Autumn again. And I hope that also this year we’ll have (again) a winner for Spirit of Delphi Award. Besides of marketing speak I do think that this form of recognition is quite important in order to keep the community together, like a family…
Already, some movements are seen: Jim McKeeth interviewed Andreas Hausladen (the last (?) winner in 2007 – IIRC in 2008 we were all ‘occupied’ with the new Delphi 2009 and forgot about this – shame on us), someone else asked for the complete list of winners. For your convenience I repost the list here:
- 1998: Robert M. Czerwinski (The Delphi Super Page) and Fedor Koshevnikov, Serge Korolev and Igor Pavluk (RX Library)
- 1999: Marco Cantù and Bob Swart
- 2000: Maxim Peresada (Torry’s Delphi Pages)
- 2001: Project JEDI (a collective award)
- 2002: Mark Miller (of CodeRush fame)
- 2003: Ray Konopka (Raize Software)
- 2004: Nick Hodges (Lemanix then – now – oh, well…)
- 2005: Pierre le Riche (FastMM4)
- 2006: The community
- 2007: Andreas Hausladen (DDevExtensions, VCL Fix Pack and IDE Fix Pack. Much of the code of his DelphiSpeedUp were incorporated into Delphi 2007 and most all of it into Delphi 2009. Component Toolbar in Delphi 2010 – adapted text from Jim’s blog)
Also, on Meta.StackOverflow.com there is a question related to our theme, saying Are there famous developers using StackOverflow?. Go there, link your SO.com account (you’ll receive 100+ points reputation just for that) and push up our folks.
Nick is the first, at the time of writing just behind Bjarne Stroustrup ( 🙂 ) and Allen & Barry a little bit lower but on the same place with Eric Lippert. Jan Goyvaerts does very good and also Andreas Hausladen is present. Go and vote for them – this is beyond our personal preferences (if any) it will help everyone if we’ll make Delphi more respected and known.
…returning to our main theme, Spirit of Delphi Award 2009, do you have some candidates?
Please write them down in the comments and I’ll make a poll to see who’ll win. Well, I don’t want to bias anyone, but taking in account that is better to give this award to someone who didn’t receive it yet, isn’t an Embarcadero employee and “did the most for the rest of us” – I’m thinking at (at least) two persons who, perhaps, can be candidates for this Award:
1. Zarko Gajic (“About.com Guide to Delphi Programming since 1998” – as is written in his blog). As perhaps you know, is #1 Delphi Site which provides tips, examples, help, how-to’s etc. In my humble opinion it is an invaluable resource for our community. Also, I do think that without this site, our community would be way smaller. (hint, hint, doc team).
2. Peter Below. Well, what can I say about Peter Below? For the ones who doesn’t know him, the words are quite incapable to describe who he really is. He is and was (and I hope will be) one of the best (if not the best) TeamB members in giving technical support in Borland, Inprise, DevCo, CodeGear, Embarcadero’s technical newgroups since… I don’t know when. Many many many years ago for sure. His very humble and skilled presence gave always a feeling of confidence to all of us.
Let me tell you something: While I was preparing this post I searched for info about Peter Below. Doing a Google with his name gave me a heap of more than 150,000 results. But the appealing moment was when I tried to add some keywords to refine my search. Pressing the spacebar and preparing to write something, Google, which usually floods my browser with a sea of keywords, this time returned just one word:
And I think that this says it all.
What do you think?
PS: Should we institute also a ‘Delphi Community Award’ to find which is the most popular Embarcadero employee?