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Borland Picks Up The Gauntlet

Borland Software agreed to buy startup Gauntlet Systems, whose software should serve as a "virtual sandbox" to verify coding standards in the larger company's application lifecycle management (ALM) portfolio.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Prior to entering the build management process in application development, Gauntlet's software detects potential problems before they have a chance to impact developers. The software pre-screens new code against quality guidelines before it enters the build process.

Such action pares the number of so-called "broken builds" that can impact team productivity and delay project delivery, Borland said in a statement.

Eventually, Gauntlet's software will be tailored to enforce standards in security, licensing, compliance and code readability.

Gauntlet's software also provides project managers a business intelligence dashboard.

This software utility tracks project status, code metrics, unit tests, code coverage trends -- all of the things that determine whether a project is delivered as promised.

Check-in activity, code coverage and test results can be correlated and analyzed, providing a holistic picture of the entire software lifecycle. Using these dashboards, managers can also compare historical trends.

Borland is in the midst of turning around the company after a series of disappointing earnings quarters.

The company parted ways with longtime CEO Dale Fuller and hired as CEO industry veteran Tod Nielsen, who cut his teeth at Oracle, BEA Systems and Microsoft.

Last month, Borland made a major move to fortify its ALM portfolio by acquiring Segue Software.

At the same time, the company announced plans to shed its integrated development environment (IDE), which includes Borland Developer Studio, Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder and JBuilder product lines.