By: J.D. Hildebrand
Abstract: The familiar visual development and cross-platform capabilities of Inprise/Borland's Delphi give Visual Basic developers entry to exploding Linux market.
The familiar visual development and cross-platform capabilities of Inprise/Borland's Delphi give Visual Basic developers entry to exploding Linux market.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., June 21 -- Inprise/Borland today announced a solution which gives Visual
Basic developers worldwide an entry into the exploding Linux market by taking advantage of the cross-platform capabilities of
Borland Delphi. Responding to a strong demand by Microsoft Visual Basic developers to gain Linux development capabilities, as shown in a recent independent survey, Inprise/Borland is launching an aggressive worldwide awareness campaign, including seminars, direct mail, electronic and print advertising, and special offers. The campaign will focus on showing Visual Basic developers how Delphi can be used to create applications on
Windows and port those applications to Linux.
"With the release of Delphi for Linux
(Kylix) later this year, Delphi will be the only native visual RAD tool that supports cross-platform Windows and Linux development," said Ben Riga, director of product management, Inprise/Borland. "Delphi has always had strong support for Windows and developers using Delphi today are also on a fast path to Linux."
"There are strong similarities between the Delphi and Visual Basic application development environments for Windows. Visual Basic developers will feel very comfortable developing in Delphi," said Steve Garone, vice president at International Data Corporation. "This solution will be attractive to the approximately 7.5 million Visual Basic developers worldwide in 2000."
Evans Marketing, an independent research firm providing market research focused on the software development community, polled 468 Visual Basic developers worldwide regarding Linux development and other topics. The results indicated that 36 percent of Visual Basic developers in North America and 53 percent outside of North America are interested in creating Linux applications in 2000. Please visit
www.evansmarketing.com for more information.
Inprise/Borland is hosting a series of seminars worldwide to explain to Visual Basic developers what the company is doing to make it easy for them to develop for Linux, as well as for Windows. The U.S. seminars are being held in San Mateo, Calif., on June 22 and Princeton, New Jersey, on June 21. The European seminars are scheduled to begin in early summer, and in India later in the summer. For more information, please visit
Borland Delphi is Inprise/Borland's rapid application development tool for Windows. Designed to help individual and corporate developers rapidly deliver Windows applications, as well as extend those applications to the Internet, Delphi radically simplifies the integration of Windows and browser clients, web servers, middleware and back-end database systems. Inprise/Borland is currently developing its Delphi for Linux product through its Kylix project. The Kylix project is a component-based development environment for two-way visual development of GUI (graphical user interface), Internet, database and server applications. Kylix will be powered by a new high-speed native Delphi/C/C++ compiler for Linux and will implement a native Linux version of the Borland VCL (Visual Component Library) architecture. The Borland VCL for Linux is designed to radically speed native Linux application development and simplify the porting of Delphi and C++Builder applications between Windows and Linux.
Inprise/Borland is a leading provider of Internet access infrastructure and application development tools and services for all major platforms, including Linux, Solaris and Windows. Founded in 1983, Inprise/Borland is headquartered in the Silicon Valley, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Inprise/Borland at
www.borland.com, the community site at community.borland.com
or call the company at 800-632-2864.
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