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Inprise/Borland Readies Linux Products

Jul 27, 1999, 01:40 (13 Talkback[s])
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Michael Swindell, Sr. Product Manager for Borland Developer Solutions, Inprise Corporation reports on the progress of development on Borland's Linux products.

Recently returned from the Inprise/Borland Developers Conference in Philadelpha, Michael Swindell writes:

We have begun the core work on our Linux development tools. The first thing we've done is port our compiler backend to Linux. The compiler backend on Windows is shared between Delphi and C++Builder. The backend on Linux generates native Linux ELF format object code. The object code is compatible with LD, which is what we are currently using to link with. At Borcon we demonstrated BCC for Linux, which is a compiler that is a marriage of our C++ frontend - the same frontend as our Windows BCC 5.4 that comes with C++Builder - and the new Linux backend. The compile performance is almost twice as fast as GCC and we expect to get 4 to 10 times faster once other front end optimizations and features are added and we move to our own incremental linker.

We also demonstrated JBuilder on Linux. This is a new version of JBuilder that is built in 100% Java. Code named "Primetime", this version of JBuilder will first be released on Solaris and soon thereafter on Linux.

As of today we have received over 20,000 completed Linux Developer surveys and will be releasing the results of the survey at Linux World in August. Oh yes, we will be exhibiting at Linux World. I'll also be making an html version of the results available online.

Borland will still be conducting its Linux developer survey until Friday. If you haven't participated yet, do it here.

Michael Swindell
Sr. Product Manager
Borland Developer Solutions, Inprise Corporation

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