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Borland's Galileo moves in on .net

Borland Software's latest suite of development tools will take on Microsoft's Visual Studio .net, claimed Borland Canada president John Fisher.

Borland initially announced at its annual conference last May the Galileo (Delphi for .net) suite as a "platform-agnostic" offering that allows developers to create .net applications written in Pascal or Java.

The new offering - to be released early 2003 - features the latest version of its popular Delphi programming and development tool along with other languages. Galileo will not create .EXEs or Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) but will produce the language of Microsoft .net in Common Intermediate Language (CIL) code.

Fisher claimed that more than over one million developers use Delphi.

".net is emerging as a really strong alternative for enterprise application development. It has the potential to deliver the promise that Microsoft's been talking about for a long time - the scalability, security and distributed systems that's everyone is looking for," Fisher said.

Delphi for .net will be a fully-fledged pure .net development environment, he added.

Fisher said the suite of tools is designed to be a serious alternative for developers, who fear that by adopting Visual Studio.net they will be forced to use Microsoft software such as Exchange Server and SQL Server database exclusively.

"Potentially there will be somewhere between four and five million developers who will eventually move to .net," Fisher said. But most companies are not solely using Microsoft, Fisher said, adding that Borland supports mixed environments and both the J2EE and .net platforms.

"There are a lot of companies that don't want to be stuck in a stack," Fisher said. "I don't think we'll be number one in .net development but I think that we will be a strong number two in that area," he added.

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