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Byebye, Danny

I wrote the following last Friday:
Today is the last day for Danny Thorpe in Microsoft. If you know a software company named "Borland", you probably know Danny. If you have read 李维’s book 《Borland传奇》,you probably know Danny too:

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: 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.


10 responses to “Byebye, Danny

  1. miaomiao October 9, 2007 at 2:39 am

    Where is he going?

  2. 蚊子 October 9, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    乍一看标题,以为他pass away了…

  3. 小狗儿 October 9, 2007 at 11:45 pm


  4. Demon October 10, 2007 at 2:08 am

    @ miaomiao & Mira: to a start-up in bay area
    @ 蚊子:厉害。。。
    @ XN: 嗯嗯,可以理解。

  5. Steven October 11, 2007 at 2:40 am


  6. October 11, 2007 at 9:33 am


  7. Xie October 11, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    It seems Danny is hopping onto the next stage of his IT career. Like a flash in the pan…
    But, anyway, it should be a benign circle.
    Wish Danny would spark & radiate along the way!

    Perry Xie
    Claims & Investigation Officer
    MB Insurance Group Pty Limited
    ABN 96 070 982 106
    PO Box 361, St Leonards NSW 1590
    Tel: 02 9966 9777
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  8. Yuan October 13, 2007 at 3:50 am


  9. Demon October 15, 2007 at 1:49 am

    @ Steven: 是啊,到了Danny那个程度就不考虑钱多钱少了,基本是为了追求技术理想在工作。
    @ 兴兴:那你做婚介是不是也希望人离来离去的?:D
    @ Perry: He is just enjoying his life and doing something fun and challenge, : )
    @ ChenYuan: 嗯嗯,同感,: )

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