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By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Print this article Print

Of course, one way to minimize coding errors is to write as little code as possible, and C#Builder aided us toward that end with its Code Snippets palette, which allowed us to drag a frequently used code fragment (such as a try ... catch block) directly into our editor. We prefer this to more opaque and error-prone devices such as editor macros.

We were pleased to find that C#Builder was fully as responsive as Visual Studio, even while maintaining a higher level of immediate feedback while we worked. During our tests on an Intel Corp. 700MHz Pentium III machine with only 256MB of RAM, we never had the feeling that hardware resources were being pushed anywhere near their limits.

As it turns out, this is actually the recommended memory complement for the product, as opposed to JBuilders considerably greater recommended memory (which our tests suggested was good advice, although not actually essential).

As previously noted, part of the C#Builder Enterprise bundle—comparable to the high-end version of JBuilder—is an integrated set of Starbase Corp. technologies for requirements definition, configuration management and team collaboration technologies. These are also integrated with design tools acquired by Borland with its purchase of TogetherSoft Corp. The C#Builder package seems to be aimed not just at collaborating teams but also at IT shops that may still be in the adoption phase of .Net technologies in general and C# in particular. It includes integrated tutorial materials and tools that are clearly intended to let developers get under the hood of .Net.

Borland has indicated that future releases will broaden the environments support for other .Net languages in addition to C#, making the product potentially a viable second-source tool kit for development on future Microsoft platforms or even on third-party implementations of.Net Framework on other operating systems.

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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