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Linux Journal: Kylix: Rapid Application Development on Linux

Aug 26, 2001, 17:48 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ray Lischner)
"If you believe the hype, a Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool means never having to write code again. Instead of all that tedious writing, you click here and there, drag a little, drop a little and-- Hey! Presto!--instant application. Real problems call for real code, and the true value of a RAD tool lies in how easily you can design, document, implement, test and maintain a project. This article takes a closer look at Borland Kylix, the facts, not the fiction.

There are three aspects to the rapidity of developing an application: design, development and debugging. Kylix is a development tool and offers no help at the design end. You can find third-party design tools (mostly using UML) that work with Delphi (Kylix's sibling for Windows). In time, they might be ported to Kylix. For now, you are on your own.

For the actual coding and debugging, Kylix offers the usual integrated development environment: source editor, syntax highlighting, class browser, a WYSIAWYG (What you see is almost what you get) GUI builder, integrated source-level debugger, additional assembler-level debugger, database field editor, menu editor, fast database access components, extensible, object-oriented component framework, Internet components--hmmm, maybe there's a little more than what you find in other RAD tools. Let's take a closer look at some of Kylix's features." ...

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