Borland builds out C++ wares

SAN FRANCISCO (09/15/2003) - Borland Software Corp. on Monday bolstered its C++ toolbox with the introduction of a new IDE and an application lifecycle management suite.

Borland C++BuilderX is a multiplatform IDE for Windows, Linux, and Solaris that provides a brand-new visual development environment. It is compiler agnostic and supports compilers from Intel, Microsoft, Sun Forte, and Metrowerks. The tool enables platform portability via a new Borland C++ compiler and a C++ framework.

The IDE scales from mobile environments to enterprise-class servers, according to J.P. LeBlanc, vice president and general manager of the mobile and C++ solutions group at Borland.

While newer languages, such as Java and Microsoft Corp.'s C#, garner more attention than C++, research firm IDC projected that C and C++ professionals will remain the largest group of developers through 2005.

"We believe the C++ market is due for some innovation," LeBlanc said.

To that end, Borland also released on Monday Enterprise Studio for C++ and the latest Enterprise Studio for Mobile.

Enterprise Studio for C++ comes with Together Edition for C++, launched last week, and C++BuilderX. The suite serves as an application lifecycle management package for C++. Borland claimed that Enterprise Studio for C++BuilderX offers technology-independent application lifecycle management in which C++ developers can define, design, develop, test, deploy, and manage the application development process.

Enterprise Studio for Mobile integrates all Symbian Software Development Kits (SDKs) including Series 60 and 80, as well as first-time support for the UIQ platform. Additionally, on-target debugging for mobile applications over Bluetooth, extensible SDK support for other mobile platforms, and extended application lifecycle management help to ensure that software meets evolving business demands. The suite notably includes new application design modeling capabilities for C++ in the form of Borland Together for C++BuilderX.

According to research firm Evans Data, C++ accounts for 28 percent of all wireless development; most of that effort is focused on mobile e-mail, wireless portals, Sales Force Automation, CRM, and mobile positioning applications.

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