Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Borland spins out CodeGear: New tools include Ajax support

Category: Announcements

Borland looked like they were selling off their tooling business, but today we learn that Borland spins off its tool unit to supply developers with the tools of the trade.

Borland Software announced Nov. 14 the formation of CodeGear, a company with the goal of advancing the Borland integrated development environment tools. The CodeGear development team says the new company retains the technology’s roots.

“This is really what we were looking for,” said Michael Swindell, vice president of product strategy at CodeGear, based in Scotts Valley, Calif. “We wanted to be a separate company, an independent unit to focus on our strengths in [Windows] Vista and Eclipse, but also in PHP, Ruby and other technologies.”

Ben Smith, the newly appointed chief executive of CodeGear, said that perhaps the most exciting road map the company has is for its plans for tools in the AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and dynamic languages space.

“We’ll be doing some things in the new development areas such as AJAX, Python, Ruby, PHP and other things,” Smith said

It is impressive how much Eclipse is dominating out there too. JBuilder 2007 will be on Eclipse. Maybe we will go back to my roots of having every application running in Emacs, but this time inside Eclipse.

I am glad they are doing this. They have traditionally been great with technology, but poor with marketing. Hopefully the new entity gets it right, and adds great new Ajax tools to the mix. We all know that we need it.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:04 pm

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I love their Tools! I am still a very addicted user of Delphi 7! It’s a great IDE and the community-support is just great. You get tons of free enhancements, classes etc.

And you can still build very powerful and stable software for Windows. And I have a lot of fun doing so.

Comment by Georges — November 15, 2006

Except for the past couple of years, I spent my entire 20 year career using Borland products, starting with Turbo Pascal 2 and using every version up through Delphi 7. The magic has been gone for awhile, but perhaps CodeGear can recapture some of it.

Comment by Dave — November 15, 2006

I was using Turbo Pascal, but today Turbo Delphi has nothing impressive except the name.

Borland is going down.

Comment by Cheng Guangnan — November 15, 2006

Cheng, it is not Borland anymore. The roadmap published while it was under Borland did not talk about ruby, ajax or other new technologies. The roadmap they produced for the new independent company does. CodeGear has hired and re-hired a lot of new and old people – really skilled, and there is a lot of new stuff comming up. Next version is out Q1 2007 – also in a free edition. Give it a chance, and you will see.

Comment by Steffen — November 23, 2006

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