February 8, 2006
Borland puts up Delphi for salePosted 3215 days ago on February 8, 2006
Sad day. Borland is getting out of the IDE business. Key quote:
Borland announced plans to seek a buyer for the portion of its business associated with the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), including the award-winning Borland Developer Studio (Delphi®, C++Builder® and C#Builder®) and JBuilder® product lines.
I'm sad about JBuilder, but this is not really news since we already knew that JBuilder 2006 was the last of its line. Delphi and C++Builder on the other hand are to my mind the heart and soul of the company. This is the end for Borland C and Borland Turbo Pascal.
Of course they might get a new lease of life from whoever purchases them. History suggests that this is unlikely. When I think of IDE products that have been passed around from company to company (Visual Café; dBase; Paradox) I think of products that have either disappeared or shrunk into tiny niches.
I understand the business reasons. Borland's Raaj Shinde told me a year ago that:
...the Borland SDO [Software Delivery Optimization] solution is going to be built on two primary platforms. One is Eclipse, the other is Visual Studio.
These are indeed the two IDE platforms that matter these days. Still, Delphi 2006 looked like a new dawn for Delphi, at least in the medium term while people still care about Win32 development.
Maybe more once I've listened to the conference call.
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