Overview of the Delphi Community

By: Charles Calvert

Abstract: This article provides an introduction to the Delphi Community.

Overview of the Delphi Community

Welcome to the Delphi community. My name is Charlie Calvert and I will act as the liaison for this section of the Borland community site. You can mail me or fabulous Delphi luminary John Kaster at any time if you have questions or suggestions about this part of the site. If you need a general introduction to the Borland Community site as a whole, check out David I's article on that topic.

The Delphi Community is the official Borland run home base for Delphi developers on the web. Here you can find articles by and for Delphi developers of all stripes, inclinations, ages, and skill levels. Many of the articles on this site were written either by Borland Developer Support, or by Borland Developer Relations. However, other articles of all kinds will also be mapped through here, including the occasional article by Borland R&D or other luminaries in the Delphi community.

At this time the Delphi community is divided up into eight neighborhoods:

  1. Components
  2. Database
  3. Distributed Computing
  4. Multimedia and Graphics
  5. Platforms
  6. Programming
  7. Tools
  8. Web Technologies

Many of you might want to mark one of these neighborhoods as your home page, or at least as your main link to the Borland Community. Why go to the Borland Community front page each time, if your main interest is in Delphi database programming? This place is meant to feel like your home, and so you should feel free to go to your part of the community -- to the place where you feel most comfortable.

These neighborhoods are not meant to be set in steel as the final, and ultimate correct divisions for the Delphi community. Over time, neighborhoods will almost surely be deleted or updated.

The success of this site is partly dependant on your efforts. If you want to contribute to one or more of these neighborhoods, or if you want to become the person who helps steer one of these neighborhood, then you should contact me and we will try to find a way to make you an active participant. For now the best way to contribute is in the form of articles, either short or long. Over time, however, we would like to appoint luminaries from the Delphi community to run some of these neighborhoods.

I know that many of you contribute regularly to the Delphi news groups. In the news groups there are some topics that you see covered over and over again. Perhaps you personally have answered the same question umpteen number of times. If you want, you can now write a short article for one of the Delphi neighborhoods, or perhaps for CodeCentral, and then just reference people to that article or CodeCentral entry. (You can access CodeCentral at any time by clicking the link at the top of most pages in the Borland Community site.)

If you want to become one of the paid writers who work for J.D. Hildebrand to create the Developer News section of the site, then you can email them with your request. For now, most of the articles in the community itself will probably be generated internally by Borland employees, or by those of you who would like to cover yourself in glory by charitably contributing to our site in some small or large way.

Once again, this is your site, and we want it to be a place where you can feel at home, find the information you need, and learn about the Delphi Community. Hopefully we can even find some ways just to have fun here. Let us know if you have ideas on how we can improve the site, or if you have some contributions that you want to make.

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