First of, my original email to Scott.
From: Daniel Wischnewski [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 6:00 AM
To: Scott Arnold
Subject: I'd like a word about Borland Delphi - on behalf of Germanys
largest Delphi community
First off, as you are CEO of a Wall Street company, I am aware that your time is very limited. But maybe you have some time to read this and even answer.
I understand Borlands move toward ALM. Yet, as long time Pascal and Delphi developer, starting back in 1992, when I were just 15 years old, I am afraid of Delphis future.
Somehow it looks like Borland is more and more ignoring the value of Delphi in favor of other ALM tools. Just a few months ago Delphi or the Borland Developer Studio (BDS) was mentioned as part of the ALM scheme. Nowadays ALM concentrates more and more on StarTeam, CaliberRM and Together. Besides the BDS, InterBase seems to got lost on the way, too. While having one of the best database systems, Borland seems to simply ignore it.
As long-time lover of Borland tools, as co-administrator of the largest German Delphi/C#Builder and soon C++Builder community I am scared to my bones what will happen next.
Is there anything you can say either in private or in public about Borlands standpoint on Delphi? I am part of the DeXter field test, I am part of the freelancing developers of DeXter, and I am looking forward to this great release. Yet I am scared...!
Now his reply:
From: Scott Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:44 AM
To: Daniel Wischnewski
Cc: David Intersimone
Subject: RE: I'd like a word about Borland Delphi - on behalf of
Germanys largest Delphi community
Delphi is very much alive, appreciated, and pushing forward at Borland.
In my opinion, the Delphi team is pioneering much of what we are doing in ALM in the java space by incorporating functionality from other Borland products like StarTeam and Together into Delphi to make dev teams more productive. Delphi is also critical to our .NET links to MSFT along with Together for VS and our Caliber version working with VSTS.
As you know from the Dexter field test, Borland is delivering on our promise made last December to the C++ community to create a future for the BCB product inside Delphi as a personality. I have high hopes for the take-up of the C++ personality (and all of the new value available in this release) by that vocal community once we deliver on Dexter.
I shared my views on Borland's opportunity with the Delphi team recently in an all hands in Scotts Valley and would be happy to deliver this message to whomever will listen. I met with Michael Swindell and Steve Todd on Friday to review Dexter's progress and am in touch with Danny Thorpe, Allen Bauer and other members of the team as I am able. I also made time to join in on the 24 hours of Delphi with David I and the DevRel team.
As for IB, Borland remains committed to supporting our customers and will continue to use our database technology in our own products as it makes sense. If you have specific ideas on how to leverage IB better, I'd love to hear them.
A special Thank You to DavidI for allowing me to go forward and post those e-mails as seen here.