Borlands C++ Goes Multiplatform

C++BuilderX is an integrated development environment for multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, Unix, and mobile and embedded systems.

Borland Software Corp. has announced a version of its C++ development system that support multiple platforms.

The Scotts Valley, Calif., company unveiled its C++BuilderX, an integrated development environment for multiple platforms, as well as Borland Enterprise Studio for C++ and a new edition of Borland Enterprise Studio for Mobile.

According to market analyst groups such as International Data Corp. and Evans Data Corp., C++ is the most widely used programming language, said JP Leblanc, vice president and general manager of the mobile and C++ business unit at Borland.

The demand for C++ remains strong because it affords developers a proven platform for creating high-performance, portable, scalable applications that can run on small devices as well as large machines, Leblanc said.

Rikki Kirzner, an analyst and research director at IDC, said C++ is typically considered when performance and size, as in application footprint, are key factors in the delivery of a system.

Borland C++BuilderX provides ANSI and ISO C++ and C99-compliant technology.

"This is the first multiplatform, compiler-agnostic application lifecycle management suite for C++ developers," Leblanc said. "We believe developers using C++ today will continue to use it for many reasons," he said. "The C++ language is still evolving after a moratorium of more than two years."

The new Borland tool set runs on several platforms, including Windows, Linux, Unix, and mobile and embedded systems, Leblanc said. C++BuilderX is based on the same framework as Borlands popular JBuilder Java development tool, he added.

In addition, Borlands new release features an improved visual development environment, as well as support for developing mobile applications. This includes support for the Symbian operating system, remote debugging support and support for other platforms.

Meanwhile, Borland Enterprise Studio for C++BuilderX includes the companys application lifecycle management solution. Borland has included in the Enterprise Studio version of the products the companys recently announced Borland Together Edition for C++BuilderX, which features support for Unified Modeling Language (UML) models.

The new products ship this week, the company said.