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LinuxWorld: RADical developments for Linux - Kylix comes knocking; Lazarus lurks

Jul 18, 2000, 21:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eileen Cohen)

"The ranks of Linux developers will swell enormously when Borland releases the fruits of the Kylix project, the Linux port of its Delphi rapid application development (RAD) environment. Meanwhile, the Lazarus project is plugging away at an open source alternative to Delphi that could win over some C-addicted hearts and minds. The impact of those efforts on the mainstreaming of Linux could be huge...."

"The Kylix project actually encompasses ports of both Delphi and Borland's C++ Builder to Linux. The Delphi product will be released first, according to Michael Swindell, Borland's director of product management for the RAD Tools Group. Swindell spoke to me on the first day of the Borland/Inprise Developer Conference in San Diego, where 2,200 avid developers eager for a glimpse at Delphi for Linux jammed the keynote session for a demo, serving up several ovations. What Borland is giving them, said Swindell, is the means to become "instant Linux application development experts." Standard (entry-level), Professional (developer), and Enterprise (Delphi and C++ Builder bundled) versions will be offered, with the first two targeted for release by the end of the year."

"Two Delphi experts who specialize in Windows software development for a wide range of industries helped me understand the excitement that the advent of Kylix is generating in the Delphi community. "I was dreading having to program in C again if I had to go over to a Linux environment," confessed Brendan Delumpa, the Delphi Pro at DevX.com. "Delphi really does afford the developer the ability to create incredible, complex applications. The object hierarchy, user interface, and add-ins and tools make it a choice environment for Windows developers. If I had my tried-and-true Delphi environment on Linux, [Kylix] would definitely be worth a look."

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