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Borland Delphi 2006 and C++Builder 2006 Deliver Key New Features to Speed Microsoft Windows and .NET Application Delivery

Enhanced Development Environments Offered as Part of Borland Developer Studio

Borland Software Corporation has announced new versions of its Borland Delphi and Borland C++Builder rapid application development (RAD) environments, previously code-named "DeXter." With powerful new productivity and performance-boosting capabilities, Borland Delphi 2006 and C++Builder 2006 – in addition to a new C#Builde 2006 – are designed to enable software teams to eliminate tedious development tasks so they can quickly and cost-effectively deliver enterprise-class Windows applications.

Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006, and C#Builder 2006 are now offered together as part of Borland Developer Studio – Borland's multi-language developer environment for Microsoft Windows and .NET applications. It is the only integrated development environment (IDE) that includes support for Delphi (both Windows and .NET), C, C++, and C# applications within a single environment. Customers purchasing any of these individual products get full support for all four languages at no additional cost, with the flexibility to customize language-specific capabilities.

"Developers are at the core of Borland's Software Delivery Optimization vision, sitting at the heart of the application life cycle," said Boz Elloy, senior vice president of products, Borland. "We are committed to continuing to serve Delphi, C++, and C# developers. Our R&D team has listened to these loyal communities and responded with an intense focus on quality and productivity, adding key new IDE productivity enhancements into a fully integrated suite of application lifecycle management (ALM) tools including integrated change management, modeling and rapid application design capabilities."

Delphi 2006: The Ultimate Force-Multiplier
Delphi 2006 is designed to help development teams, regardless of their size, gain competitive advantage by maximizing both individual and team productivity. New advancements in Delphi 2006 such as a live templates system, advanced refactorings that automate source code changes and seamless integration with Borland ALM tools – combined with higher performance and quality enhancements – help reduce the time and cost of building, managing, maintaining, and extending both Windows and .NET applications.

Delphi users will also be able to speed development with support for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, and advanced IDE integration with UML modeling, requirements management, version control, bug tracking, and team collaboration. With support for the Microsoft .NET Framework, ASP.NET, VCL.NET, VCL, and Win32 SDKs, Delphi 2006 is designed to give teams the right tools for virtually any job. Additionally, because Delphi supports both Win32 and .NET, customers can continue to develop and maintain existing Win32 applications while simplifying the path to the Microsoft .NET framework and next-generation Windows applications.

"Delphi 2006 is a pleasure to use," said Peter Morris, managing director, Air Software Ltd, a software development and consultancy company based in the UK. "Some of the new features are simple and easy to use, yet I wonder how I ever got by without them. We are particularly excited by the new additions introduced in the ECO III framework. State diagrams are such a powerful addition to the framework, and the new reusable ECO package support is going to make it possible for me to reuse parts of models across many different types of applications – a real saver in terms of both time and money."

Borland's unique enterprise framework in Delphi 2006, ECO III, provides valuable enterprise application services such as object-relational mapping and transparent object persistence, saving developers from the complexity and tedium of building and maintaining their own custom services.

ECO III also helps make design-driven development a reality with its model-powered framework, especially useful when building Web services, ASP.NET, and Windows Form-based database applications. Model-powered applications can be efficiently created using the new ECO Synchronization Server, offering multiple synchronized object caches for increased scalability and performance. Also new in ECO III, developers can design robust enterprise applications at the state-diagram level, allowing teams to focus on business-centric design, not low-level application "plumbing."

Significant Delphi 2006 feature enhancements are:
•    New IDE productivity features – The "Live Templates" system enables users to tab through fields and insert points of any template, with an added "Smart Block" completion feature that anticipates and adds block closures as you type, and a new editor "Change Bar" that indicates modified lines and saved session modified lines
•    Enhanced visual component library (VCL) – The upgraded VCL of Delphi 2006 provides easy graphical user interface (GUI) development with a large selection of GUI components. New "Live Designer" guidelines enable users to drag lines, margins, padding, with text-based alignment, and a new Flow Panel and Grid Panel offering HTML- and Table-style form layouts
•Extended IDE/ALM Integration – Delphi 2006 customers can take control of the development life cycle process by leveraging integration with leading Borland ALM products including StarTeam software change and configuration management, Together modeling, and CaliberRM requirements management solutions

For more information regarding Delphi 2006 features, go to www.borland.com/delphi.

C++Builder 2006: Support for Mission-Critical C++ Development

As part of the Borland Developer Studio, Borland has updated and refined its popular C++Builder IDE with the latest RAD and ALM features for mission-critical C/C++ development. This major new upgrade gives C++ developers many of the same features that Delphi, Java and non-Windows C++ teams have enjoyed in recent years, and much more. C++Builder 2006 provides new C/C++ build configuration and project management capabilities that provide the flexibility and power to easily organize multiple build settings, as well as new "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" (WYSIWYG) Web design and application development capabilities.

In addition, C++Builder 2006 includes leading-edge IDE productivity features that give customers virtually the same IDE productivity gains offered in Delphi 2006, such as a new code templates system, history manager, C++ structure pane and improved database providers to simplify application data access. Other key benefits of C++Builder 2006 are:
•    Updated visual component library (VCL) – Enables C++ customers to leverage the same vast collection of reusable third-party VCL components enjoyed by Delphi developers
•    Enhanced IDE / ALM integration – Delivers complete IDE integration with Borland's leading ALM tools including support for version control, requirements management, bug tracking, and team collaboration
•    Complete Windows solution – Provides complete RAD support for C#, Delphi Win32, and Delphi .NET, in addition to C++, as part of Borland Developer Studio

For more information regarding C++Builder 2006 features, go to www.borland.com/cbuilder.

C#Builder 2006: The Best-Kept Secret in the .NET Developer's Toolbox
C#Builder 2006, also part of Borland Developer Studio, brings true enterprise development capabilities to .NET, and is particularly well suited for development managers and project leads that need to do enterprise development on the .NET platform or manage and maintain C# projects, especially those transitioning from Java/J2EE and C++ projects to C#. By providing an enterprise framework (ECO III) with capabilities familiar to J2EE programmers, like object-relational mapping, persistence, UML modeling, transactions, and ALM support, development and transition complexities are significantly mitigated. C# users can design applications at the state-diagram level, helping eliminate time-consuming, low-level application work.

Integration with Borland's Together modeling solution, which includes two-way LiveSource functionality, enables customers to reverse-engineer code to ease maintainability and help to ensure code and models are always in sync. C#Builder 2006 also enables C# developers to optimize enterprise .NET development with integrated audits and metrics, requirements management, and source code management tools.

Availability
Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006, and C#Builder 2006, all part of Borland Developer Studio, will be available for pre-order between Oct. 17 and Dec. 1, with customer shipments scheduled for early December. Customers pre-ordering these products will be entitled to a 15 percent discount. For more information about Borland Developer Studio products, see www.borland.com/us/products/index.html.

About Borland
Founded in 1983, Borland Software Corporation (NASDAQ:BORL) is the global leader in platform independent solutions for Software Delivery Optimization. The company provides the software and services that align the people, process, and technology required to maximize the business value of software. To learn more about delivering quality software, on time and within budget, visit www.borland.com.

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