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ENT Magazine: Don't Be a Windows Muggle

Jan 14, 2001, 13:25 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Binary Anderson)

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"In the mystical world of the popular 'Harry Potter' books, the normal people of the world -- those who must struggle through life without the help of magic -- are known as 'muggles.' The term muggle isn't derogatory, but it seems to carry a certain amount of pity for the plight of nonmagical folks. In spite of the magic that Windows programmers can do using Microsoft's suite of operating systems, many of us feel a little like muggles when confronted with Linux. Tough installs, arcane commands, and a dearth of productive development environments keep many of us in our comfortable Windows world. Inprise's Borland group is trying to entice us onto new platforms using a little bit of magic called Kylix."

"Kylix first came to my attention when Corel attempted to purchase Inprise. That deal was quickly scuttled following a plunge in Corel's stock value, but Kylix continued. Kylix is Borland's codename for a set of platform-independent versions of its RAD tools: Delphi and C++ Builder. While Harry Potter and his fellow wizards are trained at a secret school named Hogwarts, Kylix users are being trained in secret through a closed beta program that is filled to capacity. The fruits of the Kylix program are filtering out via white papers, user reports, screen shots, and dog-and-pony shows. The results look promising."

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