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Borland Divesting in IDE Product Lines
Posted 14 years ago on 2/9/2006 and updated 9/18/2009
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Borland to sell Delphi, C++Builder, JBuilder, etc.

 A blog topic from adamlum's Blog
 Tags: Borland , Delphi , IDE


Borland Software yesterday announced their plans to seek a buyer for their Delphi, C++Builder, C#Builder, and JBuilder line of developer tools.

They also announced their plans to buy Segue Software Inc., a company that primarily deals with developing testing solutions. Borland will seek a buyer for the portion of their business associated with IDE, including the product lines: Delphi, C++Builder, C#Builder and JBuilder.
Open source, and particularly IBM/Rational’s Eclipse, has made it almost impossible for independent software vendors to make money creating and selling IDEs. Borland will now be focusing its attention on “Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)” and what it describes as “Software Delivery Optimization (SDO)” rather than continuing to provide and improve the tools developers use to create software applications in the first place. Borland intends to work closely with the IDE buyers in an effort to integrate future versions of the IDE tools with the advancement of their ALM tools. Borland’s exit from this facet of software development has left the door open to IBM/Rational and Microsoft to convert loyal Borland developers into their respective Eclipse and Visual Studio.NET camps. With highly skilled developers in Borland Delphi and Visual Studio.NET, Prestwood Software is home to all of your programming solutions. Contact us today to find out more!

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I guess a lot of us Borland IDE product users have been wondering for a while, now. We've watched Borland try to reinvent itself as Inprise, seen the joke that was Delphi 8, and groaned at the roughness of the initial release of Delphi 2005 (subsequent patches have really improved it, though). And we've watched, with mixed feelings, as Microsoft snapped up the brains at Borland.

Good for the guys Microsoft wooed away from Borland - bad for us loyal Borland IDE users.

When I was at Borcon, year before last, and I kept hearing all they hype about their ALM products, I began to understand why Delphi pricing had become so outrageous.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see if somebody out there will have any interest in picking up the IDE line, and, if they do, what they do with it.

Wouldn't you just love to see Corel buy Delphi and do the outstanding job with it that they've done with Paradox and the BDE?

We might all be better off if Borland followed Turbo Power's lead. When TP decided to get out of the VCL component business, they released their products as open source.

Better yet, let's get Philippe Kahn to buy back the Borland Development tools. Just imagine: Turbo Delphi 10 - $99! (That's what we used to pay for Turbo Pascal and Turbo C)

In the long run, I don't suppose it really matters. Delphi 7 & 2005 remain solid tools for Win32 development. For the future, which looks to be owned by .NET, Microsoft already has fine IDE tools. And, for those addicted to Object Pascal, just drop Chrome into Visual Studio and you have "Delphi for .NET"

Well, it's been a great ride this past decade with Delphi. I've always thought Delphi was the finest development platform for Win32 apps - period. Still is. But when Win32 finally shrivels up and fades away - do does Delphi.

Posted 14 years ago

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My hope is that someone with some money buys Delphi. It's still the best Win 32bit development tool. I'll keep using it to develop Win32 apps. I think Delphi (and by implication Win32 based apps) are viable as a Windows development tool at least until after the completion of Microsoft's migration from the Win32 API to a DotNet API. Whether you target Win32, DotNet, the browser, a particular PDA, Mac, Unix, Lynix, etc. is the primary determing factor when considering a particular development tool. Some of the commercial applications we build for our clients target DotNet and some target the Win32 API.

When talking about development tools, there is NO single answer. Each project we work on has a unique set of project and client circumstances. Some of our clients are developing internal applications, some are developing commercial applications they sell, some need access to data over the internet or a WAN, some need cross platform functionatility. As of Feb 2006, I am recommending the following for NEW application development:

DotNet - VS.Net
Win32 API - Delphi
Browser-based apps - ASP.Net, ASP
Webserver Components - DotNet or Delphi Webservice
PocketPC - VS.Net
Palm - we no longer develop for the Palm
Lynix - we no longer develop for Lynix
Cross-Platform Win/Max/Unix/etc - Java using Swing

So, if a client come to me and wants to develop a commercial application they need to sell now, we'll discuss both Delphi/Win32 and VS.Net as a target platform. In the furture, perhaps as soon as early 2007, we'll push all our clients toward targeting DotNet. Even now, our preference is a DotNet app and then

For DotNet, I currently think the best tool is VS.Net. Delphi 2005 and 2006 are decent competitors but they miss a compelling reason to use them over VS.Net. Delphi was successful because of several compelling reasons to use it over VB and Visual C++.
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