Sep 142012

Stage 2 of my personal Own Your Words quest has been completed. 75 articles I wrote for the Delphi Compiler Core blog from 2003 to 2005 while at Borland are now republished here on my personal site. You can find them all in the Delphi Compiler Core category. This archiving task was considerably more of […]

Jul 152008

I found a happy little email in my inbox this morning. It was a note from Handango informing me that my application to become a Handango Developer partner has been approved.  Woohoo! Ya, you know, that application I submitted more than THREE YEARS AGO when I was at Borland experimenting with writing .NET CF apps for my […]

On Leaving Borland

 Posted by at 12:33 pm  Work
Oct 212007

A recent post to the borland.public.delphi.non-tech newsgroup asserts that as a compiler guy, I shouldn’t be wasting my time doing anything else. This is my reply. m. Th. wrote: First of all, Danny, I’m very glad to see you here… :-) …but let’s start a little ‘short story’ (dunno if you remember them) ;-)… Danny […]

Sep 272005

Here are a few notes on our current plans for the next few Delphi product releases: 2005 – DeXter The next release of the Delphi product family, code named “DeXter” will further advance developer productivity through enhancements in Code Insight, Code Completion, Code Templates, and refactoring across all the Delphi IDE’s language personalities.  Significant language and […]

Sep 152005

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is clearly the hot topic of PDC this year.  Windows Vista dominated the keynotes and looked very pretty up there on the screen, but nothing gets developers salivating like language enhancements.  What is LINQ, really, and what does it mean for Delphi? The founding premise behind LINQ’s many facets is that there is […]

Off to PDC

 Posted by at 7:22 am  Delphi Compiler Core
Sep 122005

I’m off to Microsoft’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) this week in Los Angeles.  If you haven’t been to PDC, picture this:  take the US BorCon, multiply by 4 (or is it 10?  hard to count when they won’t sit still), and remove all non-company speakers. PDC’s greatest difference from BorCon is that PDC is exclusively a Microsoft […]

Jul 182005

I’m pleased to announce that the Delphi for .NET Compact Framework Technology Preview compiler is now available for download by registered Delphi 2005 customers here: With this technology preview compiler and the Delphi 2005 toolset, you can explore and experiment with creating Delphi applications for mobile devices such as PDAs and SmartPhones.  There’s no […]

Jun 222005

Paul Spain writes in the ADUG mailing list:  “As the evolution of Borland’s Object Pascal is now effectively bound to the evolution of .NET’s CLS, Delphi will have to wait for Microsoft before we see these features appearing in our tool of choice…” Bullshit. Delphi fans unite:  Whenever someone makes that claim, feel free to grab […]

Jun 082005

Apple’s announcement that it will abandon PowerPC and build future Mac OSX machines on Intel chips has raised a few eyebrows.  How compatible will this Intel Mac hardware be with the well established PC platform?  What about Windows/Mac software portability?  Should Borland create a Delphi for the Intel Mac? Apple’s G4 and G5 Macs are powerful 64 […]

May 122005

In reading this article at uk.builder, one might get the impression that Borland is pulling a SCO scorched earth manuver by maniacally raping and pillaging Open Source advocates over the use of a structure exception handling (SEH) technique that Borland happens to have a patent on.  I find it particularly significant that neither the uk.builder reporter nor […]

Mar 222005

While Allen waxes poetic about imagining VCL.NET on mobile devices before CF existed, I’ll take credit for being one of the main forces against pursuing VCL.NET/CF.  I continue to be skeptical, but also hopeful.  That combination should keep Allen and Seppy on their toes for awhile. The biggest reason not to pursue VCL.NET/CF is that it will resemble VCL.NET […]

Mar 182005
Delphi.NET Running on .NET Compact Frameworks

While I’ve been buried in meetings for the past few weeks, Seppy’s been a busy fellow. I asked him to get started on figuring out exactly what .NET bits are missing in CF that the Delphi compiler codegen and RTL rely upon. Here’s his reply:   Wahoo! He found the easiest way to figure out […]

Mar 122005

This week found me and my shadow in Redmond again on errands obscura. Going from meeting to meeting to meeting this week, I recalled a sage warning by Eddie Churchill when he was handling much of the Microsoft technical liaison a few years ago: “You thought you had it tough in the bad old days […]

Mar 032005

A few weeks ago I was in Redmond for the Whidbey Compiler Development Lab.  It’s been quite awhile (2 years?) since the last dev lab specifically for .NET compiler authors.  It was interesting to see the number of enthusiastic new faces mixed in with the slightly world weary battleaxes. New guys enter the lecture room, […]

Feb 262005

“I want to write PDA apps using Delphi and the .NET Compact Framework. Yet Borland still doesn’t support this. Why not?“ Borland has been in negotiations with Microsoft for the past three years on how Microsoft can support third party tool vendors to produce tools for the .NET Compact Framework. To summarize the discussions and […]

Nov 292004

Just a heads up note: This blog will be moving to the Borland Blog Central server in the next few weeks. Migration of this blog’s year and a half worth of articles should be fairly painless using Anders Ohlsson’s migration utility (written in Delphi). The hard part will be migrating the viewer comments… not quite […]

Nov 272004

The Delphi 8 update 3 to resolve versioning issues with the .NET 1.1 SP1 release has been going through internal testing for the past week. We’re working toward a release target of early December. Meanwhile, Delphi 2005 promotional events continue to roll out the new product at a variety of events, including Borland user group […]

Oct 132004

The fix for the Delphi 8 compiler to support .NET 1.1 SP1 is not going to be a simple as I had hoped. We can’t just ignore the version signatures of symbols imported from CLR because the Delphi compiler relies on those signatures to distinguish between different versions of overloaded methods. Changing the technique used […]

Sep 162004

Brad Abrams apparently sat in on my What’s New in the Delphi Compiler session at BorCon, as well as part of Corbin’s .NET Framework for Delphi Developers. In his blog comments he seems amused by the cockiness of the Delphi crowd. I probably should have warned him about that… ;> Brad was at BorCon to […]

Sep 142004

The Software Delivery Optimization vision rolled out here at BorCon in Boz Elloy’s keynote Monday morning is what I was referring to a few weeks ago in “Corporate Roadmap“. Software Delivery Optimization is a market segment distinct from other “enterprise” segments which has a remarkable lack of industry coverage. There are folks out there claiming […]

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