Borland builds out C++ wares

Borland Software has bolstered its C++ toolbox with the introduction of a new intiuitive development environment (IDE) and an...

Borland Software has bolstered its C++ toolbox with the introduction of a new intiuitive development environment (IDE) and an application lifecycle management suite.

Borland C++BuilderX is a multiplatform IDE for Windows, Linux and Solaris. It is compiler agnostic and supports compilers from Intel, Microsoft, Sun Forte, and Metrowerks. The tool enables platform portability via a new Borland C++ compiler and a C++ framework.

The IDE scales from mobile environments to enterprise-class servers, according to JP LeBlanc, vice president and general manager of the mobile and C++ solutions group at Borland.

While newer languages, such as Java and Microsoft's C#, garner more attention than C++, research firm IDC projected that C and C++ professionals will remain the largest group of developers until 2005.

Borland has also released Enterprise Studio for C++ and the latest Enterprise Studio for Mobile.

Enterprise Studio for C++ comes with Together Edition for C++, launched last week, and C++BuilderX. The suite serves as an application lifecycle management package for C++.

Borland claimed that Enterprise Studio for C++BuilderX offers technology-independent application lifecycle management in which C++ developers can define, design, develop, test, deploy, and manage application development.

Enterprise Studio for Mobile integrates all Symbian Software Development Kits (SDKs) including Series 60 and 80, as well as first-time support for the UIQ platform. 

Additionally, on-target debugging for mobile applications over Bluetooth, extensible SDK support for other mobile platforms, and extended application lifecycle management help to ensure that software meets evolving business demands.

The suite notably includes new application design modeling capabilities for C++ in the form of Borland Together for C++BuilderX.

Research firm Evans Data said C++ accounts for 28% of all wireless development; most of that effort is focused on mobile e-mail, wireless portals, Sales Force Automation, CRM, and mobile positioning applications.

Tom Sullivan writes for InfoWorld

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