Delphi takes on .NET development, improves MDA support
[PROGRAMMERS REPORT -Sept 10, 2002] - Borland Software Corp.'s latest rev of the popular Delphi Studio toolset is
now shipping. The product is poised to play a major role in the next phase of
Microsoft Windows-oriented application development, as the company sets a path
to include .NET development support.
While most of the attention on Microsoft's .NET Web services software
initiative focuses on Microsoft tools, Borland is quick to point out that it has
worked to ensure that Delphi can provide a ready path to .NET development.
Included in the Delphi Studio 7 package is a preview version for a Delphi .NET
Also in the pack are design tools that support UML and Model Driven
Architecture (MDA) design technology. Although some developers forgo design
tools, UML and MDA, backed by the Object Management Group, may find use in a
slew of reengineering projects underway in the wake of the .NET initiative.
'We certainly see interest from the Delphi base in modeling,' said Alison
Deane, senior director of product marketing at Borland. 'With MDA tools,
developers can work on multiple projects at the same time. Today, both MDA and
UML are wanted and needed.'
Although it has an eye on Windows, Borland is mindful of the uptick in
interest in the Linux operating system. Delphi 7 Studio ships with the Delphi
language version of Borland's Kylix IDE for creating apps for Linux.
'Are you ready for some UML 2.0?,'
brings standards-based modeling to EAI teams,'
for .NET compiler preview,'
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Scott Adams is a senior software engineer for TeamQuest.