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O'Reilly Network: Kylix is Coming! Delphi and C++ Builder Invade Linux

Apr 18, 2000, 19:41 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ray Lischner)

"A "kylix" is a shallow, two-handled drinking vessel from Ancient Greece. It is also the codename for Borland's next foray into Linux: porting their successful Delphi and C++ Builder products from Microsoft Windows to Linux. This article introduces Delphi and C++ Builder to Linux programmers, examines what is currently known about Kylix, and makes some educated guesses about what we can expect."

"On the server side, we have Delphi's proven track record for writing powerful software to support Web, database, and other servers. On Windows, you can create CGI, NSAPI, or ISAPI extensions with drag and drop ease. I expect similar CGI and Apache support in Kylix."

"Instead of using interpreted and byte-compiled code on your server; Kylix will give you powerful, object-oriented languages, with native compiled and optimized code, and design-time wizards to facilitate server-side scripting, database connectivity, and so on. For desktop applications, you have an easy-to-use, but powerful GUI builder, access to the popular desktop widget sets, and an object-oriented component framework. The IDE includes a WYSIWYG form editor, WYSIWYG menu builder, and an extensible selection of components."

"I expect to see a wealth of new desktop applications, written in Kylix, making the everyday use of Linux easier than ever."

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