Borland updates Kylix with C++ support

Borland Software has announced the latest iteration of Kylix, its rapid application development (RAD) platform for Linux. The new...

Borland Software has announced the latest iteration of Kylix, its rapid application development (RAD) platform for Linux. The new version adds support for C/C++ developers.

Kylix 3 provides Linux developers with the tools to build Web, GUI, database and Web services applications in either C++ or Delphi.

"We're providing C++ developers with the ability to build cross-platform," said Alison Deane, a senior director of product marketing at Borland.

Rikki Kirzner, an analyst tracking application development trends at IDC, said Borland offered the only RAD tool with its level of sophistication for Linux. The alternatives, she added, were mostly in the form of Web downloads and freebies.

"It turns out that freeware is all well and good, but for corporations the reality is that they need to make sure their developers have tools that are state of the art and have vendors behind them," Kirzner said.

In addition to support for C++ in Kylix 3, Borland has enabled CORBA development and beefed up its interoperability with increased support for Simple Object Access Protocol (Soap).

Kylix will be available in three editions: Enterprise for $1,999 (£1,276), Professional for $249, and Open for free under the general public licence (GPL).

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