Sweet Linus Benedict Turvalds, I’m working from home!

Long time readers of mine my might have had a suspicion.  You see when I have something big that I can’t talk about, I get severe writers block.  I can’t talk about what I want to talk about so I go from a one to two quality post a day period down to NOTHIN’ for three weeks!

Well this time it was VERY big!  After a 17+ year career as a Delphi programmer, I’ve started a new carreer.  Today was my first day working for b5media.  I am now one of an ever increasing number of professional making my living off WordPress, PHP and other Open Source programming. So, at the end of the day, I’m breaking the day of silence in the blogosphere with a post about joy and success.  That seems a more fitting remembrence.  Progress and fullfilment rather than silence.

You can read the official announcement here: “Brian Layman Joins Tech Team“.  It all started just over four weeks ago when I got a call from Aaron Brazell.  It was a fast whirlwind since then.  I’ll tell you all about my trip to Canada, dozen or so trashed cars, the flaming car of doom, all about b5media and other exciting goodies over the next few days.  There have been loads of firsts and progress being made on the Delphi for PHP front over the last two weeks that I’ll post about too.

For now, though, I just wanted to share the good news!

And Oh yes, I let my wife scoop the story.  She was soo excited about the chance to get a scoop!  No, Aaron, that pic wasn’t from today, but a month or so ago.  But I’m not making any promises I won’t be out there sometime…

See also: My interview with b5media

A non-CodeGear patent application on “compiling” Object Pascal code?

I read in the Newsgroups today that there is a new patent that’s been filed that affects what Borland can do with Object Pascal.  According to this patent application, Mirkazemi; Aram; (Lindisfame, AU) ; Besharati; Shahram; (Kingston Beach, AU) would have a US patent upon producing JavaScript code from Delphi’s Object Pascal and several other languages

Who knows if this will fly, but the idea of restricting what a company can do with the product they’ve made is just….  irratating!

A key quote from the patent application:

9. A method for producing a web application that runs natively in a browser, comprising: writing in a high-level language to develop a source file; parsing the source file to produce a semantic map; and processing the semantic map by emitting browser-side JavaScript comprising at least one dispatcher having a set of parameters to invoke a code segment utilizing the same set of parameters.

10. The method of claim 9 wherein the high-level language comprises a high-level language from among the programming languages consisting of Ada, C, C++, C#, COBOL, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Delphi, Fortran, Java, Object Pascal, SmallTalk, Visual Basic, and Visual Basic.NET.  

So, this program will take all Delphi source code and forms and convert them to a web app in javascript.

 First, I think it is hilarious to hear javascript described as a low level language, but that’s beside the point.

If Borland wanted to provide javascript as a target, as they do .NET and W32, they SHOULD be allowed to.  It is THEIR product.  They of course would have to do the work themselves, but it is a programming language they’ve made.  Why should they be restricted?  Especially when they’ve been nice folks and allowed programs like Free Pascal the benifit of the Delphi’s innovation.

 BAH!  It’ll probably pass with a rubber stamp of approval.

CodeGear Names New CEO

Marco caught an interesting story in InfoWorld, today.

As EWeek says:

Borland Software’s CodeGear development tools unit has changed leadership, naming Jim Douglas, a veteran of the high-tech industry, to the position of chief executive officer.

Jim Douglas will be replacing former CEO Ben Smith who guided CodeGear into existence.  EWeek continues:

Smith, who was brought on for his ability to foster startups through their initial phases and broker deals, has decided to step aside to return to the private equity, acquisition and venture arena, CodeGear officials said. Smith had been onboard with the CodeGear team, then known as “DevCo” internally, in a consulting capacity since February 2006.

About Douglas they say: 

Douglas most recently was president and CEO of ReShape, an electronic design automation startup backed by the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. Douglas led the company’s transition from an engineering-services firm to a software-business model. These efforts resulted in the sale of the company to Magma Design Automation.  

So, Smith was there to start CodeGear up, and Douglas is now there to guide CodeGear into the future.  I wonder what other changes are in the wind.  Obviously, with this new quarter, there’s going to be a new set of challenges that Douglas is believed to be the right man to face.  Obviously this sort of thing doesn’t happen overnight.  So, my question is what’s the next thing we will see as CodeGear marches forward?

Hey – I am in the official Delphi for PHP Announcement!

I reading the news articles right on the CodeGear home page, and in the first one, “CodeGear Announced General Availability of Delphi for PHP (March 27, 2007)”,  I happened to see a name that looked somewhat familiar! 😉

Sometime after what turned out to be the mid-way point in the field test period, we are given an oportunity to submit testimonials about our experience with the Delphi for PHP field test so far. I figured it would go in the scrolling banner on the CodeGear home page or in a email to CodeGear customers, but what do you know, there it is in plain site on the home page! Nifty!

CodeGear™ Announces General Availability of Delphi® for PHP

Developers Say Delphi’s Rapid Application Development Environment Makes It Easier and Faster to Build PHP Web Applications

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – March 27, 2007 – CodeGear, a leader in developer tools, today announced that Delphi® for PHP – an integrated visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment for the popular PHP Web development language – is now shipping worldwide.
Delphi for PHP brings the RAD productivity benefits that Delphi users have enjoyed for years to PHP Web developers. PHP, designed to allow Web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly, is the most prominent dynamic Web language today and has become one of the top 10 programming languages overall.
The new product from CodeGear can allow developers to be more productive as they write rich, database-driven Web applications in PHP.In addition to a RAD environment for PHP, key features of Delphi for PHP include: VCL for PHP, an open-source PHP 5 visual component library with more than 50 reusable components and seamless AJAX integration; out-of-the-box integration with InterBase®, MySQL, Oracle®, Microsoft SQL Server, and other popular databases; an integrated PHP debugger; drag-and-drop database application development using the Data Explorer for InterBase and MySQL; and a code editor with Code Insight, Code Explorer, and Code Templates.  Deployment options include Windows, Linux, Solaris and other platforms.Developers who have used a pre-release version of the new product said they experienced significant productivity improvements.

Because Delphi for PHP can debug existing PHP projects as easily as it creates new ones, it instantly starts paying for itself. With contract work costing between $80-$100 per hour, if Delphi for PHP saves you just 3 hours, it’s already paid for itself.  It can do that with your first project. I’ll never use “Echo” or “Print” as a debugging tool again,” said Brian Layman, an Akron, Ohio-based software engineer.

As a web designer, you’re judged on the quality of your work and how soon it’s completed.  When Delphi for PHP allows you to offer better products on a time scale your competition can’t touch, your services will be in great demand,” said Layman.

Delphi for PHP is part of a family of products from CodeGear that includes Delphi 2007 for Win32, Delphi for .NET, Turbo™ Delphi, C#Builder®, C++ Builder®, JBuilder® and InterBase.
U.S. Pricing
The product is available for an introductory price of $249; special academic pricing is also available. For more information on system requirements, languages and pricing, visit www.codegear.com/products/delphiforphp.
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TheCodeCave.Com prepares for the D4PHP.COM launch!

Well, it’s been a Busy,  three weeks here.  Things are finally falling into place.

Sometimes that just happens. 

You swing into these intense periods where things go 90 mph.  

It all started when my wife’s latest commissions check on her book buys her a sweet tablet PC, gets me a motorcycle and now (if it ever stops raining and snowing) I’m back on two wheels after 11 years! (pics soon!!!).  (All you Delphi knitters go and buy her book please!  I know you are out there!) 

Then CodeRage goes into full swing and starts vying for my attention.   Oh, and I also signed the papers refinacing the house.  Then my yard collapses into a giant cess pool, only to be replaced by a mud bog the following week.  Then I’m approved as a Google Summer of Code WordPress mentor and suddenly I’m back to reviewing resumes and project propsals!   It’s like I’m back in my old role of Director of Software Development again.

And then I land the after-hours job of converting CodeGear’s 90 blogs over to WordPress MU.   Yes, you can pinch me, I’m working for the Borland Corporation. 

THEN on Friday the Delphi for PHP field test ends and D4P is been released!  (If you are interested in the product, you can download a 1 day trial here. )  Well, that means it’s time to announce something else I’ve had in the works for a while. 

Coinciding with the release of Delphi for PHP, I’m announing an upcoming community site called “Designed for PHP” at http://www.D4PHP.com.  The tagline for the site is:

Designed for PHP – Bringing the Delphi mindset to PHP development.

This site, created using Delphi for PHP, will not only host a VBulletin  forum but will include articles, reviews, and product announcements pertinent to the soon to be thriving Delphi for PHP community.  I’m in the process of connecting with authors, moderators and administrators who are intersted in joining me in this venture.

 Now, obviously I’ve got some things that will be taking up my free time over the next couple weeks.  But I still hope to get some feed back from you all as to what you’d like to see at the site.  Some ideas from people I’ve already discussed this with include:

  1. Community forum – Software has been purchased, the forum is up and being configured.
  2. Integration with the NewsGroups – This idea fed off of a question from Serge Dosyukov and I know just how to pull it off.  The Delphi for PHP newsgroups will be part of the Forum and if all goes well (my host sometimes has restrictions on comunication with outside servers) they will be fully integraed with the ability to post to the groups directly from the site under your own login name.
  3. Component & Component package reviews
  4. Plenty of user created demo videos – it’s easy to do and free!
  5. ???

and THAT’s why I am announcing this before it is fully up and running.  I want to know what else YOU’D like to see out of the site.  Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?  I’ll be doing work off and on with the site over the next two weeks and working with some interested parties who can get the ball rolling, but we need ideas and a goal for when, in about a month, I can give it some dedicated attention.

 So, do you want to see on D4PHP.com?  Does anyone remember “The Delphi Super Page”?  If you do, what made THAT page so great?  Pre-2000, there was no where else a Delphi programmer needed to go.   Why was that?  Any thoughts?

 Jot them down here or wander over to http://www.D4PHP.com/forum and express yourself!  Let’s see what this can turn into!

Blogs.CodeGear.com to convert to WordPress MU

CodeGear Blogs  

A WordPress Explosion

That’s right folks there are gonna be about 90 new WordPress blogs out there. Blogs.CodeGear.com, Borland’s home for Employee Blogs, and Blogs.TeamB.com, home for a sqad of volunteers who support the CodeGear community,  are leaving the open source .Text  solution behind forever.  And they are moving to WordPress MU, baby! 

What the heck are .Text and WordPress MU (Myooo? Moo?) anyway????

.Text is a .NET 1.1 blogging software package said to be at the top of the heap back before 2004 ended.  2004 was the year of it’s last update.  Meanwhile WordPress MU is a Multi User wrapper around the current source code for the very popular WordPress blogging softare.

WordPress MU

OK… Spill the beans…

“How do I know all this juicy gossip?”, you might well ask.  Well, it just so happens that those 90 or so blogs are going to be converted by none other than YOURS TRUELY! 

That’s right, as of today, a goal I had dreamed about back in 1987, as I helped my highschool computer teacher figure out how to use Turbo Pascal (and supplied the school’s pirated copy of Fortran 77 too SHHH!!!) has finally been met: I am now a Borland CodeGear (contract) Programmer.  How cool is that???

I pitched this project to Allen Bauer back in February.  Their current implementation of .Text seemed somewhat dated and limited in its ablities, from a readers perspective.  I knew that even just working evening hours and weekends, I could quickly turn their site around and give them something MUCH more robust.  I’d not heard anything back from Allen.  So, I’m not certain if my original suggestion had anything at all to do with the fact that John Kaster went looking for a WordPress developer or not.  Either way, I saw a post by John asking for someone experienced in WordPress, and I leapt at the opportunity.  Well, as of tonight, it’s official.  The “Please welcome Brian Layman” email has gone out to the powers that be.  And after a few conversations,  I’m now set up with all sorts of CodeGear goodness that I can tell you absolutely nothing about! MWAHAHAHAHAAHA!

Seriously though, this is gonna be a great project to work on and I’m going to be enjoying every moment of it. I’ve done my share of blogs and sites, (I actually should be anouncing another new site tomorrow btw), but an 88 site conversion is certainly exciting enough to raise an eyebrow or two on any WordPress developer’s face.   I just want to thank John Kaster for allowing me the opportunity to participate in this project.

So, keep your eyes out for the switch over sometime in the not too very distant future.   I’ve just begun work tonight, learning the ins and outs of their current infrastructure.  If all goes well… well, actually, I’ll leave the end of that sentence up to the fine folks at CodeGear.

CodeRage Encore Event: 24 hours of Delphi 2007 for Win32 – Thursday March 29th

This just in from Davidi

To all Registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 Developers

Mark your calendars for this one-time only, online exclusive FREE event! On Thursday, March 29th (for registered users of Delphi 2007 for Win32), you’re invited to spend a virtual day with the engineering team that developed Delphi 2007 for Win32.This is your chance to get answers to your toughest Win32 development challenges – directly from the team that created Delphi 2007 for Win32. Whether it’s Windows Vista, XP, or 2000, AJAX or VCL for the Web – you’ll get the answers you need to give you the edge, share tips and tricks with your colleagues, and meet the luminaries that are blazing new trails in Win32 development.

The Details

When is it? Thursday, March 29th starting at 12:00AM Pacific Daylight Time

Who is it for? All registered users of Delphi 2007 for Win32

What do I need? Bring your Delphi 2007 for Win32 license key, it’s required for admission

Where is it happening? The event is hosted online at the CodeGear Developer Network. Registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 customers will receive an email with the URL and event details before the 24 hours of Delphi 2007 for Win32 starts. If you don’t receive an email before the event starts, send an email to davidi@codegear.com and I will look up your registration entry and get you the URL.

How much does it cost? It’s FREE! (for registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 customers)

24 hour event is for Registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 customers

If you haven’t already purchased your copy of Delphi 2007 for Win32 – do it now! The more time you have to spend with the product – the more you’ll benefit from this exclusive opportunity. Have your license key on-hand to gain entrance to the event.

Purchase a copy today at the CodeGear online store: http://www.codegear.com/HowtoBuy/tabid/103/Default.aspx

Choose the electronic delivery method (ESD) to get your product within minutes!And you’ll save money too!Schedule of Events/Theme/Participants – Thursday March 29, 2007:The following is the current schedule of topics and participants. Note: Participants are subject to change depending on engineering team availability.

Time (PDT) Theme Participants

0:00-2:00 Performance Applications Doug Chapman and Mark Edington

2:00-4:00 Compiler and features Holger Flick and Barry Kelly

4:00-6:00 3rd party Chris Pattinson, Sinan Karajac and Markus

6:00-8:00 Help and Doc Mina Matsuchika and Chris Bensen

8:00-10:00 Database DBX4 Justin Swett and Steve Shaughnessy

10:00-12:00 IDE/MSBuild Sheree Ervin, Dave Wilhelm, and Jeanne Hansen

12:00-14:00 IDE Spencer Kimball, and Chris White, and David Lock

14:00-16:00 VCL for Win32 Joseph Tian and Seppy Bloom

16:00-18:00 Debugger Stephen Blas and Chris Hesik

18:00-20:00 Web Services Craig Farrell and Bruneau Babet

20:00-22:00 Web applications Jason Sprenger and Jim Tierny

22:00-24:00 Delphi (Japanese) Takeshi Arisawa

Note: all times listed are Pacific Daylight Time which is UTC -7.

Start times around the world will be (using http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)UTC – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 07:00:00Bangalore – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:30:00 PMFrankfurt – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 9:00:00 AMSao Paulo – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 4:00:00 AMSydney – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 5:00:00 PMTokyo – Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 4:00:00 PM

Registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 customers will receive an email (on Wednesday) with the event participation information.
If you’re not a registered Delphi 2007 for Win32 customer, you can watch the Delphi replays of the recent CodeRage 2007 virtual conference at http://dn.codegear.com/article/34187

You can also come see a CodeGear team member live at one of our upcoming CodeGear tour stops. The complete schedule is available athttp://www.codegear.com/AboutUs/Events/tabid/244/Default.aspxSee you online!David Intersimone “David I”Vice President, Developer Relations and Chief EvangelistCodeGeardavidi@codegear.comLegal Notices

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