Some of you may have read a recent article by Verity Stob on Reg developer. The article talks about the “Sons of Kahn“, “the valley of the Scotts“, “The word of Tod“, and “The March of the Users“. Take a look, it is very entertaining. After reading the online article, I took it upon myself to send an email to Verity Stob to make sure some things were cleared up and to have some fun. Below you will find my email and also the reply I received today.
David Intersimone wrote:
love the article and the fun words. I am one of the Sons of Kahn. I was hired by PK in June of 1985 and have stayed a loyal follower. We are still here in Scotts Valley working on Delphi, supporting Delphi, promoting Delphi. Delphi is not going anywhere except to the new company that we are building with the help from investors. The article goes on to say: "And the David-Eye of the Sons of Kahn came forward to speak unto the users of Delphi. And he said: Yay! Whoa! Go Borland! Way to go! Game on! Woo! Go Delphi! Yay! " It finishes with "And the Sons of Kahn returned to the valley of the Scotts, and waited. And waited…"
We are not waiting for anything. We are moving forward, developing Delphi, working on updates, technology previews and future versions according to our public roadmap. The story will end with the following:
- The sun’ll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
There’ll be sun!
Just thinkin’ about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!
When I’m stuck a day
And lonely, I just stick out my chin
The sun’ll come out
So ya gotta hang on
Come what may
I love ya Tomorrow!
David-Eye of the Sons of Kahn came forward and he spoke: your love of Delphi is close to our hearts and souls.
You, the chosen ones, the disciples of Delphi, will code in the sun for yarns to come.
We are walking together, working together, and having fun together.
Lo and behold, it will soon be said that we see the bright future and it is Delph-ee / Delph-eye.
The Delphi-faithful raised up their voices to the Developer Gods and sang:
(Lyrics to the song “Tomorrow“ from the musical “Annie“. Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin)
I received the following reply from Verity Stob:
From: Verity Stob
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:49 AM
To: David Intersimone
Subject: Re: Reg reader comment: Borland’s Delphi goodbye
Thanks for your e, your kind words about my piece, and for playing up to the character I gave you. Many of the Users of Delphi have also written to me, and they too have behaved rather as as I portrayed them.
Natch I was well aware of your (pretty rare by now, I would guess) status of first generation S of K. I will continue to watch developments at Borland with interest, both as writer and Delf programmer. I wish you luck turning it around.
I have forwarded your email to my editor for consideration in his letters pages.