CodeGear has a new CEO. But why? There’s the usual bland stuff in the press release:
Today we made a change to the leadership team at CodeGear. Jim Douglas is joining as CEO of CodeGear. Jim will be responsible for driving CodeGear to the next level, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the CodeGear team under Ben Smith’s leadership.
Departing CEO Ben Smith has a blog entry that is no more revealing.
Judging by comments on the Borland newgroups, developers are fearing the worst. The problem: a change of CEO is a sign of instability, when CodeGear customers need reassurance that their preferred tools are in good hands. I didn’t see any previous suggestion that Smith’s appointment was intended to be short-term.
There’s still nothing to touch Delphi for native Windows (if you don’t need 64-bit). And tackling PHP tools is a great idea. But in a difficult market the company cannot afford many slip-ups.