Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008!

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2007 is now over.  What a year it was.  Even though there were many changes in our  company and industry this past year, we continued to move forward to deliver state-of-the-art capabilities, deliver new produicts, and respond to customer demands.

We shipped new versions of everything (JBuilder 2007 release 2, Delphi 2007, C++Builder 2007, Interbase 2007 for the Macintosh, RAD Studio 2007) and new products including Delphi for PHP, Blackfish SQL, and 3rdRail.  We also delivered updates and bug fixes during the year to respond to your problem posts to Quality Central.

While we can be happy with what we accomplished in 2007, we still have a lot more work to do to continue to deserve your business.  Our product roadmaps for JBuilder and Delphi/C++Builder promise new capabilities including Unicode support for Delphi and C++Builder and application driven development for Java.

I want to thank all of our community members for supporting us in 2007.  I want to thank all of our customers, partners and speakers for participating in our live in-person and online events.

There is much more work to be done in 2008.

Beyond product enhancements we have to double (quadruple?) our efforts to improve the installation experience for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio.  We have to continue to bash the bugs from our products.  We have to simplify the eShopping and reseller experience where you purchase our products.  We must enhance our product registration, customer service, and developer support capabilities.  And, we have to continually enhance our documentation and help files.

Some of us have been out of the office the past few days.  I look forward to getting back to work on January 2nd.

I wish all of you a successful 2008 (we even get an extra day this year to get more done).

Sincerely, David I.

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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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    Giel Monday, 31 December 2007

    Happy new year, David!

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    Eric - delphinoy Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    Congrats to CodeGear for a very vibrant year! God bless CodeGear!

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    vclclx Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    The Great Delphi2008,Unicode Delphi2008!

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    ahmoy Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    cant wait to see delphi2008 with these features
    - unicode controls (fully customizable theme?)
    - generics in win32

    i think with these 2 feature is more than enough to bring up the delphi's sale!

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    Walter Pokorny Tuesday, 15 January 2008

    Hello David,

    you wrote:

    "Beyond product enhancements we have to double (quadruple?) our efforts to improve the installation experience for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio. We have to continue to bash the bugs from our products. We have to simplify the eShopping and reseller experience where you purchase our products. We must enhance our product registration, customer service, and developer support capabilities. And, we have to continually enhance our documentation and help files."

    Yes, that is it exactly!

    I am physicist and solve my problems by developing applications in aerodynamics and thermodynamics. And Delphi is an excellent tool for these jobs. I bought many years ago Delphi5, then later Delphi7, and in the middle of 2007 Delphi 2007 for Win32. From these 3 versions I use until today only Delphi5. Why? The answers:

    - Delphi 5 is the last version without activation necessity. This is very important because on average once a year a new installation of the development pc is necessary. I can't rely on a development tool, which can't be installed again if the support by the producer could be discontinued in the future.
    - Delphi 5 and Delphi7 are the last RAD tools, which allow to see the whole GUI during development at the same time. For many purposes this feature is a great help. Delphi2007 doesn't provide this.
    - Delphi2007 provides a lot of problems during the installation process. there is no support or help by the producer. Problems plus activation necessity plus no view on the whole GUI (plus the other items you mentioned in your blog) are an overkill.
    - And last but not least: Most of my customers don't like to install .NET on their computers. Therefore I have to provide Win32 applications at present.

    If you can see, Delphi5 is the last Delphi I can use.

    I'm thinking CodeGear should not try to provide more and more products and more and more gimmicks in these small products. It would be better to improve the quality of the ancestral products like Delphi.

    Yes, that's it: Improvement of the quality for the serious professional user/developer instead of more and more gimmicks, which inspire just IT freaks.

    In such a way I understand what you wrote to CodeGears intentions for 2008.

    Kind regards

    DI Walter Pokorny
    Bertholdgasse 2/1/6
    3400 Klosterneuburg
    [email protected]

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    Sophia Friday, 25 January 2008

    Hello David,

    I think you know I am about to agree with Walter, no really I do still use Delphi 5 a lot.

    There is a serious point having done a lot of scientific programming myself (Mainly in Biology) There is the need for small efficient and preferably native apps. And they are preferably written with an IDE a long standing delphi and Cbuilder user is used to, without all the hassles of activation (I don't find the D6 and D7 activation too intrusive but I can see the argument against it).

    Do more with the Turbo editions,, I think there market is healthy there. Very healthy.

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