided to write a book entitled Dependency Injection in Delphi. It will very likely be shorter than my other two books, and I think to start I’ll sell it as an ebook only (MOBI, ePub, and PDF) on Leanpub.  It will, however, go into Dependency Injection much more in depth than my two chapters in Coding in Delphi.   In any event, you can follow this link and sign up for updates about  the book and let me know how much you think I should charge for it.  There’s absolutely no time table on this – as you saw above, I have a lot of preparation to do for DAPUG – but I will be working on it.  I’ll go with “it will be available later this year”.  Again, I’m humbled and grateful by all the people who have bought my books.