Simon Kissel popped up on the Embarcadero forums recently, in the first instance only to announce a small update to his CrossKylix project (it was last publicly updated six years ago). This was in the Delphi third party group; following that, he appears to have written a short ‘I’m back’ post in non-tech.

While I got to read his first post, I haven’t read the second, since it was deleted shortly after it was published. Moreover, the first has now been removed too. Why? Who knows exactly, but TeamB (and more specifically, a small subset of TeamB) have traditionally been given the power by Borland (and presumably now Embarcadero, if only by convention) to delete posts as they see fit.

With respect to this specific case, there is also some history involved; in very general terms, the enthusiastic supporter who ends up feeling disappointed and let down by the supported can end up doing something he may come to regret, notwithstanding the provocation. The relevant episode was several years ago though, and I can say for sure that the first post just deleted was completely innocuous, and probably the second too. Simon Kissel, it appears, must nevertheless be considered a non-person.

It may, of course, have been an Embarcadero employee who did the deed, notwithstanding past precedent. If so, then that should be that. If it were a TeamBer though, then matters are perhaps more questionable: for it may, one might think, be in Embarcadero’s interests to cultivate a potential enthusiast for Delphi’s new direction, not alienate him for a second time.


Just come across this via the Embarcadero forums.  While it’s ‘heaven’ rather than ‘haven’, the difference is only really obvious when you say it.  In my defence though, the blog appears to have lasted less than two weeks, despite the volume of posts…

Hello world!

OK, we’re up and running: basically, I’ll just be posting some Delphi code of mine to this site, either with an open source or public domain licence.  Well, more exactly, I’ll be posting information on some Delphi code of mine that I’ll be uploading to Embarcadero CodeCentral, the latter because, well, it’s both appropriate and free ( doesn’t allow posting ZIPs or binaries).

Chris Rolliston, May 2009.