While I'm not exactly the first one to do so, I would like to throw my congratulations out there as well. I just listened to this interview
about the creation of Delphi, and it definitely brought back memories.
At the time, I was working for Med Data Systems, Inc. out of San Diego in my first gig out of college. It was a great time of learning and finding out exactly what it meant to be a professional software developer. One of my tasks was to port our DOS codebase to a Windows application. Since we used Turbo Pascal for DOS since version 5.0, it seemed like a natural fit to stay with Borland. We looked at TPW and VB, but in the end, once we saw what Delphi was like, there was no need to look any further.
My boss, Steve Belkin, and myself ended up flying up to the launch event in San Francisco (try explaining to your girlfriend that you're heading up to San Francisco over Valentine's Day and see what kind of look you get ). It was every bit the event that you've heard it was. If anything, the reports don't do it justice. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the event first-hand, from the initial technical session where we got free software, to watching the stampede of people on the floor clamoring for the trial copy. Not to mention, Borland throws the best parties in the industry, and this one was probably their finest ever. I do miss Cadillac Margaritas...