It's my 20th Year
as a member of the "online" Delphi community ...
... but I've started using Delphi when it first came out in 1995,
so that's almost 22 years with Delphi
for me (so far).
Even though I have used a number of other programming langauges
and development tools over the years (Basic, C, C#, Java and Assembly
- to name a few), no other programming language or development
environment has managed to grab my attention for as long as Delphi.On February 14th is Delphi's 22nd birthday
. Only two weeks
later (March 2nd) will be my 42nd birthday. I've spent more than half
of my entire life with Delphi. Over the last 12 years, I've been an active
Borland / CodeGear / EMBT Partner and a Delphi component vendor.
So far, I've managed to get by only from the revenue generated from
selling RTC licenses. It wasn't easy and there have been months when
I was really frustrated about my almost non-existend income,
but ... something always came up and I would manage
to get just enough to pay the bills.
Today, a friend has pointed me at a software piracy website
the components I'm offering are being distributed for free, illegally.
I can't really blame people who have downloaded pirated copies of my
product - especially if they can not afford buying a commercial license,
but I do condemn
those who keep missusing my trust
a license to get the full source code, then issue a full chargeback from
their Bank, leaving me to pay all the reverse transfer expenses, and then
they go and upload my product on piracy sites
for everyone else to "enjoy" - for free.
It is illegal
. It is unethical
. And it makes me furious
But there is nothing I can do about it, except try to make people aware that every single pirated copy hurts
the developer who created that product
If you don't want to end up with your own commercial product being
stuck because of an outdated 3rd-party component set which you've
helped to "kill" by using a pirated copy, please consider buying a commercial license
before your product ships.
And if you are making money with your own product, which you've
built using commercial 3rd-party components and/or tools, please
consider supporting that 3rd-party component/tool
by renewing your license or keeping your subscription active
Delphi is a very small community, where every
single paying customer makes a difference.Thank you.