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By: David Intersimone
Abstract: We're looking for a few Visual Basic luminaries to help us help the millions of Visual Basic programmers take advantage of the programming opportunities on Linux.
Friday, August 25, 2000
Scotts Valley, CA
"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."
Several months ago, Borland launched an initiative
the Kylix project to create new versions of Delphi and C++Builder for the
Linux platform. Kylix is well on its way to becoming a reality; we recently
at our annual developers conference in San Diego.
Kylix will be the first RAD tool for Linux an object-oriented, component-based RAD
environment that will make it easy for any Windows programmer to create
applications for the Linux platform. Kylix will do for Linux what Visual
Basic and Delphi did for Windows: enable a generation of programmers to move to the new
platform and spark an explosion of new applications that contribute to the
operating systems success.
We think that Borland Delphi and Kylix will give Visual Basic developers the fast path
to Linux. Visual Basic programmers will feel right at home in the productive Delphi environment.
Open a form, drop some components onto it, connect them to a data source, and
youre up and running. Basic programmers tell me that the toughest part of
moving to Delphi is remembering to sprinkle in all the semicolons that Object
Pascal requires. (But dont worry the IDE will remind you!) Single-user
applications, Web apps, client-server appsDelphi can do it all. And its
supported by a large community of third-party tool and component builders who
make your programming time more productive.
The Gartner Group has written a couple of timely articles about the adoption
of Linux by developers:
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
for more information.
We're looking for a few Visual Basic luminaries to help us help the millions of
Visual Basic programmers take advantage of the programming opportunities on
Linux. I dont have
any inside information, but I doubt Microsoft will create a version of Visual
Basic for Linux. So if you are interested in exploring this exciting new
platform, if you want to stake your claim in the wide open Linux space, then
Delphi is the answer. Its as close to VB for Linux as you are likely to get.
We invite you to be part of the Linux revolution with Kylix.
Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, defines as "a
person of prominence or brilliant achievement". More specifically,
you're a Visual Basic luminary if you are a
Send me an email message. Let me know the luminarial things (books, articles,
web sites, lectures, courses, etc) you've been doing for Visual Basic.
I'll send qualified Visual Basic luminaries a free copy of Delphi Enterprise (a
$2500 value). Open up the box, install Delphi, and give it a spin.
Youll find tutorials and help files to assist you in getting started;
additional resources are available at our online developer community,
You can browse our online catalog of tools and components at
You may see some familiar names on the Tool & Component Builder list, by the
way; many Visual Basic add-on vendors also support Delphi with top-quality
software components. Most have already committed to making versions of their
products available for Kylix on the Linux platform. So you wont have to
rebuild your applications from scratch.
Vice President, Developer Relations
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