Borland readies Sidewinder
- By John K. Waters
[February 18, 2003] - Venerable toolmaker Borland was on hand in the VSLive! exhibitor hall last week with
the first public showing of its Project Sidewinder IDE for the .NET Framework.
It's not ready for prime time just yet, but when it is, the new developer tool
suite will compete with Microsoft's VS .NET.
Sidewinder (the product's code name) is a C#-based IDE for building
applications on the .NET Framework, including ASP.NET, ADO.NET and WinForms,
according to Borland's VP of developer relations and chief evangelist David
Intersimone (better known simply as ''David I''). Although the first generation of
the product supports just the one language, noted Intersimone, Borland plans to
support other languages with the product in future versions.
''An awful lot of developers are using [Borland's] JBuilder,'' Intersimone
said. ''More and more of them were telling us that they were working with C#,
which is the [preferred] .NET language. It's only natural that they would want
to work with a familiar tool.''
Sidewinder will provide tight integration with other Borland products,
Intersimone said, including its CaliberRM requirements management product, its
StarTeam configuration management tool, and its Together application life-cycle
The Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company also launched its new performance
test tool, Optimizeit Profiler for the Microsoft .NET Framework, at this year's
show. Designed to help developers gauge performance issues in real-time and
facilitate application development, Optimizeit Profiler supports all
.NET-managed code, according to Borland spokesperson Anders Ohlsson.
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John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached