Sip From The Firehose: August 25, 2000 - Calling All Visual Basic Luminaries

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.

Calling All Visual Basic Luminaries

Friday, August 25, 2000
Scotts Valley, CA

Leverage your Visual Basic skills and embrace 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."

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 presented it 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:

  • Adopt Linux Without Abandoning Windows
  • Moving to Linux is More Evolution Than Revolution
  • 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.

    What is this column about?

    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.

    How do you know if you are a luminary?

    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

  • Visual Basic Programming Book Author
  • Visual Basic Conference Speaker
  • Visual Basic Magazine Article Author
  • Visual Basic Certified Instructor
  • What you need to do if you fit the description

    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.

    RAD Developers Do It Faster!

    David Intersimone
    Vice President, Developer Relations

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