Friday, April 30, 2004

This is why you should use CaliberRM and StarTeam

Are you managing requirements by updating yellow Stick-It notes?

Are you managing changes by renaming files to foo.old, foo.older, foo.oldest, etc?

Of course you're not. You're using CaliberRM and StarTeam (and all the other Borland products) so that you have the competitive advantage and always deliver the right stuff before it's due and under budget.

These people didn't...


I've received quite a few requests for more information about this cartoon. To clarify, it's not mine. It's actually linked to a different site. I've seen it before, a couple of years ago or so. I have no idea who made it. If you do, please send me the info and I'll add a proper attribution.

Borland to Present at JP Morgan 32nd Annual Technology Conference

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 2004--Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq:BORL - News) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer, Dale L. Fuller, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth R. Hahn, are scheduled to deliver a presentation on behalf of the company at the JP Morgan 32nd Annual Technology Conference at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. The presentation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, on Monday, May 3, 2004.

Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2004

JBuilder Customer Application Server Usage Survey

Check out the JBuilder Customer Application Server Usage Survey for your chance to win great prizes!

This could definitely be worth your while. We're giving away 5 copies of JBuilder X - that's $17,500 based on new user pricing!

Borland Developer News .NET Edition May 2004

Read the May 2004 installment of the Borland .NET Development Newsletter. The newsletter contains information, news, and links.

Read all about it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Borland to Present at Smith Barney Software Conference

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- April 27, 2004 -- Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq:BORL) today announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth R. Hahn, is scheduled to deliver a presentation on behalf of the company at the Smith Barney Software Conference at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. The presentation is scheduled for 11.20 a.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, April 29, 2004.

Press Release

Michael Swindell clarifies Delphi 8 license update

"The general idea of [the] license update is that component vendors can now sub-license the Delphi "redistributables" to any component customer - even those who might not have a Delphi license already (such as a Visual Studio developer). Prior to this update the license assumed that a component customer would be a Delphi developer and would already have a redistributables license - so a sub-license provision wasn't necessary."

Thanks Michael!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

New Delphi 8 license

An updated Delphi 8 License has been posted on the BDN.

The new license provides additional permission for developers of VCL for .NET components.

If there's anything that's hard to read it's legalese. The only thing harder is trying to figure out what changed between two different legal documents.

So, here it is in plain English... You can safely distribute Borland.Delphi.DLL

Yay! Finally.


Monday, April 26, 2004

Practice Safe Computing

"Microsoft estimates spyware is responsible for half of all PC crashes. Dell says 12 percent of its tech-support calls involve spyware, a problem that has increased substantially in recent months. Scans of one million Internet-connected PCs, conducted last quarter by Internet service-provider EarthLink and desktop-privacy and -security vendor Webroot Software, found an average of 28 spyware applications running on each PC and more than 300,000 programs at large that can steal data and give hackers access to computers."


Tiny, Evil Things

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Borland delivers stronger Java

"Enterprise development today requires a lot more than coding. Aiming to tackle the entire software development cycle, Borland Enterprise Studio 7 for Java ($6,500 direct) takes the already strong JBuilder X Enterprise compiler tool and adds solid UML diagramming abilities, Web service support, refactoring, and a standout profiler."

PC Magazine reviews Borland Enterprise Studio 7 for Java

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Grafitti marketing!

Maybe Nick will tell us where this gem was found...

DOH! The link is out there...

Delphi 7 update - fix count teaser

IDE - 2
DBGO - 7
dbExpress - 30
RTL - 3
VCL - 13
BOLD - 22

Total - 129

More teasers coming shortly... Maybe even the whole README... ;-)

Safe Harbor Statement

This blog post contains forward-looking statements including statements regarding the update's focus, near-term and long-term update outlook, and statements regarding the anticipated number of bug fixes. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: my ability to read; my ability to write; my ability to count. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in this blog. I am under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update any of the information in this blog post if any forward-looking statement later turns out to be inaccurate whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Borland Profitability up $18 Million over Year-Ago Quarter

Company Delivers GAAP Profitability

Press Release

Blog'n Roll

I finally got around to add some bloggers and thought bloggers like Doc Searls, Martin Fowler, James Gosling, etc, etc.

You'll find them over here on the right. More coming as I find them...

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Sun loves Optimizeit Suite and ServerTrace

"Borland Optimizeit technologies provide a robust end-to-end solution for managing the performance of Java and J2EE applications. The Java Performance Group at Sun routinely uses Optimizeit Suite to ensure that our application code is fast and reliable, and Optimizeit ServerTrace DataCenter to obtain critical information that helps make our Sun Java System Application Server products deliver the fastest web services performance in the industry. The two solutions together provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of performance analysis that is second to none."

-- Mark Bauhaus, Vice President, Java and Web Services Business Unit, Sun Microsystems

More customer quotes

Microsoft loves Together for Visual Studio

"Borland's Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio.NET delivers a compeling modeling environment for enterprise customers focused on productivity, quality, software asset re-use and team collaboration"

-- Marie Huwe, Microsoft Corporation

More customer quotes

Unit testing anyone?

Allen asks what you want

Allen fires back

Dang! This could get interesting...

Allen gives Julian a history lesson

Julian, over to you... :-)

Another sound effect
And one more

Free Pizza!!!

Dear Falafel .NET Usersgroup member,

Falafel Software is pleased to announce the start of the Falafel .NET Users Group on Wednesday, April 21st, 2004 in Santa Clara, CA. The group will assemble every Third Wednesday of each month between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Address: Techmart Building, 5201 Great America Parkway, Suite 254, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Today, April 21st, we have 2 speakers:

  1. Allen Bauer, Principle Engineer for .NET Products at Borland Software Corporation, will discuss Open Tools API for C#Builder and Delphi 8 for the .NET Framework.

  2. Lino Tadros, President & CEO of Falafel Software Inc, will discuss the new feature of .NET Framework 2.0 (Whidbey) coming Q1 2005.

It is not to be missed! Pizza and Drinks will be available for all registered attendees. If you can't make it please let us know.

Best regards and see you tonight!

More info on the group

More juicy rumors...

Danny's Spring Tour 2004 blog entry has some juicy stuff in it for you Delphites out there...

"While I'm sweating the details of multiunit namespaces at 35,000 feet, Tagawa-san will be finishing up some very exciting Win32 codegen work for the next major version of Delphi, Seppy will be slaving over dbGo for .NET, Corbin and Adam will be grinding through Delphi refactoring, and Doug and the QA team will be shepherding the D7.01 update through the final phases of testing."

"More detail you say? That's what conferences are for. ;>"

(note: my emphasis)

Spring Tour 2004

Danny goes around the world in 25 days

Danny's off to Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK.

Spring Tour 2004

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Finally claimed my blog...

Some day I'll figure out what all this is about...

Listed on BlogShares

I just now had some time to look at it... Apparently someone listed me on March 9th, 2004. And people have been buying and selling me...

Right now I'm trying to figure out why in the world my shares are worth B$90 and what that means...

At this rate I can't buy 51% of my own blog... :(

Apparently it was worth B$330 at some point...

Go figure.

How do I get my blog noticed by everyone in the galaxy?
How do I make a million bucks off of it?

Did I mention I was a blog newbie?

Blog on! :-p

People's Choice Awards - Vote for Borland!

Vote for Borland products at MSD2D's 3rd Annual People's Choce Awards!

By clicking the graphic below, you can vote for Together for Visual Studio, Delphi 8 for .NET and C#Builder!

Thanks for supporting Borland!

Delphi 7 update teaser

Let's start the greatest rumor of the Win32 world ever!

Just remember that you heard it here first! ;-)

Link to my blog and spread the news galaxy wide! I know, spineless blog marketing!

The Delphi 7 update is going to fix 100+ bugs... And that's only the ones I really quickly counted from the README that has references to Quality Central.

So don't tell me that Quality Central doesn't work.

Sure, I know, some of you won't believe it until you see it. Well, I've seen it. So believe it. It's coming really soon now.

Watch this space for more news RSN...

More PInvoke.NET

Check it out!

VSj reviews Delphi 8 for .NET

Small overview online Delphi 8 for .NET (VSj)

Quote from magazine print article (April 2004): Overall Delphi 8 for .NET is an excellent upgrade that not only makes it easy for existing Delphi projects to make the transition to .NET, but also offers new possiblities and in many ways does .NET better than Microsoft".

(harvested from a newsgroup post - thanks Alan)

Page 23

"Giving is the highest expression of potency" - The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm.

The meme says:

Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions

(watch how it is spreading on the blogsphere here or here)

via Nick Hodges' weblog.

Monday, April 19, 2004

What kind of chocolate bar?

The only thing I find surprising about this CRN piece is that "almost three quarters of office workers in an impromptu man-on-the-street survey were willing to give up their passwords when offered the bribe of a chocolate bar".

Exactly what chocolate would that be?

I would give people the wrong password, but certainly not anything close to my real passwords.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Santa to elves: You're fired!

It seems that everybody is trying to make fun of "The Apprentice" these days. Seems like a good opportunity for some blogging on a Sunday morning.

Santa to elves: You're fired (CNNmoney)

I don't know about you, but I've heard stories about Santa Claus living in Norway, Sweden, and even in Scotts Valley...

And now Finland. None of these places are of course at the North Pole.

Maybe this is a failed attempt at outsourcing. Ya just can't do anywhere else what's gotta be done at the North Pole. ;-)

Or maybe it failed because Santa Claus is an idea that's in everybody's head and you can't put it in one specific place, especially not in the Finnish Arctic. Who wants their soda pop and cotton candy to be frozen solid?

Oh, Scotts Valley... The road outside Borland is still called Santa's Village Road. I've got a ticket to the theme park in mint condition if anybody wants it. Very cool souvenir. :-p

BTW, Donald Trump is trying to trademark the phrase 'you're fired', so please feel free to contribute to my legal defense fund just in case. ;-)

Saturday, April 17, 2004

I'm done. No more beta blogging.

Experiment done. No more beta blogging for me.

Did I get your attention? :-p

I just removed the beta babble in the description up at the top of this page. I figured since I've been blogging solid for over 45 days, that the beta stuff needs to come off. I can't promise that I can keep up on at least one post per day, especially if I ever go on vacation.

My only problem with shipping this blog is that the directory still has the word 'beta' in it... Oh well... I guess I can't change that without causing major issues for every single one of my readers, including myself. So I won't. Just pretend it's not there, or that it stands for something else...

Feel free to use the comments on this post to say what you think.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Dropping Delphi for VS? You're nuts!

"If you are a Delphi developer with an existing codebase, I see no reason at all to move away from Delphi to go to .Net."

Nick's blog: "I'm dumping Delphi for VS.NET"

PS: No offense meant by the title at all.

Delphi is the best tool for Win32 and .NET

"Simply put, Delphi is the best tool for the job for the vast majority of jobs to be done out there."

Nick's blog: "Pick the tool that meets your needs"

The docs don't always suck

"True, there aren't many examples, but the documentation is actually better than you might realize."

Nick's blog: "Lack of Documentation and Examples"

Interview with Danny coming up in SD Times

Larry O'Brien is looking for good interview questions to ask of Danny Thorpe in an upcoming interview in SD Times.

Some of you have already submitted some good questions. Now that the rest of you are finally done with your taxes, you should have some time to submit some more... :-p

Larry O'Brien: What should I ask Danny Thorpe about Delphi?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

How to get Borland to do what you want

"Simple: Show us the money. We generally don't do art for art's sake."

There's a lot more to it than that quote of course in this great post by Danny


No, this has nothing to do with Inpr**e. That name is dead. And shall so remain.

"With the proper marketing, it's possible to make any name stick."

Lindows -> Linspire

Where's my Chinese blog?

Nick's blog made it to China.

Nick, could you tell someone to flatter me too? Maybe if you blog about it... Go ahead. The counter down here wants some food! ;-)

Microsoft Java VM gets 13 more quarters

One of the results of the MSFT/SUNW $2,000,000,000 pact is that the MSJVM is supported until December 31st, 2007, instead of as planned until September 30th, 2004.

eWeek article

Together for Visual Studio - $199 - buy it now!

I never thought I would quote anything from the Yahoo Finance board... But here goes.

"The really interesting quote is about the price point for Together."

"Having $199 as a price tag for Together is like Borland going back to its roots... it's a complete change in the Borland strategy."

Source: thejunglejaguar

Buy Together for Visual Studio right now!

Close encounters of the Bill Gates kind

David I breaks the silence :-) and tells us what really happened when Bill Gates visited the Borland booth at VSLive! San Francisco earlier this year.

I was busy taking pictures, as you may have seen earlier in my blog, so I was too far away from the conversation to hear it. And of course I didn't stick to any of the pictures either... *sniff*

Sip from the Firehost: April 13, 2004

Tell us how you really feel!

Thank you in advance for your assistance in making BDN a more valuable resource to all BDN members!

BDN article ratings are now live

Tuesday, April 13, 2004


"Sending jobs offshore to countries like India seemed like a sure bet. Now, some firms are having second thoughts."

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

My comment: DUH!

Monday, April 12, 2004

Happy 5th anniversary, Dale!

It was early afternoon on a sunny spring day in Delphi Developer Support on April 12th, 1999...

A couple of us were shooting the breeze... All of a sudden a tall guy in black joins us... We figure he's a customer wandering around on his own... Should we call security? After about 15-20 minutes he says something along the lines of "Oh, BTW, I'm your new CEO, great chatting with you guys"... We didn't believe him until the next day when it was announced.

Inpr**e Names Dale Fuller Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (courtesy of

Saturday, April 10, 2004

More Wasabi!

That's the slogan of Pink Godzilla, which is a pretty damn good sushi place in Capitola.

Anyway, in my quest for more wasabi, I rented the movie "Wasabi" (2001). I have to admit I just added it to my rental queue simply because I love "The Professional" (1994). It turned out to be hilarious. Among other things, Hubert (Jean Reno) does a "hole in two" and Momo (Michel Muller) eats some wasabi. I nearly split my sides when he's trying to eat it just like Hubert did...

Friday, April 9, 2004

PC Plus reviews Delphi 8

Dave Jewell reviews Delphi 8 in PC Plus (UK).

A pretty good review, albeit too harsh on VCL for .NET. For more details on VCL for .NET development, please consider Why VCL for .NET by Danny Thorpe.

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Technology Goals for 2004

Danny gives us insight into upcoming stuff, such as Win32 and IL compiler enhancements, as well as .NET 2.0 and Compact Framework support.

Danny's blog entry (be sure to read the comments for more)

Borland Q1 Conference Call and Webcast

"SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2004--Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq:BORL - News) today announced that its first quarter 2004 teleconference and simultaneous webcast is scheduled to begin at 2.30 p.m. Pacific Time, on Thursday, April 22, 2004."

Borland Schedules First Quarter 2004 Conference Call and Webcast

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Java Developer's Journal interviews Dale Fuller

"Anyone in the i-technology world engaged in developing, deploying, integrating, or managing software applications knows Borland Software Corporation - BORL as it's known on the NASDAQ - to be the company that above all aims to let clients deploy online applications that are compatible with different platforms."

JDJ interview with Dale Fuller

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Service-Oriented Architecture

I was just browsing the latest issue of JavaPro. Looks like FTPOnline has a growing collection of SOA articles.

Monday, April 5, 2004

ThinkGeek April Fool's

I guess I saw this too late... Damn! :-)

You gotta love NetFlix!

Netflix to offer movie downloads

I've been a NetFlix junkie since they started. Now I need a faster broadband connection! 1,500kbps down isn't gonna cut it anymore. It'll take 33 hours to download a full 17GB movie... Not to mention that I probably get 20 movies a month from NetFlix. That would be 330 days of download time per year (assuming no flaky downloads)... I need an OC-3...

Sunday, April 4, 2004

Delphi and the .NET Voyage: .NET Assemblies

"In this article, Bob Swart explains what .NET Assemblies are, how you can use them in Delphi for .NET applications, and how you can make them yourself. There's more than one way–and even a special way–to use them in Win32 applications."

Bob Swart's article

Saturday, April 3, 2004

64 bit Delphi?

Danny and Allen were playing in the Microsoft labs last week.

Well, Danny was playing... Allen was doing surgery on his machine - probably trying to add those extra 32 bits or something... :-)

Danny's 64 bit Delphi screen shots

Friday, April 2, 2004

Essential Delphi 8 for .NET by Marco Cantù

Download a free chapter of the forthcoming Essential Delphi 8 for .NET by Marco Cantù. The 40-pages chapter (in PDF format) covers the new features of the Delphi language and although it is still an unfinished draft it is already quite valuable."

Thanks Marco!

The Sun is rising

"Sun Microsystems shares climbed as much as 17 percent Friday as the company reached a landmark settlement with rival Microsoft that will give Sun almost $2 billion".

"Our customers said, 'Stop the noise and start the collaboration'", McNealy said at a press conference in San Francisco. "There's nothing that would upset us if it resulted in customers buying more Sun and Microsoft products."

CBS MarketWatch

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Dude! Those lava lamps RULE! I'm moving to the moon!

Click on the giant lava lamps to apply for a lunar job at Google!


eWeek: Borland Brings Requirements Management 'to the Masses'

Some excellent news coverage of CaliberRM 6.0 in eWeek.

Happy April Fools!

Trust noone! Especially not someone that tells you to e-file today to claim your early-bird tax rebate. Or someone that tells you that the Swedish state run liquor stores are having a sale. Or that Linux is no longer free - oh wait, maybe that one isn't a joke... ;-)

Don't even trust me. See disclaimer.