Par: David Intersimone
Résumé: There's a lot of buzz about Linux. At Inprise/Borland, it's more than just buzz. We are totally committed to Linux.
Tuesday, December 7, 1999
Scotts Valley, CA
There's a lot of buzz about Linux. At Inprise/Borland, it's more than just buzz. We are totally
committed to Linux. We are also committed to providing our products for Windows, Java, and other platforms. It is
great to see the activity surrounding Linux. It is great
for the industry, great for developers, and great for us.
In my June 5, 1996 column titled David I's Quest for the
Holy Coffee Metaphor" I talked about my trip to the JavaONE developers conference and my thirst for the new language
and platform. I mused about my desire to see new programming languages appear that developers were interested in. For the
past few years I have also wondered whether another operating system would appear that would grab the hearts and minds of
developers and along came Linux.
The JBuilder 3 Foundation is an all Java development environment for developing and deploying Pure Java 2 applications on the platform of your choice. Find out how you can download your free copy at our
JBuilder Foundation home page. The JBuilder Foundation is designed to be extended by Inprise, our partners and our customers. It is the starting point for creative new ways to improve the Java development experience.
JBuilder 3 Foundation for Linux requires Sun Microsystems'
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE), v 1.2.2 for Linux Release Candidate JDK or later. The Linux Release Candidate was co-developed by Sun Microsystems and Inprise Corporation. This JDK also includes Linux porting work done by the Blackdown Organization - Thank You Blackdown. You can download Sun's
J2SE release candidate at http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/earlyAccess/j2sdk122/index.html.
Where can you find more information about where up to with Linux? The following are a few links to sources of information
on our web site.
Stay tuned to our Borland web site and Community
web site for all the latest information.
Inprise collaborates with Sun Microsystems to produced a Linux version of the Java(TM) 2 Platform.
Inprise/Borland Linux home page
Borland Linux Developer Survey Results
C, C++, and Delphi development announcement press release
Inprise and Corel Corporation announce strategic alliance
Inprise Signals Linux Intentions
John Kaster's 1999 Linux Business Expo report
Inprise swamped by response from Linux developers
CBS MarketWatch article
You can already get your hands on some of our products for Linux. The following are links to trial versions of VisiBroker,
our JBuilder Java 2 Just-In-Time compiler, and InterBase. These are just a start. Stay tuned for more announcements.
Now Available for Linux! VisiBroker for Java 3.4 and C++ 3.3
JBuilder Java 2 Just-In-Time Compiler for Linux
InterBase 4.0 for Linux (free download)
Introducing JBuilder Foundation for Linux, Solaris, and Windows
To be slash dotted is both a painful and wonderful experience all at the same time.
This summer we put up the Borland Linux Developer survey. I was the guy who wrote the first survey web application. I built
the Windows CGI application using Delphi and InterBase. We placed the web application on a underpowered and over utilized
Pentium II 200mhz machine for testing purposes. Nothing in the application was optimized,
not the html generation, not the program logic, nor the database logic. I hacked out the application in the few spare hours I had the week before I left for our 10th annual Inprise/Borland
conference this past summer. No time spent perfecting the application, no time spent tuning the code or the database. The goal
was to get it done, put it up and watch it smoke. What would you expect from a Vice President who dabbles as a coder once
After a few minutes of testing, we decided to post a link to the survey web application on one Linux site to test
in real time. After all isn't that what the web is all about? Within minutes the link had spread to hundreds of Linux web
sites around the world and the poor little Windows NT box started smoking and shaking. I spent the next several hours
optimizing everything in real time, the program, the database. We even moved over to a faster machine. It was fun, I'd
tasted the thrill of Internet time. And I received the coveted "I've been slash dotted" award.
Over the weekend we were contacted by the nice people at InfoPoll who said they
had heard of our efforts and offered to host the survey. Their survey system is also built with Delphi, but they specialize
in Internet based polling and have great machines to run surveys on. Over the next three weeks over 24,000 developers responded
to the survey. A postscript to this story. My little survey web app that could was a fun and humbling experience. I'm
sure that I'm the only developer that this has ever happened to. It is a reflection of the bad things that can happen when
you don't spend adequate time on design, coding, testing, and tuning. On Internet time we don't always have the luxuries we have
on human time. The great thing about the Internet (versus buring software on CDROMs) is you can constantly replace and improve
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