Monthly Archives: November 2009

36 – Žarko Gaji?

Today we have a great interview with Silver Helmet of Delphi Legends Community Award winner Žarko Gaji?Follow on Twitter from Delphi.About.com.  Be sure to checkout his interview on Wings of Wind.

Some of the stuff we talk about:

  • Teaching developers new to Delphi.
  • Answering Delphi questions.
  • Delphi Best Practices.
  • The advantages of a free Delphi.
  • The move to Embarcadero.
  • And a lot more.

I really enjoyed this interview and Žarko is a great guy who does a lot for the community.

A couple points of news:

  • I actually interviewed Primož Gabrijel?i? previously, but unfortunately lost most of the audio.  So I will get with him an record it again.
  • I haven’t had any posts for a while because my database filled up with stats, which prevented adding new posts.  Thanks to Jamie Ingilby for his help troubleshooting it.  I reconfigured it to keep the stats size down.  Shouldn’t happen again.

Tell Cary a Birthday Story

Cary JensenToday is Cary Jensen‘s birthday, and all he wants is your Unicode migration stories.  He is putting together a white paper on Unicode migration, and he needs your stories: both success and horror stories.  He hopes to capture what the migration was like in the real world, to help others who are also migrating to Unicode.  So you give him a present, and we all benefit!

The call is out for Unicode migration stories. If you have encountered a Unicode-related challenge migrating your existing applications to Delphi 2009 or later, other Delphi developers have the opportunity to learn from your success.

Author and Delphi developer Cary Jensen is looking for real-world stories about Unicode migration for inclusion in a white paper on migrating Delphi applications to Unicode. With your input, this white paper should serve as a valuable resource for the entire Delphi community.

What Cary needs are brief descriptions of the challenge or challenges that you encountered, along with your solutions. He will mention your name in the white paper if he includes your story (unless you want to remain anonymous).

Cary is a great guy, and he does so much for all of us, so why don’t you send him a nice birthday present of a Unicode migration story.  You don’t need to gift wrap it, or even put candles on it.  If you are feeling festive when you are done, then you can eat a slice of cake (or whatever you do to celebrate) in his honor.

While today, November 5th is his Birthday, he is accepting gifts through November 27th, but the sooner the better!

Delphi Legends 2009 Community Award

Community NomineeJohn Thomas of Wings-of-Wind.com started a community poll. Originally he was calling it the Spirit of Delphi award, but then it was pointed out that the Spirit of Delphi is awarded by the Delphi R&D team. Well John didn’t let this discourage him, so he renamed it the Delphi Legends Community Award.

John kicked off the poll process by nominating Zarko Gajic of Delphi.About.Com and Peter Below of TeamB. Then the community nominated a number of others, including myself. Just being nominated among such other great Delphi legends is quite an honor.

In the end around 500 developers voted and I received 11% of the votes, ending up with 4th place, making me a Nominee. The other winners are:

Other nominees include

Also Primoz Gabrijelcic won the nobility prize for encouraging other to vote for Peter Below.

Be sure to check out the interviews with a number of the winners, including me.

35 – Hadi Hariri

Today’s interview is with Hadi Hariri.

Hadi Hariri is Technical Lead at iMeta Technologies, an ISV specialized in developing complete IT solutions. His passions include software architecture and web development. Book author and frequent contributor to developer publications, Hadi speaks at both national and international conferences and user groups. He is based in Spain where he lives with his wife and two sons and runs the Malaga .NET User Group.  You can catch him on his blog or on Twitter.

We caught up with Hadi at the start of day 2 of SDC 2009.