I hadn’t posted on this news before as I expected there to be a veritable deluge of opinion flooding the Delphi blog-o-sphere and didn’t see any point adding to that noise, but there has been a curious silence on the matter, so here is my two-penneth after all.
I am surprised at the lack of reaction from the community. Nick was famously plucked from Team B to be elevated to the lofty position of Delphi Product Manager (I hope I got his initial job title correct) at Borland, much to the pleasure and praise of the community itself. The silence of the community at this news is puzzling. I can only surmise that the news is still sinking in and the ramifications and implications not yet dawning.
Since being appointed by Borland, after the sale to Embarcadero he was promoted(/moved sideways?) to become the R&D Manager for the Delphi product line.
The “Letting Go” of an R&D Manager is surely a matter for comment?
As R&D Manager surely Nick had at least some input and perhaps even responsibility for the technical direction of the product, or at least in offering an assessment of the technical feasibility of the direction of the product as determined by others in the business.
I am thinking specifically of the decision to sideline 64-bit Windows compiler development in favour of the broader, more ambitious goal of delivering a commercial version of Delphi into two additional markets famously served by competing and largely free tools.
What does the “Letting Go” of the R&D Manager tell us about this?
I don’t know.
I do know that people will speculate until Embarcadero front-up and re-assure the community as to the future direction and plans for the Delphi product. They do not need to tell us exactly why Nick was “Let Go” – that is between themselves and him. But aside from the disappointment and problems this might cause for Nick himself, this is unsettling news for the Delphi community.
Some explanation and reassurance is, I feel, needed.
And of course, setting aside any disagreements that Nick and I may have had over the years in the newsgroups etc, I sincerely offer my best wishes to Nick and his family for the future. I am sure that an individual of his caliber and talents will have no difficulty in securing the very best opportunities available, and any future employer shall I am sure find him to be an invaluable asset.
Embarcadero’s loss shall be somebody’s gain.