24 years of software development work in Scotts Valley...

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I just got back from two weeks in Europe visiting with great customers, partners, and press in Moscow, Milan (Piacenza), Hamburg, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, and Maidenhead. I arrived back in time to celebrate my 24 years, today, here in Scotts Valley working for Embarcadero (Borland International, Inprise, Borland Software Corporation, DevCo, and CodeGear).  Twenty-Four years focused on developers who want to use the best developer tools on the planet.

I remember arriving at the 4585 Scotts Valley Drive office on Monday June 17, 1985.  I went in to Human Resources to meet Theresa Zembower.  She had a large pencil hanging from her office cieling.  After signing my employment forms, I went upstairs to see Philippe Kahn and the R&D team.  From that day on, I have had nothing but fun, challenges, and non-stop learning.  We were shipping Turbo Pascal 3.0 at that time.  SideKick was also shipping.  Superkey was just about to be released.

Working with many of the top developer toolsmiths, IDE experts, and world class compiler engineers has kept me young.  Travelling and meeting with great developers around the world has kept me challenged and happy.

Working for Embarcadero Technologies, bringing together the best developer and database tools on the planet, creates even larger smiles on my face.  On my recent trip I presented a talk, Software + Database Archeology, that highlighted many of the great tools that are part of our All-Access product offering.  I have the presentation and demo in Moscow, Brussels, and London.  Thank you to all of the attendees that took part in the field test of the presentation.  Your feedback and questions will really help shape the final presentation.

On returning I learned that Embarcadero Technologies was honored with two 2009 SD Times 100 awards based on its demonstrated innovation and leadership in the software development community, specifically for its contributions to two categories: Database & Data Tools and Tools & IDEs. What a great welcome home present!

We are not sitting still at Embarcadero.  We are not going to rest on our laurels.  You are demanding the most out of us.  Our development teams and employees are poised to deliver even higher levels of tooling for database designers, software developers, and database administrators.  Stay tuned to the Embarcadero Developer Network for exciting news throughout the second half of this year.

If you need developer tooling now, check out our special offer - upgrade to Delphi 2009 or C++Builder 2009 before June 26 and receive RAD Studio 2009.  If you need all of the SD Times Software 100 award winning "Database & Data Tools" and "Tools & IDEs" take a look at Embarcadero All-Access, the cost-effective, multi-platform tool chest for software developers and database professionals.

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David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    Eliseo GN Wednesday, 17 June 2009

    Hi David,

    Congratulations for your 24-years working from borland to embarcadero. Thank's for everything what you gave us since Turbo Pascal.

    Kind regards from Mexico City

    PD, Sorry for my english

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    Chee Wee, Chua Wednesday, 17 June 2009

    Thanks for sharing that, David. Makes me feel all good inside.

  • Guest
    M.Baalbaki Wednesday, 17 June 2009

    What a feeling!!
    this article drove me to some early 90s flashbacks, when I start my first application with Turbo Pascal, those days were great.
    Thank you David, and thanks to Borland for starting such projects.
    wishing you all the best.

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    Warrick Wilson Wednesday, 17 June 2009

    Wow ... that brings back some memories. I remember running all of those on my system that didn't yet have a hard drive - a really clever 5.25 inch boot diskette that had DOS and all my TSR utilities on it. Then TP 3.0 went in on a second diskette. How things have changed. Congrats on 24 years!

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    IB Thursday, 18 June 2009

    Congratulations !
    Have been a borland fanboy since the turbo days and a DavidI fan after watching the CPP videos (remember those?) .
    Still a VCL fanboy. Keep up the great work at Embarcadero.

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    Carlos "Tatu" Agnes Thursday, 18 June 2009

    Congratulations David! Next year I hope to be invited to the party! Best regards from brazilian developers!!!

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    Pawel Glowacki Thursday, 18 June 2009

    Congrats:-) Next year it will be a quarter of century:-) Go DELPHI!!!

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    Ken Knopfli Thursday, 18 June 2009

    ...and I bought Turbo Pascal 3.0, SideKick and SuperKey - great tools!

    I still have my SideKick and SuperKey manuals!

    And the C++ video, now captured to digital :)

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