Borland, in the midst of a turnaround after years of financial struggles and strategic missteps, is preparing to go head-to-head against Microsoft next year with new programming tools that allow developers to build software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system and its overarching .Net software strategy. Borland’s suite of tools, code-named Galileo, will be positioned to compete against Microsoft’s popular Visual Studio.Net tool suite, said Ted Shelton, Borland’s chief strategy officer. In the meantime, Borland has just released Kylix 3 for Linux.
Borland to Wield Tools Against Microsoft
Submitted by dave_sn 2002-08-24 General Development 14 Comments
Sounds soooooo good. Bit late, but good nontheless. Besides, would Borland make a Galileo-like IDE for Linux?
Welcome back Borland. I hope they release those DELPHI/KYLIX/C++/JBuilder in one package like Visual Studio. Now, let’s war begin!
It is an uphill task. But I think they might take a huge chunk out of VS .NET’s userbase. But if it promises developers higher productivity (being more faster, better bug finding etc.) it would slowly eat its userbase.
My biggest problem with Borland’s Kylix is they refuse to provide SQL support for Postgresql or MySql unless you buy a copy of Kylix. If you want Sql support you can pay $1,999.00 and you’ll have it. What good is an open source compiler that doesn’t support data manipulation?? My opinion, support FreePascal http://www.freepascal.org, Lazarus http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org, or even GNU Pascal http://www.gnu-pascal.de
All I got to say is good luck to Borland in their quest against Microsoft… they need some competition in that space!
My biggest problem with Borland’s Kylix is they refuse to provide SQL support for Postgresql or MySql unless you buy a copy of Kylix. If you want Sql support you can pay $1,999.00 and you’ll have it.
Not at all. The Professional Kylix version, $250 (upgrade $130), gives Mysql / Postgresql drivers. Great deal. See the feature matrix (pdf):
Borland’s writing their .NET IDE in the .NET framework, and are going to be helping Mono on their port of .NET to Linux. So we should be seeing borland’s next Delphi running natively linux, and hopefully Mac OS X.
Especially on the Mac, Borland will sell a TON of these – it will bring lots of business apps to the mac, too…
Hey, and Borland has been doing excellent financially for more than 2.5 years, making profits through the recession – plus they are sitting on nearly $300 million cash.
I just bought C++Builder 6. It is a beautiful tool. I have always loved Borland’s tools (except for JBuilder – I never got into that one) because I can release products faster using them. C++Builder is sure better that trying to grope around MFC or some other crap offering from MS.
Database programming is awesome too in C++Builder, Delphi and Kylix. I hope Borland does well.
I long for the old BC5 product line – ever since they went down the Builder route, they just kept on alienating a lot of developers. Every new Builder release, we order the evaluation disk and run screaming away 4 hours later. The whole wizard concept, as well as design interface first and backend later is opposite to every developers work pattern (back end first, then interface). The old BorlandC product line (finished with BC5) had this as its central philosophy, and with Builder they screwed it up. The only person at work who likes the Builder philosophy is the only Delphi programmer here.
Yes, I am the one who came down from the mountains and gave Phillipe a floppy disk with Sidekick on it.
Sorry, pal, but that was the old days when Borland was all about lean and mean.
These days, it is all about bloat and baggage. The new tools are slow, clunky, and fat compared to the speed demons of the past.
But all those ‘features’ keep the corporate dollars rolling in.
Sure there may be a lot of useless RAD bloat, but whats to stop you just opening a project file and starting from scratch with no forms/RAD? I do that all the time.
As long as they are developing applications for the ms platform (API) there is no actual competetion and Micro$oft will remain the winner. This is exactly what they want, competition within the Microsoft product.
Hehe …VT was the only one who realised the true situation. Come on ppl…how can u belivede that Borland is competing against MS ??? They are creating an IDE for MICROSOFT .NET Framework ? How can you talk about competition here ?
Borland will sell the new Delphi IDE. How abou C++ Builder ? Do you think that will stnd a chance against VC++ ? Especially considering that the Everett realese of VS.NET will finally have the .NET form designer for VC++.
Borland lost the battle….
I think it’s great that Borland is trying to compete with MS again. But I wouldn’t buy Borland stock. May be ‘put’ options.
If they make a really competing product Microsoft will kill them with some cruel licensing schema and if they are smart enough they release their code to open source.