John Kaster

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BDN improvements

with 5 comments

There’s an ongoing discussion on a subject near and dear to me on the Delphi non-tech newsgroup regarding budget for BDN, and I thought I’d share some good news and suggestions about BDN here.

For the record, the budget for application development on BDN has been doubled in the second half of this year. People will see the fruits of some of this budget around and during BorCon. Furthermore, we have been able to order at least one new server per quarter for the last few years, and now that we’ve got enough database-capable servers and Borland has implemented some terabyte networked storage facilities on gigabit networks, we can get at least 3 web servers per quarter (this is the first quarter for 3 at a time, and the new servers are already on the way). This will allow BDN to have identically configured web application servers that are load balanced, and located in different geographical regions around the world, which will tremendously increase reliability and responsiveness.

Having load balanced servers that support fail over means that we will be able to update the applications on any server box without having to make the service unavailable, unless we have to do maintenance on the database providing information to the entire application. These servers are all going to host multiple applications.

For example, once we get the new servers in a few weeks, CodeCentral, the threaded conversation server, and QualityCentral will all be running on three identically configued but physically different boxes located in two differenet geographic locations, and browser requests will be load balanced transparently among the three serves.

If you like BDN, there are other ways to to help increase Borland’s allocation of resource for it. Ratings and comments on articles can directly help increase budget for BDN. Our new COO, Scott Arnold, is very metrics driven, so information that goes beyond hit counts is essential in demonstrating the value of BDN to him.

So, if you want to see more services offered more quickly on BDN, please take the time to rate and comment on the things you see and use.

I’ve also mentioned previously that you can post feature requests and bug reports for BDN directly to QualityCentral, so they will remain there until we do something about them! Please help make BDN what you want it to be.

Thanks for using BDN!


Written by John Kaster

August 12, 2004 at 7:53 am

Posted in EDN

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  1. WONDERFUL to hear re: budget increases, etc. I still think one of your greatest markets is in end-user application developers (as opposed to "enterprise" developers); Delphi is still so superior in many ways to the other tools available at this point in time.

    FUD is Delphi’s (/ Borland’s) biggest enemy, in my opinion (has been for a long time). An increased presence on the good-old-fashioned "developer support" front can make a significant impact on clearing FUD from the room.

    THANKS for what you’re doing, and for what you’ve already done at BDN. It’s helped me out many times! : )


    August 12, 2004 at 10:29 am

  2. Just to clarify — I meant to type: (as opposed to JUST "enterprise" developers)


    August 12, 2004 at 10:34 am

  3. Thanks for the positive feedback. You should start seeing changes far more rapidly on BDN around the end of this year. If there are things you want to see, remember to request them in QualityCentral!

    John Kaster

    August 12, 2004 at 10:36 am

  4. This is great to hear, John. I think BDN and CodeCentral is an excellent resource for developers. Keep up the good work!

    David Clegg

    August 12, 2004 at 4:41 pm

  5. That’s really good news John! No need to say, that BDN and Codecentral have been for long time somehow my second home places, as for other Borland community members too.

    Keep up the great work!

    Valentino Kyriakides

    August 31, 2004 at 4:28 pm

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