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Delphi and the ‘leaving’ of Nick Hodges

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/07/20

I’ve let this boil for a while before reacting on the let go by Embarcadero of  Nick Hodges from his R&D Manager position.

Reacting as a non-native English person is a tad difficult, as it is tough to express the fine aspects of the implications well.

So I’m posting this  in both the Delphi and Opinions category; reactions are more than welcome.

I know Nick about as long as I know Delphi (about 10 years less than I know Turbo Pascal <g>).
He has always been a passionate person, and an avid Delphi evangelist.
Delphi is all about passionate people. Passionate people are not the easiest one to get along with – I remember some heated discussions every now and then – but they are a thriving  force behind a lot of things in this world.

Nick has quite a history; from over 10 years as a Navy person through TSmiley, TeamB, Borland to Embarcadero, of which at least 15 years centering around Delphi joy.
I remember him presenting one of his first times after he became a Borland official, where he worked himself from a technical guy into a speaker.
He had the same difficulties as when I spoke the first time for an audience of 300. As quick learner, he adapted soon, so listening to him became a much more pleasant experience.
But I also remember his insight in both technology and people: a rare combination.

Delphi has a long history too.
When compared for acceptance or usage with for instance of Java or C++, or the TIOBE index, Delphi is currently focussed on the Windows market, but fills an important role and is sustaining there.
(Don’t start the “Delphi is going to die“; I’ve heard those voices since back in the Turbo Pascal days, we’re now over 2 decades further and Delphi still plays a very imporant role in software development).
From 16-bit Delphi 1, to 32-bit Unicode Delphi 2010 (and soon further) with branches into *nix and .NET, Delphi had and still has a very strong position.
Writing native applications, with Delphi I still beat other technologies hands down.
When communicating with other platforms, Delphi interfaces with remarkable ease given it’s age.
Teaching new people software development, Delphi has the right mix of RAD, OO, library, friendliness and community to get people going.

Similar to over 2 decades back, I don’t rely on one tool for my work.
Back then, the box was filled with Turbo Pascal, assembler, FORTRAN, batch files, C,  C++ and a ton of knowledge.
Just read other posts on my blog and you will see what I use now.
Even though Delphi is not the only tool in my current toolbox, it is a significant one.
So I’d like to know more about its future (I got corrected: that “its” is without apostrophe).

I agree with Jolyon Smith wrote, that Embarcadero should post more info.
They did on multiple occasions on the newsgroups and put positive recommendations on Nick’s LinkedIn profile.

Note that for most companies, having one persons leave also means that fresh blood enters.
And that the leaving person will be part of fresh blood for another environment.

The Delphi team is much broader than just Delphi R&D team (some might even include the Delphi community at large, as – like with other platforms like for instance Ruby – the community plays an important role in the Delphi ecosystem).
In the Delphi team at Borland, Inprise, CodeGear and now Embarcadero, people have left (including Charlie Calvert, Danny Thorpe, and others) but also fresh people moved in (Anders Ohlsson, Barry Kelly and many more) and people still work on the bigger team (for instance Allen Bauer, and John Kaster).
This team of people is actively developing new Delphi versions (with some technologies being supported sooner, and other later: developing stuff takes time).

Let’s finish with the general feelings I have about this “let go”:

  • Seeing Nick Hodges leave Embarcadero, feels odd.
  • But seeing the first new blog posts at feels good.
  • I see a nice future for Delphi.

So thanks Nick for all the energy you put into Delphi and its community.
Thanks Delphi team for keeping to bring us those great Delphi products!


Via: Embarcadero Discussion Forums: Changes for Nick ….

One Response to “Delphi and the ‘leaving’ of Nick Hodges”

  1. Ken Knopfli said

    Not half as odd as when Anders Hejilsberg left…

    Thanks for the link to Nick’s own site!

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