After Anders Hejlsberg left Borland to Microsoft, Danny took over the steering wheel of the flagship product (and probably the life-support at that time) of Borland: Delphi, and started a great resurrgence of this once glorious piece of software.
Danny joined Microsoft last year (April 2006) after spending a short time with Google. When I joined Microsoft a year ago, my boss happened to be on his annual vacation. So I was working on the Contact Control project temporarily. I was very surprised to find out that one member of our 3-dev team is called "Danny Thorpe". I double-checked with my office mate and yes, it is indeed the "Danny Thorpe".
Besides his technical expertise, Danny is one of most classy people I have met in my life. His low-key style and humbleness makes it obvious that he is not just a great software engineer but also a wonderful person. A lot of good things have happened to me during my one-year in Microsoft. Having the chance to meet and work with Danny is definitely one of them.
Although my officemate and I were the first 2 to know his decision of leaving Microsoft during a lunch with him a week ago. it is still very sad to see Danny’s official annoucement today: http://blogs.msdn.com/dthorpe/archive/2007/10/05/leaving-microsoft.aspx. While it is very unfortunate for Microsoft to lose such a great talent, I will always wish him the best luck in his new adventure and his life.
Byebye, Danny. We will miss you.