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25th birthday for Delphi #Delphi25th

Incredibly it has been 25 years this Valentine’s Day since Delphi was first released. I read a pre-release magazine article about it and it was completely obvious that this was going to be a whole new way of doing things for me – and all for the better too.

Now, 25 years on, I am an Embarcadero MVP for the USA and I spend every single day coding in Delphi. It has for the last couple of decades been the primary source of my income. But it doesn’t just stop with me – it’s also chugging away behind the scenes working to provide services for millions of employees in the UK through my apps and I have software in 66 different countries translated into almost as many languages.

It’s a pretty wonderful thing. If I could travel back in time to when I was 14 years old I could show Younger Me all I have achieved as a software developer, the countries I’ve visited and even amaze my teenage self by telling him how I no longer live in rainy England but instead bask in the Texas sunshine in Dallas – and as a US Citizen too with an American wife and daughter. Mind blowing. Delphi has played a consistent and on-going part in how my life has turned out, for the better.

As part of this week’s celebrations a few of the MVPs, myself included, have made videos talking about how they were influenced by Delphi and what it means to them. My video, which includes some personal history and background to the work I do, appears above.

Happy 25th birthday Delphi!

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