Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Delphi for PHP

Delphi for PHP

Yes, folks, Delphi for PHP. What will those boffins at Borland (sorry, Codegear) think of next? I am really hanging out for "Delphi for QBasic". "Delphi for Command.com".

But don't get me wrong - I am a Borland fan from way back, being quite intimately familiar with Delphi versions from two to five, and CBuilder versions from five all the way up to five. I say "intimately", but that's just an expression, you realize? I mean, I was nowhere near there, and the so called "eye witnesses" don't know what they're talking about, and anyway where does it say those alleged acts are illegal, when applied to software? Unlikely, yes. Insane? Possibly. But... and here's where I quickly change the subject...

Why, this very day I developed in both CBuilder and Delphi, and did a damn fine job of it too, if I do say so myself. And I do so say. Often.

But, and here at last is the thing, it's just not exciting anymore. The spark is gone. Borland (Codegear. Whatever) doesn't turn me on like it used to, and I'm not even sure why. Perhaps it is the outrageous pricing of most of their products, or the fact that their $3000+ Delphi 5 Enterprise was delivered in a paper sleeve - for that price I expect a jewel case, dammit - or the tragic disappointment that was Kylix, or it could even be simply that I've moved on from the Windows experience to greener pastures of VMS and Linux. Or, in this specific case, it just might be that I don't really see the point. Developing PHP? Vim does quite nicely, than you.

Also, the last Delphi app I developed wouldn't compile on account of all these ":w" bits in the middle of the code. Damn buggy IDE.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ant Farms

I repaired a friend's computer recently. Not my friend, but you know, somebody's. Ok, she is my wife's friend, if you really must insist on getting every little detail, but frankly I think just saying "Not my friend, but you know, somebody's" sounded much cooler and now you've gone and ruined the whole thing and maybe I should just forget it and run away to some place quiet and calm far far far from this ant farm we call "society"...

There were several problems, including faulty RAM, spyware, adware, and the odd virus. Well, ok, it wasn't that odd. It was quite an ordinary virus, however "the ordinary virus" doesn't have much of a ring to it.

But that's quite beside the point, as it turns out, for the point - apart from providing lots of great opportunities to use the phrase "ant farm" - the point is actually around here somewhere...

The thing is that, given the insane ant farm in which we spend our days, it can be satisfying to occasionally help out just because you can, and in whichever way you can. You don't need to be wealthy to create a windfall moment for another resident of the ant farm.

Ok, so it was just about saying "ant farm". Ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm ant farm.