Borland updates Kylix with C++ support

Borland Software on Tuesday pried the lid off of a new iteration of Kylix, its RAD (rapid application development) 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, in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Rikki Kirzner, an analyst tracking application development trends at IDC, in Mountain View, Calif., said Borland offers the only RAD tool with its level of sophistication for Linux. She continued, however, that there are other options, but mostly in the form of various 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 SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol).

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

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