My last post was about Microsoft’s Bizspark program. When I started that post, it’s entire premise was built on the hypothesis that I would want to start a Micro ISV. As I wrote more and more of it, I kept saying to myself, why not? Give it a go? You’ve got no excuse now.
Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t just the cost of Delphi that kept the idea just that, an idea. There are other things, but the fear of failure is a really strong deterrent. I guess that fear is still there, but if I do fail, I won’t have spent a few thousand Dollars/Euros/Pounds setting up my development environment.
I’ve got a few ideas for products. Some of them pretty good. I figure whatever I do, I’ll be learning, and that’s always a good thing. So I signed up for Bizspark. I thought I’d have to go through hoops. I thought it would be hard. In fact it was really easy. I just found a partner willing to back me, and I’m in, I’m now a Bizspark member.
I’m slipping slowly away from my Pascal roots. It does hurt, but I have to follow my head and not my heart. At work we are moving away from Delphi, I’ve got to keep up, and start thinking more like a .NET developer, and less like a Delphi one.
A few of the comments to my previous post, said forget licenses, use a pirate copy of Delphi 2009. Well, that just doesn’t feel right to me. Ironically though, Codegear get no money from those pirates, but they get no money from those of us who just can’t afford the price of their product either. Nobody wins.
I’m sure I’ll be using Delphi for a few more years to come (First smile since the start of this post). It’s what I’m paid to do. But the decision has been made at work. Sooner or later I’ll be doing C# full time.