Thirty Years working with these programming tools - Today, June 17, 2015

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Eating a wonderful cake this afternoon in Scotts Valley to celebrate my 30 years working with developers and these development tools. So many memories and so much fun programming, building tools, visiting with customers and working with the great teams here at Embarcadero Technologies. The apps we can build today are so far beyond what we could do back when I started at Borland. I met Philippe Kahn at Comdex Las Vegas, November 1983 where he gave me 8" CPM/80 and 5.25" PC-DOS copies of Turbo Pascal version 1.0. I immediately popped the DOS disk into my IBM PC and was hooked. After a job interview on Philipe's sailboat in Monterey Bay in the Spring of 1985, I was offered a job at Borland and started on Monday, June 17, 1985.

Thank you so much PK for that start. Thank you to the tens of thousands of employees and alumni that I have had the priviledge to work with here in Scotts Valley and around the world. Thank you to Wayne Williams and Michael Swindell for continuing to allow me to help our customers.

I am still having so much fun, still learning how to program for new platforms and devices, still writing code after all these years. I am loving it every day.

Huge hugs, thanks and much love to my wife Martha and our three girls Gina, Molly and Emily for allowing me to have this job and this much fun!

The technical fun and innovation never stops! It's amazing what our developers are working on for the future. My advice for a long, happy programming career? Keep writing code every day and enjoy every minute of life with your family, friends and computers :D


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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.


  • Tran D6548
    Tran D6548 Thursday, 18 June 2015

    My "first time" with Borland Pascal 1.0 happened in May, 1989 and I spent every day with it as well as Delphi ever since. It's is amazing that after 26 years we are still in love :-)

  • JSweby
    JSweby Thursday, 18 June 2015

    Great work David. I'm approaching 20 years this year, starting with Delphi 1 right through to XE8.

  • Steve J
    Steve J Wednesday, 17 June 2015

    Bravo David I.
    The beauty of all this is that you share you knowledge and enthusiams with us, benefiting the entire community.
    I too started using Turbo Pascal, Turbo C and later Turbo Prolog back in 1988. And like you, never stopped enjoying each and every day of it.
    Wondeful tools bringing wonderful activities.

    Keep up the good work. I can't wait to celebrate your 50th programming tools anniversary !!! That will be the real next milestone ! We all count on you for the next 20 years...

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