I’ve been a long time lurker and enjoyer of reddit. I find that the content post to proggit is much much better than that posted to similar services. One element of programming.reddit that has always made me quite sad is the apparent lack of fresh Delphi content submitted. I recently started trying to post more content and encourage more discussion on the Delphi.subreddit which could benefit with a little activity.
I still believe that participating in these communities and making visible “noise” does credit to the delphi community. Some of you may remember that I extolled the virtues of this point just over a year ago in another post, The Delphi Community: From the outside.
This is all particularly relevant in a month when, the largest community gathering, delphi.non-technical has been filled to the brim with little which might give a potential newcomer to the community any kind of welcome feeling what-so-ever. Also this month a set of stats generated from the GitHub API showed that Delphi was the 39th largest language on there, another online property that I advocated our further involvement with. Without saying that we should be much higher, I would say that I would like to see more Open Source Delphi projects on there. We could also do with more of a vocal presence in many other areas too but I guess this requires organic community growth (allbeit slightly prompted).
The recently unveiled previews of RAD Studio XE may not be the cross-platform upgrade that some people hoped it would be, it does represent the next product version of the Delphi we know and love. If what the Embarcadero staff are saying in the newsgroups of the quality this release is true then it will be a worthy addition to the family (if not as groundbreaking as we’d originally hoped). Indeed I liked the look of the new integrated tools for the Delphi IDE revealed today and will await the next previews but even if that isn’t your cup of tea it still leaves plenty to shout about.
What I’m advocating is that we retain a little perspective and focus on what is in the Delphi XE release and not what isn’t and use this as a conversation starting point to start making more noise about Delphi in “public places” with a view to reinvigorating the community. Which reminds me: what other communities/online properties could the Delphi community benefit from making better use of?
In other news: I’ve also got what I consider to be an exciting Delphi community based side-project which you may all potentially get to see very soon…