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Dr.Bob's Borland.comments is a new part of my website with the latest news about Borland/CodeGear, including my own comments and personal feelings. This is also the place to find information about related (developer) events, partnerships and all kinds of related information for the Borland/CodeGear developer tools. If you have any comments or more feedback about what I'm writing here, please let me know!

2010 - Borland's website up and broken
The Borland website is still up, but the most important news item that says "Micro Focus announces the acquisition of Borland Software" points to a broken link. I guess Micro Focus was really really interested in welcoming the last Borland customers...

2009/05/06 - Micro Focus buys Borland's remains
According to The Register, Micro Focus has bought Borland for $67m.

2008/05/07 - Embarcadero buys Borland's CodeGear
According to The Register, database tools vendor Embarcadero Technologies has snapped up Borland Software's unwanted tools subsidiary CodeGear for $23m - $127m less than initially sought.

2006/12/19 - CodeGear QA
CodeGear is the new name for Borland's developer tools business. Builder AU spoke to CodeGear about the handover and direction of the developer tools business under the new banner.

2006/12/27 - Borland's CodeGear rises from the ashes
An article on mentions how the Developers Tool Group was finally turned into CodeGear.

2006/12/04 - Chat with Ben Smith, CodeGear CEO - Monday, December 4, 2006
On Monday, December 4th at 19:00 GMT/UTC, join Ben Smith, CodeGear CEO, and David I in an open community chat on the BDNradio internet site. A replay of the audio broadcast and the chat log will be posted on the Developer Network after the event.

2006/11/14 - CodeGear := TCompany.Create;
It finally happened: CodeGear is the new name for the Borland Developer Tool Group (DTG). Allen Bauer was the first to write about it, and the following articles are also available on the Borland Developer Network (BDN) covering today's annoucement:

2006/11/04 - You May Have Heard...
There is no new news regarding Borland/DTG/DevCo, but here are the main points (just for those who have missed it):

Dr.Bob says... 2006 may later become known as The Year Of The Split, while 2007 will be the revival of Delphi with the release of Highlander (although the revival already started in 2006 with the release of The Turbo of course)...

2006/10/01 - Borland Dumps Core SDP
According to SD Times, "Borland Dumps Core SDP". Core SDP will remain a product, but Borland will be refocusing its marketing and sales on solutions, including the LQM suite of testing and requirements management tools.
Dr.Bob says... I thought Borland worked on Core SDO (Software Develivery Optimisation), and I don't know axactly what SDP stands for to be honest. I just wish they would hurry up the process of "divisting the IDE product lines"...

2006/09/29 - Delphi Highlander Preview
I'm back from EKon 10 / BorCon Europe, where Nick Hodges gave a nice demo of Delphi Highlander and some of the upcoming Delphi language enhancements. In my latest Dr.Bob Examines article, I've written down my personal interpretations of the Delphi Highlander and nDataStore news I heard and demos I saw at the Opening Keynote, Delphi Product Address and Technical "what's cooking" Keynote.

2006/08/21 - Former Dell and Tivoli exec joins BORL as head of R&D
Borland announced that Peter Morowski has joined Borland as senior vice president of engineering, responsible for the company's research and development (R&D) organization. Mr. Morowski brings to Borland a 25-year track record of successfully guiding IT strategy and managing software delivery organizations for companies such as Dell, IBM/Tivoli and Novell.
Mr. Morowski will take the helm of Borland’s global R&D organization, effective immediately, responsible for evolving Borland’s products and technology investments into highly-innovative, next-generation Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions. Mr. Morowski takes over for Rick Jackson, Borland’s chief marketing officer.

2006/08/09 - Borland Q2 2006 Solid Financial Results
Borland reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006, which are above preliminary results as announced on July 5, 2006.
For the second quarter, Borland reported revenue of $77.0 million, GAAP net loss of $19.0 million, or ($0.25) per share, and non-GAAP net loss of $4.2 million, or ($0.05) per share. See also the complete release in PDF.

2006/08/08 - DevCo brings back Turbo!
DevCo is bringing back the Turbo Editions: Turbo Delphi for Win32, Turbo Delphi for .NET, Turbo C++ (Win32) and Turbo C# for .NET will be released on September 5th, 2006, both in a Free (Explorer) and affordable (less than US$ 500) Pro version. IMHO, this is a very good move, and will hopefully bring large numbers of new Delphi, C++ and C# developers to the DevCo community (and the TurboExplorer website).
Note that Turbo Delphi and Turbo C++ include the VCL components, and Turbo Delphi for .NET even allows you to build ECO applications (as well as ASP.NET of course).
There appears to be one gotcha, however. According to Neil Rubenking, you can only install one Turbo edition on your machine at a time. If you want to use more than one "Turbo" version, then you probably will want to use Borland Developer Studio anyway (so for Delphi developers, you need to choose between Turbo Delphi for Win32 or Turbo Delphi for .NET I'm afraid).

2006/05/03 - Borland Unveils New Organizational Structure
Borland announced a restructuring program to accelerate its Software Delivery Optimization (SDO) vision by more closely aligning the Company's investments with its strategic focus on the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) market.
Borland will reduce its workforce by approximately 300 employees, or about 20 percent of its regular full-time staff. The majority of staff reductions will come from the re-scoping of Borland's international operations. Upon completion of the workforce reduction, geographic consolidation, and planned divestiture of its Developer Tools Group (announced February 8), Borland anticipates annualized cost savings of approximately $60 million.

Update on the Developer Tools Group Divestiture
Borland announced on February 8, 2006 the intention to divest its Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) product lines. Nigel Brown, previously vice president of Borland EMEA, has been appointed general manager of Borland's internally formed Developer Tools Group. This group now consists of approximately 180 Borland employees, with sales, marketing and product teams working independently within the Company. The divesture process is proceeding according to schedule and attracting a strong number of qualified bidders. Borland is working to have a buyer identified within the next several months.

2006/03/27 - BDNradio: Luminaries on DevCo
Tomorrow, Tuesday March 28th, 2006, at 10:00 PST (or 18:00 GMT, which means 19:00 for me at GMT+1) there will be a BDNRadio panel discussion on the future of development and database tools. I've been invited to join the panel, and we will discuss current and future opportunities of the development tools and database products as part of a spun off entity (DevCo).
Please see details on this event in EventCentral.

2006/02/21 - DavidI, Michael Swindell & Jason Vokes
During the German Delphi Days there was a session with DavidI, Michael Swindell and Jason Vokes on the IDE spin-out. The whole session as video is available for download.

2006/02/14 - Borland Chat Replays
The following chat replays and logs are now available for download (or listening to):

Listen to the audio replay, or download the mp3 versions.

2006/02/08 - Borland seeks buyer for IDE division
Borland announced plans to seek a buyer for the portion of its business associated with the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), including the award-winning Borland Developer Studio (Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder) and JBuilder product lines.
On Borland Developer Network, there's is a community letter by David I, as well as a letter from the CEO Tod Nielsen.

2005/11/14 - Borland's latest savior
CNET writes how Borland announced on Nov 8th that Tod Nielsen, a seasoned technology executive, will take over as president and CEO, replacing Dale Fuller, who left in July.

2005/11/08 - Borland's New CEO: Tod Nielsen
Borland today announced it has appointed Tod Nielsen to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 9, 2005. Mr. Nielsen will also join Borland's Board of Directors.
Nielsen knows Borland's developer audience well: He spent 12 years working on development products at Microsoft and was chief marketing officer at BEA Systems before working briefly as a senior vice president at Oracle.

2005/11/06-10: Borland Developer Conference 2005
I'm one of the featured speakers at the Borland Developers Conferece 2005 (DevCon 2005 for short), doing sessions on ASP.NET Web Forms Development and Multi-Platform SOAP and Web Services.
A Conference Report is also in the works, and will be a mixture of blog postings and pictures that I hope to be able to upload.

2005/10/10 - Borland Developer Studio 2006
Borland has just announced new versions of Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder, previously codenamed DeXter.
Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006, and C#Builder 2006 are offered together as part of Borland Developer Studio; Borland's multi-language developer environment for Microsoft Windows and .NET applications. It is the only IDE that includes support for Delphi (both Win32 and .NET), C, C++ and C# applications within a single environment.
Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006 and C#Builder 2006, all part of Borland Developer Studio, will be available for pre-order between Oct. 17 and Dec. 1, with customer shipments scheduled for early December.

2005/09/25 - Blogging about Borland and Delphi
In case you haven't read it before, I've started to use my weblog as main means to share news and my feelings about Borland and Delphi.

2005/07/14 - The 24 Hours of Delphi as mp3
It was great fun to be part of the 24 Hours of Delphi event! If you missed it (or want to hear it again) you can already download and listen to the interviews in mp3 format.
One of the things that was mentioned was Highlander, the codename for the Delphi release that will support .NET 2.0. Nick Hodges alsos mention Highlander in his blog.

2005/07/13 - The 24 Hours of Delphi
On July 13th, I participated in The 24 hours of Delphi BDN radio event from 07:00am (GMT) to July 14, 2005 at 06:59am (GMT). There were 24 contiguous hours of live BDN radio interviews with Delphi R&D engineers, Borland partners, book authors, and community members such as myself and Brian Long.

2005/07/08 - Borland CEO Dale Fuller resigns
Dale Fuller has resigned his post of CEO this Thursday, although he will remain as a director. Scott Arnold will be interim president and chief executive officer.
According to Marketwatch, Borland further warns that the Q2 results will be less than expected.

2005/07/01 - The 24 Hours of Delphi
Mark your calendar for The 24 hours of Delphi BDN radio event of a lifetime on July 13, 2005 from 12:00am to 11:59pm PDT (July 13, 2005 from 07:00am to July 14, 2005 at 06:59am GMT). This will be 24 contiguous hours of live BDN radio interviews with Delphi R&D engineers, Borland partners, book authors, and community members such as myself.
During the broadcast, you will be able to submit questions for the radio guests to answer. If you want to submit questions in advance, you may do so by emailing Anders Ohlsson.

2005/05/31 - Borland JBuilder Roadmap
Borland today announced details around the future of JBuilder. The roadmap includes an increasing investment in Eclipse as JBuilder's underlying integration framework, the introduction of new innovative developer collaboration and productivity capabilities, and a clear path for developers to take advantage of Borland's Software Delivery Optimization vision.
For more information, read the Roadmap FAQ.

2005/04/17 - BorCon 2004 Papers
The Borland Developer Network site now also contains the session papers from BorCon 2003 and 2004. The 2003 papers were available earlier, but the 2004 papers are new. My four BorCon 2004 session papers are as follows:

2005/03/23 - Delphi and the .NET Compact Framework?
Several Borland Blog entries have been made by Danny, Allen and Danny again about Delphi and support for the .NET Compact Framework. What do we need? Only compiler support for the Compact Framework, or also a Visual Designer? And in case of a Visual Designer, do we want one based on WinForms or VCL for .NET?
Dr.Bob says... For me, the choice is clear: VCL is the way to go for GUI applications: VCL for Win, VCL for .NET and I'd be very pleased with a VCL for .NET/CF. With a little work you can produce almost single-source applications (with some IFDEFs) for Win32, Linux, .NET and in the future hopefully also Compact Framework...

2004/12/14 - New Borland C++ Open Letter
Borland will continue to develop VCL-based C++. The next version of C++Builder will be part of the Delphi IDE family, enabling you to take advantage of the latest Delphi VCL and IDE framework and many of the new C++ features that you have requested. It is our intention to include this personality in or before the next major release of Delphi.
Dr.Bob says... Way to go, Borland! Thank you!!

2004/09/11-15: Borland Conference 2004 Report
Like previous years, I have written a "live" Conference Report on this website including details of all major events, Borland and 3rd-party announcements and session details.

2004/06/26 - Borland Blogs
Still in beta: the collected Borland Blogs are now organised at on Borland Developer Network. Also available now: TeamB Blogs at

2004/05/26 - Borland teams up with eBay & PayPal
Borland announced a new relationship with eBay that will provide Borland developers with access to tools and resources for creating Web services applications for the eBay and PayPal platforms and communities. Through a joint distribution agreement, Borland will make the eBay and PayPal Software Development Kits (SDKs) available to Delphi developers.
Delphi developers will get access to tools and resources that can help them build highly-available .NET services. These Web services applications will allow developers to tap into the eBay marketplace as well as PayPal's online payment services.

2004/05/13 - Michael Swindell - System Unit blog
Michael Swindell, Director / Product Management at Borland, has started to publish his weblog as well - highly recommended to read!
Dr.Bob says... I think it's great that so many people - especially in the Delphi/.NET Team - are now blogging to keep us informed about "what's cooking" in the Borland R&D Labs. Way to go, guys!

2004/05/09 - Delphi 7 Update #1
Registered users of Delphi 7 can now download Delphi 7 Update #1 from the Delphi 7 download site. This update fixes well over 100 issues. Borland fixed a lot of issues reported in Quality Central as you can see from the README on BDN that has hyperlinks to all fixed issues logged in QC.
Dr.Bob says... Well done, Borland!

2004/04/28 - Updated Delphi 8 License
An Updated Delphi 8 License is now available from Borland Developer Network.
Dr.Bob says... The major change involves point 3 ("Compiled Programs and Redistributables") which not only gives you the right to distribute the redistributable files from Borland (as part of your component or application), but now also gives you the ability to sublicense to your end users the rights to distribute the redistributables. Moreover, 3.6 specifically targets component developers with a special agreement that allows them to grant rights to the components customers (the only thing I'm not sure about is what to do with freeware or Open Source components built with Delphi 8 for .NET).
The bottom line is that we can safely distribute the Borland redistributable files as part of our components or applications.

2004/03/10 - Borland Bloggers
A number of Borland developers have made their blog available, including the following:

2004/03/01 - Borland RSS News Feeds
Jumping on the RSS bandwagon, Borland has made their RSS news feeds available. This news server publishes XML documents in RSS format every two hours (this interval may change in the future). The documents currently include BDN articles, CodeCentral submissions, QualityCentral reports.
For more information, see John Kaster's article or Craig Stuntz's introduction to news feed technology.

2004/02/04 - BorCon 2004: Sept 11-15, 2004
Borland has begun planning for the 2004 Borland Conference to be held in San Jose, California the week of September 11-15, 2004.
The Borland Conference has developed a solid reputation as one of the most informative technical conferences in the industry. The annual Borland Conference is a premier event for technical education and has been the learning event of choice for the software development community for the past 14 years.

2004/01/26 - The Borland C++ Bus - How Soon Will it Ride Again?
Paul Gustavson, co-author of the C++Builder 6 Developer's Guide, has posted the following allegory/commentary essentially to share what he feels captures the current pulse within the Borland user community (especially for C++ users) in a manner that we hope can be beneficial to those at Borland and others.

2004/01/20 - Blake Stone resigns on Feb 6
According to the Dow Jones Newswires, Borland announced that Blake Stone will step down as the company's chief technical officer Feb. 6, according to a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The software development product company also said Roger Barney will resign as its chief administrative officer Jan. 31.
The filing didn't provide a reason for Stone's resignation but said that Barney is resigning to spend more time with his family and return to a career in consulting. Borland Software said it has no immediate plans to replace Barney or Stone.

2004/01/16 - Shakeout in Web Services Market
This article in SDTimes by Yvonne L. Lee is about the shakeout seen in the Web Services Market - securities firm expects demise of smaller players in 2004, with mergers and acquisitions in 2004. Borland is mentioned as a "big fish" that will be looking to acquire others.

2003/12/22 - Delphi 8 for .NET shipping
Just before Christmas: Delphi 8 for .NET is now shipping, and available in three editions: Professional, Enterprise and Architect (see also the Feature Matrix). A Personal edition will most likely also become available (just like trial versions), so stay tuned.
Dr.Bob says... The Borland Developer Network already has some articles on Delphi 8 for .NET, and my first Delphi for .NET Training Days will be held on January 22nd and February 19th (on ASP.NET).

2003/11/14 - What's New in Delphi for .NET
The Borland Delphi website now contains information about the three Delphi 8 for the Microsoft .NET Framework editions: Architect, Enterprise and Professional (no Personal, yet) as well as links to PDF files with the Data Sheet, the Tech Overview, the System Requirements and FAQ.

2003/11/11 - Delphi for .NET Launch
On Tuesday evening, 11th November 2003, Delphi 8 for the Micrsoft .NET Framework was launched in The Netherlands at the European Borland Conference in Amsterdam.
Dr.Bob says... I had the priviledge to be allowed to demonstrate the ASP.NET functionality during this launch event, by building and consuming an ASP.NET Web Service, and showing how to make ASP.NET Web Forms with the Borland Data Providers and some very cool DB Web components.

2003/11/1-5: Borland Conference 2003
The 14th annual Borland Conference (and Borland's 20th Anniversary) was held from Saturday (Nov 1st) until Wednesday (Nov 5th), in San Jose, CA (USA).
Dr.Bob says... I've done a pre-conference tutorial (on XML & SOAP), a session about dbExpress, and a Birds-of-a-Feather session on RemObjects SDK.
The latest Delphi (for .NET), C#Builder and other news and updates were reported "live" from BorCon in San Jose and can be read in my special BorCon Report at

2003/10/30 - Open Letter to the Borland C++ Developer Community
J.P. LeBlanc, Vice President and General Manager of the Borland C++ and Mobile Business Unit, writes an open letter to members of the Borland C++ developer community on details and migration to C++BuilderX, Borland's latest offering for C++.

2003/10/14 - Octane Preview Teaser #1
John Kaster and Anders Ohlsson demonstrate how quickly and easily you can build .NET WinForms applications with Delphi for .NET. Delphi for .NET is a complete solution for Microsoft .NET application development, for WinForms applications, ASP.NET applications, Web Services, servers, or any other kind of software you can build for .NET. The Delphi for .NET compiler produces fully managed .NET applications.
Dr.Bob says... For more information on Octane, see my Octane or Delphi for .NET sections.

2003/10/02 - Octane: (only) Delphi for .NET
Simon Thornhill has just published a revised Open Letter on the Borland Developer Network in which he addresses a change in plan for Octane, which will now include Delphi for .NET, but no Delphi 8 for Win32. In his Open Letter, Simon mentions Octane - the codename for the new version of Delphi - which will "include a complete Delphi language implementation for .NET, a full .NET implementation of the VCL framework and designers, full support for Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web Forms, Web Services, ADO.NET, ECO Model Driven development and much more."
For more information, see also the Octane and Delphi Q&A.

2003/09/26 - Octane Preview: Delphi for .NET
Anders Ohlsson and David I have shown previews of Octane at EKon 7 as well as the special Borland day in The Netherlands (yesterday). An article on Borland Developer Network covers in some more detail what was shown.

2003/09/01 - Borland Conference Europe
The 2003 European Borland Conference, has been rescheduled to November 10-12 in Amsterdam.
Dr.Bob says... I'm part of the Advisory Board, and we've selected good sessions from well-known and respected Speakers, for Borland Developers from all over Europe, enabling access to the latest information on .NET and Borland.

2003/08/19 - Borland Appoints Blake Stone CTO
Borland announced the promotion of Blake Stone to chief technology officer (CTO), effective immediately. As CTO, Stone will help to further the Borland vision for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), helping organizations to align business needs with software development by tightly integrating the design, development, testing and deployment phases of the application lifecycle.
Blake Stone joined Borland as an architect in 1997 and was instrumental in delivering the JBuilder product line as a 100% pure Java implementation. He most recently served as chief scientist at Borland and over the past year has helped to define the Borland (ALM) strategy, playing a key role in the company's acquisitions of Starbase and TogetherSoft.

2003/06/25 - Sip From the Firehose
In his latest Sip From the Firehose, David Intersimone covers Borland solutions for the application lifecycle. Blake Stone, Borland's Chief Scientist sets the ALM stage, and our customers and industry analysts tell the story about Borland solutions for the application lifecycle.

2003/06/03 - C#Builder and SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
Borland and Microsoft announced an agreement to ship Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition with Borland C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will create a Borland page (to go live in July) that is accessible via the SQL Server website where developers can obtain information about Borland C#Builder. Also this summer, the two companies are planning to jointly host a series of seminars designed to show customers the benefits of the two products.

2003/05/27 - Microsoft and Borland Webcasts
Microsoft and Borland present solutions for the Microsoft .NET framework. There will be two webcasts. The first one is on May 27th (today) 9:30am to 11:00am Pacific Time / 12:30pm Eastern Time, about Borland Application Lifecycle Management Solutions for the Microsoft .NET Framework presented by Alison Deane, Borland VP of Solutions Marketing and Anthony Witecki, Consultant, Microsoft Corporation. The second one is on June 10, 2003 - 9:30am to 11:00am Pacific Time / 12:30pm Eastern Time, about Borlands Application Lifecycle Management solution for the MS.NET Framework.

2003/05/08 - Borland C#Builder box screenshots
Anders Ohlsson has provided a first look at the screenshots that are on the product boxes of C#Builder.

2003/05/06 - Borland JBuilder 9 and C#Builder announced
Borland announced a lot today. First of all, JBuilder 9 was announced: Borland targets this new JBuilder Release as the Java Developer's Portal for the Java Application Lifecycle. Also, Borland announced a new version of Borland Enterprise Server; a J2EE deployment solution for small- and medium-sized businesses. Thirdly, Borland announced something new called Janeva that closes the gap between .NET and J2EE (as well as CORBA).
Finally, Borland has also announced C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework, to be available June 6th, 2003 in four editions: Personal, Professional, Enterprise, and Architect.
Dr.Bob says... For more information about C#Builder, see the C#Builder Visions section of this website.

2003/04/25 - Borland introduces ALM Strategy for .NET
Borland introduced its application lifecycle management (ALM) strategy for Microsoft's .NET Framework, integrating the definition, design, development, testing, deployment, and management stages of the software application lifecycle. This solution underscores the ongoing Borland relationship with Microsoft and its commitment to help organizations easily create software applications for the Microsoft .NET Framework. By integrating the phases of the application lifecycle, Borland helps enterprises deliver better software, faster with a higher return on investment.

2003/04/22 - Borland C#Builder (official name of SideWinder)
C#Builder will be the official name of SideWinder, according to C!Net that writes: "The first fruit of Borland's .Net efforts is C#Builder, a programming tool that use Microsoft's C# language. C#Builder, code-named Sidewinder, will be available this summer in a few different editions, according to Borland executives."
"The company will follow the completion of C#Builder with a bundled suite of .Net tools that Borland gained during a series of acquisitions last year. The .Net-specific tools will address the process of defining application requirements, the design phase, programming, testing, deployment and management."
Dr.Bob says... For more information about C#Builder, see Borland's C#Builder page (featuring a sneak preview) or my own C#Builder section.

2003/04/17 - Octane: Delphi 8 and Delphi for .NET
Simon Thornhill has just published an Open Letter on the Borland Developer Network in which he addresses some of the concerns that Delphi developers were having regarding the future of Delphi. In his Open Letter, Simon mentions Octane - the codename for the new version of Delphi - with full support for Windows 2003 and the .NET Framework. Octane will still support both VCL and CLX, as well as 100% pure .NET with Windows Forms, ASP.NET WebForms and Web Services, and ADO.NET, as well as a .NET version of the VCL (for migrating existing VCL applications to VCL). Octane will be based on a Windows-based IDE core supporting both Win32 and .NET development (Delphi 8 and Delphi for .NET), and is expected to ship at the end of 2003.
For more information, see the Octane and Delphi Q&A (which also mentions SideWinder).

2003/03/31 - Borland wins three Software Development Jolt awards
Each year at the spring Software Development Conference, Software Development magazine gives out the prestigious Jolt awards. This year, as we can read in David I's report, Borland won three Jolt awards:

2003/03/15 - Borland Project "SideWinder"
For those of you who can read Dutch: Micha Somers of Borland in The Netherlands has performed a session about Borland Solutions for .NET at the SDGN Conference to the Point yesterday. A session report is now available, including photo's of the SideWinder C# IDE in action!

2003/02/20 - Delphi for Microsoft .NET Preview Update
The Borland Developer Network features information and a link to the Delphi 7 Registered Users page from where we can download the new Delphi for Microsoft .NET Preview Update.
This 14.6 Mb update includes additional new Delphi RTL and VCL units, a dfm2pas.exe that enables you to convert dfm files to pas files for the .NET framework, as well as a "GUI" interface (plug-in) for a more convenient approach to .NET application development. This accumulative update to Delphi for .NET Preview includes the previous update that was available in November of 2002.
Dr.Bob says... I'm preparing some new articles about the new Dfm2Pas tool as well as more advanced ASP.NET stuff like Code Behind etc.

2003/02/14 - Jason Vokes (Borland) on Borland and .NET
Jason Vokes, Borland European Product Manager for RAD Solutions, has not only sent me the first two screenshots of SideWinder, but also kindly participated in a little on-line/e-mail interview with me.
In this interview, Jason talks about the .NET developments at Borland, including SideWinder and Delphi for .NET.

2003/02/07 - First SideWinder Screenshots
Jason Vokes from Borland EMEA has sent me the first two screenshots of SideWinder, which can now be seen at

2003/02/04 - Borland SideWinder: a C# IDE for .NET
According to InfoWorld Borland is getting ready to go up against Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET with an IDE (integrated development environment) for the Microsoft .NET Framework.
The IDE with codename Sidewinder does not yet have a formal product name and will not ship until this summer. Sidewinder is a C#-based development environment for building applications on the .NET Framework, including ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and WinForms, according to Borland.

2003/01/28 - Borland licenses Microsoft's .NET Framework SDK
Interesting articles on InfoWorld and CNET News describes that Borland has licensed a key piece of Microsoft's .NET software (the .NET Framework SDK) and will release a new line of programming tools for .NET later this year. Last year, Borland acquired TogetherSoft, which makes application modeling and design tools. The forthcoming Borland products that incorporates the .NET Framework SDK will include an enhancement to TogetherSoft's current .NET product.
The official press release from Borland is also available now.

2003/01/15 - Borland ponders strategy for 2003 and 2004
An interesting article by ComputerWire on The Register writes that Borland executives will spend the next three months evaluating the impact of recent acquisitions (TogetherSoft Corp, Starbase Corp and BoldSoft MDE AB) and plot strategic goals for the next two years. The acquisitions are designed to make Borland's Java and .NET development environments more appealing to developers.
According to the article, Borland will launch its long-awaited .NET Development Environment this summer.

2002/12/16 - Microsoft also after Rational (and/or Borland?)
Microsoft will be bidding for Rational Software as well (trying to outbid IBM). However, if Microsoft can't get Rational, they may be interested in taking over Borland instead (who recently bought TogetherSoft).
In a related news flash, CNN says: "in a major strategy shift, Microsoft Corp. will introduce software based on the Linux open source operating system in 2004 for Web services and server software, market researcher META Group predicted on Monday." (last week's monday, that is).

2002/12/10 - IBM to Acquire Rational Software
IBM will pay 2.1 billion for Rational Software (Rational Rose and other tools). For some reason, eWeek has pulled a quote that said: "The winner in all of this, surprisingly, may be Borland, through its recent announced acquisition of TogetherSoft. They are in a prime position to take away market share from Rational as many corporates would not necessarily like being tied to IBM for part of their development products."

2002/10/31 - Borland to Acquire TogetherSoft
Borland announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held TogetherSoft Corporation for $82.5 million in cash and 9,050,000 shares of Borland common stock.
TogetherSoft solutions simplify and integrate design and analysis with development of complex software applications. TogetherSoft's solutions operate with all major enterprise platforms and languages, including Java, C++, Visual Basic, VB.NET, and C#.

2002/10/07 - Borland Aquires BoldSoft
Borland announced that on October 4, 2002 it acquired assets of privately-held BoldSoft MDE Aktiebolag, a leading provider of next-generation, design-driven technology used to accelerate the software development process and improve collaboration across the enterprise.
BoldSoft was founded in 1997 and has been a Borland partner since that time. Its products are currently incorporated into Borland Delphi 7 Studio and Borland Enterprise Studio for Windows. Five members of the Bold R&D team will be integrated into the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Solutions group with a satellite office in the Swedish office of Borland.

2002/08/31 - Kylix 3 Open Edition
Kylix 3 Open Edition is now available for download. Originally, it was a 319MB download, but the OS-patches have been removed from it, and the new download is only 90.7MB. It contains both the Delphi and C++ language!
From the same location, you can also download an update to the Kylix 3 Open edition, which fixes the problem of "the inappropriate locale sensitivity that caused the compiler to expect a comma as a decimal separator".

2002/08/19 - IBM's DB2 with Borland's RAD Tools
IBM and Borland will team-up and bundle trial editions of Borland's RAD tools with IBM's DB2 and vice versa. IBM will bundle Borland's Delphi 7 Studio Architect, C++Builder Enterprise and Kylix Enterprise 30-day trial versions with the most current version of DB2 Universal Developer's Edition and Personal Edition.
Borland will offer DB2 Universal Developer's Edition with Delphi 7 Studio Architect and Enterprise, C++Builder Enterprise and Kylix. Borland said bundling would begin "later this summer".

2002/08/06 - Borland Delphi 7 Studio Announced
The official press release with the announcement is now published by Borland, and the Delphi 7 Studio information is available on the Borland website.
Kylix News: Kylix 3 Enterprise (only the Delphi language) will be included in the Architect and Enterprise box, while Kylix 3 Pro (again only the Delphi language) will be included with Delphi 7 Pro.

2002/08/06 - Delphi for .NET compiler preview
The Borland Developer Network now features an article with a first look at the Delphi for .NET compiler features and Delphi's new language syntax by John Kaster and Danny Thorpe, as well as an article about using Delphi for .NET as a script language for ASP.NET.

2002/07/24 - Borland Kylix 3 Announced
Borland has announced Kylix 3 - the Delphi and C++ IDE for Linux. Apart from the press release, there's now also Kylix 3 information available in PDF-format, such as the Data Sheet, the FAQ, the System Requirements, the Features & Benefits, and the Feature Matrix itself.

2002/06/13 - Results of Borland Web Services Survey
Borland has released the results of the customer survey conducted at BorCon 2002 last month. No less than 80% of respondents are either currently using Web Services or are planning to use them in the very near future. Borland customers are using Web Services across many industries, but of those surveyed, a surprising 24% are in healthcare, 14% are in finance, and 14% are in government. These customers use Web Services for image retrieval, online tax preparation, e-filing for tax returns, 401K administration, medical record retrieval, e-learning, human resources facilitation, e-commerce, and financial aid, among others.
Contrary to what other reports have indicated; only 19% said that security was a main barrier to using Web Services. Of the survey respondents, 36% were from large enterprises, 24% were individual developers and 24% claimed "other." Small to medium enterprises and value added resellers comprised 10% and 7% respectively.

2002/05/14 - Borland's .NET command-line compiler
At the CttM in The Netherlands, Jason Vokes of Borland EMEA talked about the .NET command-line compiler (that was also shown at TechEd in April 2002). Jason even showed how to use the command-line compiler to produce a .NET Windows Forms application that can convert temperatures. According to Jason Vokes, "the .NET compiler will be productised and made available in the second half of this year" (or when its ready).
Dr.Bob says... For those who can read Dutch, I have written a more detailed report (which also mentions Kylix 3 with C++Builder for Linux) on my eBob42 website.

2002/05/02 - Preview screenshot of Delphi.NET
Delphi.NET was previewed at SD West (where Borland received the Jolt Hall of Fame award), and we can now take a look at a screenshot of some Delphi.NET source code (using namespaces it would seem), the command-line compiler (called dccil), and a Delphi.NET compiled application ConvertIt.
Dr.Bob says... More news will be made available at the Borland Conference, and will presented in my BorCon 2002 report (for those of you who will not be in Anaheim themselves).

2002/04/30 - Experience Delphi at BorCon
According to the Borland website, there should be a lot of Delphi news at BorCon 2002, including "the first look at the future of Delphi for the Microsoft .NET platform and get a sneak peek at what's coming in Delphi 7".
Dr.Bob says... For those of you who cannot make it to BorCon - I'll make sure to have an on-line BorCon Report (with daily updates of the latest news).

2002/04/23 - BorCon 2002 News
DavidI has published his latest Sip of the Firehose in which he gives some information about the 13th annual Borland Conference (BorCon) which takes place in Anaheim, CA, May 18-22.
There are a number of very interesting keynote speakers, including Anders Hejlsberg.

2002/04/11 - Borland Development Studio for .NET
Borland has just announced that it will preview a development studio for the Microsoft .NET Framework at the 2002 Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference. More information will follow later...

2002/04/02 - QualityCentral GUI Client and Web Service
Borland has released the QualityCentral public field test. QualityCentral is a community-supported repository of issues, suggestions, bugs, feature requests, ideas and feedback for Borland products.
The public beta consists of a GUI Client which communicates with QualityCentral using a Web Service interface.

2002/03/13 - Borland Joins WS-I
Borland has joined the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Organisation. Web Services are now supported in Delphi, C++Builder, Kylix, JBuilder and the Borland Enterprise Server. Borland's entrance into the WS-I builds on Borland's focus to provide seamless application interoperability between Web Services on Java, .NET, Windows and Linux.

2002/02/13 - Borland's .NET Strategy
Borland has announced its .NET Strategy, which can also be read on the Borland Community website. According to this, the Borland strategy for the .NET platform features Delphi, C++Builder, Kylix and JBuilder, that support the capabilities of the Microsoft .NET Framework, including ASP.NET and application interoperability through XML Web Services. During the second half of 2002, Borland plans to release development products that support the .NET platform optimized on Intel Architecture.
For more information, read the first comments by SD Times, and the FAQ on the Borland .NET website.

2002/02/04 - Borland will push .NET out of Windows
SD Times has an article about Borland's .NET strategy announcement (I haven't heard anything from Borland, yet). It's very interesting to read, and talks about second half 2002 for Borland tools based on Delphi and C++ capable of producing native .NET managed-code applications!

2002/01/16 - An Open Letter to Borland developer community
The Borland Community website just published an open letter from Dale Fuller to the Borland developer community regarding Borland's new product licensing agreement(s).
For more information on the Delphi 6 versions, take a look at the documents we love to ignore.

2002/01/14 - A Sip from the Firehose: Happy New Year!
In this installment of the Sip from a Firehose, DavidI looks back at 2001 and also look forward to a great year for developers.

Also available: older Borland News (2001 and earlier).

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