Apparently I am the devil
This has been quite a week for me. Apparently my post on C# hit a nerve and I have so far gotten around 34 hate-mails. That’s a first even for me. I have been out a rainy day before as we say in Norway, but hate mail over programming? If facts hurt you that much then please seek professional help. With great haste I might add.
Jon is the devil
But the biggest shock was getting a phone-call today. From a friend of mine who runs a Delphi company. They have recently started to use Smart Mobile Studio for some light mobile clients, projects where Delphi would be overkill or to demanding.
A while back he hired a guy from the FPC / Lazarus team (both products that I love by the way!). When this coder, who shall remain anonymous, found out I was a personal friend on Facebook — he bloody went and quit his job!
Apparently he could not find it in his heart to work for a company that regarded me as a friend. Because, in his words, I was lucifer himself. Why? Because I pose (in this deranged individual’s mind) a threat to Freepascal and all the work they had done.
I’m not sure what to even respond to this. My natural instinct is to lay down on the floor and laugh until I cant feel my legs, but at the same time I feel a bit sad. Sad that grown men, adults, people who probably pretend to be role models for their kids, can even do shit like this.
That FPC forum again
Sadly, my involvement with Freepascal and Lazarus is insignificant at best. But they dont like people who hit back when bullied, and this has festered into the conspiracy nutters they represent today.
I once had plans to help freepascal by writing an alternative IDE. Something roughly 100+ other developers also wanted by the way. I also helped out by submitting code to get special folders on Windows, Linux and Unix through a common set of functions. And that’s about the extent to my involvement with their codebase.
I also warned them, together with two others, both respected members of the Delphi community, that a popular fork of Lazarus was breaking every possible GPL rule known to mankind (!) — And I did this in order to protect Lazarus/fpc from getting caught in the middle of a potential lawsuit.
If protecting Lazarus from harm is a diabolical, hellish act of evil – then I guess am guilty as charged. And I would do it again because Freepascal and Lazarus deserves to be protected. It is a cornerstone of the pascal community. It’s only so damn sad that many of its representatives (especially the self-proclaimed ones who couldn’t code a compiler if their life depended on it) practically molest and insult new users for no good reason. So much so that people avoid FPC and Lazarus because of it.
But people quitting their job because I supposedly am Lucifer incarnate, that’s a new high. Or low, or whatever comes natural. Coming face to face with mental illness on this scale is new to me, so I need some time to digest this.
But dude, seek help. Professional help. Call your doctor and get a huge glass of Valium, take two pills and contemplate every possible meaning of the phrase “social refactoring“.
You need to set some serious break points in your reasoning. Because quitting your day job over a misunderstanding on a web-forum, that my friend is reason in ruin.
You see, if I was full of shit; If I produced crap code, or indeed – if my predictions and analysis of trends were wrong (which they rarely are) – then you could sink me quite easily. But when that is not the case, when in fact I write pretty good code, when I share my knowledge and help people the best I can, when I keep up to date and invest back in the community I love so much; then the situation is very different.
You will discover that I can bite back and be just as nasty as you. But I choose not to, because you don’t treat people like that. If growing up has a perk it’s that you understand the value of kindness and companionship, of community and helping each other.
So why not solve this like a civilized, normal human being? just ask. Give me a call, get the facts. Dont sit there like a 14-year-old girl and base your assumptions on rumors. If in doubt, just call me up and ask. Then we can put whatever misunderstanding there may be to rest. You might even discover that I’m actually a nice guy!
Now back to the Delphi community where people are friendly, positive, creative and easy going!