"Inprise/Borland (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced a solution,
which gives Visual Basic developers worldwide an entry into the
exploding Linux market by taking advantage of the cross-platform
capabilities of Borland Delphi. Responding to a strong demand
by Microsoft Visual Basic developers to gain Linux development
capabilities, as shown in a recent independent survey,
Inprise/Borland is launching an aggressive worldwide awareness
campaign, including seminars, direct mail, electronic and print
advertising and special offers. The campaign will focus on showing
Visual Basic developers how Delphi can be used to create
applications on Windows and port those applications to
"With the release of Delphi for Linux (Kylix) later this year,
Delphi will be the only native visual RAD tool that supports cross
platform Windows and Linux development," said Ben Riga, director of
product management, Inprise/Borland. "Delphi has always had strong
support for Windows and developers using Delphi today are also on a
fast path to Linux."
"There are strong similarities between the Delphi and Visual
Basic application development environments for Windows. Visual
Basic developers will feel very comfortable developing in Delphi,"
said Steve Garone, vice president at International Data
Corporation. "This solution will be attractive to the approximately
7.5 million Visual Basic developers worldwide in 2000."