Nick Hodges

Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene #152

23 Mar
  • As you may know, we are moving to a new office very nearby where we are now.  We got to visit the new digs today.  Friday is moving day, and we’ll be in the new place for a great new start on Monday morning.  I’m excited – I think that the move will be a great fresh start for us in a new place.  We’ll be moving from offices to cubes, so that will be a bit of a culture shift and an adjustment, but it should be great.  Pursuant to the move, of course, we have been and will be migrating servers to our new location.  So if things aren’t working 100% correctly, give it a bit and try again.  If things are persistently not working, then let us know.  Our IT team is working very hard to make sure that the migration goes smoothly, but there will inevitably be hiccups along the way. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
  • From time to time, people ask how to make a deep copy of an existing instance of a class.  Well, using the new, super cool RTTI, Alex is on the case.
  • Our Haiti Auction got written up in the San Jose Mercury News.  Nice!
  • New Delphi site offering specials on Delphi components:
  • One of the best parts about Delphi is the awesome community, and one of the best parts of the community is the JEDI team.  These guys are awesome, and provide and an incredible amount of value to all of us.  They had some newsgroups at that have apparently stopped working. As a result, they have a new server at where you can point your NNTP newsreader on port 119. 

30 Responses to “Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene #152”

  1. 1
    Delphi Fan Says:

    >We’ll be moving from offices to cubes … but it should be great

    LOL, you just keep telling yourself that :-)

  2. 2
    Uwe Raabe Says:

    >We’ll be moving from offices to cubes

    That was one of the main reasons to quit my last (very well paid) job. We had a private offices when I started, but after two weeks a brillant manager decided that the information flow in our department could be better.

    Did you ever read "PeopleWare"? Anyway, forward a copy to your boss.

  3. 3
    Tobias Giesen Says:

    The main problem I have with cubes is other people’s phone calls … maybe those should be made in a separate room. Do software developers make a lot of them? I don’t …

  4. 4
    Ken Knopfli Says:

    "We’ll be moving from offices to cubes"

    Oh, dear. You have my sympathies.

  5. 5
    Luke Says:

    I agree with others here. Cubes are horrible. All those phone call and popcorns. Private offices are what developers need and even Joel blogged about it.

  6. 6
    Fabricio Says:

    Agreed with all people. Cubes works for little teams - otherwise that is all that noise around.

  7. 7
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Following up…

    Yes, I’ve read Peopleware. But I also accept the realities of the current economy and marketplace. We’ll make it work.

    The phones almost never ring around here, so I think that won’t be a problem. It will be a big culture shift for us, but we will adapt, be flexible, and make things work.

  8. 8
    Kryvich Says:

    Nick, move to Belarus, to the Hi-Tech Park!
    You’d have excellent offices and the fast Internet almost for free in comparison! :)
    BTW the taxes for the park’s residents are very low.

  9. 9
    Bruce McGee Says:

    Wow. People are really down on cubicles.

    It could be rough if people are inconsiderate and have loud conversations, use speaker phones or hold impromptu meetings in the middle of the space. Otherwise, it might not be so bad.

    And, on the bright side, if someone in the office likes to whistle, there aren’t any walls to get in the way of whatever you choose to throw at them. :)

  10. 10
    Ciprian Popa Says:

    I will "miss" the good-ol’ Borland paradise site …. not that I’ve been there :)… but it was just a great place !

    Any chance that (some of) you’ll post some photos with the new site ?

  11. 11
    dingo Says:

    "But I also accept the realities of the current economy and marketplace. We’ll make it work."

    How reassuring..not!

  12. 12
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Dingo –

    The reality is that almost /no/ software company can or should maintain an "office for everyone" facility. I’m not sure that you should not be reassured by that fact.

  13. 13
    dingo Says:

    "The reality is that almost /no/ software company can or should maintain an "office for everyone" facility. "

    ..except maybe the best software companies?

  14. 14
    Nick Hodges Says:

    No, except maybe the biggest.

  15. 15
    Uwe Raabe Says:

    Having private offices doesn’t make a software company the best. I also have to admit that the Joel Test ( only mentions "quiet working conditions".

  16. 16
    Fabricio Says:

    "The reality is that almost /no/ software company can or should maintain an "office for everyone" facility. "

    Ah, ok. You are a software company from a poor country… Oh, wait! You are a software company in the richest country of the planet. I could believe it if you are from Venezuela or Colombia, (or even Brazil where offices normally means command status - even when the "office" is just an thin wood division with a glass).

  17. 17
    Luke Says:

    Nick Hodges Says:

    "But I also accept the realities of the current economy and marketplace. We’ll make it work."

    But you are one of the Delphi managers for god’s sake! If EMB can’t afford offices for their managers then we’d better start learning C#!

    In my environment cubes are for entry level keyboard hitters!

  18. 18
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Guys –

    We are doing fine. It’s not a big deal, seriously. Managers have offices, if that makes you all feel better.

  19. 19
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Plus, I should add that the space we were in was way to big for us, and thus way to expensive for what we needed. We are saving /a lot/ of money, and we are in a more efficient, effective space than where we were.

    If you don’t believe me, stop by and I’ll show you. See the two places, and I think you’d agree that it is a good and wise change.

  20. 20
    Thomas Pfister Says:

    the distance to the sushi-bar and wendy’s is now very less for the developer there ;
    but on my next visit of Scotts Valley I think I’ll miss the great park behind the old office; really love this park! But many of the team worked in cubes in the old office, are there smaller cubes or only one area with all the developers, except some managers?

  21. 21
    Dorin Duminica Says:

    Hi Nick,
    I have a question which haunts my mind "Is Delphi 2011 going to be cross platform or at least it will have a 64 bit compiler?"
    Please respond to this question via my email or here.
    Thank you very much!

  22. 22
    John Jacobson Says:

    "We’ll be moving from offices to cubes"

    Unfortunately, this is a very common thing these days, even at very solid companies. My current day client has two to a cube right now and plans to get rid of cubes altogether in a few months, in favor of open tables, and it is a huge multinational corporation with roughly half a million employees and literally billions in profits every quarter. It is solely to save money and thus boost stock prices everywhere it is done. It doesn’t improve productivity at all, in fact it seems to have the opposite effect. The exception is that it greatly encourages people to work at home. I hope that work-at-home option exists for developers working on Delphi, and that they have quiet home offices, because Joel Spolsky is exactly right about this.

    I know that the Delphi team can’t have been too large these last few years, but it still depresses me to see them moving to a non-descript small office building with only a few parking spots and no satellite-visible amenities. Nevertheless, I know that bigger products than Delphi have been maintained and improved in smaller facilities than this.

  23. 23
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Jake –

    There’s plenty of parking. ;-)

  24. 24
    John Jacobson Says:

    I guess I should add that moving CodeGear into new space is a lot better than shutting down altogether, which is what a lot of medium and small businesses have had to do in this most difficult of economic climates. If Embarcadero had needed to close down CodeGear they would not be moving them into new quarters, since moving a company or subsidiary is pretty expensive in the short run, they would have shut them down instead. So I guess this can be seen as a cause for optimism. Delphi has survived the worst economic calamity since The Great Depression. That is no slight feat.

  25. 25
    HMcG Says:

    Well, from experience, I can say that it isn’t the building that dictates a companies success or failure, it’s the people, and the team spirit. A half-empty building with too many disappointing memories, or a new place to go with the new, vibrant feel buzzing around Delphi these days? Think of it as a restart-up!

  26. 26
    xsintill Says:


    Sorry this is unrelated to your post. But it seems quite a few video’s of yours are not accessible anymore. Do you have any idea what happened to them. In the video section I came across just 4 of the original 30 camtasia video’s. Those 4 seem to be broken also.


  27. 27
    Bruce McGee Says:


    "I know that the Delphi team can’t have been too large these last few years"

    Good news. According to David Intersimone, this is not the case.

    "We now have more people working on Delphi than ever before."

  28. 28
    Nick Hodges Says:

    xsintill –

    We are in the process of moving our offices and data center to our new location, so I suspect that many of them are currently offline. If they continue to remain off line after this week, please let me know.


  29. 29
    Hein du Plessis Says:

    Great news, but I whish NNTP would die already. Whats wrong with a proper web forum??

  30. 30
    Nick Hodges Says:

    Hein –

    In my opinion, NNTP is a great, fast, and underrated way to communicate.

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