Flotsam and Jetsam #106

  • Number 10 with a bullet!
  • As you may have noticed on my LinkedIn Profile, I am once again an employee at Gateway Ticketing.  This time around, I am a Senior Software Developer, meaning I am full-time Delphi Developer.  I’m delighted to be back in the new beautiful building that Gateway has built.  I’m also pleased to have shaved an hour off of my commute each way.  I enjoyed my time at Veeva Systems, but the prospect of returning to Gateway and reducing my commute was just too much to resist.
  • Why did Borland fail?  Danny Thorpe gave an answer on Quora, and it is being discussed on Hacker News.
  • The inestimable Julian Bucknall has released is well-known EZDSL data structure library at GitHub.  Thanks, Julian!
  • Book Update:  As many of you know, I’m working on a new book called, naturally, “More Coding in Delphi” and I thought I’d give you an update on it.  The whole book is written, and it’s going to be a little longer than “Coding in Delphi”.  It’s now in that really hard stage where you have to read it and read it and update it and change the demos and fix things and do all the millions of little things that it takes to finish things up.  In other words it’s in the “The last 20% takes 80% of the time” mode.  But don’t worry, as I type this I’m sitting at Burger King getting ready to plow into things and “git ‘er done”. 

Flotsam and Jetsam #102

  • Wallace and Gromit run on Delphi.
  •  I of course want you to buy my book, but I have been doing research for my next book and am thus reading sections of Delphi XE2 Foundations.  I can’t recommend this book enough.  It’s a tour de force for Delphi and the RTL.  I know how hard it is to write a book, and I can’t imagine how much work this one took.  It’s excellent, and I highly recommend it (after you buy my book, of course….).  Don’t be put off by “XE2” in the title, this is a great book for all Delphi developers.  Kudos to Chris Rolliston.
  • I’ve never really gotten into Quora, but it seems like a pretty cool site which has somehow managed to produce quality questions and answers without all the spam and other nonsense that often attends such a site.  Here’s a Quora question about Delphi that many of you might like to answer and/or read about.
  • Yesterday, I tweeted the following:  “Of all the types of reviews out there, the  ‘I couldn’t understand it so it must really suck, 1 star’ reviews are my favorite.” In researching my book, I’ve been re-reading Dependency Injection in .NET
    by Mark Seemann.  I looked up the book on Amazon, and was astonished to find that someone had given this amazing and enlightening book a 1-star review.  Some people, I swear.  This review is more along the lines of what the book deserves.
  • Correction:  Apparently, it was Borland C++ 3.0 that was the big box with the handle.  Thanks for the correction from Jeroen Pluimers, who also found a picture. (You have to scroll down a bit, but it’s there…)
  • A Clarification:  Two points to make on my last post about subscriptions.  First, it wasn’t about EMBT, but rather the software industry in general. Second, the point wasn’t “Software subscriptions are great!”, but rather “The industry is moving to subscriptions, and here’s why”.  Many folks seemed to believe I was arguing the former.  Perhaps I was just inarticulate.  Sorry for any confusion.