By: David Intersimone
Abstract: Tony de la Lama, Vice President and General Manager of Borland's Java Business Unit, presents a review of where the JBuilder Team has been and what you can expect from the JBuilder Team in the future.
This past year has been without a doubt the most interesting and
exciting time in the history of the JBuilder (TM) product line.
Now in its third year of release, JBuilder continues to lead the
industry in providing Java Enterprise developers with solutions to
complex development problems. I'd like to take this opportunity
to review with you where we've been and what you can expect from
the JBuilder Team at Inprise/Borland in the future.
In the Spring of 1999, we released JBuilder 3.0, the last Windows-
only version that we will ever produce. Our customers have
repeatedly asked that we produce versions of JBuilder for their
platform of choice and we've come through for them. In November
1999 we released JBuilder 3 Solaris Edition, the first version
built upon the new, all-Java architecture that had been under
development for over a year. By the end of the year, JBuilder
Foundation, which ran on all three major platforms, Windows,
Solaris and Linux, was released to rave reviews.
During this time we also released our all-Java, relational
database, JDataStore (TM). Bundled with our Professional and
Enterprise versions, this very fast, small footprint database
provides an outstanding solution to our customers' local storage
Let's not forget the industry and reader's choice awards we've
received over the last year. These awards help confirm that
you've made a wise choice in selecting JBuilder as your preferred
Java development environment.
Looking ahead, we still have our work cut out for us. As J2EE
technologies continue to emerge as de facto standards for high-
powered web development on the Internet, you can expect us to
continue to provide industry leading development tools. To better
focus on the needs of our Java development customers, we have
reorganized our team into a Java Business Unit. This business
unit includes JBuilder and JDataStore products, as well as the
preview release of HandHeld Express and other not yet announced
Although the newly formed Enterprise Business Unit will include
VisiBroker (R), Inprise Application Server (TM), and AppCenter (TM)
products, both groups will continue to leverage the synergy between
our two product lines.
Finally, I'd like to personally thank you for buying our products
and for your undying loyalty. In my eleven years here at Borland
I've never forgotten who I really work for; you the customer.
Please continue to let us know what your needs are and together
we'll ensure that our Java products remain the best in the world.
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Tony de la Lama
Vice President and General Manager
Java Business Unit
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