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Borland raises .net profile

Borland Software is to include the Microsoft Windows .net Framework featuring a software developer kit (SDK) in its Delphi 7...

Borland Software is to include the Microsoft Windows .net Framework featuring a software developer kit (SDK) in its Delphi 7 Studio development tool and in other .net-based products.

Borland's ability to redistribute the SDK with its own tools will make it easier for developers to build .net applications with Delphi tools.

"This is a key part of our solution for the .net platform," said Borland's Simon Thornhill, vice-president and general manager of the company's RAD business unit. Customers will no longer need to go elsewhere, namely to Microsoft, to get the SDK.

"What this means is the developers will have all the pieces for the .net framework immediately available to them within the Borland development environment," Thornhill said.

The SDK contains tools for manipulation of the .net Framework, as well as documentation and code samples, all of which are critical for Borland developers to build applications for .net efficiently.

Borland's move indicates the company seeks to provide an alternative to a Microsoft-only .net development strategy, said analyst Tim Murphy, senior program director at Meta Group.

"The key thing about it is that Borland is going to be the first real alternative to [Microsoft's] Visual Studio for building .net applications," Murphy said.

Borland's effort will give developers more .net options and benefit the platform itself. Competition will also drive Microsoft to improve its products.

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