Monday, December 8, 2008

CodeRage III replays...

...are slowly starting to appear here:

Feel free to try them out. Article on CDN will appear when all are up.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

CodeRage III - and a request

Thank for attending CodeRage III. It was a great success due to all of you!

I'm putting an APB out on a recording of the Opening Keynote. It appears that we had LiveMeeting audio issues before we even realized that we did. My monitoring (and recording) machine fell off a couple of times. I have most of it, but am missing some parts. I can edit it together, but I would love it if someone out there recorded the opening session and could send me a link to it.

Special thanks to Henning Swiboda who captured the whole closing keynote flawlessly!

Thanks again for being part of an awesome event!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pictures from PDC 2008 Los Angeles

PDC 2008

Above: Andreano, Tim, Nick and Bridget

PDC 2008

Above: Nick, myself, Charlie and Andreano

PDC 2008

Above: MiniMe and Mark Miller

PDC 2008

Above: Wherever Delphi goes, love is in the air... ;)

PDC 2008

Above: Me and Gent

PDC 2008

Above: Mark and John

Monday, October 27, 2008

Delphi Prism Partner DVD - calling all .NET component vendors

The Delphi Prism beta is in full force! We're previewing at PDC! :)

We're also doing a Partner DVD for Delphi Prism. Invites to participate in the program have been sent to all Technology Partners. If you didn't get an invite, and you are a component vendor that would like to support Delphi Prism by submitting your components for the Delphi Prism Partner DVD - please send me an email and I'll get it taken care of.


PDC and Delphi Prism

I'm at San Jose airport on the free WiFi network, and noticed that our press release is up just in time for PDC - see you there!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ER/Studio quotes (Delphi/C++ 2009 Architect)

This post is for those of you who bought and/or tried ER/Studio in the Architect package - Thank you!

I'd love to hear your honest feedback of your experience specifically with ER/Studio.

Added 10/22: I'd love to hear feedback regarding feature set, usability, enhancement requests, how it works on your team, and any other suggestions you may have for us.

If you feel like providing me with such feedback, please send me an email at

In addition, if you would like to be possibly quoted and highlighted on our web site, please include your name, title and company.

Thanks a bunch, and thanks for your continued support!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Delphi Prism, PDC and EKON12

It was my great pleasure to be interviewed by Jim McKeeth - The Podcast at Delphi.Org - today. You'll have to listen to the whole show to hear everything we had to say, but I'll just add my piece to the Delphi Prism buzz... ;)

Delphi Prism will be a new .NET solution from Embarcadero Technologies. In this Visual Studio based solution you'll be able to use your existing Delphi programming skills to build .NET applications taking advantage of the latest and greatest .NET 3.5 technologies such as WinForms, WPF, Silverlight and ASP.NET. You will of course also be able to develop database applications using familiar functionality.

Nick and I will be at PDC in Los Angeles at the end of the month showing off Delphi Prism, and David I will be doing the same at EKON12 in Frankfurt, Germany.

CodeRage III: Speakers and talks rolling in at a mind boggling pace...

Don't let that scare you. Keep'em coming. If you have submitted suggestions to me and haven't heard back from me - don't fret. You'll hear from me shortly. ;)

Oh, BTW: Delphi Programming - ask Jim McKeeth why I put that in here... :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CodeRage III : Call for Speakers

Embarcadero Developer Relations is pleased to announce that we're planning on having the 3rd installment of CodeRage during December 1-5, 2008!

This will be a virtual event like past CodeRages. It will most likely run 7am-3pm 5am-12pm and 2pm-8pm for those five days - PST time zone - so about 60 hours of pure technical content. If we fill 2 tracks it'll be upwards of 120 hours!

Don't worry - we are planning a face-to-face conference as well, but we're doing this one first.

Please respond to me with any and all topics that you would like to present, as well as preferred time slots. If I don't already know you, please include a little about yourself and why you'd be an awesome CodeRage III speaker.

The faster you respond, the faster I can get you on the schedule - I won't put a deadline on this Call for Speakers for now, but I will post again once we get close to filled up.

Please feel free to discuss this in the Conferences forum.

Thanks a million for your support!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Well, that didn't work so well...

Oops... My bad... Can't blame me for trying... Or maybe you could... :)

I should have asked for honest feedback about your Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009 experience so far, whether it be the field test, the trial or the actual shipping product.

If you feel like providing me with such feedback, please send me an email at

In addition, if you would like to be possibly quoted and highlighted on our web site, please include your name, title and company.

Thanks a bunch!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Can we quote you on your positive Delphi and/or C++Builder 2009 experience?

Would you like to see your quote on our web page? If so, put your awesome quote, your name, title and company name as a comment to this blog post. Tell us in a short and sweet sentence what you think about Delphi 2009 and/or C++Builder 2009.


Do you know someone that should be using Delphi and/or C++Builder?

Silly question! Of course you do!

Please let my buddy Sven, the DelphiSalesGuy, know right away!

The US sales team is eager to talk to you about Delphi and C++Builder 2009.

If you haven't received a call, and you'd like to talk to someone before buying, please send me the lead info (name, title, company, contact info) and I'll get it to our sales team.

Or, you could contact your Delphi and C++ Sales Guy - Sven Wetmore - who is the Senior Account Executive in charge of North American Delphi and C++Builder sales. He can be reached by email at or by phone at 831-431-5069.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

5 seconds flat!

Enjoy a 10 second clip of Delphi 2009 Architect launching where the last frame after 5.20 seconds is frozen. I had fun timing this one to the beat...


Edit: This was a warm start (meaning a bunch of .NET stuff cached). I just did a cold start after reboot - 12 seconds. Not bad either.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Install time: 22 minutes

I installed Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009 from DVD on my main machine (not a VM) in 22 minutes total, which breaks down as follows:

15 minutes extraction/install of main files for Delphi and C++Builder
1 minute Database Pack
2 minutes BOOST
4 minutes documentation


PS: Dell Precision M6300 /w 4GB RAM and Vista

Delphi 2009, C++Builder 2009, InterBase 2009, Metallica and AC/DC

Lots of fantastic news!

InterBase 2009 is available!

Delphi and C++Builder 2009 was announced a couple of weeks ago and has now RTM'd (as of 4pm Sunday 9/7)

Metallica is RTMing 9/12!!!

AC/DC is RTMing 10/18-21!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Recording speaker audio (what you hear, or "Stereo Mix") under Vista

Ever since I put Vista on a Dell Latitude D810, I've had issues recording speaker audio on that machine. I didn't think much of it, since I used to use another XP machine as my main machine anyway, but it recently came to a head when I got rid of my XP machine and needed to actually record webinars on a Dell Precision M6300 with Vista on it, and I once again was painfully reminded that it doesn't work.

First I thought it was Camtasia's fault, but not at all. It's Dell that is disabling the functionality in their Vista drivers.

After hours of searching for a solution, I gave up and just used a cable ($5) between the head phone and microphone jacks. Worked great, except for the fact that you can't monitor what you're recording (unless you feed it through a head phone splitter or mixer).

Several nights later I was determined to find a solution for Vista, because I grew to hate the ridiculous cable, and after hours and hours of digging through web sites that made McAfee go insane :p I found the solution!

Install the XP driver on the Vista box in XP compatibility mode. Works like a charm!

Simply save the XP audio driver (in my case Dell's XP driver for Sigmatel) on the desktop, right click on the file and go to the Compatibility tab and select XP Service Pack 2 for instance. Then install the driver. In my case the installer would fail on Vista, but it works just fine in XP compatibility mode.

After the driver is installed you may have to go in and actually show the disabled devices and enable Stereo Mix under the Recording tab in Sound properties.

If this helped you, please feel free to leave a comment saying so. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Off-topic or not?

The off-topic group on our old (and now dead) NNTP server existed as a runoff for unwanted posts in the technical groups. The intent was to have a group for people who felt that they needed to communicate their off-topic thoughts outside of the technical groups, and also to have a group to re-direct off-topic (including thread drift) posts to.

We're now debating whether or not to kill off-topic completely.

You can have your say in the following poll that we put together:

The ideas behind the possible responses are as follows:

1. You either participate in off-topic so much that you would bail if it disappeared, or you believe that the existence of off-topic keeps the technical groups clean from unwanted stuff and it would make the technical groups rot so bad that you'd bail.
2. You would post all your off-topic posts in our technical forums if off-topic went away, or you believe that others would post all their off-topic posts (that are now in the off-topic group) and make the technical groups hard to navigate.
3. You'd be just as happy with off-topic going away, and you'd keep our technical groups clean by not posting anything off-topic grade...
4. You'd live with whatever the outcome is
5. You couldn't care less


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TDUG Tiburon Preview

David and I previewed Tiburon at TDUG this evening. David showed generics, anonymous methods, Unicode support in VCL, etc. I showed the new and enhanced VCL components.

They had a good crowd of about 35 people show up for this special short fuse event:


Tim Jarvis came to this meeting all the way from Down Under. Now, *that* is dedication! :)

Friendly competition

New and enhanced VCL components in Tiburon

Check out my quick article introducing some new and enhanced VCL components in Tiburon.

Friday, July 11, 2008

See you in Toronto!

David and I are getting ready for an internal training event in Toronto. We'll also be at TDUG - check their page for details and RSVP to them. It should be a good event. I'm planning on bringing my camera and post pictures from there, so stay tuned.

Here's a picture of David debugging the studio equipment:

Can you hear me now?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Today we had a party celebrating the closing of the deal!

A lot of Embarcadero folks, including CEO Wayne Williams came down to celebrate with us CodeGearians.

Here's a shot of a small portion of the party:


Chris Bensen (photo geek extraordinaire) told me to get a picture of feet, so here you go:

Feet on the street

Greg Jorgensen is chatting with David I (out of focus):


Nice shirt, Greg! (everybody got one)

Nice shirt!

I just couldn't resist shooting Michael Swindell off of Mark Howe's shades:


More artistic and crazy pics can be found if you click on any of these pics and play around!


Monday, June 30, 2008

386,899,200 seconds

Goodbye Borland, and thanks for all the fish! It's been a great ride, and tomorrow starts another great ride with Embarcadero Technologies!

386 million what? Oh, David and Allen was mentioning days, so I just wanted a bigger number, since my number of years is less... ;)

The below picture has nothing to do with anything, really. It's last night's smoggy sundown in Santa Cruz, and I figured I'd put it in here.

Smoggy sundown

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nikkei Software interview

While in Tokyo, I also did four press interviews. I just found this one - Mr Harada-san with Nikkei Software interviews me -

Google translate doesn't really do a good job, so maybe I can dig up a good translation soon. :)

Friday, June 13, 2008


I was busy contemplating the Tokyo subway map trying to figure out how to get to a good toy store, when the building started swaying back and forth, lamps shaking. I instantly knew it was an earthquake, and a strong one... It was a good minute or so. I looked it up, but couldn't find it right away, but just now it was posted on USGS. About 200 miles north of where I am. 6.9 magnitude.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tiburon meeting

We had a good Tiburon field test meeting at the Developer Camp as well. Afterwards we went out to dinner and enjoyed awesome Japanese food and drink!

I swear it's a total coincidence that all the distilled products are in front of me... :)

Developer Camp, Tokyo

Fujii-san took this picture of my opening session at the 9th Developer Camp in Tokyo, Japan. I also had a session on Delphi for PHP version 2.0, as well as many press interviews over the last couple of days.

All in all, a fantastic event, and I'm honored to have been invited as the featured speaker.

Thanks Japan!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monja Master!

Fujii-san told me I am the first non-Japanese CodeGear person to dine on Monja.

But hey, why stop there? :)

Under Fujii-san's expert supervision, I became the first non-Japanese CodeGear Monja Master.

Mal, you really need to try this stuff. It's the bomb!

The Okonomi-Yaki was awesome too!

Fish Jerky!

I have arrived in Tokyo, for the 9th Developer Camp put on by the CodeGear Japan Team. It's a customer event designed to provide updates and technical training for existing customers, as well as information to new prospects.

That's awesome, but what do you mean by Fish Jerky?

As you may be able to tell, I'm sitting in a traditional Japanese restaurant eating a favorite food of mine, and since it's dried fish we (Fujii-san, Yaegashi-san and myself) to call it "Fish Jerky".

OK, back to working on those slides...


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

CodeGear + Embarcadero = True

As I'm sure you've seen by now, Borland is selling CodeGear to Embarcadero for $23M in cash. Borland also gets to keep $7M in accounts receivables, so the whole package is about $30M.

We had a very upbeat company meeting today, where a lot of questions were answered, and it was clear that CodeGear's leadership is very enthusiastic about this deal. There are a lot of synergies, and not a lot of overlap, and as others have said - once the deal closes (in 30-60 days) we can start doing things that none of us could have done on our own before.

Some  people have said that $30M is a chump change. Cough - I wish I had chump change in that case. ;)

One perspective you can put things is in relation to market caps. So, simply for the exercise of my brain, I noticed that the market cap of BORL as of the close today was $110M according to Yahoo Finance. Based on that number, the CodeGear deal valued at $30M would put us at about 27% of the total market cap. Not too bad at all if you think about it.

The future is bright - I'm convinced that all of our products will continue to grow and prosper under the Embarcadero name. Stay tuned for lots of new things over the coming months and years as well.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The 2008 Delphi Survey is live

Please take a little bit of time out of your extremely busy day and help us make the product you love better.

2008 Delphi Survey